Istanbul Travel Guide
Why? It is not only geographically that Istanbul
straddles the strait between Europe and Asia; a holiday in Istanbul
is where tourists can enjoy the best of both cultures, and it all
adds up to plenty of Turkish delights. Travel to Istanbul and
haggle in a bazaar in the morning for an exotic rug, then buy a
designer outfit in a modern store in the afternoon; marvel at
gilded mosques and then party the night away in a rollicking
When? The city enjoys hot, humid summers, and summer is the season most choose to travel to Istanbul. It is probably best to plan your Istanbul holiday for either early or late summer, though, to avoid the high season crowds and inflated prices. Winter is cold, wet and there is often snow, so holiday-makers tend to avoid travelling to Istanbul between November and February.
Who for? A holiday in Istanbul is ideal for anyone who wishes to sample the flavour of the East, while safely ensconced on the European continent, in a city where the familiar mod-cons of the west mingle happily with Arabian magic and mystery. Shopaholics will revel in the bazaars and glitzy stores, and history buffs can indulge in an orgy of sight-seeing and museums that reveal the romance of all the eras of this ancient city.
More Info: Discover the inside story of Istanbul by consulting our Istanbul travel guide, which will assist in planning a holiday in Istanbul and ensuring everything runs smoothly when you get there.
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