Hagia Sophia Museum
You could feel the aura bright and chirpy as so many tourists flock here to visit this gem. The architecture of Hagia Sophia adheres to two different religions, i.e. Christianity and Islam, makes it stand out among all the other tourist attractions in Istanbul.
In 1985, Hagia Sophia Museum was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage site as it has become a prominent destination for not just tourists, but also historians, artisans and archaeologists. Apart from being a visual retreat, the museum is believed to be guarded by divine interventions. No matter how many quakes and shocks try to break it down, its walls and domes stand unshaken throughout these years.
Location- Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydani No:1, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- 72 TL
Timings- 9AM- 7PM (Summers) 9AM- 6PM (Winters)
Topkapi Palace Museum
The Palace was built between 1466 and 1478 by the emperor Sultan Mehmet II of the Ottoman era. The palace, later on, got its name from the Turkish locals who named it "Topkapi" (Gates of Cannons) due to the large cannons dug deep inside its gates.
For anyone who wants to have a closer look at the rich history of Istanbul, this archaeological museum strongly welcomes you. On some special days, the Museum is reserved for concerts, art exhibitions and events which will allow you to dig deeper into Byzantine history.
Location- Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- 12.56 US Dollars
Timings- 10-4 (Weekdays), 10-2 (Saturday), Sunday closed
Visit Princes’ Islands
It is best to explore these islands in July since these islands remain mostly deserted in winters. Out of these nine islands, only four of them, including those of Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada and Kinaliada invite tourists to explore their natural beauty. One can relax in utmost tranquillity as a result of the complete ban on any motor vehicle on these islands.
The only mode of transport here being bicycle and horse cart, it offers a unique experience for its tourists to explore its beautiful lanes. The sun in the month of July won't let you feel the heat of the sun pricking your skin and it'll be a surreal experience to drive a bicycle under the clear and bright sky.
Location- Adalar, Marmara Sea, Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- Depends on the ferry service you take.
A whole lot of migratory birds surround the place and their chirps and hops feel just like an icing on the top. On the outside, the mosque has a collection of huge domes along with six tall minarets which can even be seen from a pretty large distance.
The mosque has its interior covered with 20,000 blue Iznik tiles which later on became the inspiration behind its unique name. People from far away lands come to worship here. It is mostly open throughout the day for its tourists and visitors except at the time of six prayers of Muslims in the day.
Location- Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydani Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Timings- Open all days except Friday mornings. Also closed on Muslim holy day
The Madame Tussauds wax museum is the place featuring over 60 waxworks of your favorite international celebrities and players. Get a chance to click pictures with Micheal Jackson or Lady Gaga or George Clooney. You will see the waxwork of the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic with Madame Tussauds & Sea Life Istanbul combo ticket.
Skip the line and enter directly
Head for a Fun Day Outing
You will explore the two most famous attractions in Istanbul with this tour. So get ready for the family or friends fun day out.
Max: 9 pax
Location: Madame Tussauds Istanbul, Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, İstiklal Cd. No 56, Beyoğlu
- Children under 2 years old can join for free
- For Madame Tussauds & Sea Life Istanbul combo ticket child age is 3-17
This underground palace was later degraded by the locals who threw all sorts of garbage and corpses inside it. But finally, after going through several restorations, it was open to the public in 1987. Now, the cistern is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Istanbul. Its sheer grandeur and symmetry make it a retreat for tourists in summers.
Even though there is not much water left in it, walking through its wooden pavements allows you to feel its dripping water on your face. This is why it is advised to visit this attraction in the month of July to take a complete charge of its offerings.
Location- Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- 10TL onwards
Timings- Every Day 9AM-5PM
Take a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise
The cool breeze on the onset of evenings refreshes your mind to the core. Watching all the magnificent mosques and museums from the ferry during the sunset time is truly a magical experience. To make your sailing experience a little more entertaining, you can book a three-course dinner at the cruise which comes along with complimentary folk dance and music events.
The cruise starts from Eminonu in the day and travels all the way to the Black Sea in the North.
Location- Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi, Nakilbent Sk. No:29, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- 200 TL onwards
Timings- Departure 10AM - 9PM
Explore the City on the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Egyptian Spice Bazaar and others are some of its famous stops. Not just the tour lets you visit these places, but you can gather information about the history and tradition of everything through a headphone commentary. The commentary is done in eight languages which you can choose from. The hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best things to do in Istanbul.
Location- Several places in Istanbul
Entry Fee- 270 TL onwards
The Istiklal Street
That perfect weather happens to be in the month of July when you can be out there on this street for long hours without giving any second thoughts about your inconvenience. The long stretch of the street boasts hundreds of mini shops, cafes, bars, cinema and live music.
This street is also one of the busiest streets all over the world as thousands of locals and tourists come here every day to spend long hours shopping, eating and watching cinema. One part of this street also sees a line up of the 19th century mansions, former palaces and embassies which are now home to the high street brands. Visiting this 1.5 km long pedestrian colourful street is literally one of the best things to do in Istanbul.
Location- Istiklal Cd., Beyogu/Istanbul, Turkey
Timings- Open seven days except for Sunday
There are also plenty of options available for water sports, like motorboating, surfing, etc. Those who choose to also spend the night can relax in one of their wooden bungalows and boutique hotels built at a lavish stretch of the beach.
Location- Rumelifeneri Mahallesi, Iskele Cd. No:6, 34450 Sariyer/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- Weekday 25 Turkish Liras, Weekends 35 Turkish Liras
Timings- 8 AM-8 PM
Enjoy the Whirling Dervishes Show
However, the Hodjapasha Cultural Centre near Hagia Sophia offers authentic whirling dervishes. Around the month of July, the centre is flocked by many culturally driven tourists who take full participation in the rituals and make the aura incessantly spiritual.
This cultural mosaic also showcases some of the other Turkish traditions and beliefs as well. For instance, Rumi poems and Sufi music, Hyperrealist style dervish statues and video shows are all part of the exhibitions for tourists.
Location- Hoca Pasa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi Istanbul TR, Hocapasa Hamami Sk. 3/B, 34110 Fatih, Turkey
Entry Fee- $30 onwards
Timings- 7PM TTS
Istanbul Theme Park
The summer months in Istanbul are pleasantly warm, which amplifies your experience of dipping your body into the pools and taking water rides to the next level. Along with a breathtaking rollercoaster ride, the amusement park has 30 different entertainment zones.
A separate section for kids is also provided which has their entertainment facilities like Dora and Diego, and Safari Tunnel.
Location- Yesilpinar Mahallesi, Sht. Metin Kaya Sk. No:11, 34065 Eyup/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- USD 2.27 - USD 9.50
Timings- Fri - Mon 10 am to 6 pm, Tue - Thu closed
Since the bazaar is built on a very large open area, it is best to visit here in July when the weather allows you to stay out for long hours without feeling uneasy. The shops in this bazaar are known for selling almost everything. From leather to gold, to even garments, the Grand Bazaar has it all covered up for its local people and tourists.
It'll give you the feeling of immersing into the rich heritage of Turkey, with its handicrafts, textiles and popular cuisine on full display inside the bazaar. Every day it attracts around 2,50,000 to 4,00,000 tourists from all across the globe. So whenever you plan your trip to Istanbul and struggle to get anything around, you know exactly where to look for.
Location- Beyazit, Kalpakcilar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Entry Fee- Free
Timings- 10AM- 6PM
A Fun Day at Babylon Beach Soundgarden
One can play all sorts of beach games like volleyball and badminton, and later on relish some snacks like hamburgers, grilled fish and cheese sandwiches which are sold by the nearby food shacks.
The Soundgarden on the Babylon beach is the name of its music festival which is held every year. It's a night full of music and dance perfect for spending your days away from the urban commotion.
Location- Demircikoy, Kilyos, Istanbul.
Entry Fee- Weekend – 60 Turkish Liras. Weekdays – 40 Turkish Liras.
Timings- 9am – 8pm
Enjoy Istanbul’s International Jazz Festival
This is also one of the reasons why it becomes one of the best places to visit in Istanbul in July. Many renowned artists from all across the world are invited to this festival who spend days performing live in front of a massive audience.
Initially, the festival only entertained jazz music on its list, but since 1994, it has expanded its reach to various other music genres like rock, pop, blues, reggae and new-age music.
Location and time- Different every year, check before you plan your trip.