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The Most Relaxing Things to Do in Istanbul

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Most Relaxing Things to Do in Istanbul

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Taksim Square , Istanbul
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Taksim Square represents the heart of the city. The square acts as a transportation hub, with the central station of the metro network here, 
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Cagaloglu Hamami , Istanbul
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Immerse yourself in ancient Turkish tradition at Cagaloglu Hamami. The historical Istanbul bathhouse opened in 1741, making it the last hamam
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Ortakoy , Istanbul
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An artsy neighborhood under the first Bosporus bridge, Ortakoy offers trendy boutiques, seaside nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, and many hist
Tours from $12
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Turkish Baths , Istanbul
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Turkish Bath
Leave the vibrant streets of the sprawling metropolis behind and experience a centuries-old relaxation technique at one of Istanbul's many ha
Tours from $34
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Indulge in a deluxe traditional bathing experience at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, which was built for the wife of Sultan Süleyman the Magni
Tours from $170
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Where to stay in Istanbul

The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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