We are looking to spend 14 days in early July visiting the Greek islands. We would also like to visit a large city nearby - I seem to hear mixed reviews about Athens so I was curious if anyone had also visited Istanbul ? I understand that this would alter our flights but we would fly from Athens to Santorini anyway so it isn't a large difference.
Our primary goals are to eat great food, wander around walkable friendly cities, visit some historical/unique sites and have some down time when on the islands.
Will visiting Athens feel very similar to visiting any of the Greek islands or is it a very different experience ?