Edited by Jessica Wright
Perched in the flux of the Aegean and Black seas, Istanbul is a perfect junction of European and Asian culture. Born in the city, with Mediterranean and Anatolian heritage I suppose I am a good reflection of this convergence of ancestry. Having been here all my life, the sights of the Old City and Blue Mosque are familiar backdrops to me, and the bustling labyrinth of city streets is my playground. Over the years, I’ve discovered a wealth of hidden treasures, so if you are seeking unusual things to do in Istanbul I can certainly help you out. While the well-known attractions such as the Grand Bazaar and Galata Tower are mind-blowing in their own right, once you’ve seen them, a journey across Istanbul off the beaten path will be just the thing to provide you with a perfectly rounded experience of the city and will offer a unique insight into the heart and soul of Istanbul.