Just lovely.

By Erika Owen
October 02, 2016

We really love Turkey—especially Istanbul, one of the country's most vibrant cities. Between the shopping, the architecture, and the views, this dynamic city offers visitors tons to do. Pick up an entire suitcase full of souvenirs at the many markets. Get lost in the city's ornate mosques. Make friends with the local wildlife at a nearby zoo or aquarium. (Want more specific recommendations? Right this way.)

Even if you've never visited the many neighborhoods of Istanbul, you'll be able to appreciate this drone footage. Who knows, it may even have you booking a trip to see the Turkey's "Old City" for yourself.

Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.