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The city where East meets West. A blend of history and a fusion of cultures make Istanbul a city like no other. It is one of the very few cities of the world that has so much rich history and architecture. From the Ottoman Empire to the modern day festivities in the city, it is a place of people of all kinds of backgrounds and belief systems.
Although predominantly Muslim, but since it’s a secular country, you will find people who adhere to both ends of the spectrum. For e.g. from an ornately designed mosque echoing the soothing call to the prayer for religious people, to a crowded and vibrant night club at night blasting away to loud music where people party away.
Turkey is where cultures collide and fuse to create its own uniqueness.
Although there are many historical sites in Turkey overall, Istanbul is where you should start. Whether it’s a short stay in Istanbul or a long one you can find many good and reliable places for you to stay even if you make a decision spontaneously, you can have some amazing last minute offers.
Vacationing there is really easy now because you don’t have to go to expensive hotels and pay exorbitantly high prices but can comfortably stay in apartments in Istanbul. You can even get some really good deals for vacation rentals in Istanbul. Here are some of the top places to be:
This is where you will see high rises among ancient palaces. An amazing tapestry of architecture sprawling all over the area and overlooking the Bosphorus Sea. This place is a must-visit for any short stay in Istanbul.
This is retail wonderland for those looking for high end shopping, fine dining and entertainment. This is also a residential area where you can find beautifully architectures houses and walk in the neighbourhood. It gives a downtown type of feeling. Fashion forward people will absolutely love this gem of a place because its close the second biggest mall in Europe called Cevahir (literally meaning jewels)
This is a popular place for tourists and locals to go to. It has some of the finest restaurants, cafes, hotels and shops. It’s a leisure area where there is something for everybody. There are some good vacation rentals near this area where you can stay in Istanbul.
Sultan Ahmet mosque
The Grand Bazaar
The weather is quite hot and humid during the summers with some rain (June-August) whereas the winters are cold but not in the extremes during November to February.
If visiting for a short stay in Istanbul, make the most of last-minute offers on vacation rentals in Istanbul. These short let rentals allow for tourists to truly experience Istanbul like a local and make the most of their trip.