Through the magnificent Istanbul…

How do I get in Istanbul?

In Istanbul there are 2 Airports:

  1. Atatürk – The main international airport, located 20 km west of Istanbul, on the European side. From the airport you can take the metro to Aksaray station, then the tram until Sultanahmet, where is also the Topkapi Palace. Pay attention! When you take the metro to the station Aksaray, we will see there is also Topkapi station, but is not the right station, you must go out at station Aksaray, therefore take care not to be misled. You buy the subway tokens/tickets from the airport, from automatic machines; cost 3 TL, meaning 1 EUR, and the ticket tram being separated.
  1. Sabiha Gökçen is the secondary airport on the Asian side, located 32 km of Istanbul. The best way to reach the city is by Havatas bus, ticket is 1 EUR, leaves you in Kadikoy on the Asian part or in Taksim Square on the European part. You can also opt for a shuttle bus to Sultanahmet. The tickets are more expensive, 12 TL (4 EUR); buy them from the airport.

What would be good to visit in Istanbul?

  • Topkapi Palace, preferably to be visit in the morning, in the afternoon queues are huge. The entry is 25 TL (9 EUR). On Tuesday is closed. Topkapi is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world with an exceptional Ottoman architecture.
  • The Blue Mosque is a place of praying and is the emblem for Muslim’s art. Admission is free and it’s open daily.
  • Hagia Sophia was the largest building of Christianity, converted into a mosque after the fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans. Entry costs 25 TL (9EUR) and is closed Mondays.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace is an imposing building, opulent and luxurious. It was the residence of the Emperors. Admission is 30 TL (10 EUR), and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Galata Tower, a great view of the entire city. The entry is 10 TL.
  • The Grand Bazaar is the place where you can get lost, literally, is full of all kinds of goods, products and bargains or very expensive things. It is closed Sunday. Is the largest covered market in the world and includes 60 streets, where are more than 4,000 stores. To get to the Grand Bazaar in Sultanahmet Square, take a walk of 20 minutes on the Dival Yolu Avenue or take in the opposite direction towards Galata, the tram, it’s a unique line, and you get down at Carsikapi station.
  • The Egyptian Bazaar, here you can find all species of spices in the world but also baklava, cookies with nuts and their famous lokum, in a large variety of assortments.
  • Gulhane Park is the ideal place to walk and enjoy nature. In April you can admire hundreds of brightly colored tulips.

What can I do in Istanbul?

  • A cruise on the Bosporus – Most cruises departments are near the Galata Bridge and the prices vary between 10 and 25 TL/per person.
  • Visit Prices Islands, the trip takes 2 hours and departures are in the port, near Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Turkish bath – Go to Hamam Turkish baths, are unique in the world.
  • Walk on Maslak business district.
  • Visit Buyukada Island – interesting here is that no cars are running.

Where do I find good hotels?

  • The best area to stay is Sultanahmet, near the main tourist attractions such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. My sincere advice is to opt for the 4 star hotels, rooms are a bit more spacious, better services quality and a little more varied breakfast.
  • A suggestion – Titan City Taksim – http://www.titanic.com.tr/titanicCity/default-en.html – good location, large comfortable beds, easy access to subway station and cable car station, approximately 10 minutes walk to Taksim Square, very helpful personal, great spa, free Wi-Fi. Double room is approximately 100 euro / night, no breakfast included.

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