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22 March 2015

Historical and touristic places; travel to İstanbul

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Istanbul: A world center of great value in the past as well as in the present, Istanbul embraces Asia on the one hand and Europe on the other.

Istanbul, with its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical beauties is a magnificently unique city that has been capital to many civilizations from past to present and still continues to be home to residents from all over the world. This rooted city, with a history dating back to 300 thousand years before, constitutes a mosaic of many civilizations and cultures combined.

One may come across legacies and monuments of thousands of years behind any door or around any corner in Istanbul. Whether you take a round tour in Istanbul or visit any of the 39 districts nearby, you will catch hold of various historical and natural wonders any minute.

You may begin your Istanbul tour at the Grand Bazaar that will enchant you with its bright and pleasant environment while a sense of peace and security will wrap you tightly in Hagia Sophia. A tour of the pearl of the Bosporus, Ortaköy, Beşiktaş and Kabataş will let you enjoy the delightful views along the deep blue coast.

With the Black Sea in the north, the Marmara Sea in the south and the Istanbul Strait running in all its glory through the middle of the city, you will experience great moments in Istanbul and witness the unique combination of the Mediterranean and Black Sea climates. You may encounter a hot and humid weather in the summer and a cold and snowy weather in the winter.

Watching the flying seagulls at Eminönü by the time the rising sun illuminates the city, you will notice the docked boats rocking gently as if to greet you. What’s more, you won’t be able to resist the fresh scent of the city when the first ray of lights illuminate the shimmering fishes swimming around the fishing twines.

The setting sun illuminates the city like a painting every evening. The candle- like silhouettes of the mosques rise above the historical peninsula to greet the city while the sun and the moon salute each other as the day turns into night. Right at that moment you will feel like a sultan in the cradle of civilizations.

Bridging two continents, this unique city, where one can encounter people from different countries and witness diverse cultures merging in harmony, will awaken completely different feelings in you.

There is a lot to experience and share in Istanbul. Are you ready to explore this magic city?

Attractions

We can tell you where to start to discover the magnificent sceneries, the perfect architecture and the unique dishes of Istanbul!

Offering a wide range of alternatives, Istanbul welcomes its dear guests with special dishes for all tastes. A variety of cuisines from all over Turkey blending with the Ottoman culinary culture comprise a variety of specialties of incomparable taste.

Having started the day with a Turkish breakfast, which is famous for its diversity, you may take a trip to the islands of Istanbul where you will encounter an entirely different environment. You may enjoy the sun and the sea or prefer to ride a bike if you like.

Alternatively you may opt to take a city tour in Istanbul which is definitely worth the time. Beginning your tour at the historical peninsula, you can sightsee many monuments belonging to civilizations that had settled here. The Grand Bazaar, Nuru Osmaniye, Çemberlitas, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Archaeological Museum are among the major venues you may particularly enjoy sightseeing.  After that you can cross the Golden Horn Bridge and give a coffee break at Karaköy before heading to Tünel and going up the Galata Tower to watch the splendid view of Istanbul.

Finally, you can try the tasty dishes of Turkish cuisine at any of the restaurants at Beyoğlu and eventually drop by the coast of Bebek or Arnavutkoy to enjoy the rest of the magnificence and beauty of Istanbul by night.

On the other hand, Pierre Loti, one of the most tranquil and charming corners in Istanbul, will invite you to drink some Turkish Tea and enjoy the view on site.

Eminönü is a convenient place to buy souvenirs and gifts that will remind you of your Istanbul experience all through life. For bigger shopping tours you may prefer to go to the great shopping centers in the districts nearby.

If you prefer to be carried away by the beat of the night you may consider visiting Kalamış, Fenerbahçe, Moda and Caddebostan located on the Anatolian side. Likewise, the coast of the European side, such as Ortaköy, Kuruçeşme, Bebek, Tarabya and Suada offer popular entertainment venues with doors open to guests until early sunrise.

Events

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Istanbul is perhaps that you can participate in many activities. Istanbul is one of the ideal cities, where you can spend enjoyable times both with your friends and your children. In addition, the city offers various options of sports activities.

Held in June every year, the Istanbul Shopping Fest offers a great variety of products by the world’s leading trademarks while the Rock’n Coke Fest, held in the summer months, provides for a great music festivity. Held annually in May, you may witness the merging of colors at Ahirkapi Festival and enjoy the diverse art exhibitions of different genres, each of them more valuable than the other.

Lovers of the seventh art are very lucky if their visit coincides with Istanbul Film Festival. Cinema enthusiasts can watch the films by the world’s most prominent and independent filmmakers and participate in the activities of the festival during the month of April.

The international festivals organized in Istanbul, such as music, theater, film, piano and youth festivals contribute to the cooperation with different countries and enhance cultural diversity.

The open-air concerts that take place in late spring are among the most entertaining activities in the city. These concerts are generally held in Rumeli which is one of the treasures of Istanbul and also a popular venue where many singers and guests are welcomed.

While the Electronica Festival appeals to fans of alternative music, the Blues Festival draws attention as a well-known festival that has been welcoming music fans since 1990.

You can have a great time in Istanbul and enjoy the variety of arts and entertainment.

How can I get there?

Istanbul is one of the most easily accessible metropoles of the world. It has the largest traffic network in Turkey and offers numerous alternatives of city transport.

At the crossroads of the European and Asian continent, the air traffic in Istanbul is very dynamic as the city lies on the connecting and direct flight route of major airways companies. There are two airports in Istanbul that welcome their international guests, the Ataturk International Airport on the European side and the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport located on the Asian side.

Istanbul offers direct flights to any airport city in Turkey while the advanced transportation network of the region allows easy access to any city in the country.

After your arrival at the airport, you can reach the city center by taking one of the shuttles or public transportation facilities leaving to Taksim or Kadikoy outside of the exit gates.

Alternatively, passengers can reach many areas of the city by taking the subway from the airport and a short ride on the tram afterwards. Furthermore, the taxis stationed outside of the exit gates will drive you to your destination by taking the most convenient routes.

Passengers who prefer sea transportation may consider travelling on one of the world famous cruise ships that stopover in Istanbul. The Karaköy and Salipazari Harbors where the cruise ships dock are in the vicinity of the city center and just a two minute walk from the tram.

The magnificent cultural fabric of the city that will grab your attention right upon your arrival will become a memorable part of your unforgettable holiday experience.

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