Based on users’ reviews and ratings over a 12-month period, Istanbul beat out the long-time favorites of Rome, London, Paris and New York. The sixth annual awards saw Istanbul jump from 11th place to first within the past year.
In announcing the award, TripAdvisor said: “Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city's mosques, bazaars and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. Start with the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.
Photos by Cynthia Dial
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