ISTANBUL

Currency - Turkish Lira

Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosporus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives in suburbs on the Asian side of the Bosporus.First inhabitants of Istanbul are dating back to second millennia BC, they were settled on the Asian side of the city. Its first name comes from Megara king Byzas who took his colonists here in the 7th century BC to establish a colony named Byzantium, the Greek name for a city on the Bosphorus.

Location

Istanbul is in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region on a total area of 5,343 square kilometers (2,063 sq mi).

Weather

17°C to 27°C

Famous For

Istanbul is a major center of commerce and trade, a place where merchants and general folk would rush to regularly in search of exotic things.

Airport

Istanbul Airport (ISL) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

Other Hotels

CONRAD ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS

FOUR SEASONS SULTANAHMET

HILTON ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS

HOTEL LES OTTOMANS

INTERCONTINENTAL ISTANBUL

RADISSON BLUE BOSPHORUS HOTEL

RAFFLES ISTANBUL

THE GRAND TARABYA

THE ST. REGIS ISTANBUL