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Istanbul is made up of old laneways that wind past local artisan stores filled to the brim with knickknacks and cultural souvenirs, scurry alongside street food stands bursting with delicious smells, and weave around stalls selling colourful textiles, past the distinctive call of a snake charmer, and into the Grand Bazaar. Here, piles of eye-catching spices line ramshackle tables, ornate lanterns clank together from the ceiling, and Turkish tea is poured from delicate teapots. Today, Istanbul balances on the crux of old and new. On the one hand, there are the age-old mosques, incredible historic pieces of architecture, and the centuries-old traditions that spill through the streets. On the other hand, there is an influx of international restaurants, design-led bars, and a youthful nightlife that brings the city to life after dark. Delve into the history and enjoy the modern day scene from our apartments in Istanbul. Browse our range of budget holiday rentals that provide the perfect base for exploring the city.
We have Istanbul apartments all over the city, many of which can be found near these major attractions.
Istanbul is famed for its Grand Bazaar, which is bursting at the seams with artisan shops, textile designers, local artists, and food stalls. But it’s not the only place you can get a taste for Istanbul’s market scene. In fact, the city has plenty of other markets dotted around, many of which offer a more relaxing experience than the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar.
There’s Fatih Market, set in the historic centre of Istanbul, which sprawls out across 24 streets and sells everything you can imagine, from local fruit and vegetables to household items and clothing. Then there’s Yesilkoy Market, which takes place on Wednesdays and is known for its classy backdrop. Here, you can wander amongst stalls piled high with quality products laid out in an attractive fashion. Besiktass Market is a smaller affair. On Saturdays it opens its doors to visitors looking for textiles, jewellery, shoes, and bags. Finally, there’s Kadikoy, which is located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. In this 4000 stalled market, you can browse and buy pretty much anything your heart desires.
Our Istanbul apartments are dotted throughout the city and many are located close by to these traditional markets.
Ottoman architecture pierces Istanbul’s skyline with iconic silhouettes, whilst bazaars bustle with heritage and tradition. In amongst all of this, Istanbul accommodation offers a grand selection of hotels and places to stay. In the winding streets of Sultanahmet, vibrant hostels open their doors to culture-seeking visitors, just moments from a lively array of bars, shops, and markets, whilst impressive palatial hotels loom over the city’s famous landmarks and offer an insight into the regal past of Istanbul. Elsewhere, down local streets, apartments offer a retreat for independent visitors on the hunt for history and an immersive experience.
Istanbul has two airports, the Ataturk Airport which is closest to the city centre and sits on the European side of the city, and the Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is a little further afield on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Both airports have good connections to the city centre. Both provide airport shuttle services to visitors from outside the terminals, and there’s also the option to hop in a cab – this will be slightly more expensive from the Sabiha Gokcen airport depending on where you’re staying.
From Ataturk Airport you can also use public transport to get into the city centre. It’s slightly less reliable than the airport shuttle and a taxi, but it’s considerably cheaper and you get to explore local life in Istanbul while you’re at it.