Istanbul in Winter

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, October 2013

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With freezing temperatures, wind-swept seas and frost gathering on its many minarets, Istanbul is nothing if not atmospheric in the winter months: and with fewer tourists hitting the city sights, it’s a great time to explore. Make a beeline for the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Dolmabahce Palace, normally rammed with tourists, climb the Galata Tower without the dreaded queue or hunt out some Christmas bargains in the Grand Bazaar, where fewer tourists means greater haggling potential. Winter is also a great time for shopping in Istanbul with many of the city’s malls and shops along Istikal Caddesi holding sales in the run up to Christmas and throughout January.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Istanbul Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Istanbul.

Photo courtesy of CyberMacs via Flickr.

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