To give your trip to Istanbul a real Turkish flavour, visit one of the city’s many hamams, or Turkish baths. In the hamam you will start by relaxing in a warm room, after which you are given a full-body rinse in cool water. This is followed by body-washing and a soothing massage, before retiring to a “cooling room”. Istanbul has dozens of hamams, many of which have been in operation for centuries.
The city is stocked with a variety of tea and coffee lounges where you can enjoy the famed traditional Turkish hot drinks. To accompany your beverage, try a hookah pipe (or nargile as it is known in Turkey), a popular leisure activity for tourists and locals alike.
Istanbul is located on the edge of the Bosphorus, and there are several boat trips that give you an alternative perspective on the city.