The city of our dreams
In our ideal city, the city of our dreams perhaps, flows a river. The Bosphorus, river of eternal golden reflections, lively yet soothing for both poor and rich alike, tells the story of a great trading town, of conquests and discoveries, of emperors, sultans, poets, travellers, artists… Here time is constantly shifting between the European and Asian side where, so it seems, their souls still linger and where the breath of ancient and new civilizations burn with desire for the future.
In the city of our dreams, there are hills offering different perspectives ; it is a breathing city full of life, with a wide variety of topographies, neighbourhoods and atmospheres. Let us take you through these neighbourhoods : the historic district of Fatih with its beautiful mosques, the spice market, the Grand Bazaar, the district of Beyoğlu with neighbourhoods such as Besiktas or Cihangir with their more modern feel but where history has left many traces.
Add to this the beautiful Sea of Marmara and the several small islands of the Adalar district dominated by wooden luxurious buildings where cars are replaced by horse-drawn carriages and bicycles and where you can savour a peaceful day just a short ferry ride from Istanbul.
Then, there is the sun, exceptional cuisine, shopping, outstanding hotels, artistic treasures, the amazing hospitality and kindness of the locals. What a feast for the palate, the eyes and the soul !
Our promise : you will love Istanbul and it will sing in you for a very long time.
Welcome aboard !
When to go? Weather in Istanbul.
Istanbul’s weather is a happy blend of Continental and Mediterranean climate, rather mild and pleasant all year round. Never too hot or too cold this temperate climate can, however, be moody at times and take you by surprise. Don’t forget to bring a lightweight jacket just in case. We advise you to get there especially in spring or late summer if you want to enjoy pleasant temperatures and avoid the crowds. Many people also choose the end of December to celebrate the New Year and it is not uncommon to have a white Christmas in Istanbul!
Getting there :
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.
Moving around :
Tram, Metro, Funicular, bus, boat, cable car, taxi, you have the choice!
The public transport infrastructure is fairly well organized and very safe, so use it without fear. For the metro, funicular, cable car, tram or boat you will need to buy tokens (the price varies from 3 TL / metro / funicular / cable and 9TL for longer boat trips). They can be purchased from dispensers in all stations.
Using buses can be a bit of a challenge and we suggest that only those of you who are good at map reading and used to asking your way around should use them. Identifying the bus number and where to stop can be tricky. You will need to buy your tickets from the ticket offices (no tokens and no cash).
In any case, taxis are pretty cheap in Istanbul and short trips may even be cheaper than public transport!
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