Istanbul is at the same time a mysterious, majestic city, but at the same time unusually beautiful and noisy. Someone falls in love with him, seeing a magnificent panoramic view, and someone was able to appreciate the architectural styles and scope of buildings. The city is often called the "bridge between Europe and Asia" and it is not in vain: it is in Istanbul that you can ride a yacht and end up in two seas at the same time - in Black and Marmara. What could be more incredible? Hire a car and do not miss the opportunity during your vacation to ride through all the sights and picturesque surroundings, walk through the best markets of Istanbul and visit luxury resorts.
IATA code: IST
Location: 24 km from Istanbul
Official website: http://www.ataturkairport.com/en-EN/Pages/Main.aspx
Information: +90 212 463 30 00
The following companies provide car rental at Ataturk Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europark, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt, Thrifty. Racks for rental cars are located at the entrance to the parking zone. There are several parking zones near the airport, which can be booked on the airport website.
IATA code: SAW
Location: 35 km from Istanbul
Official website: http://www.sabihagokcen.aero/homepage
Information: +90 216 588 88 88
The following companies provide car rental at Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Hertz, Garenta, Nord Travel, Budget, Payless, Europcar, Avis, Enterprise, Bostanci, Central, and Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are several parking zones near the airport.
Sultanahmet Mh., At Meydanı No: 7 http://www.sultanahmetcamii.org/
Having rented a car, go look at the main symbol of the city, which is located on Sultanahmet Square, the Blue Mosque. The magnificent decoration, grace and grandeur of the building can not be compared with any attraction in the world. The shrine is made in the classical Ottoman architectural style with Byzantine elements. The construction used unique marble and precious stone. The interiors of the mosque are painted with white and blue colors, which creates the effect of blue. The wall to which the believers pray is decorated with 260 stained-glass windows, and the floor is covered with handmade carpets. The peculiarity of the mosque is in the number of minarets: there are 6 instead of 4, as was traditionally established.
Bereketzade Mh., Galata Kulesi, Beyoglu
Built in the 14th century, the Galata Tower is truly considered a work of art. In those distant times, the construction of the building became a kind of mark in history: the Genoese thus decided to perpetuate the expansion of the colonies of Constantinople. It is built on a hill, which is why it is visible from almost any corner of Istanbul. Do not miss the opportunity to climb to the top of the tower and explore the city from above. By the way, a cafe and a restaurant work there, so you can consolidate your impressions with a delicious meal at a dizzying height.
Cankurtaran mh. http://www.topkapisarayi.gov.tr/tr
For several centuries, until the middle of the XIX century, Topkapi Palace was the residence of the Turkish padishahs, and today it operates one of the richest museums that store completely unique exhibits. During the tour, you will be able to see a collection of porcelain items (the only one in Europe), the precious products of the sultans and their wives, thrones made of precious wood, covered with gold. The museum also houses the brazier of Abraham, the sword of David, the relics of Jon the Baptist and the staff of Moses.
Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Meydanı http://ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr/
When traveling by rental car, be sure to visit the Hagia Sophia, which is considered a symbol of the former greatness of a powerful state. The dome of the shrine does not stand out clearly: these are the consequences of the use of unique bent structures. The walls and floor of the cathedral are lined with white, red, green marble, and the transitions are lined with friezes, which are covered with gold. A cosmic sum was spent on the construction of the temple, which is equal to the two annual budgets of the Byzantine Empire.
Visnezade Mh., Dolmabahce Cd.
Dolmabahce Palace was built in order to compete with the best palaces in Europe. The construction of a palace not traditional for Turkey was a success: the building looks pompous and magnificent. Of particular interest to tourists is the Dolmabahçe Grand Palace, which consists of the Ceremonial Hall, State Apartments, the Harem. Having examined the most interesting rooms, go to the summer palace of Beylerbey, and then look into the graceful peach pavilion of Ainalikavak.
Bayramoglu Garden is famous not only for its variety of plants, but also for animals. Initially, the territory was purchased for animal breeding, however, when the number of individuals began to exceed the equipped possessions, the designers reorganized the territory. The object simultaneously began to be considered a botanical garden and a zoo. The beauty is that animals live here almost in their natural environment. The zoo is dominated by smaller reptiles, fish, birds, mammals. The place is really charming and worth visiting, regardless of whether you are traveling with children or not.
Rent a car and go to one of the legendary places in the vicinity of Istanbul - the fishing village of Eskihisar. Here is the marina where you can have a great rest: take a walk, admiring the views or take a yacht ride on the Sea of Marmara. Art lovers will enjoy spending time in the museum, where the works of Turkish artists are presented. The village is also famous for its ancient fortress, which was built during the time of Byzantium, and in the northeastern part you can see a heap of large hewn stones, which used to be the main wall. A ride through the outskirts, you can see the individual ruins of the once powerful structures. A tour of Eskihisar will certainly impress every guest of Istanbul.
If you have the time, be sure to include a trip along the Bosphorus Strait into your tourist itinerary. In Istanbul, almost every travel agency offers a similar tour. A boat trip starts from the Black Sea, and after that tourists smoothly find themselves in the Bosphorus Strait - the place where Europe and Asia meet. Seen panoramic views will make an indelible impression, for the sake of this it is even worthwhile to overcome the "seasickness".
Silivri is a luxury resort, which is located 65 kilometers from the city. In the warm season, wealthy people of Turkey and travelers from all over the world come here. The resort offers its guests the best hotels, delicious restaurants, a variety of spa treatments and entertainment. Sports enthusiasts will be happy to spend time in fitness centers, those who like golf will be able to practice at numerous sites. It is convenient to get to Silivri by sea tram, which regularly runs from Istanbul.
Experienced travelers know that around Istanbul in the European part of the city there is a large array called “Belgrade Forest”. This is a picturesque place where lovers gather to spend time in nature, breathe fresh air and abstract from all external factors. By the way, you can take something tasty with you and have a small picnic near one of the many natural sources of water. Having rented a car, go and you are in this picturesque place where you can spend your leisure time pleasantly.
Asmalı Mescit, Istiklal Cad. Olivia Gecidi 1 / A http://www.mandabatmaz.com.tr/tr-TR/ana-sayfa
True fans of aromatic coffee should come to Istanbul to visit Mandabatmaz. This is a small cozy place where from morning until late evening you can taste the best varieties of your favorite drink and relax in a pleasant environment. The coffee shop has been operating for several decades and has long established itself as one of the best in the city. The institution is hidden from noisy streets, which is why either locals or tourists who know a lot about excellent coffee houses come here.
Sultanahmet Mh., Akbıyık Cad. No: 5 https://www.facebook.com/Rumist-Cafe-Art-Bistro-335081816504113/
Looking for a place to have breakfast or a snack? Cafe Rumist is perfect. A varied menu allows you to choose your favorite dishes and taste something new. Competent staff can not only quickly and efficiently serve, but also advise on new items on the menu or dishes that are sure to suit your taste. In the background, pleasant music always plays, and in the warm season a terrace opens, from where you can see the center of Istanbul.
Mollafenari, Kılıccılar Sk. No: 5
If walking around the Grand Bazaar you are hungry and want to have a quick and tasty meal, head to Donerci Sahin Usta. They are preparing inexpensive food, the quality of which is definitely not to be doubted. Juicy meat, the best spices and fresh vegetables - all this is processed using a special technology and within 10-15 minutes the customer receives the finished dish. By the way, nearby is equipped with a parking lot where you can leave a rental car.
Hoca Pasa, Ibni Kemal Cd. No: 13 http://www.constantinesark.com/
Getting to know the true Turkish cuisine is best at Constantine´s Ark. Especially the restaurant will appeal to meat lovers: chicken, beef, lamb - everything here is presented in a wide assortment. The quality and speed of service is beyond praise, and the submission process is simply mesmerizing, turning into an extraordinary action. To organically complement your meal, ask the waiter to find the right wine. If the weather permits, the restaurant can be accommodated at a table on the balcony.
Alemdar Mh., No :, Nuru Osmaniye Cd. No: 7 https://www.facebook.com/El-Amed-Terrace-Restaurant-1066062126803821/
If you want to have a great time in a special atmosphere, head to El Amed Terrace Restaurant. Entering the restaurant, you can immediately feel the romantic vibrations: there are lighted candles on the tables, pleasant music plays in the background, and the guests talk slowly, trying not to violate the established order. When booking a table, check if it is possible to stay on the roof. If you're lucky, then it will be an unforgettable dinner with a 360 degree view of Istanbul.
Caferaga, Albay Faik Sozdener Cd. No: 31
+90 216 542 43 44 http://www.hilton.ru/hotels/doubletree-by-hilton-istanbul-moda/ double room - from € 158
Are you planning to rent a car and want to spend your holidays in a comfortable hotel with beautiful views? Choose your own DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Moda. The apartments offer a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus, and the rooftop pool is equipped where it is especially pleasant to spend leisure time in the warm season. Nearby is a market, taking a walk through which you can plunge into the local flavor, and a ferry from where you can make an unforgettable trip around the city.
Balabanaga, Ahmet Suayip Sk. No: 22
+90 212 528 28 40 http://www.samirdeluxehotel.com/ double room - from € 124
Samir Hotel Deluxe is a great option in a central location. The hotel is located in a quiet street, which means that no extraneous noise will disturb your peace of mind in the rooms. Nearby is a shopping center where you can spend the whole day looking for the right things and tasting dishes in restaurants. Tourists are offered room-service, transfer, laundry. If you come to Istanbul on business, you can use the conference room, and in case of important events a banquet room is equipped.
Emniyetevleri, Buyukdere Cd. No: 4
+90 212 319 29 29 http://www.movenpick.com/en/europe/turkey/istanbul/hotel-istanbul/overview/ double room - from € 136
For business travel, Movenpick Hotel Istanbul is the best choice. The rooms are spacious and functional. In addition to all amenities, a work area with a desk and an armchair is equipped. The competent staff will not only make you feel comfortable, but also help organize a business meeting in the conference room and coffee break. After a busy day you can relax in the spa, in the jacuzzi or in the fitness center.
Alemdar Mahallesi, Cagaloglu Hamamı Sokak No: 6
+90 212 526 11 81 http://www.agoralifehotel.com/ double room - from € 53
Looking for a reasonably priced hotel overlooking Sultanahmet? Choose your own Agora Life Hotel. On the top floor there is a terrace where you can have a leisurely breakfast while enjoying views of the main attractions of Istanbul. The staff greets each guest with a smile and makes sure that staying at the hotel makes only a good impression. Tourists are offered a shuttle service, room-service, dry cleaning. Convenient parking is available for tourists on rental cars.
Kucuk Ayasofya, Mustafa Pasa Sk. No: 29
+90 212 517 13 07 http://www.sultansroyalhotel.com/ double room - from € 87
Sultans Royal Hotel is a cozy hotel located near the main attractions of the city. The rooms on the upper floors offer views of the Sea of Marmara, and there is also a terrace where you can have breakfast or discuss your impressions with a glass of wine. The competent staff will fulfill your wishes and will do everything to make you have a pleasant time in Istanbul. If you decide to spend your birthday here, be prepared to take modest surprises from the hotel.
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