RAMADAN IN ISTANBUL

Ramadan is the holy month of Islam , in which Holy Book Kuran sent to prophet Mohammed. All muslims except children, pregnant women and those whore are sick or travelling, are expected to fast during Ramadan from sunrise to sunset. However Ramadan is more than fasting, it intends to bring Moslems closer to God and teach them about patience, spirituality, … Read More

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN ISTANBUL

Istanbul has a pretty good public transportation network. The major airport, Ataturk Airport (IST) is linked to city with metro where as the secondary airport, Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is linked to city with public and shuttle buses. The only transportation in old town is tram which runs through Sultanahmet area. European and Asian Istanbul is connected with buses running … Read More

TURKISH CALLIGRAPHY

Calligraphy , originally a Greek word meaning “ beautiful writing”,  is the art of fine hand writing and refers to letters, words, pages and even whole documents where aesthetic principles and skills are applied. Calligraphy itself is not of Turkish origin but Turkish calligraphy is a unique artistic creation . Ottomans adopted this art with religious inspiration. In a country … Read More

VISA REGULATIONS

Visitors travelling to Turkey must obtain a visa unless you are from one the 78 visa-exempt countries and territories. You can get your visa  from Turkish missions abroad or , if you are eligible, from Turkey’s e-visa website for an e-visa upon arrival. In 2013, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey  launched The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System, … Read More

AIRPORTS OF ISTANBUL

Istanbul has two major airports, Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen. Ataturk Airport in on European side of Istanbul and is only 17 km away from Sultanahmet, the old town. It was opened in 1924 and today it is the biggest airport in Turkey in terms of number of passengers, destinations served and aircraft movements. It is the main hub for Turkish … Read More

CLUB REINA

Club Reina is one of the popular and treny clubs not only in Istanbul but also in Europe with a stunning view of Bosphorus. It is an outdoor club located on the shore of Bosphorus and just next to foot of Bosphorus Bridge on the European side of Istanbul. The interior design of the club looks like a cruise deck … Read More

PIERRE LOTI HILL & CAFE

Pierre Loti is a French writer, novelist, orientalist and Istanbul lover who lived in ıstanbul in 19th century. He first came to Istanbul as a naval officer and fell in love with it. He decided to settle down in this beautiful city and started to live in Eyup. He met a Turkish woman called Aziyade who inspired him for his … Read More

TULIP TIME IN ISTANBUL

Tulip Festival (Lale Festivali) is one of the most colorful, cheerful and enthusiastic festival in Istanbul. It was first organized in 2005 with the slogan of “Istanbul is Reuniting with Its Tulip”. If you are visiting the city in April, you are eminently lucky to experience this celebration. Festival occurs in April every year, because there is a noticeable progress … Read More

EGYPTIAN BAZAAR (SPICE MARKET)

When planning your trip to Istanbul, you should keep in mind that there are many things to do as well as visiting the historical monuments and places in Sultanahmet. Visiting Egyptian Bazaar or in Turkish Mısır Çarşısı is one of the highlights of Istanbul and old town. It is located in Eminonu area, next to Yeni Camii facing entrance of … Read More

MARMARA SEA ISLANDS

PRINCES ISLANDS  The islands are in Marmara sea, to the North of Asian Shore of Istanbul.It is a group of islands and consist of 9 islands. All of them are small but four of them are really tiny. The nearest one is almost 15 kms away from Galata Bridge, and the farthest one is nearly 30 kms but they are … Read More