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Regardless of the motivations of entering the luxury second home market - as a business investment or purely for pleasure - there's no doubt that having access to a selection of international properties is synonymous with success and a jet-set lifestyle. Our Members enjoy exclusive access to luxury holiday homes all over the world, including our beautiful piece of luxury real estate in the city of Istanbul.
Acting as the ancient meeting point between East and West, Istanbul is a captivating blend of cultures that has formed over countless centuries. It's a city buzzing with a vibrant love for life, fuelled by coffee from its famous coffee houses and filled with people ready to welcome each new visitor with boundless generosity. As a Member of The Hideaways Club you'll be able to dive into the exhilarating hubbub of the city and explore its fascinating layers of history from the tranquil sophistication of our luxury apartment, deep in a metropolis that has been the capital of empires.
Istanbul's perfect strategic position has meant it's seen the rise and fall of the world's greatest empires. It's been home to the Greeks, Persians, Romans, Venetians and finally the Ottomans throughout the thousands of years since its conception. Going through numerous changes in identity and name during its tumultuous history, each successive culture has left its mark on the city. This can be seen everywhere, from the mosaics and frescos of the Byzantines and magnificent mosques of the Ottomans, to the cultural diversity which makes the city so inclusive. Having once been the final stage of the Silk Road, this is a true travellers' city, open-hearted and convivial.
The coffee house, known a kahvehani, was invented in Istanbul almost 500 years ago, and with tea gardens, bustling kebab restaurants and Turkish taverns, there's plenty of opportunity to get caught up in the exciting social hum of Istanbul. This extends into the city's vibrant nightlife with the suburb of Beyoğlu containing many of the Istanbul's great bars. Beyoğlu is also one of the city's oldest districts, containing the 15th-century Galata Tower, which soars above the other historic buildings.
Most of the buildings and monuments that make up Istanbul's distinctive skyline lie in the Old City of Constantinople, on the southern shore of the Golden Horn. Cross the Galata Bridge and head for the area in and around Sultanahmet Square, where such architectural wonders as Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are all located.
With such a vast history of disparate cultural influences, it's no surprise that Turkish cuisine has developed into something wonderful. You'll find kebabs, koftes and each delicious nibble of a meze, from hummus to baba ganoush, represented at their best in this city, and still have barely scratched the surface of Turkish cookery. Beyoğlu - the location of our luxury apartment - is one of the most popular places to eat out, and some say it's the place where you'll find the best baklava. Try the anise-flavoured clear brandy, Raki, for an authentic taste of Turkey, as well as the orchid and cinnamon drink Salep, which is unavailable outside of Turkey's borders.