City Guide Istanbul, Turkey

Visiting Istanbul

The only city in the world built on two continents, Istanbul is a unique link between east and west, the perfect guarantee that your visit will be a memorable one.

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Istanbul City Reviews

  • 100%


    Multicultural city

    I falled in Love with this city. There is an interesting mix of cultures and a lot of activities to do.

  • 90%


    Interesting Istanbul

    The city is lovely. If you are use to Europe, I recommend traveling to Istanbul. It has some European vibes, with a kick of the Middle East. The mosques are beautiful. The people are nice. It is cheap for food, accommodation, drinks, and shopping. Highly recommend.

  • 60%


    Life-changing experience

    Istanbul is an incredible city where you feel at the beginning of the civilization. Weather is just perfect in May and the cultural shock is fastly forgotten with such kind and friendly people. My favorite spots were Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Chora Church.

    Insider Tip:Don't miss tavuk gogsu and baklava at Saray Muhallebicisi and unforgettable Ottoman-style food at Asitane.

  • 100%


    The place you'll never want to leave

    Truly an amazing city, with not enough good reviews, no where else have I wanted to give up my responsibilities and stay some where forever. The people, the places and the history are so interesting. On top of all that, the transport system is perfectly layed out for you to explore every corner of the city.

    Insider Tip:Be aware of the price of things, particularly food, which can massively vary in price and value with little correlation.

  • 50%


    Old&New and Oriental&Western at the same time

    Istanbul is a city that can offer you whatever you want. Cultural sites? Yes! Historical sites? Yes! Night life? Yes! Relaxation? Yes! Museums? Yes! The only bad thing about the city is scamming. It is sorrly widespread in most of the touristic places(esp. be careful in taxim when entring so-called clubs and takind taxies)

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