It is a company that provides transportation between the airport and any hotel in the city. I recommend it, because it helps you enjoy more your vacation or focus on your business without thinking about transport.
It is a company that provides transportation between the airport and any hotel in Istanbul. I recommend it, because their service is very useful and highly professional. It can really help you enjoy your vacation more or focus on your business without thinking about transport.
Me and my hubby went to this restaurant as recommended by our hotel staff. The food was excellent! We ordered fish soup, squid, and the oven-baked salt-covered fish. All of them tasted so delicious! The waiter also knew his food, and advised us on the menu. Transfer from hotel to the restaurant was also arranged for us. We got complementary rice pudding for our dessert and Turkish coffee too. We strongly recommend this place as a must visit seafood restaurant in Istanbul. Two thumbs up.
Alemdar Mah. Prof. K. Ismail Gurkan Cad. No:14 Sultanahmet
+90 212 527441
Turkey has many beautiful historical sights and bazaars. The Egyptian Spice Bazaar is a colourful array of outlets which offer a variety of Turkish delights, Turkish tea, spices, scarves and much more.
It is really worth visiting this bazaar if you are looking for Turkish specialities and they even offer 'free taste before you buy' so you can eat an array of Turkish delights before you choose one you like.
The Egyptian bazaar is not as big as the grand bazaar which is also located nearby and has everything you can imagine. However the Egyptian spice bazaar really gives you a flavour of Turkey at its best.
Rüstem Paşa Mh.
34116 Istanbul/Istanbul Province, Turkey
Titanic City is an excellent four-star rated hotel located in the centre of Istanbul in the popular city location of Taksim square.
The hotel is in an excellent location next to the array of shopping areas and in close vicinity to the historical sights of Istanbul.
The staff are friendly and hospitable and put us in touch with relevant sightseeing tours which allowed us to visit all the sights of Istanbul in only five days! It was well worth the money and we really enjoyed our stay.
Titanic City Hotel, Lamartin Cad No 47 | Taksim, Istanbul 34437, Turkey
+90 212 238 9090
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A short walk from the trendy neighbourhood of Cihangir and housed in a converted warehouse is the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. Maybe because of its manageable size or the fact it provides a welcome contrast to the city’s tourist-packed historical sites, the gallery is an engaging and enjoyable space filled with exhibits featuring both established and emerging Turkish artists. When you need a break from looking at art, try the view from the gallery café where you can sip apple tea and stare out onto the Bosphorous watching the boats and ferries glide by. Entry is free on Thursdays.
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri
Sahası Antrepo No: 4, 34433 Karaköy
+90(0) 212 334 73 00
The outdoor Sultaniye baths are right on the shore of Lake Köycegiz on the Turkish Lycian coast. Last October chilly rain encouraged me to wallow straight down into the shallow bath of warm mud - in summer apparently, the form is to allow the air to dry you afterwards. Instead, I lowered myself gingerly into a very hot (40C) thermal mineral pool and read the long list of what exactly was benefiting my skin. It’s apparently “radioactive, hyperthermal, hypertonic” - which means good for arthritis, rheumatism, and skin complaints. Finally a swim in the silky waters of the lake and a visit to the restaurant. There are tourists here certainly, as
from here it is a short boat ride along the Dalyan delta to the Carian cliff tombs and ruins of Kaunos. (Look out for kingfishers darting across the river). But there are also many locals, obviously taking their “cure” very seriously.
Sultaniye Thermal Baths and Hot Springs at Lake Koycegiz
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Istanbul’s equivalent to the Tate Modern is a stylish conversion of a warehouse right on the Bosphorus with stunning views across to the Old City and the Galata Bridge. The Gallery houses a vibrant permanent exhibition tracing the development of modern Turkish Art and also temporary exhibitions. Go early on a Thursday, when admission is free and check there are no cruise liners parked alongside, otherwise the view from the superb café-restaurant is completely ruined, unless you are in love with cruise liners!
Originally built by Yavuz Sultan Selim in the 16th Century this is a beautiful mixed hammam - a fantastic place to be steamed, scrubbed and massaged. With most hammam's now based in hotels this is an original alternative with its traditional Moorish design and architecture (check out the brass fittings.) Having arrived covered in seasalt (it's neatly located in the Old Town near the marina) I and my partner in crime were returned to former glory ready to face the haggling and the raki that lay beyond the white walls. It is professional and welcoming, swimwear is worn in the hammam and girls can request a female masseuse. As with any Turkish establishment they may try and sell you an additional massage such as a facial while there so just be aware that they will add this to your bill when you leave and don't be afraid to say no! Other than that you really do feel amazing, radiant and squeaky clean!
Amedros was quite a haven for us while in Istanbul, since most places seem to be either cheap kebab joints or pricey designer restaurants. Though just off the touristy Divan Yolu, it is a delightful bistro. Very friendly, multilingual and efficient staff, nice modern design and delicious Ottoman influenced food.
These dishes include lamb in a sauce made from pomegranate syrup, chicken served on a bed of rice with almonds, apricots and saffron, courgettes stuffed with minced lamb - yum. There are also various intriguingly cooked steaks, the usual pasta etc, but the Ottoman food is the best. Reasonable prices, considering that wine in Istanbul costs. Two starters, two mains, a beer and two glasses or wine came to about 44 quid. You can spend far more in this touristy area for far less. Next time I'm going to try the Cappadocian stew cooked in a clay pot and brought to the table aflame - it seems a favourite.
Hoca Rüstem Sokak 7 just off the Divan Yolu tourist street in Sultanahmet, and near the Sultanahmet tram stop.
Divanyolu Cad. Hoca Rüstem Sok. No: 7
+90 212 522 83 56
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We discovered this small wonderful guesthouse/hostel on our return trip to Istanbul. It's around the corner from the Galata Tower, in the heart of the Beyoglu district, full of wonderful bars, cafes and a very local vibe. The location is spot on, away from all the tourist touts (Sultanamet) but even better is the wonderful vibe of the 'Rapunzel guesthouse' Its small but perfectly formed! in between a guesthouse and a hostel, basic but very clean, spacious rooms, run by a marvellous bunch of guys and gals. It is just a wonderful place to stay in and also very reasonable for Istanbul. Keep up the good work guys : )
Bereketzade Camii Sok. No:3 Galata / Beyoğlu
A traditional Greek village, retaining it authenticity, hidden in the hills near the ancient city of Ephesus. Not usually visited by most tourists, but full of charm. Local produce is a speciality, especially the wines.
Sirince village in the province of Izmir. 90 kms south of Izmir city.
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We spent six nights in this hotel in 2008. It is in a great location in Sultanahmet near the Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque (which you have a great view of from the rooftop breakfast room) and Aya Sofia, as well as being a few steps from the tram that takes you across town. Our room was spacious and clean and we could hear the call to prayer, though luckily not enough for it disrupt our sleep! In any case, being able to hear the call to prayer adds to the experience of being in such a fascinating city. We loved our visit to Istanbul and would like to go again. If we do we plan to stay at Hotel Nena again.
The Grand Baazar in Istanbul, is one of the most magical, colourful and delightful bazaars I have been too. Bustling with tourists, locals and traders, it is bursting with hookah smoking pipes, glass tea sets, and outstanding Persian rugs.
As a tourist you will be a target for the traders who will raise their prices ridiculously high, but even so, welcome you with Turkish hospitality with a glass of Apple Tea which you can sip while mulling over your next purchase.
This Bazaar is a modern souk but is filled with shadows of Ottoman glory, and is an experience not to be missed.
The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Take time out from the whirl of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar by stepping out on to its beautiful rooftop, and admiring the rows of domes from above. Climb the stairs in the courtyard opposite Cebeci Han.
Secondly, a totally authentic and cheap place for late breakfast or lunch in the bazaar is Onur Pilic (meaning "Honour Chicken"). This hole-in-the-wall serves delicious "menemen", scrambled eggs with tomato, cheese and green peppers served with French bread. Even better - ask for slices of chicken from the doner above to be placed on top, add chili flakes and enjoy.
Cebeci Han, Grand Bazaar.
Onur Pilic, Kavaflar Sokak 49, Grand Bazaar.
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I recommend the breakfast plate but everything is good! The food is freshly made and well-presented without being at all pretentious. Very reasonable prices.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No: 59 Tepebaşı, 34437, Istanbul
T: 0212 251 22 14
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War lover attached to my name is our room name in the hotel as rooms are identified by names rather than numbers. The location of the hotel is ideal. The room sizes are not standard - request the bigger size -it is much more comfortable. The breakfast was simple but very good and the staff are very good starting from Adnan, the manager, who is very proud of his hotel and whose vast knowledge was very useful in helping us. Oufoq (horizon in Turkish) is exceptionally nice, honest and helpful. Twice he made bookings for us and ensured the best seats by personally calling the functions managers.
For a change of scene, hop on a ferry across to Üsküdar. Just five minutes by taxi from the port is the pretty Bosphorus-front "village" of Kuzguncuk (incredible though it is to believe, sprawling Istanbul was formerly made up of a series of villages). Remnants of a fascinating Jewish, Greek and Armenian past include tiny, tucked away synagogues and churches. Today's leafy main street is made up of super-friendly grocers, patisseries and even the odd gallery. Once you've had a wander, stop at chic Ilya for a cappuccino and chin-wag with charismatic owner Arzu. Born and brought up here, she has many a tale to tell and before you know it, you'll have spent a couple of hours here. Cafe by day/intimate restaurant by night it'sa real find. Oh, and it's BYO.
It is such a suitable apartment for family travellers. Location is superb just nearby Blue Mosque. We found the apartment extremely clean. Home owner Bahadir took a very good care of us during our stay in July.
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