Is it Your First Trip to Istanbul? Here is All You Need to Know!

Is it Your First Trip to Istanbul? Here is All You Need to Know!

Planning your first trip to Istanbul in Turkey? Yay!!! How exciting! Istanbul is a dream destination, it’s located in the edge of Europe where east meets west. The architecture, the food, everything in Istanbul tells a story. The city is busy, but when you need a break from all this fervid life there is always a nice garden, a small tea house or a mosque where you can seat, breath and relax.

Many people have the idea that Turkey is not a friendly country due to the Muslim religion and culture. But the truth is: when you leave the prejudice behind, you will be enchanted by the beauty of Turkey and its people. As much as you discover the city more, you fell in love of Istanbul.

For your first trip to Istanbul I would recommend at least 5 days, so you can have the taste of the ancient city and also enjoy the modern side of Istanbul. Although if you want to explore the big cities and the countryside, I´d say you should book a 10 days holiday minimum.

Istanbul is huge, in 2013 there were 14 million people living there. The city is as big as any other European capital; however Turkey is a cheap destination if you compare with other countries. With a good travel planning, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your first trip to Istanbul without emptying your pocket. Sounds worthy, isn’t it?

Visa and immigration issues

Passport page with Turkey visa and immigration control stamp.

If you are travelling to a different country, you always have to do a good research about visa and the documents you will need to cross the border. Last year Turkish government changed their visa policies, now many tourists that in the past had to apply for the visa at the Turkish Embassy can now do it online in a really simple way.

On the Turkish Visa Information website, you can check all the rules, the fees and how to get your visa on arrival.

Where to stay in Istanbul

Istanbul is full of hotels, guest houses and flats. From cheap accommodation to not so cheap ones. Definitely you will need a professional help to find the best place for your taste and pocket.

We, at Turkria can make your life easy while booking a luxurious room or a budget hotel in Istanbul for you. Sometimes you can find affordable holidays packages to Istanbul, including flights and accommodation. The areas that are nice to stay are: Sultanahmet, Beyoglu and Taksim. All them are surrounded by restaurants, street food and are safe place to stay.


What to do in Istanbul

Istanbul has plenty of tourist attractions, from ancient ruins, palaces, worldwide famous mosques, bars and endless shops inside the Grand Bazaar. So many things to do and see that you will need time and energy to visit it all.

To help you to organize your first trip to Istanbul here goes a list of some places you should not miss. They include Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque, Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Bosphorus Boat Tour.

Istanbul is one of my favourite destinations, even if you have visited Istanbul more than once, believe me, every time you step your feet there, it will feels like it´s still the first time. What a lovely city.


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