Do you want to visit a city where you can experience the amalgamation of both Asian and European Cultures then Istanbul is waiting for you to book a direct flight to the city which allows you to get around between the continents as it lies both in Asia and Europe? This Cosmopolitan city is the most populous city in Turkey, flying high with its shopping centers and flea markets. Blessed with natural beauty, Istanbul has some very beautiful monuments, age-old palaces and amazing modern buildings with fabulous tasty food at cheap rates.
Istanbul is the blend of both ancient and modern world. The architecture is one of its kind and dazzles with painted tiles, dramatic mosaics, complex stonework and domed ceilings. Best monuments reflecting these amazing attributes are Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque famous as , Basilica Cistern and Church of St Savior. Apart from these tourist sites, Grand Bazaar and the attract a lot of tourists. Taksim is the main center of the new city of Istanbul having a plethora of shopping and entertainment avenues along with best budget hotel options. Sultanahmet is the main center of the European side, that is, the old city which has many famous buildings and renowned hotels.
Transport is cheap and well-organized in Istanbul and by purchasing a?Istanbul can make your rides even cheaper. Different available are Taxis, costing around ?15 to travel between Beyo?lu and Sultanahmet; Tram, with a fare of ?4; Metro, runs in every 5 minutes and costs around ?4; Ferry, the most delightful ride at ?4; Bicycles and Rented cars and motorcycles. Traffic in Istanbul is havoc so avoiding Taxis and Rented Vehicles can make your computation much cheaper.
The city's main airport, is located in Ye?ilköy which is 23km west of Sultanahmet. You can book direct flights to and from Istanbul via most of the major cities of the world. From the airport you can take an express bus service, Havatas, costing? 11 or opt for the public bus which costs ?3.5. Istanbul also has a second airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport which is located on the Asian side of the city and is 32.8 km away from the center. Cheap direct flights are available from this airport as it has many low-cost airlines. The cheapest way to arrive from Sabiha Gökçen to the European side of Istanbul is through a bus plus ferry which costs just €2.50. Both these airports serve as the gateway to the world has direct flights to Istanbul from America, Central Asia, Far East, Middle East, Africa and South Africa.
Food lovers will be mesmerized by the cuisines here. Some of the best eateries of Istanbul are Döner, Bal?k-Ekmek, Hamsi, Patso, dondurma- local ice cream, Kumpir, kestane Kebap – Roasted Chestnuts, Süt Misir and Közde Misir - Boiled and roasted corn on the cob, simit, Ayran. The food can be accompanied by local drink Raki. Kedap or Pide meal can cost you around ?25 while eating at the joints which serve readymade food can cost you around ?30 and eat in fine restaurants along with the wine can cost over ?130.
The over the top experience of staying in magnificent hotels in Istanbul can cost you over ?747 while the budget hotels cost starts from ?300. Some of the best hotels in this beautiful city are , White House Hotel, , Hotel Amira, Senatus Suites and Osmanhan Hotel.