Sunrises in Istanbul

Another great little video from YouTube on the sunrises and night time in Istanbul. If you love Istanbul, you’ll enjoy this one. It’s filmed in high speed – more for the effect. Don’t forget to enjoy the nightlife in Istanbul when you go there because there’s lots to do from enjoying dinner in some of the wonderful restaurants, theatre, jazz clubs, dance clubs with the best music for dancing. Istanbul is not at all “square.”

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Modern Day Istanbul

This video by Rick Steves shows modern day Istanbul, modern, just like any other city except that, it’s Istanbul!

A Tour of Istanbul

A Tour of Istanbul is such an exciting part since you will be indulging into a lot of historical knowledge about this nation and sightseeing different sites along with its tradition, culture and civilization. Istanbul is a multi-faceted city which represents different types of antiquities and architectural designs which were influenced by the reigning empires before it was civilized. Tourists find this city very interesting and colorful because almost all places here mark a historical adventure of Istanbul.

Istanbul features one of the most unique tourist spots like the Spice Market, Suleymaniye Bath and Dolmabahce Sarayi which is a full-entertainment to the tourists and even to the locals.

Spice Market

The Spice Market houses Istanbul’s wide collection of herbs and spices since it is popularly known internationally due to its original tastes and smell of these products. Most tourists are quite fascinated with the herbs and spices which are only found in Spice Market and they tend to bring some for a taste of Istanbul’s finest dishes at home.

Suleymaniye Bath

The Hamam facilitates both men and women to enjoy Turkish bath and to adjust tourists from the changing climate of Istanbul. It has a changing room, hot room and cold room which vary according to their guests preferences. Modern Turkish bath can join both sexes in the same room to allow families to enjoy such together.

Dolmabahce Sarayi

This palace eloquently exhibits a blend of European, Turkish and Hindu style which is also one of the most imposing structures within Istanbul. It was built by Abdul Mecit in the 19th century, who was known to be the culprit for Ottoman Empire’s bankruptcy. He indulged all the profit for his own gain, built this building to mark his own reign.

Tourist Sites in Istanbul

Istanbul is rich in culture and history as it has mostly been influenced by its surrounding countries and has been enriched with different types of empire and monarchy. Get to know more about Istanbul through the top tourist sites where Istanbul’s civilization began and where its rich culture was greatly influence.

Cannon Gate Palace

Its local name in Istanbul is Topkapi Sarayi where the Sultans lived and is considered as one of the seven hills of New Rome. This palace is built with 5 km walls and great complex buildings and the design was influenced with the Byzantine era.

Hagia Eirene

Hagia Eirene houses a wide collection of porcelain materials which are mostly from the 10th to the 18th century and it is frequently visited for its various collections of antique porcelain remnants from the Chinese empire.

Archeological Museum

The Archeological Museum houses all prehistoric Greek, Roman and Byzantine antiquities that made up Istanbul’s civilization. Within its courtyard lies the oldest and the only surviving original structure of the entire Istanbul, the Cinili Kösk or the Tiled Pavilion which reflects Persian influences with its design.

Blue Mosque

Also called as Sultan Ahmet Mosque, the Blue Mosque is located at the southeast part of Atmeydani in Istanbul which elaborates intricate Istanbul architectures. Its dome measures 43m/141ft high, 23.5m/77ft in diameter and is surrounded with mini-domes with a beautiful fountain in the center, creating a luxurious spatial effect of the entire place.

There’s a lot to see and do, museums and historical buildings if you are interested in getting to know the culture of Istanbul. It’s one of the most amazing cities in the world and history buffs will take a shine to the city and beyond to see all that is in Turkey.

The weather in Istanbul

The best time to visit Istanbul

Istanbul is known for its vagaries of weather. From rainfall to cold winters and hot summers, you can experience almost every possible type of climate here. October to March is a time when it is rather cold. Cold chilly winds are common during the month of December. The temperature usually ranges between 0 degrees Celcius to 14 degrees Celcius here during the winter months. If you are someone who is coming from the warmer parts of the world, you are sure to enjoy the many delights of the city during its cold winters.

Spring usually arrives during the month of May and it is when the tourists begin to flock the city. Spring usually lasts till July and during this time of the year, the temperature hovers between an average low of 12 degrees Celcius to a high of 25 degrees Celcius. The city also experiences intermittent spells of sharp showers during this time of the year. The flowers are in full bloom during the season and the entire city wears a festive look.

July and august are the months that you will find the city hottest. For those who love to soak in the sun though, this is perhaps the best time to visit the city. The fall season lasts from September to October and is the time of the year, when tourists from around the world , being neither too hot or nor too cold. There could be an odd day or two when you can experience extremely hot or cold climate during the fall season too.

Night Life in Istanbul

You might be thinking that there’s no night life in Istanbul, and that things must get pretty boring here in the evenings.  However, this is not true.

You will be busy at night time and there is something for everyone.

Nightlife in Istanbul

Not only are there great dance clubs in Istanbul, there are fabulous restaurants where you can eat some of the best food in the world.  There are also a lot of bars and cafes, rave and techno night clubs.  The music scene is incredible and you will find yourself with so much to do at night.  Bars stay open late – between 2 – 4:00 a.m. and some even later if you have the energy.  There are some good clubs in Taksim and Beyoglu and some very well known dance clubs along the Bosphorus.  For good music and atmosphere, go to the bistro “Cats and Dogs” in Bebek.

Some nightclubs offer Oriental shows – full of exotic bellydancing, Russian dancers and cabaret singers.

For great jazz, latin music, reggae and electronica, try the club called Babylon in Beyoglu.  It’s open five nights a week.  There’s lots to do and see in the way of Istanbul culture.

Be careful about seedier places where they will serve you watered down drinks and charge you exhorbitant prices for the company of dubious ladies.  You will get ripped off!

When you go out in the evening, always bring your passport.  You never know.

Why Istanbul for a vacation?

Istanbul is fast becoming one of the most sought after tourist destination in the world. With the city being located exactly in the center of two continents, it is also an important hub for business travelers. This being the case, it does not come as a surprise that a huge number of visitors from around the world visit the city. Fortunately, for all those visiting the city, there are a number of options available, as far as their stay is concerned. They can choose from budget hotels Istanbul, inns, luxury resorts and hostels. Affordable accommodation in the form of budget hotels in Istanbul can be found in many different parts of the city. You can find several budget hotels in the areas leading to the airport. The Sultanahmet and Taskim areas are the other places where you can find several budget hotels in Istanbul.

One of the good things about Istanbul budget hotels  is that they offer almost all the modern amenities that you can find in hotels elsewhere in the world. Some of the amenities typically on offer in these budget hotels include, satellite television, mini bar, telephone, private bathrooms, spa and Jacuzzi, to mention only a few. The Divas Hotel in the old city is a good example for a typical budget hotel in the city. This hotel is located right opposite the famous Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. Elegantly decorated, it has become a favorite with tourists visiting the city. Similarly, the Grand Yavuz is another hotel that has become very popular with tourists, with its unique combination of traditional hospitality and modern amenities.