City is a historic hub, ideal for people on solo holidays
People planning to take solo holidays in Europe could pay a visit to Istanbul, as there are areas of the city which give a feel of "authentic city life".
Joanna Marsh, the press relations co-ordinator for the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, said that there is a lot to explore in the city and people are missing out if they stick to just one part of Istanbul.
"In Istanbul, many of the historic sites are located in [the] Sultanahmet [district], as is much of the tourist accommodation, it therefore can sometimes feel like a bit of a tourist trap," she said.
"To a get a feel for authentic city life, visit the cosmopolitan district of Beyoglu, just across the Galata Bridge."
Some of Istanbul's historic attractions, which can actually be found spread across the city, are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (known as the Blue Mosque) and the Bosphorus Bridge, which links Europe and Asia.