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

Istanbul: General Information

The city of Istanbul, 5712 square kilometers, is the largest city in Turkey and one of the largest in Europe. Capital of two empires, is also one of the four cities in the world and certainly the most spectacular, that stands over two continents: Europe and Asia, limited by the Bosphorus Strait, the only maritime route … Read more

Istanbul Inicio

If you are planning a trip to Istanbul, surely hundreds of questions arise, beyond the basic issues of food, accommodation and entertainment: who are the Istanbulites? What’s its story? How I manage myself in the city? In what currency to pay? Where do you change it? In what language I can … Read more

Trams in Istanbul

The tram use to be for visitors the most convenient and economical way to tour through the historic center of Istanbul: is fast, cheap and has stops in the main attractions of the old city. The Istanbul tram network has five lines, two of them known as “nostalgic line” in tourism. Lines T1 (Zeytinburnu-Kabataş): The T1 line is the most important, … Read more

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