Istanbul - A spellbinding city where cultures collide
Diverse cultures have had an effect on Istanbul over the years. Today, by visiting the Mahale, you can see these effects in action (neighbourhood). It is simple to see why visitors claim that Istanbul is the finest thanks to Sultanahmet's sanctuary, Beyolu's 19th-century European elegance, Nisantasi's high fashion, Kadikoy's bustling café scene, and the football-crazed streets of Besiktas. One metropolis was made up of several smaller ones.
Best time to visit: Mar-To-Nov
Things to do: Cruise with Dinner, Hamami Turkish Bath, Explore Arnavutkoy Nightlife, Whirling Dervish Show
HOW TO REACH ISTANBUL
- Flights - There are frequent everyday flights from many international airlines, including Turkish Airlines, to Istanbul. There are also regional airlines that offer charter trips to Istanbul, particularly during the summer or around Easter and New Year's.
- Road - Istanbul has excellent highway connections to many European towns. From Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Jordan, Russia, Georgia, and Romania, some private Turkish bus firms operate scheduled buses to Istanbul.
- Rail - International trains arrive at Sirkeci station on the European side, or Haydarpasa station on the Asian side of Istanbul depending on where you're coming; from the West or from the East.
HOW TO GET AROUND
- Metro - The Marmaray, a different underground train network, joins the metro at Yenikap and travels through a tunnel under the Bosphorus to the Asian side.
- Ferry - Ferries also run approximately hourly along the Golden Horn, every couple of hours to the Princes’ Islands and more occasionally up and down the Bosphorus.
- Minibus - Minibuses frequently travel longer distances and adhere to a fixed schedule. Both kinds of vehicles typically have a sign identifying their location in the front window. Minibuses gather up and drop off passengers at predetermined locations along the route, and dolmuş passengers direct the driver to their desired exit.