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Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and the only country in the world that cuts across two continents – Asia and Europe. It may not be Turkey's capital city, but it is undeniably a top destination for travelers from all over the world! Influenced by the unique combinations of the charms of the old city and the excitement of the new city, Istanbul is nothing short of spectacular. Take a stroll down the busy Istiklal Street, lose yourself in the iconic Grand Bazaar, and explore the city’s various beautiful landmarks like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and more!

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Straddling Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Turkey will excite even the most jaded travellers. From stunning natural wonders of rugged canyons to impressive architecture, ancient ruins and more - prepare to be utterly blown away!

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About Istanbul

Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and the only country in the world that cuts across two continents – Asia and Europe. It may not be Turkey's capital city, but it is undeniably a top destination for travelers from all over the world!


Influenced by the unique combinations of the charms of the old city and the excitement of the new city, Istanbul is nothing short of spectacular. Take a stroll down the busy Istiklal Street, lose yourself in the iconic Grand Bazaar, and explore the city’s various beautiful landmarks like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and more!

Local weather

  • DEC - FEB
    10°

  • MAR - MAY
    20°

  • JUN - AUG
    28° 17°

  • SEP - NOV
    25°

General info

  • Time Zone
    GMT +03:00

  • Currency
    Turkish Lira

    1USD = 8.27TRY

  • Best time to visit
    • APR

      International Istanbul Tulip Festival

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