Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, is as diverse as it is intriguing. As the central hub of business, transport, finance, education, and tourism in the country, it has many facades, ranging from the cosmopolitan to the traditional. It is both bohemian as it is conservative. It is the place where historical, cultural, and trendy influences come together as one. Find some of the best and upmarket districts of Istanbul to visit in this blog.
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When talking about Istanbul, most travel websites and guidebooks focus on the old city district holding all the ancient Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks. For shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, recommendations are to visit the Taksim / Beyoglu district, also home to Istiklal Avenue, the country’s busiest street. Yet for repeat visitors and tourists with more time in the city, the Asian side of Istanbul is also worth exploring. As the eastern half of the city, it is home to roughly 4 million people and a splattering of place to go and attractions to see.
Moving to Istanbul with children is a big undertaking. We've compiled a list of the city's top ten areas for family living in Istanbul, taking into account essential lifestyle facilities like hospitals, schools, shops and transport to the central city and city airports. If you're considering a move to Istanbul, read on and discover the best neighbourhoods for expat families.
Istanbul's a fast-paced, exciting city of around ten million people. For many, it doesn't seem like the ideal place to bring up a family, but for two expats, it's been the opportunity of a lifetime. Explore the ins and outs of living in Istanbul with a family, the good, the bad - and the Istanbul traffic.
Istanbul safety is of a huge concern to visitors right now, with many would-be tourists choosing other destinations ahead of Turkey's largest city. How realistic are the safety concerns? Is Istanbul safe to visit? We look at the factors behind the fear, and examine whether or not Istanbul is a safe choice as a holiday destination.
The Bosphorus Strait is the enduring symbol of Turkey's largest city. Dividing the city into two neat halves, the Bosphorus is a major shipping route and strategic geographical point, and has seen conflict, intrigue, myth and legend since humans first settled in the region. Explore the region and its beautiful homes.
Naturally, as the biggest city in Turkey, Istanbul has two efficient airports of which Ataturk Airport is the most widely used. Called havalimani in Turkish, it is also the largest in Turkey but in 2018, will lose its illustrious title when the planned new Istanbul airport opens to the public. This blog post describes how to get from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul city centre, Taksim, and Sultanahmet.
Out of the two airports in Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen is the second busiest. (It will be the third most active in 2018 when the new airport opens.) Currently servicing 51 airlines flying to 136 destinations, it is on the Asian side of the city and named after Turkey’s first female pilot who was also the adopted daughter of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Here you will find a guide for transport from Sabiha Gokcen airport to Taksim, Sultanahmet, and the city centre.
Istanbul investment property is still one of the hottest buys for 2017. But where to start? We outline the five best investment opportunities you'll find this year, based on price, payment plans and exit strategy. Discover some of the most incredible Turkish investment property on the market today.
Much has been made of Istanbul’s investment potential. And despite a turbulent year investors are still expressing interest in Turkey's largest city. But do the numbers add up? Which parts of the city saw lucrative gains, and which are duds? We examine the gains made in the city and its suburbs in the last five years.
Property investment in Turkey is up by 70% since 2013, a testament to the country's strong economy and the relaxing of property-buying laws. With the rise in investment there's been a corresponding uptick in the number of buy-to-let investors, keen to capitalise on the country's, dynamic young population of renters and the steadily rising tourist numbers.
Istanbul's contemporary art is bold, beautiful and breathtaking. It's little wonder that the creative output from Turkey's largest city is beginning to be recognised around the world. Explore Turkey's most prominent modern artists, and discover the prime places to soak up the contemporary art scene while visiting Istanbul.