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An introduction to Istanbul
Istanbul acts as a gateway to Asia, creating a fascinating blend of east and west. It's a real gem of a tourist destination, offering an exotic flavour and a magical mix of old and new. Anyone with a penchant for history will enjoy exploring this city, with its rich culture and abundance of sights and sounds - a veritable treat for the senses.
Istanbul in brief
Turkey's largest city is in fact the third largest in the world by population, with only Shanghai in China and the Pakistani city of Karachi being more populous. Istanbul is located in the north-west of Turkey and actually lies in both Europe and Asia, with approximately a third of its population living in the latter. This makes it a really fascinating tourist destination and, unsurprisingly, the city now welcomes around 11.5 million foreign tourists each year. The title of European Capital of Culture a couple of years ago has also helped to make Istanbul the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.
What not to miss
Istanbul is a truly cosmopolitan city, with an interesting blend of architectural styles. Most of the buildings feature Byzantine or Ottoman architecture, but there are also examples of several other styles. Here are some landmarks that are worth seeing during a visit to Istanbul:
Topkapi Palace - This large palace provided the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. Nowadays, it is recognised by UNESCO and is one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions. Important features include fine examples of Ottoman architecture and collections of Ottoman treasures and Islamic manuscripts.
Rumelihisari - This large fortress is located on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus. Built in the middle of the 15th century, it features three large towers and a further 13 smaller watchtowers. The fortress was extensively restored in the 1950s, before being turned into a museum and open-air theatre.
Hagia Sophia - Now a museum, this started life in the 6th century as an Eastern Orthodox church, before being converted into an Imperial mosque after the city was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century. It is one of the most visited museums in the world.
Hippodrome of Constantinople - This was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Little of the original structure remains today, but surviving features include the Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Thutmose III and the stone core of the Walled Obelisk.
How to get to the city
The main international airport is Istanbul Ataturk Airport, which handles over 45 million passengers a year. Located 15 miles west of the city centre, it is slightly closer than Istanbul's second airport, Sabiha Gökçen International, which is 28 miles to the south-east. This airport tends to be popular with budget travellers, as it is mainly served by low-cost carriers.
When to go
The climate in Istanbul is most comfortable in the spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October). Summer is hot and humid, prompting many of the locals to go elsewhere on their holidays. Winter in Istanbul is cool, although it rarely drops below 0 degrees Celsius. However, it should be noted that the weather can be unpredictable at all times of the year.
If you're planning a trip to Turkey, why not take a look at our holiday apartments in Istanbul? We offer high quality accommodation in key central locations that is often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
Istanbul apartments Total rating: 7,63/10 - 98
Очень любезный и приятный в общении хозяин квартиры. Все подробно объясняет по английски. Помимо пары ключей у него можно взять в аренду телефон с местным номером и Istanbulcard, по которой намного дешевле ездить городским транспортом. Очень понравилась обстановка внутри, под классику (не люблю модерн). Интересные предметы, картины под старину, карты города, путеводитель и т.д., плюс Wi-Fi и все, что нужно для жилья и отдыха. Расположение квартиры прекрасное, три минуты пешком до площади Таксим, где жизнь кипит днем и ночью. Недалеко - остановка метро/фуникулера и автобусов-экспрессов в аэропорт, в начале улицы - стоянка такси и круглосуточный продуктовый магазин.
Vitaly Russia, stayed in Istanbul
Nous aurions aime que le service se fasse sans qu'on est à le demander exemple: changer nos serviette de bain et nous fournir le papier de toilette. Il a fallu qu'on en fasse la demande.
Danielle Canada, stayed in Istanbul
Nice, comfortable and simple apartment, which allows to discover Istanbul easily from a central position. Thereby, one has still the possibility to recover from the surroundings and all the tangle.
The landlord is courteous and picked us up at the bus station from Havalas.
Lucas Germany, stayed in Istanbul
L’appartement est difficilement trouvable, devant se trouve un terrain vague avec de nombreux débris.
En ce qui concerne l’appartement en lui-même, il semble vraiment petit par rapports aux photos. Dans le salon de très nombreuses fourmis sortent d’une fissure dans le parquet, sur un séjour de 10 jours j’ai dû en écrasés au minimum 100.
On a été privé d'eau chaude pendant 2 jours, avant de comprendre que c'était le fusible correspondant qu'il fallait réenclencher.
Le rapport qualité/prix est médiocre comparé aux établissements se trouvant à coté.
Fabien France, stayed in Istanbul
Appartement bien situé (proche Taksim) mais dans un quartier vétuste, sale et trés bruyant surtout la nuit, cause à une trés mauvaise isolation phonique! Chiens aboyant toute la nuit, personnes criant dans les rues, etc...
Aucune vaisselle mise à disposition dans l 'appartement, même pas 1 verre ! A quoi sert une kitchenette dans ce cas là ?
Serviettes et descente de bain non changées pendant le séjour.
Sinon accueil trés sympathique.
Bertrand France, stayed in Istanbul
En fuldstændig fantastisk beliggenhed, meget charmerende område med gode lokale restauranter, små handlende så alle behov kan mødes.
Der er kun to værelser, det ene med en regulær dobbel seng. Det andet værelse har en regulær seng, og så en opredning. Femte soveplads er en lidt udrangeret sove sofa i gangen.
Køkkenet fungerer fint med siddepladser til 5, men der er kun service lige til 5 så opvaskemaskinen kører halvtom hver dag.
Solveig Denmark, stayed in Istanbul
Die Unterkunft war für uns perfekt! Sie war genug gross, in der Küche hatte es alles was man brauchte und der kleine Balkon war einfach toll um am Abend die Lichter der Stadt zu geniessen. Die Aussicht war sowieso das Beste, man sah vom Bett aus über die halbe Stadt! Die Lage am Taksimplatz war auch super. Bis zur blauen Moschee muss man zwar etwa eine Stunde gehen, aber wir waren die ganzen Ferien zu Fuss unterwegs. Das würde ich allen empfehlen, denn unterwegs sieht man die spannensten Dinge und erlebt am meisten!
Der Vermieter hat uns sehr freundlich empfangen und uns alles erklärt. Ein wirklich hilfsbereiter Mensch! Die Türken sind allgemein überaus gastfreundliche Menschen. Da zurzeit gerade Demonstrationen in Istanbul waren, hat der Vermieter uns geschrieben und vorgewarnt, als auf dem Taksimplatz Unruhen herschten und uns auch wieder geschrieben, als sich die Lage gegen den Abend beruhigte und wir wieder über den Platz laufen konnten. Das haben wir wirklich geschätzt.
Anna Switzerland, stayed in Istanbul
Ineta Latvia, stayed in Istanbul
The apartment was not the same as the one of the advertised picture. It was bigger but in poorer condition. It was ok but not great
PANAGIOTIS Greece, stayed in Istanbul
Apartment of great charm located in Istanbul but may be too conveniently located near many open late into the night with loud music until 3am restaurants. Earplugs are available in the bathroom!!
Thierry France, stayed in Istanbul
Hello, apartment fit the description on the site mestopolovenieto is excellent, but the neighborhood is very dirty and very steep and narrow streets. We had a very difficult navigation and found the address, we had to take a taxi to take us there. This pleasure cost us 80 liras. Except this apartment is good and is a convenient place for hiking.
Ilian Bulgaria, stayed in Istanbul
the situation of the aaprtment in the city would be nice, located in a very fine street
Stefan Germany, stayed in Istanbul
The apart was very clean and pretty and stylish. The staff was friendly. A wonderful and silent location. I walked to the sightseeings. I would definitly recomend it. Very good!
Petra Germany, stayed in Istanbul
noise (street) for those who slept in the living room. The cleanliness of the bathroom
Yves France, stayed in Istanbul
The view on the Bosphorus from the balcony.
Jan Netherlands, stayed in Istanbul
Everything was very good. We had the chance to be the 1st occupants of the room.
DELCHAMBRE France, stayed in Istanbul
Overall very satisfied with the apartment
Cyril France, stayed in Istanbul
We stayed at this apartment for half of week and we really enjoyed our stay in Istanbul. Great central location with easy access to metro and ferries and good restaurants nearby. The owner was extremely helpful during our stay with assistance on planning our trip and recommendations on what to do as well as arranging transfer to/from the airport. Would highly recommend this apartment and we will very likely come back again.
Jesper Denmark, stayed in Istanbul
L'appartement est situé au sous-sol, donc de l'humidité très visible.
Cuisine très petite. Pas de four, ni micro-onde. La vaisselle est insuffisante pour 5 à 6 personnes (par exemple deux mini couteaux). Le propriétaire doit faire un petit effort d'achat de vaisselles.
Pas de fer à repasser. Cependant je l'ai obtenu après réclamation.
Le pire c'est que vous êtes à côté de la poubelle du quartier.
Elias France, stayed in Istanbul
the apartment is situated in a nice part of the city. Near shops en horeca.
the furniture is simply but good. WIFI is working.
Joan Netherlands, stayed in Istanbul
Very helpful and friendly staff, always someone there. Wonderful location - 5 minutes to Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia. Close to shops and restaurants. Near the fish market with restaurants where you can eat fish. Not noisy at night can be safely gulyat.Apartamenty spacious. In fact there were two bedrooms and a living room with a double bed and a dining zonoy.Kuhnya separately. Cleaned daily, linen change - every other day.
Vadim Russia, stayed in Istanbul
Non, globalement tout était bien.
REDA Tunisia, stayed in Istanbul
El apartamento está situado en una zona muy cercana a Santa Sofía y la mezquita azul lo que facilita la visita a Estambul.
Carmen Spain, stayed in Istanbul
Friendly welcom. Good situation of the apartment in Istanbul.
Availability of Wifi
Antonius Netherlands, stayed in Istanbul
Tilava ja siisti kaksio, toimiva lämmitys ja jäähdytys. Sopii perhemajoitukseen hyvin. kellari/1krs rinnesijainti rauhallisen kadun varrella. Loistavalla paikalla nähtävyyksiin ja trami asemaan nähden.
Don Finland, stayed in Istanbul
It is a large and beautifull appartment near Taksim square. Across the street there is a good bakery and mini market with fresh vegetables. Around the corner is a butcher who also sells nicely grilled chicken. And 500 meters down the street is a restaurant where the local people come to have the best kebab of Istanbul for dinner, a real must to go. The bus and metro station is 5 minutes walk wich takes you to all the good sightseeing places.
I would rate the appartment and not to forget the service of the landlord of AppartmentsApart an 8!
Marijke Netherlands, stayed in Istanbul
Very friendly reception. Great location near the Blue Mosque
Nicole Netherlands, stayed in Istanbul
The appartment is just behind the Blue Mosque, with all interesting places within walking distance. Several small supermarkets are within 200 meter distance and a baker is one of the neighbours. The appartment is well equipped and has comfortable furniture and beds.
FD Netherlands, stayed in Istanbul
tout c'est très bien passé aucun problème rencontré
Yves France, stayed in Istanbul
Our flat was neat Taksim. Was easy to reach most places by foot, taxi, tram or bus.
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