alternatives await those who arrive in Turkey during bayram or expats who had no time to make reservations for the holiday. If you do not reside in Istanbul, the pearl of the Marmara region, you are absolutely welcome during Qurban Bayram. With more than 15 million people, Istanbul is a crowded metropolis during the year, but when bayram arrives twice a year, the city is not as crowded since millions of Istanbulites leave the city to travel to their hometowns. During bayram, it is easy to visit every landmark: No queues, no rush and no traffic. For expats and tourists that want to explore beautiful Istanbul, from the Anatolian side to the European side, during the bayram holiday, Istanbul feels as if it is completely yours.