City of Seven Hills is a metropolitan, it’s lively, chaotic, but also tranquil in many spots, full of history, with many different neighborhoods and cultures and backgrounds.

The city has two different continents; Asian and European sides, connected by Boshporus and three bridges. Both sides have many places to discover with many different historical, social, cultural and economical backgrounds.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that İstanbul doesn’t have one center. On European side; Taksim Square is considered one of the central points of İstanbul. İstiklal Avenue starting in Taksim has an important role in history and religions, which connects Taksim to Pera, Galata, and Karaköy.

Crossing the bridge of Galata, we arrive to Eminönü and then Sultanahmet, which is the Old City of İstanbul. Here we have the famous mosques, bazaars, palaces and many historic and religious landmarks that witnessed history throughout thousands of years, nations, cultures. On this side of the city, also Balat & Fener area is to discover; it’s also the home for Roman Orthodox Patriarchate and Phanar Greek Orthodox College, alongside many historic buildings.

Bosphorus, approx. 30km long, plays a huge role in İstanbul scenery; there are many neighbourhoods and residential areas alongside Bosporus both in European side and in Asian Side. Home of countless historic and religious landmarks, museums, art spaces, restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping spots, hotels, recreational areas; Bosphorus is a real gem in every way, with its amazing views on each spot.

Nişantaşı and Etiler are some of the signature residential areas that are known as its high social and economic profiles with fancy restaurants and bars and shopping spots.

Şişli, Mecidiyeköy, Levent, Maslak are the downtown spots and heart of the business world in İstanbul. Skyscrapers and plazas are the home of the white collars and offices for global companies, residences, hotels and malls.

On the other side of the city; on the Asian (also called Anatolian) Side; there is a whole another world! It’s main center is Kadıköy; which is a big district by the Marmara sea; with mostly residential areas and considered much calmer and less chaotic than European side. Still, it’s very lively and rich in history, social life, art & culture, nature wise.

Here we have one of the longest shopping areas in the world (approx. 14km) Bağdat Avenue, which is also a high end residential area, with countless shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Kadıköy also has a very long seaside by the Marmara sea; home of many parks, recreational areas, cafes and beaches. You can start from Moda through Kalamış Yatch Marina, and Fenerbahçe to Bostancı, arrive to Tuzla, without leaving the seaside.

One of the gems of Anatolian Side are the Prince Islands; which consist of four main islands and some small islands on the Marmara Sea. They are approx. 40 mins away from Istanbul by ferry but it’s feels far than that; since cars and motor vehicles are not allowed; also construction permit on the islands is very limited. There were / are mostly homes of minoritiy communities in Istanbul; It’s very green with amazing views, full of small, old houses, religious buildings, sports clubs, and of course; history.