Why Istanbul is so Attractive to UK Medical Tourists

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Why Istanbul is so Attractive to UK Medical Tourists
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Istanbul is an excellent destination for anybody looking to have a fun, exciting holiday in a beautiful city. The rich architecture and history of the area alone are enough to warrant a trip, but what many people do not realize is that it is also popular with medical tourists looking to combine their medical trip with a holiday.

After all, why not take a well-deserved holiday at the same time? In fact, many people come to Istanbul every year for relatively minor procedures such as a hair transplant. Why not combine your hair transplant in Turkey with a relaxing vacation?

Thousands of medical tourists arrive in Turkey every year from the United Kingdom. It is not that surprising that many of these individuals choose to have work done in Istanbul, since this is a modern city, offering state-of-the-art technology and certified doctors, and medical care is affordable and within easy flight distance of the UK.

The city offers much for a UK tourist, or any visitor, to do and see, such that a person is likely to find something they are interested in. There are ample places to stay and many ways to travel around the city and surrounding areas, so there are options to suit all budgets.

Arts and architecture 

The architecture is amazing and represents a rich history of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The truly impressive Hagia Sophia is a must for any visitor interested in the rich history of the area. This large domed building is an architectural marvel, with beautiful internal structures including impressive ceiling frescoes of the Byzantine period.

To see a building of the Ottoman era you can tour the Dolmabahce palace, where you will be impressed by the decorative inside with its gold leaf ceilings and baroque period influences. 

Furthermore, Istanbul has some of the best contemporary art galleries in the world. The city has become a gathering place for artists and there are often festivals celebrating the artistic community. There is a biennial festival which showcases a range of artists and their works. The awe-inspiring arts, culture, and architecture of Istanbul are sure to make any trip a worthwhile endeavor.

Nature and outdoors

While recovering from your procedure, it is a good idea to be outdoors enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. You can enjoy walking in the lush, green Belgrad forest, or take a boat trip on the Bosphorus strait; interestingly the strait is an important waterway since it is part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. 

You can enjoy the nature of Belgrad forest and city parks such as Gulhane Park, which has several beautiful flowers from the many bulbs and tulips that have been planted, and there is even a science museum to visit.

Besides this museum, you can also explore the Istanbul sea life aquarium, with its clever design where you feel as though you are in the ocean and can see fish, sharks, and stingrays up close.

Food and shopping

Istanbul offers delightful dining experiences, with many places to eat, where you can experience authentic and tasty Turkish cuisine. You can eat at a restaurant or sample some street food. Common and popular food bought at street vendor stalls includes items such as kebap, which is a meat dish, or a börek, which is a scrumptious pastry.

You can grab one of these snacks while walking the streets, exploring, and shopping. You cannot visit Istanbul without at least once experiencing the Grand Bazaar. This covered market has more than 4000 shops to browse and attracts almost half a million visitors daily; wandering through the streets of the Bazaar is an experienced insight, sounds, and smells that you won’t soon forget. 

No matter what your interests are, there will be something fun for you to do in Istanbul, and remember, just because you are coming for a hair transplant, doesn’t mean you can’t also have a fun holiday.