A City Breaks Guide To Istanbul Holiday Rentals, Villas & Apartments to Rent, Holiday Homes

Istanbul is like no other city in the world with the famous Bosphorus Strait running through the centre separating Europe from Asia and connecting the Mediterrean with the Black sea.

Being the largest city in Turkey, with 18 million people, there is a plethora of things to see and do for all ages from fabulous beaches and waterparks to the palaces and museums. Most must-see historic sights are within the Sultanahmet district and includes the Topkapı Palace and Aya Sofya (Byzantine Church of the Holy Wisdom).

For shopping, there are the famous spice markets and The Grand Bazzar plus the pulsating Beyoğlu district where the night life is very lively with street music, bustling cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants - for seafood lovers, head to the districts of Beylerbeyi and Anadolu Kavağı.

The old quarter is not to be missed either, with its narrow cobbled streets, old wooden houses and skyline peppered with domes and minarets.

Top City Attractions
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia
Ethnographic Museum
Tour the Bosphorus by boat
Explore The Grand Bazaar (Kapaliçarşi)
Spice Bazaar (Misir Çarşisi)
Basilica Cistern
Aya Sofya
Blue Mosque with its 6 minarets
View Istanbul from the top of the 67m Galata Tower
Explore the Beyoğlu shopping & restaurant district

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Accommodation in Istanbul

There are plenty of options when choosing where to stay in Istanbul from excellent 5 star hotels to private holiday rentals - villas on the ouskirts or apartments to rent in the city centre.

Getting around Istanbul is best done on foot. Most of the historical centre is pedestrianised and finding a parking space other than at where you are staying is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Istanbul - Hagia Sophia

Istanbul Beaches

The city is surrounded by beaches with over 20 being within a short drive from the centre.There are many glorious beaches close to Istanbul which tend to get packed at the weekends if the weather is good.

One of the best ones is True Blue where you can see the islands and the sailing boats from Kalamış Marina. It has the best beach club in Istanbul plus there is a swimming pool, restaurant and bar with live entertainment.

Other popular beaches around Instanbul include...

  • Dalia beach
  • BURC beach on the Black Sea
  • Princes' Islands
  • Golden beach
  • Şile & Ağva on the Black Sea

Best Time To Visit

Istanbul is a year round destination although late Spring and early Autumn are the best times to visit when there is plenty of warmth in the sunshine and you can wine and dine outside. The hot summer months can be sultry and one of the reasons why the locals retreat to rural areas and Aegean beach resorts. Between mid December and mid March, it can get cold enough to snow and fog often rolls in from the Black Sea.

Twin centre holidays

If you are taking a city break in Istanbul, a popular option is to combine your stay with a few days relaxing by the shores at one of the many beach resorts. Popular destinations include...

  • Izmir
  • Dalaman
  • Antalya
  • Bodrum
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Top 1 Day Excursions
Visit the ancient city of Troy
Gallipoli peninsula tour
Explore castles and caves of the Cappadocia region
Ephesus ancient city & Artemis Temple
Pamukkale's calcified cliffs & Hellenistic Spa Town
Explore Priene, Miletos and the Apollo Temple

Our view on Istanbul

No trip to Turkey is complete without visiting its capital. A wonderful city to explore on foot, taking in the sights and discovering the history, beauty and culture of this ancient city where East meets West. After a few days, you will soon feel that a short city break in Istanbul is not long enough!