When it comes to scenic beauty there are few European cities that match Istanbul and its surrounding regions. The largest city of Turkey, Istanbul was once Byzantium and then renamed as Constantinople during the consecutive rules of the Greek Emperor Byzas and the Roman Emperor Constantine. Over the span of 8000 years of its history, the region has witnessed several changes in its ruling power. Sometimes it was the Romans who were rebuilding the city while some other time it was the Ottoman Turks ravaging the same. Finally, after World War I and the Turkish War of Independence, Istanbul became a part of the Republic of Turkey in the year 1921. Since then, the region has flourished culturally and economically.
Many places in Istanbul today have been declared as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO and the city itself has been designated as the European Capital of Culture by the European Union in 2010. Visiting Istanbul can be a lifetime experience. Staying in the best hotels in Istanbul can further accentuate that pleasure.
Languages Spoken: Languages Spoken Turkish, English, French are the languages spoken here.
Nearest Airports: Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Burgas Airport, Alexandroupolis International Airport.
Best Time to Visit: September - November.
Emergency Contact Number: 112.