DAILY TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Istanbul

Straddling Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures, religions and historical influences. Experience the splendour of empires in the Topkapi Palace or Aya Sofya, where glittering mosaics, beautiful courtyards and breathtaking architecture come as standard.

Food lovers should seek out chargrilled kebabs and perfectly cooked fresh fish, while bargain hunters can flex their haggling skills in huge markets filled with every conceivable item.

Don’t forget to visit a traditional Turkish bath, a hamam. Enjoy a thorough scrub by a professional masseuse before sinking into a luxurious foam bath. Many hamams are centuries old and have been lovingly preserved as little pockets of calm in this chaotic and vibrant city.

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