How Many Days Should You Spend In Istanbul To Explore Everything About The City?

Deciding how many days to spend in a city is one of the most important aspects of travelling. Because, getting to know a new city requires time, patience and money. Knowing how many days will be enough to visit a certain city will guide the visitor when deciding on a number of other things.

In this case, we have prepared this guide to help you make a decision as to how many days you should spend in İstanbul to get to know the city and see all the important landmarks. 

Even though İstanbul is a metropolitan city, all the historical places and landmarks are in close proximity to each other. Depending on the profile of the visitor, the weather conditions or the national holidays the days recommended may change. However, we believe that the ideal time span to visit İstanbul is about three days. You can always add more days to your visit to explore the city slowly and more deeply. Let’s have a look at what you can do in those 3 days. 


Sultanahmet is literally the first place you need to visit in İstanbul as a tourist. Once you start here, the rest of it will come right after.

Blue Mosque

Sultanahmet is the place that it is because of the Blue Mosque. It is located at the center of Sultanahmet area. The place gets its name from the blue painted ceilings that you will not be able to take your eyes off. 

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is one of the most important landmarks in İstanbul due to its long history dating back to 6th century. The place was initially built as a church, however in the 15th century it was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans when they took over İstanbul. It is now serving as a museum, displaying both the church structure and the mosque structure in one place.

Basilica Cistern

This place is another very famous landmark specifically known for the upside down Medusa head. It is an incredible place, especially for the mythology lovers.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace is located right beside Gülhane Parki which is a magnificent structure. Topkapi Palace was home to the Ottoman Sultans during the reign of the Ottoman Empire while also functioning as the headquarters of the empire where it was ruled from.

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is another famous landmark in İstanbul with 4.000 shops found inside. You can either enjoy the wide range of shops and the tradition they bring or you can go on a shopping spree.

Bosphorus Cruise

From there, you can make your way towards Eminönü and eat some fish while you are there. Then, you can go on a Bosphorus cruise to actually see the city and the famous İstanbul silhouette. 


Beyoglu is another very famous location specifically known for being an entertainment center. 

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is another historical structure. From the top of the tower, you can view the entire city. Sunsets are beautiful here, if you’d like to see that as well.

Taksim Square

Taksim Square is a very famous spot for meetings in İstanbul. You cancheck out the Republic Monument built in 1928 by an Italian sculptor named Pietro Canonica while you are there. 

İstiklal Street

This is the most famous street in İstanbul known for being very long and full of stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. The famous red tram also goes through this street.


Buyukada is an island which is a part of İstanbul. It is a heavenly place where the only vehicles are horse carriages and bikes. You should definitely see this amazing place. 


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