There are four major sections of the city with touristic interest:
– Old Town: Mostly the region around Sultanahmet
– Beyoglu (Pera District)
– Prince’s Islands (suggested from June through September)
The Asian side is mostly a residential area. There is not much of historic interest except the Asian side of Bosphorus. It is nicer to live there since it is quieter compared to European side. Yet, Kadikoy food bazaar, Moda are only a 25 minutes boat trip away, less touristy and offers a look into daily Turkish life. Caddebostan beach strip is a lively posh neighborhood further away.