Istanbul Turkey



Istanbul is an extraordinary city that straddles the Bosphorus, with one foot in Europe and one in Asia.
The Marmara Sea lies to the south of Istanbul, whilst the Black Sea is to the north. The western part of the city is in Europe, and the eastern is in Asia. The important watercourse that divides Istanbul is the Bosphorus. As a seaport, Istanbul is both the closest Asian city to Europe and the closest European city to Asia.

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 4 hours


Turkish Lira

time difference

GMT +2

visa requirements

All visitors to Turkey are required to purchase a visa before arrival


Comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn (from March to May and September to November respectively) have mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June to August have warm to hot days and pleasant evenings.  Winter runs from December to February and the days are crisp and evenings can be cold.

The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).

When to travel

Where to stay

Fascade of Shangri la Bosphorus Turkey

Shangri La Bosphorus is the latest addition to the city's luxury hotel line up. Located on the water's edge, this gleaming luxury hotel provides exceptional...

view at four seasons sultanahmet hotel turkey

For those looking for a cultural stopover in Istanbul, in great luxury, with all the great attractions within easy walking distance, Four Seasons Sultanahmet is...

Aegean Suite Terrace at mandarin oriental bodrum hotel turkey

Wrapped around its own private bay on the northern shores of a rugged peninsula jutting-out from Turkey's beautiful Aegean coast, it's hard to imagine a...

exterior at four seasons bosphorus hotel turkey

Four Seasons Bosphorus is probably the best hotel in Istanbul, with a magnificent water front location, luxury accommodation, outstanding service and superb spa and fitness...


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