With a history that spans more than two millennia, as well as a vibrant, cosmopolitan vibe, Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople and Byzantine, has something to charm travelers of any stripe. The metropolis sits at the very western edge of Turkey, and straddles both Europe and Asia, having played a key role in the history of both continents.
As the seat of power of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is home to countless architectural wonders, such as the nearly thousand year-old Hagia Sophia. Originally an orthodox basilica, the Ottomans turned the building into a mosque after the fall of Constantinople. It is now a museum, and features some of the original mosaics of the Byzantine period. Right next door stands the stunning Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, built by the conquerors of Constantinople to try and rival with the majesty of Hagia Sophia.
But beyond its architectural marvels, Istanbul is also a vibrant, cosmopolitan city
with many dining, and drinking options, as well as fabulous shopping, from the fashionable brand stores of Beyoğlu to the crowded, historical bazaars of Sultanahmet.
Choose your rental in Taksim Square area
Taksim Square, on the European side of the River Bosphorus, is famous for its shopping and its sophisticated culinary options. Taksim Square is the center of Istanbul's modern and extensive transport system, making it the perfect base for your short-term rental in Istanbul
to explore the many tourist attractions in town, including the historical district of Sultanahmet. The famous İstiklal Caddesi, also known as Independence Avenue, stretches southwest from Taksim Square, and features the city's trendiest shopping and great restaurants in Istanbul
Beyoğlu, for your Istanbul holiday apartments
Beyoğlu is the most cosmopolitan district of Istanbul, and features most of its trendiest cafes, bars, restaurants, and shopping. Beyoğlu encompasses İstiklal Caddesi, a wide pedestrian boulevard lined with shops and restaurants. It is possible to walk the length of İstiklal Caddesi, but one can also use the historical tram that departs from Taksim Square and goes all the way along the length of the boulevard. Beyoğlu is the perfect area to sample the life of the Turkish elite and urban youth, with its many signature boutiques, as well as restaurants offering the best of Turkish traditional cuisine and modern flavors. A popular and inexpensive pastime for the youth of Istanbul consists of grabbing a tea with friends in a cafe, playing backgammon, and enjoying a Turkish water pipe.
Choose your Istanbul apartments in Beşiktaş
The Beşiktaş neighborhood of Istanbul stretches along the European shore of the Bosphorus, right across from the Asian continent. Beşiktaş is where you want your Istanbul holiday rental
to be to explore historical Sultanahmet, or to take a ferry across the Bosphorus
and set foot in Asia for an afternoon of sightseeing and exploration. It is also possible to take a cruise along the Bosphorus, and enjoy a charming view of the historical city at sunset, when the city comes alive with dozens of calls to prayer from the city's countless mosques. Beşiktaş is a convenient transport hub not only for the Asian side of Istanbul, but also for Sultanahmet, accessible via a convenient public tram system.