Istanbul - Magic from the Mediterranean

I love the exotic nature of Istanbul where East meets West in a melting pot metrolpolis
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the only mosque with 6 minarets in the world is in Istanbul

Explore Turkey with one of our Turkey Tours at Encounters Travel and see the Blue Mosque for yourself.

steamy bathhhouses

The top 10 sights in Istanbul

For the first time it's also possible for visitors to try out the spectacular Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam right in Sultanahmet Square and designed for Suleiman the Magnificent's scheming wife Roxelana.

add beautiful lights to trees outside for outside dining

add beautiful lights to trees outside for outside dining

the intense colours from the Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey - one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar spans 61 covered streets and contains more than merchants.

Moorish influenced glass panel from the Topkapi Palace

Moorish influenced glass panel from the Topkapi Palace

Gorgeous colourful pottery bowls - perfect for perking up a dull winter's day

I would love beautiful Turkish plates resting on a white charger at each place setting

The Grand Bazaar - interior design shoppers heaven!

The Grand Bazaar - interior design shoppers heaven!

Traditional Turkish tiles - would look fab in a frame on the wall

Traditional Turkish tiles - would look fab in a frame on the wall

cosy place to chill out with friends for drinks

I love the idea of a whole corner full of floor pillows. It's fun and provides extra seating :)

keep safe by having a stunning eye to keep away evil - these would look lovely in a glass bowl in the bathroom

keep safe by having a stunning eye to keep away evil - these would look lovely in a glass bowl in the bathroom

the hustle and bustle of Istanbul

the hustle and bustle of Istanbul

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