BOSPORUS VIEWGreat views, great location! Very near to Taksim area (10min walk) and next to tram line that takes you straight to all sightseeing. Also next to a supermarket, very convenient. Views from the living room are amazing - like no other. Straight to the Bosphorous looking to the Asian side. A dream to have breakfast over looking it! Very light and quite as well. Linen is all cotton-white so no doubt about cleanness. It has a house alarm, so gives you peace of mind both when you are inside as well as when you are visiting around the city. The owners of the apartment give you good advice on what to see, where to go - some pretty good tips on what to avoid (typical tourist "traps"). They also own a few fancy restaurants, so in case you want to go to one of them they can book a table for you (our children still too young so we couldn't take advantage of it....hopefully next time!)
BODRUMFast email communication with the owner Close to metro and shopping mall Good heating Good wifi connection For the next visitor - please feed cats on the balcony, they are lovely and only one positive thing in the aparts
BOSPORUS VIEWA wonderful apartment with a very friendly contact person.
CITY-APARTMENTMehmet is an excellent host. He gave us all the information about the city, good restaurant, transportation infos etc etc. The flat was extremely clean, and he left in the fridge a ot of food for us, for having breakfast. When we will go back to Istanbul this summer, We definitely go back there!
140M2 AKSARAYHigly recommended.Perfect apartment.Thanks to host for everything.Clean,large.safe fully equiped.Host helped us for early check in,organised a transfer from airport.We had everything in apartment.Beds are comfortable,kitchen is large and fully eqıiped.Towels,linens are very clean.Location is perfect.Very centeral.Tram is just 100 meters and you can go all historical area like Blue mosque,Hagia Sophia in 5 minutes by tram.We will go same apartment in august for a long time regards
SPACIOUS 140M2It was a perfect flat.Location is very centeral.So mnay shops restaurants markets.Flat is very big.About 160m2 and 10 person can stay comfortable in this flat.All flat was very clean.Ktchen is fully equiped and bathroom was also big and clean.Tram station is 100 mters to apartment and you can go Blue mosque,grand bazaar in 5 minutes by tram.Host is very kind.He helped us for early check in and late check out.Thank you very much and We will come in july for a long holiday with my parents
Istanbul is a city where Europe and Asia come together, a city that combines the best of both worlds, making it a cultural and historic paradise. Its large mosques and exquisite gastronomy mix into a modern city. If you can’t decide whether to travel to Europe or Asia, why not do both and rent apartments in Istanbul and enjoy the best of both continents.[See more]
What to see in Istanbul
Istanbul stands out for its mosques, which stick out into the city skyline, especially Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Also of great beauty is Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern, an underground palace that used to be used to store water. Don’t miss out on the Galata Tower, one of the oldest watchtowers in the city with amazing views over the Golden Horn, also another of the places you have to go due to its amazing panoramic views over the estuary. If you want to try something authentic, go to a traditional hammam and let the waters and baths renew you inside and out. To finish, go shopping in the Grand Bazaar where you’ll find everything you can think of at decent prices, but get ready to haggle in this legendary market.
Districts and neighbourhoods of Istanbul
Sultanahment or Faith is the old town of the city, where many of the tourist attractions are located. At the other side of the straight is and Beyoglu, an alternative neighbourhood with cool bars, restaurants and shops, an ideal place to find cheap apartments in Istanbul and enjoy the real city life. Further north is the Bosphorus district, with the bohemian neighbourhoods of Besiktas and Ortaköy. Next to it is the New City, Istanbul’s newest and most modern area whilst further west is the Golden Horn, a district that encompasses the whole city north to south and that includes the traditional Ottoman neighbourhood of Eyüp. Leaving behind te European side we cross the water to the Asian side, with the coast of the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara to the south, with charming neighbourhoods such as Kadiköy.
The best time to visit Istanbul
With a southern Mediterranean clime, Istanbul has hot summers and mild weather the rest of the year, with rain coming especially in winter. Since there is a lot to see and a lot of walking to do, it’s best to come in spring, when the weather is milder and temperatures are around 60ºF, also with less tourists.
Getting around in Istanbul
Atatürk Airport receives planes from around the world, especially the west, whilst Sabiha Gökçen receives those that come or go to Asia. Non-EU citizens will need to purchase a visa on arrival at the airport. The city has an efficient and cheap public transport network with buses, trams and metros. Make sure you buy the Istanbulkart ticket during your holidays in Istanbul to save money. Taxis are also more expensive, especially if you’re a tourist.
Festivals in Istanbul
May 19th is Turkish National Day, with the commemoration of the movement started by former president Atatürk, and celebrations and events take place all over the city presided by the Turkish flag. At the end of May it’s also Conquest Week Celebration, celebrating the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed II, with recreations of 15th-century battles. Ramadan also takes place in Turkey, so don’t miss the evening feasting as it is delicious.