Istanbul

  • 1 5 tempting city breaks for Easter
    Have you been bitten by the travel bug, or maybe you just have a case of itchy feet? Either way, there's still time to book yourself a cheeky Easter getaway to one of Europe's most beautiful cities....

  • 2 Olympic Games 2020: pros and cons of the contending capitals
    Around 3,000 journalists from around the world are gathered in Buenos Aires as the rest of us wait for the chosen host city of the 2020 Olympic Games to be revealed on Saturday evening. The contenders?...

  • 3 From Istanbul with love: exploring Bond's favourite film set
    The opening scene of Skyfall, Daniel Craig's latest Bond film, was a riot of colour, noise and energy. Bond played his part in that, but so did Istanbul, where some of the action in Skyfall unfolded. Daniel...

  • 4 Hot spots and cool cafes on the Bosphorus
    A thousand scents and fragrances entice the traveler and a thousand more await you as you pause for a drink or a thick Turkish coffee on one of the numerous terraces overlooking the Canal. Here, exotic...

  • 5 Pera Palace Hotel: the pearl of Istanbul
    Politicians, artists, writers and royalty have strolled through the halls of the magnificent hotel, a prominent symbol of Istanbul's urban culture for over a hundred years. Pera was the heart of the cosmopolitan...

  • 6 Restoration works complete at the Hagia Sophia
    This major restoration project began back in 1993, a few years after the Hagia Sophia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the rest of the historic centre of Istanbul. It wasn't ...

  • 7 From Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express
    Click on the image to see more photos of the legendary train and its journey to the historical Turkish city  

  • 8 Sunsets over the Med: views to remember
    There may be no better spot on all the Mediterranean coast to watch the sun set than Cabo Sunion, a  vantage point which, from the dawn of history, has offered a view of the boats sailing towards...

  • 9 Picasso's 'Vollard Suite' prints in Istanbul
    The exhibition of intaglio prints, which will be open to the public until April 18th, brings together a collection of one hundred prints by Pablo Picasso made between September 1930 and March 1937. The...

  • 10 Four Seasons Istanbul: an escape to luxury
    Incredible though it sounds, this erstwhile prison, built in 1917, is a place you'd really want to escape to, not from. When you look a little closer, it makes more sense, as nothing has been left to chance...

  • 11 Istanbul, Capital of Culture, 2010
    Although Ankara occupies the place in official records and literature, nobody doubts that the unofficial capital of Turkey is Istanbul - the city known to the  ancient Greeks, Persians and Macedonians...



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