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Make a Self Catered Istanbul Apartment Your Home Away From Home

At the crossroads between two continents, Istanbul has been welcoming visitors for many centuries now. Any holidays in Istanbul will see east meet west, as traditional Asian and European cultures merge to become one in this unique and fascinating city. To experience all that this great Turkish metropolis has to offer, your best bet is to reserve accommodation in Istanbul that is close to the central areas and all of the everyday bustle of life.  

Things to Do on Holiday in Istanbul, Turkey

With a myriad mosques and impressive places of worship around the city, expect your draw to be dropping to the floor as you marvel at the spectacular architectural delights of the old Constantinople. Any holidays in Istanbul would not be complete without taking the time to explore the spice bazaars and colourful markets. Why not take a trip along The Bosphorus; enjoy the numerous exhibits and artefacts found at the Rahmi Koc Industrial Museum; and don’t forget all of the amazing restaurants scattered across the city that are able to provide you with a true taste of Turkey on your holidays in Istanbul. 

Places to Visit on Holiday in Istanbul, Turkey

To gain an even greater appreciation of Turkish history and culture, it is recommended that you take the 2 hour journey south-west to the city of Bursa; Turkey’s fourth largest city. Set a full day aside to vacate your accommodation in Istanbul as there is so much to cram in to your visit. One absolute must on your itinerary has to be The Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) which is one of the most impressive examples of architecture that you are ever likely to see. This amazing building dates as far back as the 14th century. You will literally be falling over museums in this city and some of the ones to keep your eyes open to include The Bursa Turkish Architecture Museum, The Islamic Works Museum and The Bursa City Museum. All of the family will love the Bursa Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Weather in Istanbul, Turkey

On your holidays in Istanbul, you can expect to experience some generally good weather. Temperatures are never that extreme in this city, but summers really can become quite hot and humid; expect temperatures to reach well into the thirties degrees Celsius during July and August. Rainfall levels are around the 20 inches per year mark.

Travel to Istanbul, Turkey

The city of Istanbul is served by its own busy airport - Istanbul International Airport (IST). Conveniently, Istanbul accommodation should always be within a very short transfer time of the airport. There are a number of airlines that fly to this region, including Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways and BMI. You will have a choice of several airports to depart from in the UK, with London Heathrow (LHR), Luton (LTN), Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN) being a small selection for you.

HomeAway has a wide selection of short term rentals in Istanbul, available to rent for two and three month extended visits.

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                                                                                      Beautiful character house in heritage area

                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                      My family (me, my husband and 2 sons aged 19 & 16) all loved our week in the Turquoise House, which was the second week of our stay in Istanbul. The rooms were as they looked in the photos and we thought the house was so characterful - very tastefully restored and with lovely furniture. Having the 2 shower rooms was particularly useful for us, and we enjoyed the balcony on the top floor, with a lovely view. As Ozkan was going away the day we were arriving at the house, he arranged to meet us there the day before. We found him a charming host, and he gave us lots of very useful information. We really valued the information he provided about good things to see and do in the city and managed to do many of the recommended things - which we wouldn't have known about otherwise. Also we were very grateful for the airport transfer Ozkan arranged for us at the end of our stay. We very much enjoyed experiencing the Balat/Fener neighbourhood - especially wandering through the Wednesday market, which was amazing - and it was so interesting to see an area that was so different to where we had spent the first week of our holiday (near Sultanahmet). One of the most memorable experiences for all of us (recommended in the information provided) was having a cocktail in the rooftop bar of the Marmara Pera Hotel at sunset - an awesome setting! We also loved Princes' Island, the Bosphorus boat trip, and Ortakoy (especially the mosque). A previous reviewer has commented on feeling safe in the city, in spite of all the recent negative publicity about Turkey - and Istanbul especially - and I would like to back up this feeling: we felt entirely safe during our 2 weeks in the city and were very reassured by the security checks at all major tourist attractions and at the airport. The lack of western tourists was extremely noticeable - and although we obviously benefitted from this because of the total lack of any queues at tourist attractions - I do feel sorry for all the businesses that are suffering from the low numbers of tourists at the moment.
                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                      Wonderful stay in the "Green House" in Balat

                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                      Last time I stayed in a hotel in Sultanahmet. Tired from too many restaurants, souvenir shops and tourists I chosed for a friend and me this time Balat and found the "Green House". We stayed seven very nice days in this beautiful house which is furnitured tastefully. The kitchen with its big refrigerator (thank you Özkan for putting there some food and drink for the first evening) contains everything we needed. The two sleeping rooms are comfortable, the air condition cools them very quickly. We liked the bathrooms with the shower. Sitting on the terrace with its view after sightseeing was so relaxing! The neighbours always smiled when we passed. Five to ten minutes walking from the house there are a lot of little shops in Vodina Cad. where friendly men sell bread, fruits, vegetable, everything for the daily needs. A taxi to Eminönü costs 9 TL and is easy to get from the street along the Golden Horn, five minutes walking from the house. (Back to the house it's the best to ask for "Fener Vapur Iskelesi", not one driver knew Vodina Cad. or the address of the house). You can reach f.e. Chora church, Carsamba market, Fatih mosque by foot. Özkan was very nice and always a help when we needed him, for example when our delayed luggage arrived. He always answered immediately when we called or mailed. The taxis he ordered from/to the airport arrived at the right time. Thank you once again! Meine Freundin und ich waren begeistert von dem schönen Haus und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Özkan hat uns dort erwartet und alles erklärt. Es war alles da, was wir brauchten. Wir würden jederzeit wieder dieses Haus mieten und können es empfehlen, außer Leuten, die Schwierigkeiten haben beim Treppensteigen, die Stufen sind ziemlich hoch. Zu Fuß erreicht man Sehenswürdigkeiten wie den Mittwoch-Markt (größter Markt Istanbuls), die Fatih-Moschee, die Chora-Kirche, das orthodoxe Patriarchat. Nach Eminönü kostet das Taxi von der Uferstraße aus nur 9 TL, zur Hagia Sophia oder dem Galata-Turm ca. 12 - 15 TL. Es lohnt sich, abseits der Touristengegend zu wohnen. Wir fühlten uns dort auch absolut sicher.
                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                      Excellent location.. Excellent host

                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                      The flat is located in an excellent location.. Everything you want is at walking distance.. The owner is very very communicative and responsive to enquiries, he was generous enough to offer very early check in at 9:00, and while the flat was not ready, he offered another flat to rest until my flat is ready. I will go there again when I visit Istanbul next time
                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016