Author: David Jones
Istanbul Turkey A Wonderful City To Visit
There are many reasons to visit Istanbul there are many visitor attractions no matter how large your group. We only wish to offer a few suggestions of what to do in Istanbul but maybe offer up some advice on what is available to do there. Like any city, there are good places and bad places to visit and if this is your initial time of visiting Istanbul or if you have paid a visit before, enjoying yourself and making the most of your time there is paramount. It is often an idea to have a rough plan of places you wish to visit, and Istanbul has a wide array of exciting places to visit that with stick with you for a long time.
Top 10 Istanbul Sights And Attractions
During your time in Istanbul there are quite a few places of interest which are worth some of your time. The popular Istanbul vicinity of Turkey has attractions that you may know and others that are less well known to outsiders of Istanbul we have put together a Top 10 list to guide you:
1. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
2. Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
3. Saint Saviour in Chora
4. Sultanahmet District
5. Suleymaniye Mosque
6. Istanbul Old Town
7. Basilica Cistern
8. Rustem Pasha Mosque
9. Bosphorus Strait
10. Corlulu Ali pasa Medresesi
These really are just a starting point if you have a good travel guide and map you will be able to find more and if you schedule enough time in Istanbul. You are sure to find other interesting locations and attractions about the Istanbul area of Turkey.
Hotels In Istanbul
If you plan to stay in Istanbul more than one night you will need to find a place to stay. Istanbul offers a broad range of facilities to sleep these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to lower end hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. If you are travelling on business ensure the hotel you decide to select has suitable facilities and is in the right area for your meetings as the traffic in Istanbul can result in problems at certain times of the day. If you are looking for a prestigious hotel to stay at there is a selection of top chain and independent hotels. Istanbul also offers a good selection of lower star hotels that offer basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you don’t have a large budget there is a number of guest houses and hotels in the area which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whichever type of accommodation you select in Istanbul try and make time to see if any bargains exists on a wide array of travel web sites, often these are out of season or when a home sports team isn’t playing a game. Istanbul Ataturk Airport Rent A Car
Places To Eat In Istanbul
A wide number of places are available to eat at in Istanbul, the sites where you select to eat at will be reflected by your budget. There are a number a fantastic low cost restaurants that serve Turkish meals that won’t leave you out of pocket. If you are on the look out for a fine dining restaurant there are a wide number of these, but you will need to make a reservation and make sure you are dressed suitably. If you just want quick food there are the familiar names like Subway or McDonalds exist in the city, but if you are on the look out for something more authentic you should ask a local and see where they suggest. A fundamental part of enjoying a city is to try it’s local food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Istanbul. whether that is a café, a fine resturant or food from a street vendor. You should check local newspapers for offers and remember to try something new.
When coming to terms with a new location like Istanbul it is often a good idea to have some inside knowledge. There are some here that could help you.
International Dialing Code: 90
Istanbul Coordinates: 41.0128° N, 28.9744° E
Altitude: 28 m / 91 ft
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
Istanbul Time Zone: GMT +2
City Population: 13.8m
Metro Population: 13.8m
Temperature High In 29.2°C / 84.6°F
Temperature Low In 4°C /39.2°F
Staying Safe In Instanbul
Like other cities Istanbul has it’s good points and bad points, it is important to be smart and you will remain safe and have a fantastic trip to this wonderful Turkish place. Before you set off, buy a good guide book and know where you are going, don’t make it obvious you are a novice to the cities geography by exposing expensive electronic goods and don’t wear expensive jewellery and excessive cash on your person. Try and stick to well lit areas that are populated after nightfall and if you loose your way, hail a cab. Just because you might be on holiday, don’t switch off. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in Istanbul. On the whole Turkey is a safe location with helpful and warm citizens. A bit of research goes a long way and if you have a picture in your mind of the city you can understand it better.
About the Author
David Jones is an experienced travel author that has worked for some of the top travel organisations around the World. Hie areas of knowledge include the Hotel, Airline and Car Rental industries.