Istanbul is one of the most historic, famous and magnificent cities in the world at the same time as being a buzzing modern metropolis. Spanningtwo continents, the city boasts a diverse and rich culture with over 3000 years of history.

Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in Istanbul – including a great range of halal-friendly city hotels.

A journey back in time

Leave the present day behind and wander around Old Istanbul, the wonderful World Heritage-listed Sultanahmet District. This is where the city first sprang to life and you will find yourself immersed in a truly unique and magical atmosphere.

Gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman Sultans in Topkapi Palace - it was their main residence from 1478-1853.

Discover the wonders of the Hagia Sophia and its unique decorations from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Pray in the magnificent Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) which was constructed between 1609-1616 and is famous for the exquisite blue Iznik tiles on its walls.

Experience a stay in the 5-star halal-friendly Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet. Enjoy spectacular views of the Old Town and the Sea of Marmara from this alcohol-free hotel and relax in the spa and indoor pool, available for ladies-only and men-only at set times.

Stroll across Galata Bridge at sunset to enjoy enchanting views of the city, or climb to the balcony at the top of Galata Tower. The bridge is often populated by fishermen on its upper level, while down below you’ll find a bevy of eateries serving freshly caught seafood and drinks well into the night.

These are just a few of the  halal-friendly hotels in Istanbul, which are rated highly by HalalBooking’s guests:

Spend an afternoon at one of the world’s most famous souks, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), which is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Wander through its 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops and discover finely woven carpets, leather, pottery, exotic spices and glittering jewellery and find real antique rarities.

Take a boat tour on the Bosphorus, enjoy the refreshing breeze and survey the unique skyline of this magnificent city from the water. Visit one of the nine Princes Islands (Adalar), a popular destination for tourists and Istanbulites alike to escape hectic city life for a day. Enjoy the silence on these car-free islands and take a tour on a horse-drawn carriage or a bicycle.

Pay a visit to one of Istanbul’s many glorious mosques such as a Eyüp Sultan Mosque, which hosts the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, the standard-bearer for the faith and a trusted companion of the Prophet Muhammed.

Visit the beautiful Fatih Mosque in the Fatih district of Istanbul named after Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, who conquered Constantinople in 1453.

Equally worth a visit is the Süleymaniye Mosque which is the second largest mosque in the city and was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.

In the Beşiktaş district a must-see is the beautiful Dolmabahçe Palace which was built by the order of Sultan Abdulmecid I in 1856 and served as the new royal residence from then on.

Taste the rich Turkish Cuisine

Enjoy the authenticity of a culinary experience in Istanbul. Its unique geographical location combined with the rich heritage of Ottoman cuisine has created a vast array of delicious specialities.

Take the opportunity to enjoy a unique city break by choosing one of’s numerous halal-friendly city hotels in Istanbul.

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