Destination guide

Historical Istanbul will entice you

Enjoy the area's history, cathedral and museums with a rental holiday home in Istanbul. This city's monuments, shopping and architecture draw many visitors. Local cultural sights include Hagia Sophia and Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Istanbul

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Istanbul a fun place to get away to. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • TurkuaZoo (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Bomontiada (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Miniaturk (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Veliefendi Racecourse (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Isfanbul Theme Park (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Istanbul

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Istanbul. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Gulhane Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Taksim Gezi Park (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Golden Horn Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Macka Park (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Piyer Loti (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Turkbalon (3.4 mi / 5.4 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Istanbul

Fly into Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.), which is 19.7 mi (31.8 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Istanbul Kumkapi Station, Istanbul Yenikapi Station and YeniKapi Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Istanbul by jumping on the metro at Laleli-University Station, Beyazit Station or Cemberlitas Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around İstanbul?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 860 holiday lettings around İstanbul. From 16 villas to 471 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in İstanbul?

If you're into staying where all the action is, you might like to consider booking near the hustle and bustle of the main streets. HomeAway has 89 city centre holiday rentals available. Searching for a different setting? See if any of our other properties float your boat. Our options for this destination include:

  • 43 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 37 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 22 seaside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in İstanbul?

Having room to move, home-cooked meals, great views — if any of this appeals to you, an apartment could be a terrific choice. HomeAway has 689 for you to check out here. If you get in early, you could spend as little as £8 a night. If that doesn't agree with your crew's taste, we've got a range of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 233 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £12 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 51 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £15 per night.
  • Hotel: 35 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £18 per night.

Can I stay in İstanbul in a large group?

Whether you're taking off on a special trip with the whole family or spending a few nights away with your old school crew, it's always lots of fun being under the same roof! And the best news is that HomeAway has places that'll suit. 81 apartment holiday rentals are ready to be booked. At the moment, they're the top option here for sizeable groups. In this area, the rental properties that can accommodate large groups of guests include:

  • If yours is a squad of 5, we offer 117 rental properties just right for that size. Book a night from just £20.
  • Keen to find a rental property for 6 guests? We have 110 that will serve you well. You can book one for as little as £15 per night.
  • Seeking holiday rentals to suit 7 people? You'll be happy to discover we have 62 that will fit the bill. You can secure one for as little as £28 per night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring your uncle, your sister and all your friends to İstanbul.