Istanbul is quite simply one of the world’s great cities, unique in the sense that it straddles two continents. Best of all, it is a year-round destination. Its charm lies in the old quarter, with its cobbled streets, quaint old wooden houses and charming domes and minarets. The blue waters of the Sea of Marmara in the south are soothing and tranquil. To the north, across the Golden Horn are the bright lights of Beyoğlu – Istanbul’s centre of entertainment and nightlife. This is an ancient city with a history dating back from the Greeks to the Ottoman Turks.
You can visit in spring and early autumn to enjoy sunny days and discover this amazing city on foot. Or go in summer can be hot but a good time to enjoy the sea breeze from the Bosphorus. December through to mid-March brings cold winds from the Black Sea but sunny spells will come as a surprise. No matter what time of year you come to Istanbul, there's historical sites, attractions and plenty of bazaars to keep you entertained and fascinated.