Balat is close to a diverse collection of Istanbul’s attractions. Two of the most popular attractions here are the marvelous Golden Horn Bridge and the fantastic Feshane International Fair Congress and Culture Center. If you have time, don’t miss the Halic Congress Center and the Eyup Sultan Mosque.
Istanbul is known as being home to Hagia Sophia. It is only less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the center of the city.
Pay a visit to Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in the city center of Istanbul.
Holiday makers in Balat, keen to deepen their appreciation of this area, will appreciate the nearby cultural attractions. In particular, you should make sure you check out Pera Museum, the Rahmi M Koc Museum and the Rahmi M. Koc Industry Museum. There are a number of interesting art galleries to visit. In particular, don’t miss Gallery Apel, Gallery Nev and Kasa Gallery. Experience local and touring talent performing live at the Nardis Jazz Club, Garaj Istanbul and the Galata Whirling Dervish Hall.
Istanbul has a number of unique sights such as Galata Tower, Valens Aqueduct and Beyazit Tower. Should you feel the need for a little spiritual renewal, pay a visit to the area’s most sacred sites, such as Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church and the Church of St. George. Those with a passion for history will enjoy checking out the Column of Marcian and the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus.
Go to Spice Bazaar, French Street and Istiklal Avenue for some retail therapy.
The area is home to the Galatasaray Liv Hospital basketball team in winter and Galatasaray OdeaBank. Both teams play regular matches at Abdi Ipekci Arena. If you’re not a sports fan, you can sing along and cheer with locals at one of the many concerts staged here.
To make the most of this fascinating part of the world, think about booking a room close by in one of the area’s charming bed and breakfast or hotel options. The Marmara Pera, the Wyndham Istanbul Old City and the Istanbul Golden City Hotel are just three of the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.