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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Be careful.

    Although the majority of our stay was pleasant, this incident made it uneasy to speak with staff. Location is great as the area is not so noisy at night around the main attractions. The in house restaurant is delicious and should definitely be eaten at.

    Insider Tip:Don't touch the sliding shower screen door.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Chill

    Great place to soak in all of history. This city is extremely multi-cultural, with influences from all over the world (except maybe native American). Not really a big party city expect to sit in small cafes and hang instead of big clubs. That said, I am here in the off season.

    Insider Tip:Turkish men will not tell you they don't know how to get somewhere. Instead they will just give you faulty directions. Haggle for nearly everything.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Istanbull rocks!

    Best city I have been to. I spent 4 days there and it was not enough! Amazing sunset from Galata Tower.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    good old history city

    I went to Istanbul with my friends, and this was my first time to go there. Istanbul has many dimensions, old culture, new culture, christian, Isram, and so on. Very attractive place. But commodity price becomes higher and higher these days, so we had to spend more money than we had expected. This is a bad point, but I think that it worth spending money to visit.

  • 80%

    WanderlustGirl94

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES ON EARTH!

    This was one of the most amazing cities I have ever seen! The people is so nice, helpful and funny, the architecture of the Mosques is stunning, the culture is so wide, different and interesting and the city itself has a spirit and vibe that I have never felt before! I really enjoyed my stay in this wonderful city and for sure I hope I can come back to Turkey someday.

    Insider Tip:Don't be afraid. I was a woman traveling alone and everyone told me I was crazy for going to Turkey by myself. YOU CAN NOT MISS THIS CITY. It is very safe and the people is super friendly! Just be very careful where you put your values and have your eyes wide open with the scams. ALWAYS dribble, all prices can go down! Avoid being alone at night at places that are not crowded and you'll be fine! Go to Prince Islands' if you can and have good weather is beauuuutiful. ENJOY! :)

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