Start your walking tour at the Republic Square. Next to the Atatürk monument you have a wonderful view over the old part of town.

The Yivli Minare Mosque is a symbol of the city (a big tower on the previous photo). Opposite the mosque you will find a souvenir shop where you can taste a traditional home-made herbal syrup that does not only taste good but has a certain healing power. To enter the mosque, you will need to take off your shoes.

Try different traditional Turkish sweets and learn how they are made from a local sweets maker. Do not buy those at the airport – you will be charged double there!

Doctor upstairs, carpet shop downstairs
In the backyard of the carpet shop you can explore how traditional Turkish hand-made carpets are knotted. Or you can get a doctor examination…

The ice-cream guys are performing a spectacular show for their customers. And the ice-cream is not bad at all either.

Have some rest at Shisha Lounge. Here you can enjoy another traditional Turkish treat – nargila. Don’t forget to take some selfies while you are at it.

A nazar amulet is an eye-shaped thing believed to protect against the evil eye. The owner of this little shop is producing these amulets himself and explains the meaning of this Typical Turkish symbol.

Sunset over Kaleici and the roman harbour
At the harbor you can board one of the wooden boats to take a short ride to enjoy a beautiful view and listen to interesting background info and seaman stories.

Don’t forget to try some street food… When in Turkey – you should do pistachios, of course!