Taxis in Istanbul

Taxis in Istanbul are conveyances that despite the size and traffic of the city are quite fast and economical options. In Turkish they call them “taksi”. They are easy to find throughout the day and they are suitable for some more disconnected areas and roads. According to some, the experience can be … Read more

Transportation in Istanbul

In Istanbul, for its large size and geographic irregularities, there are many different transports, which generally work correctly: Tram According to some, is the most convenient transport to get around the city. The T1 line covers the main points of interest in Istanbul (From Bagcilar to Kabataş, passes through the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet Square, Galata bridge, etc..). There is also a “historic” … Read more

Where to stay in Istanbul?

In Istanbul you can find all kinds of accommodation, from hostels and apartments to the most luxurious hotels. In recent years prices have increased but still, by booking in advance, you may find good deals and locations. The best areas The Sultanahmet Square and its surroundings are the must touristic area of Istanbul, with the higher … Read more

History of Istanbul

First settlements and foundation of Byzantium The first human trace in the area now occupied by Istanbul were found in the Asian side and dated back to the Neolithic Period. In 680 B.C., also in the region of Anatolia, was founded the city of Chalcedon, by the inhabitants of Megara that came running from the Doric … Read more

Holidays in Istanbul

It is always important to know the holidays of the country or the city you plan to visit, as you can be part of their celebrations, understand them and to know the closing days of the various cultural institutions, office procedures, etc. National Holidays New Year: January 1st. Memorial Day for the Nation: March … Read more

Istanbul’s Currency

From January 1, 2009, the official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). The new currency replaced the New Turkish Lira that was introduced in 2005 and, after four years of use, has changed its name. Coins and Banknotes Currently in Turkey you will find banknotes of  5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Turkish Liras. The … Read more

Turkish Language

Turkish is the official language of the Republic of Turkey, spoke from the medieval period, when the Turks from Central Asia settled in Anatolia, then part of the Byzantine Empire. It is also official in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In some Balkan areas a variety known as Turkish Ottoman (Osmanlı Türkçesi) is spoken, which is … Read more

The weather in Istanbul

The weather in Istanbul is typically continental; variable depending on seasons and even, from one point of the city to another, if you consider the city is about 100 kilometers long. Generally, we can say that the temperature in Istanbul is very similar to Madrid’s, with more frequent rains. In Istanbul it can snow … Read more

Documentation required, visa and custom regulations

To enter to Turkey you must present your passport and depending on your nationality, it will require visa or not. We suggest you to check with the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country for the specific requirements of your nationality, as well as the appropriate arrangements. Spanish citizens can enter Turkey either with a valid passport or identity card, every time it is valid at least … Read more

Istanbul’s Prices

Istanbul has a high living cost, compared to other popular destinations in the area and the rest of the cities of Turkey. No long ago Istanbul used to be cheaper than the European standard, but in recent years, including the rise of inflation and the incorporation of KDV -18 percent tax on each … Read more

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