Winter in Istanbul with Hyatt hotels

Winter is a great time to visit Istanbul. It’s a city like no other, it spans two continents; Europe and Asia and has something to explore around every corner. There’s so much to do, so much to see and so much to eat and drink! We recently spent a couple of days exploring the city whilst staying at 4 different Hyatt Hotels;  Park Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt. You can save up to 25% off this Winter at Hyatt Hotels. More details can be found here: http://bit.ly/2hsekR5

Each hotel offers something different and unique but one thing they have in common is they all have an amazing breakfast which really set me up for the day of sightseeing ahead…. 

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite things to do in Istanbul this Winter…

Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro

We enjoyed a lovely sail from Kotor to Perast with 360 Monte to Our Lady of the Rocks, a famous man-made island in Montenegro located near Perast in Boka Bay.

According to the legend, the islet was made over centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding a painting of the Virgin Mary and Child stuck on a protruding rock on July 22, 1452. It is said that they took the painting home and overnight, one who had been crippled, was healed.

They took this as a sign and vowed to build a church on the spot.  Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. There is still a tradition alive today where every year on the 22nd of July an event called Fašinada happens. Local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea to secure that the island stays firm.