Visit our travel guide to find out more on the city of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia. This populous city has been the centre of power struggles between the old empires since its foundation around the year 1000 BC. Its historical legacy is everywhere you look, sharing the space with the modern art and music scene. The Bosphorous Tour will show you great landscapes, and if you take a boat to the Prince Island's you'll find beautiful beaches to dip and enjoy.
The Istanbul One Day Sightseeing Tour picks you up and drops you off at your hotel, and covers all the basic and most popular landmarks. The Istanbul Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour takes more time and covers more sites. The city also has cheap public transport consisting of buses, dolmuses (minibuses), trams and a metro. The metro connects to the airport, important sites, and bus stations. These options are crowded, and you must buy the tickets in advance at the kiosks. Tourists might prefer to use dolmuses or taxis for comfort purposes, but make sure the meter works so that you're not overcharged. Traffic jams are common, so be patient and flexible with your schedule.
The city is very humid, and there is a lot of fog in both summer and in winter. Summers are quite hot, with temperatures averaging around 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F) in July and August. The best time to visit is in between May and June or September and October, as these months are slightly cooler, with a high temperature of 30°C (86°F). Winters can come with rainfall and snow, but overall Istanbul is a nice 15°C (59°F).