Istanbul - crossroads of Europe and Asia



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Just the number of names this fabulous city has been called over the centuries gives a sense of the variety it has to offer. Byzantium (when it was under Greek control) Constantinople (Roman Empire) and finally Istanbul (Ottoman). There have been other titles, by the way, but these are the ones that have stuck in the public imagination.
Having been the capital of several empires and spanning two continents (Europe and Asia) means one thing - an incredible historical and cultural patrimony that makes it one of the world's great cities, let alone one of the most beautiful and exciting.

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Istanbul is the heart beat of Turkey and boasts 1/4 of the country's population. That means roughly 15 million people live there, further enhancing its cosmopolitan credentials.

After all, a city's landscape is defined by the people who live there. So here the commuties range from Islamic, to Greek Orthodox, Armenian Christian, Catholic and Jewish. And each of course leave a mark.
The end result is that Istanbul boasts almost 3000 mosques, 123 churches and 26 synagogues and a treasure trove of things to do and see for the traveller.
East and West meet in Instabul and the city, as well as the traveller, is all the richer for it.

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Who says good things must be expensive? We have discovered a number of quaint little hotels and bed & breakfasts that are great value for money without missing out on comfort, service and beauty.
Feel like going out somewhere different and exciting, dining in that hip new restaurant or just to enjoy a different culture? Then it´s time for a city break. Here are some great places to start.