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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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Istanbul, the Colorful "Bridge" between Europe and Asia

    A city of 14 million people, that shows it's great diversity in culture, religion, art, lifestyle and... food. Istanbul is a city that can fulfill the expectations of every traveler. Historical monuments of great significance, beautiful urban landscapes, interesting architecture (traditional and contemporary), many different ways to relax and have fun (from a traditional "hamam" to some of the hippest nightclubs of Europe), and of course the delicious and spicy Turkish cuisine.

    Insider Tip:When drinking Turkish tea, keep your spoon in the glass if you want more, or leave it beside it if you are done!

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Istanbul

    Visited Istanbul during Thanksgiving holiday, since I wouldn't be home in America for a turkey dinner. Decided why not spend it in the country of Turkey instead! Was iffy about visiting at first because the media and what not, but I honestly felt very safe traveling alone through here. Amazing culture and people. A unique city and the only one that borders Europe and Asia. Ferry ride from European to Asian side and vice versa is simply amazing. 4 lira per trip.

    Insider Tip:Don't take the Bosphorous boat tour. Just take the ferry rides for 4 lira. Spice Market is more interesting than Grand Bazaar. Do visit local tea shops and drink cay tea. Do go up the Galata tower.

  • 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.

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