5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Istanbul This Spring
Planning a trip this spring but unsure of where to go? It's time to get the magical city of Istanbul on your radar.
While there are literally endless reasons why Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, here are five reasons why you should pack your bags and hop on a flight to this incredible destination where East meets West and history meets the future.
Getting there has never been easier
Turkey’s national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, is one of the world's top airlines with a newly revamped business class, unparalleled service, and flights to more countries than any other airline in the world.
With 11 gateway cities in North America and two more being added on this spring, Turkish Airlines makes traveling to Istanbul a breeze.
You're arriving to the biggest airport in the world
The brand new Istanbul Airport is the biggest in the world with 818 million square feet of space and an annual capacity of 200 million passengers.
Just opened in April 2019, the mammoth airport puts all others to shame. Endless dining and shopping options are a give, but this airport even has live bands and an art museum.
One word: Tulips
Guess who the Dutch got their tulips from? The Ottomans, of course.
Tulips are native to Turkey, and the entirety of Istanbul becomes blanketed in colorful tulips in the spring, with literally millions of bulbs planted in gardens, parks, alongside roads, and basically anywhere there's dirt and grass.
To make the most of the brilliant flowers, the city holds an annual Tulip Festival throughout the month of April, with daily events like live music and art exhibits.
The culinary scene in Istanbul is as epic as it gets. A legendary mix of Ottoman, Mediterranean, Balkan, and Asian influences, the tastes and flavors in Istanbul are some of the most incredible in the world.
First of all, the street food and casual eateries are enough to make all of your foodie dreams come true.
Watch the video below and you'll understand what I mean.
For a more upscale sit-down dinner, check out Isokyo at Raffles Istanbul. The Pan-Asian restaurant brings new energy to the Istanbul dining scene with dishes that take you on a culinary journey from Istanbul to Tokyo, as the name implies.
5. The Hotels will Have You Feeling like a Royal
The Çırağan Palace Kempinski is a striking restored Ottoman palace on the Bosphorus that's been transformed into a luxury hotel, making it one of the most unique -- and royal -- luxury hotels on the face of this earth.
This spring, relax at the hotel's massive terrace overlooking the water and sip some Turkish tea (or a cocktail!) while watching the boats float by.
If you're looking for truly royal treatment, check in to the lavish Sultan Suite. Panoramic views of the Bosphorus and glittering city skyline set the perfect background for the opulent amenities, which include a dining room that seats 12, kitchenette, and two glitzy bedrooms with sky-high ceilings.