Blue Mosque | Istanbul

With its iconic skyline, and plethora of attractions and landmarks, Istanbul is one of the world's most visited cities. This bustling metropolis is Turkey's most populated city, as well as the country's financial, cultural, and fashion hub. Many people believe that a city like Istanbul is too busy and congested to get around by car, but that's not necessarily the case. Hiring a vehicle can let you explore the city away from the tourist hotspots, including unique neighbourhoods which are very different to the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Istanbul at night
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About Istanbul

Istanbul straddles both Europe and Asia, and is an exciting cocktail of East and West. Here you will find a mixture of historic buildings alongside dazzling modern skyscrapers, and everything in between. Istanbul is also a cultural capital, with landmark buildings located throughout the metropolis. Here you will find some of the world's best museums, art galleries, and theatres, as well as cuisine from all corners of the world. If it's shopping you are after, you'll find plenty of that here too, as well as bars, and restaurants. The population of the city is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making Istanbul one of Europe's largest cities. It is situated on the Bosphorus - a narrow strait which is located between the Marmara Sea and Black Sea.


Throughout Europe, Turkey is known for its year-round sunshine and warm summers, and Istanbul is no exception. Its temperate climate attracts visitors from all over the continent - expect hot and humid summers. It does however rain in Istanbul more than you might think, with the city experiencing average rainfall of around 840 millimetres - more than Dublin or London. Rain can be expected throughout the year, even during the summer months.

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Things to see

One of the most popular things to see when in Istanbul are The Walls of Constantinople - a series of stone walls that surround the city, which hark back to the Roman Empire. A number of modifications have been made to these walls over the years, and they are among the most complex structures ever constructed. A number of companies offer walking tours so you can learn about the history of these walls first-hand.
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Things to experience

If you want to see the city from a new perspective, hire a car. This will enable you to travel off the beaten track and explore the best of what the city has to offer away from the usual tourist-heavy hotspots. Remember - when travelling to Istanbul from abroad, it is recommended that you take out travel insurance to provide you with peace of mind during your stay. This should be obtained before you travel to Turkey.

*This article was sponsored by Direct Travel Insurance.
Cover photo credit: Afriandi Syahfril

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  1. Istanbul is such a beautiful country to be visited but there are some important things you need to consider. Your safety is your main priorities because officials have already warned travelers to exercise precautions.

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