It’s easy to get infatuated with a city that’s both old and new, religious and secular, European and Asian.
The magic of Istanbul is best discovered on foot, writes Ben Groundwater.
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From coffeehouses to bathhouses, mosques to world-beating restaurants.
A strange cluster of Gothic "castles" can be found on the outskirts of this unheralded Turkish town.
?One part of town was getting very little tourist attention - until now.
Dotted with ancient mosques, palaces and roman ruins, Turkey is drenched in history and blessed in beauty. Gaze open-mouthed at the Bosphorus' mind-boggling vista or the bizarre fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia. Get a history lesson on the battlefields of Gallipoli, or chill in the pools of Pammukale. No trip is complete without a dip in the azure waters that line its coast or a rub-down in a bath house.