It's a place for everyone. Delicious food, beautiful ottoman architecture, vibrant atmosphere, historically and cultural rich and a perfect spot for shopaholics.
It may sound surprising to many, as Istanbul is the most known city in Turkey, but it isn't the capital of the country. The capital of Turkey is Ankara. I didn't know it till the date I landed in Istanbul.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Although Turkey is a year round destination, April, May, September and November are the best months to experience the outdoor activities.
Turkish Lira (TRY) is the currency of Turkey.
Know the exchange rate:
Check the weather conditions during the time of your travel:
Turkey is a safe country to visit, but you must stay alert in major cities from theft and pickpocketing. If you are going out in the night, stick to busy areas and avoid hidden trails, shortcuts through secluded areas. Beware of taxi scams , I would suggest to use Uber.
Did you know?
Ankara is the capital of Turkey, not Istanbul
Santa Claus was born in Patara, Turkey
Istanbul spans over 2 continents - Europe and Asia
Istanbul has one of world's oldest and the largest market in world with 4000 shops - the famous Grand Bazaar
Turkey was formed in 1923 following the fall of the Ottoman Empire