An amazing place, a real mixture of history and contemporary life. The centre around Sultanahmet has sufficient historic sites to keep you busy for at least three days and the Prince's Islands provide a great opportunity for a day trip or longer to enjoy a break at the beach.
The area around Beyoglu and the Galata Tower is amazingly upbeat with excellent shopping, coffee shops, bars and night life.
I love Istanbul. As a seasoned traveler, I have seen many other cities for comparison and have found Istanbul to be extraordinarily beautiful, clean, walkable (in the old city) and easy to travel with public transportation to most tourist attractions and many restaurants.
There is much to see and do and our two 1/2 days didn't seem like enough time to capture the full flavor of the city. It is huge city in land area, and both an ancient and cosmopolitan city, with friendly inhabitants. As a woman, I did not feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any point in the trip (and I have felt that way in other cities throughout the world). Would recommend staying in the old city and avoid driving as much as possible to see major the attractions.
They are very friends people ad there is always great places to eat from the smallest of prices of £1 for kebab sandwich up depending what you want to eat, There is great places to go and meat people and places to see and just relax.
- Take extra caution when taking the taxi. always go for metered-taxi. Even in metered-taxi, my friend has encountered a driver who can manipulates the frequency of the rate increase.
For my friend's return trip, my friend had to pay twice the amount. In her case, she noticed that the driver kept tweaking something near the meter but she didn't know what he was up to until she realized the taxi fare. - For your stay, I highly recommend Hagia Sophia Hotel as its location is very central to all the tourist attractions. - For any purchase, make sure that you get a few more price quotations from other vendors before making your purchase. It is always wise to compare and get the best price.
very nice place,nite life very gud at taksim square,food very gud till late,many people on the road till 4 or 5 am and dont 4get to have to tea,coffee and backlava at Hafiz Mustafa
I don't want to waste your time with long and poetic sentences.First people are very friendly in Istambul, especially in Islands near to city ("Boyuk ada", "Heybeli ada").
The weather is sunny. A lot of historical places. Very tasty kitchen. Diversified types of entertainment for all categories of tourists. If you want to do shopping do it in Eminonu as it is much more cheaper than "Kapali charshi" and Taksim street. Choose clubs carefully (if you will do it, the quality of service will be fantastic else be careful). All touristic areas are very secure and under control of police which you can not define as they dressed as ordinary people not to disturb tourists. Local people call them "Civil Polis".
Istanbul has an attraction all of it's own that most people will find interesting & enjoyable, but if you prefer the quiet life don't go and head to the country instead.
Istanbul is a modern city with great public transport like trams and metro. It is also full of monuments of the past, interesting history and fabulous architecture.
Grand Bazaar, one of the biggest and oldest in the world offers excellent shopping. Istanbul is a very attractive city.
A must visit city, full of historical building and places to go. Shopping is heaven but some of the retailers especially in Grand Bazaar were not that friendly.
Full of history. Each of the attraction has it own story and it bring you back to those days. The architecture from the people those days is just amazing.
Easy to go around this city. Metro is safe and if you spend more than 1 day, better buy 1 ticket. Even if you are more than 1 person, just use 1 ticket.
You can do tapping as much as you need (just remember to top-up the balance).
One of the most beautiful cities of the world. Istanbul has a little for everyone. The food was amazing, so is the shopping, culture and history.
To relax, one can take a cruise of the Bosphorus or just relax by the waterfront.
I like everything about Istanbul. Very fascinating city. It's amazing travelling within Europe and Asia just by crossing a bridge or by ferry.
Shopping is great. The City is very clean. People are very friendly. I will definitely come back again.
The Old City of Constantinople did not disappoint me. Always admire their history through Roman times, the Byzantines and the Ottoman empire.
You will learn a lot of their history by visiting museums and admiring their centuries old architecture buildings. I would love to come back here again!
Very beautifull City, Lots of Histroy and intresting Places, as a muslim i am much relex in istanbul then Europ, beacuse of HALAL Food,
Istanbul is a great place to begin looking at European history. There are so many historical landmarks it is not possible to list them.
There are millions of places to eat good food and shops are open till late - like 2030+. Not sure where to begin. The city is huge, vibrant and welcoming to tourists. It would take years to see it all. Start with a boat tour of the Bosphorus and then get on top of a tall building and get oriented. The tram will take you most places around the old city and taxis are reasonable - make them use the meter - don't negotiate. That said bargain for every purchase (except the pharmacy), it is expected. You may not get the price the locals can but you will get close. Attaturk International airport is very busy - takeoffs and landings very 90 seconds - expect delays and lots of walking, We left from gate 309. A very exciting city; can't wait to visit again.
Beautiful city with friendly faces at every turn of the corner. Would be really useful to have some basic use of the turkish language.
Winter travel to istanbul was magical for all of us.
Istanbul is like an outdoor museum. To go into detail have to go in the historic building such as Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
There always something for kis too!, Miniturk and transport museum. For me the best way to go there by boat. Kids should love these 2 places.
beautiful place to be in November when the weather is still mild, the various attractions act as back drop to a pleasant stay.
What an interesting place where east meets west in culture. A stunning g place for every nationality to mix with each other.
The different smells foods shopping cafes. A melting pot of interests. Definitely the most interesting big city we have visited.
Great place to explore, plenty of historical places to visit. Many choices to shop. Beautiful culture and scenery to enjoy.
Not to forget if you are there during winter, can also enjoy ski activities in Uludag Mountain
a beautiful place and the goods is relatively cheap compare to other european ctry. the public transportation is excellent
The city is good but here, very rare anyone can speak or understand English, so the big question was how to communicate.
we have to show currency notes to confirm the amount as they ask money in Turkish language. Difficult to communicate with the taxi and also staff at restaurants. Lots of bargaining in small shops where price tags are not attached. I suggest only shop where you find price tags.
Having stayed less than 24 hours in Istanbul due to flight delay, I think I can only provide very glimpse impression.
People looks friendly, except they are moving in group with the same ethnic. The ocean view is spectacular. The metro infrastructure are quite established like Europe country.
We visited all the main attraction in the 4 days we were in Istanbul. I wish we stayed longer to visit more places.
a country i was very pleased with...I felt very safe the moment i landed in Istanbul the ppl were rather helpfull
Just magnificent, full of history and culture, very nice people and lovely food and great shopping, also clean.
Going around is easy or stay in a coffee shop and see the world go by. Safe and friendly. You can get hassled a bit if they see you coming with bags from the market, but they'r funny and not threatening and would go away if you make it clear to them that you're not interested, but the barter is interesting !!. If you're middle aged like me, avoid living in or around Taksim square. Next time I go there I'll stay in the old part of the city. The tours around the city are very well organised and worth joining.
a busy and romantic city with historical culture. People from all of the world making the city multi-outlet.
Cultural capital of Europe is full of wonderful architectural buildings and the unique turkish culture.