Visiting Galata Tower

On your visit to Istanbul, you will at once be struck by the sight of this enormous construction that dominates the skyline. The tower is open to visitors from 9a.m to 8p.m daily. The balcony remains open till 5p.m and till 7 p.m. in summer. You have to pay a small fee to enter the Galata Tower. There is an elevator to the tower, but you have to walk up the last two floors to the observation desk.

The climb will be worthwhile as the sight from the observation desk is most spectacular. It will give you a 360-degree panoramic view of Istanbul. You can see the Asian side, the highest point of Istanbul, the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn, the Suleiman's Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, the Spice Market, the New Mosque and all other important destinations of Istanbul. From the Galata Tower, you can see the four different sides of Istanbul.

If the visit makes you hungry, there is a restaurant on top of the tower where you can taste some fine Turkish cuisine. If you visit the tower in the evening, you can get a taste of the Turkish nightlife at the nightclub. Turkish folk dance troupes and belly dancers perform regularly there to entertain the guests.

So if you wish to get a true insight to Istanbul, feel its history, and enjoy a magnificent view of the sea and The Golden Horn, you must visit the Galata Tower - the oldest and most beautiful tower of Istanbul.