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Hotel in Istanbul
Eresin Crown Hotel
sleep Sleeps 10 in 59 bedrooms
Immerse yourself in a luxurious lifestyle right in the core of old Istanbul. Artistically decorated, fully serviced rooms await you, with scuba diving, ice-skating and museums dominating the neighbourhood.
Amenity: Views, Internet Access
RATES
EUR 250 – 600
Per Night
Apartment in Istanbul
Galateia Residence
sleep Sleeps 3 in 1 bedrooms
Well-lit and open, this single bedroom apartment gives spectacular views of the ocean. Located in the heart of the city, it is conveniently close to markets, restaurants and malls.
Amenity: Views, Internet Access
RATES
EUR 150 – 400
Per Night
Apartment in Istanbul
SEA VIEW APARTMENTS
sleep Sleeps 25 in 2 bedrooms
Refresh yourself with hiking, boating, lakes and rainforests present nearby before you retire to your cosy hideout. This simple double-bedroom apartment is at a stone’s throw from busy markets.
Amenity: Views, Hot Tub, Internet Access
RATES
EUR 85 – 199
Per Night
Guesthouse in Istanbul
Eklektik Guest House
sleep Sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms
Snug and luxurious, this historical guesthouse warms up the heart of ancient Istanbul. Enjoy a comfortable stay while you shop at the nearby markets and visit popular attractions.
Amenity: Views, Internet Access
RATES
EUR 85 – 105
Per Night
Hotel in Istanbul
Arena Hotel
sleep Sleeps 54 in 27 bedrooms
This grand and spacious hotel sports all items of convenience and luxury. Museums, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Spice Bazaar can be reached from here in minutes
Amenity: Views, Sauna, Internet Access, Pet Friendly
RATES
EUR 59 – 199
Per Night
Apartment in Istanbul
Sultanahmet SuiteS
sleep Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
Furnished traditionally, the interiors of the house smartly blend modern luxury with rustic charm. The historically significant Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi palace are at a walking distance.
Amenity: Views, Internet Access
RATES
EUR 50 – 250
Per Night
Hotel in Istanbul
Hotel Alp on Bosphorous
sleep Sleeps 14 in 14 bedrooms
Recently refurbished, this 14-room hotel is lavishly decorated. Safari, hand-gliding, hiking, beaches, and historical Istanbul attractions highlight your neighbourhood.
Amenity: Views, Internet Access, Seaside
RATES
EUR 35 – 100
Per Night

Istanbul Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Istanbul Marmara



Istanbul Geography

Istanbul is one of the most famous and notable ancient cities in the world. It has the distinction of being the only city to span two continents. It bridges Europe and Asia, and is also a seaport, with the Black Sea to the north, and the Marmara Sea to the south. All of this culture makes Istanbul vacations very popular. The city has numerous Istanbul boutique hotels and Istanbul vacation rentals to accommodate even the most discerning traveler.

The city is divided by the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the two seas into a European section to the west and an Asian section to the east. It’s in the Marmara Region of Turkey, and is home to its own natural harbor, called the Golden Horn.

Another unique element of Istanbul is its one-of-a-kind topography, which is very different from that of most other megacities. The numerous sharp hills and valleys set Istanbul’s landscape apart. Like the city of Rome, Istanbul is nicknamed the City of Seven Hills, which is a symbolic reference to its hilly topography. Istanbul is located near the Anatolian Fault line. Throughout the city, on the various hills and high points, you can see sweeping panoramic views of the entire area.

And because of all of the high and low points and the region’ twisting streets, as you travel through the city you’ll often unexpectedly catch glimpses of the sea, the harbor, or the Bosphorus Strait. The water and hills shape the city; streets and settlements must conform themselves to the terrain.

During the summer, Istanbul is hot and mostly dry, especially in July and August. The winter is cold, with occasional snowfall. Spring and fall are mild and temperate, a perfect time for a vacation in Instanbul.

As a visitor during your vacation to Istanbul, you’ll experience crowded and narrow cobblestone streets in some areas, and high-end luxury shopping in others. In the traditional parts of the city, there are street vendors and markets, close-knit communities, and throughout all of Istanbul you’ll find beautiful architecture reminiscent of both European and Asian historical influences.

Istanbul History and Culture

In its ancient past, Istanbul was known as Lygos. It was founded thousands of years ago, sometime between the 13th and 11th centuries B.C. The city was colonized first by the Greeks, and then eventually by the Romans for a few hundred years, in the heydey of the Roman Empire. In 330, Lygos was made the capital of the Roman Empire, and it was renamed Constantinople. It then remained the capital of the Byzantine Empire for over a thousand years, until 1453.

During these centuries, Constantinople was a thriving metropolis, and by all accounts the biggest city in the entire western world. Its population is said to have reached almost half a million by the time of the Muslim conquest in the 1400s. It was then that Constantinople became the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and over the next several hundred years, it continued as one of the largest cities in the entire world. In 1923, Constantinople’s identity was permanently altered with the founding of the Republic of Turkey. The capital of this newly formed republic was moved to Ankara.

A few years later, in 1930, the city’s name was changed to Istanbul. Over the next several decades, its population increased exponentially. In 2000, population estimates were over 10 million, and today the estimate is somewhere between 12 and 14 million.

For the past few decades, Istanbul has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Tourists flock to to enjoy its world class shopping, magnificent historic attractions, and beautiful seaside resorts. Unfortunately, recent political unrest has adversely impacted the tourism industry, but in 2016, 9.2 million foreign tourists visited Istanbul, a decreased but still significant amount.