Come autumn, Turkey pushes to the front of the line as one of the most affordable destinations for a holiday getaway. Looking for something a little more exciting than Tenerife? Fly from London to Istanbul for £74 with EasyJet.[search departure=”London” arrival=”Istanbul” depday=”20″ depmonthyear=”11/2011″ retday=”24″ retmonthyear=”11/2011″]
Istanbul is one of this year’s hottest destinations, and not only in terms of weather. If you head to this vibrant city on a weekend you can expect to be part of the most exciting nightlife in the country. Istanbul is totally 21st century in its new and very hip bars, restaurants and clubs. It is a city not to be reckoned with!
By day, the city centre is packed with historical monuments and buildings. The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are enough to keep anyone busy for a day. At night, put on your best and head out onto the Bosphorus for a night-time cruise. The city is more beautiful when it’s all lit up. Night is when the party gets started, more than enough reason to head here this fall.
Mini-guide to Istanbul’s nightlife
- Beyoğlu is where it’s at. Head to Istiklal Street, from Taksim to Tünel. The street is lined with late-night cafes, bars, restaurants and night clubs. Take your choice, or hop from one to the other. There is something for every style and every taste.
- The neighbourhoods along the shore of the Bosphorus also serve up their share of bars and clubs. Head to the European side of the river to Ortaköy,Kuruçeşme and Bebek. They’re particularly busy in the summertime when you can take your drink up to a rooftop terrace and enjoy views of the Bosphorus Bridge.
- For something more laid-back, like a tea house, try Sultanahmet. Most places also offer waterpipes for rent which can be really soothing after a day of trekking around the city.
- Finally, if you find yourself out on the Asian side of the city at night, head to Kadıköy (Bağdat Street). There is a whole other style of bars and restaurants here.
If you want to talk climate, you can still expect daily highs in the 20s right until the end of October and into early November.