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Family friendly travelling in Istanbul

Most popular areas in Istanbul for family-friendly hotels

Istanbul finely balances the old and the new, the exciting and the relaxing, making it a great place to explore as a family. And there are plenty of hotels to suit travelers with kids in tow, especially around Taksim Square – the beating heart of the modern city. For a wealth of clean apartments, families can look to the Old City, especially if they're excited about seeing the aged Byzantine ruins and soaring minarets. The Bosphorus district, meanwhile, has plenty of family-friendly chain hotels with pools, games rooms, and the like.

Top family-friendly hotels in Istanbul

Spacious rooms, outdoor pools, and large gardens on the edge of the Bosphorus is what's on the menu for travelers going to the InterContinental Istanbul – not to mention a spa and 4 fine dining restaurants. Families in search of rest and relaxation after those days spent touring the heady bazaars and Byzantine sites can go for the Swissotel, where palm trees sway on the side of the outdoor pool. And if you're looking for convenience close to the airport, consider the WOW Airport Hotel; clean, highly-rated and close to the departure lounges of Istanbul Ataturk.

Where to find the best restaurants in Istanbul

Below the great cobalt-hued spires of the Blue Mosque, the area of Sultanahmet spreads out in a patchwork of cobbled lanes and lively shopping streets. Stroll around and discover the wealth of family-owned restaurants that fuse Turkish mezze with international dishes – expect pizza, pasta, all-American burgers, and the like. Across the gilded Galata Bridge and you'll find boho-cool Karakoy, where youthful folk sip aromatic coffees and sample sweet Anatolian cakes. The Grand Bazaar offers a mix of hole-in-the-wall joints and tasty homemade mezze that rarely fails to excite even the youngest of visitors.

The most unique things to do in Istanbul

From mysterious underground passages to medieval-style islands still inhabited by horses and carts, there are oodles of things for the whole family to enjoy in Istanbul. Skip the history-rich museums and Hagia Sofia tours for a journey into the dank depths of the Basilica Cistern, where gargoyles and Medusa heads adorn the endless colonnades in the dark. The 60,000-square-foot theme park of Miniaturk is another option, offering you the chance to wander between small-scale models of iconic Anatolian landmarks. Embarking on a boat tour down the Bosphorus strait promises history for the adults and rides on the waves for the kids, while there's also the Istanbul Aquarium, or the old world Prince Islands, where carriages rumble over cobbles between palaces and pretty monuments.

Best ways to get around Istanbul

Traveling around Istanbul shouldn't be difficult for family groups. The city transport system incorporates a large grid of underground metros and light rail. You can purchase a reasonably priced Istanbulkart that covers up to 5 people – just be sure to pre-load it with enough money to pay for all the fares. Alternatively, private taxis can be found just about anywhere in the downtown area, and local drivers make a habit of going on the meter. It's also possible to arrange privately driven cars from a variety of chauffer firms in the town.

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