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Tuck into tasty slice of Turkey; CITY GUIDE Istanbul.

WHERE TO STAY Save The Istanbul Hostel is situated in the heart of Sultanahmet town and offers dorms from pounds 9.50 a night and double bedrooms from pounds 14.50 a night. Other features include Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Visit www.istanbulhostel.net Spend A diamond in the rough - find the Blue House Hotel within the heart of the old city centre, on the steps of the famous Blue Mosque. Doubles from pounds 83. Go to www.bluehousehotel.com WHERE TO EAT Save The Ayasofya Kebab House in Sultanahmet is perfect for a quick bite. Grab a table on the street or order a takeaway for some perfect authentic fast food for under pounds 5. Spend Next to the Old Byzantine Church in Edirnekapi district, the Asitane Restaurant is the place to try traditional Ottoman cuisine. The menu is full of dishes originally prepared for Ottoman sultans in the 1500s. See www.asitanerestaurant.com WHAT TO DO For Families Spend a family day out in the Yildiz Park - a welcome relief from the noise in the city. Perfect for a picnic or quiet stroll.

For Couples The Istanbul By Night tour is a great way to see the city. Dinner and show included. From pounds 61pp via www.viator.com For Grandparents A cruise of the Bosphorus river is the perfect way to see the city and its stunning architecture. Visit www.plantours.com for details. TOP TIP Enjoy an excursion to Princes' Island which was once home to exiled heirs of the Ottoman throne. Visit www.ido.com.tr for ferry information. GETTING THERE With flights from only pounds 129 Istanbul is the perfect holiday destination. To book flights and accommodation go to www.statravel.com or call 0871 230 8512.

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