Istanbul

Istanbul

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Turkey

Turkey’s largest metropolis, Istanbul is strategically located between Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus River and has been an important trading, cultural and economic centre for centuries. Formerly known as Constantinople, the city was the capital of the Ottoman Empire until 1923 when the Turkish capital was moved to Ankara. Istanbul’s historic old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Blue Mosque, Topkaki Palace and Hagia Sofia to name a few. Take in the mesmerising architecture or visit glassworks before people watching over strong Turkish coffee and sweetmeats. As a cultural melting pot and the last city on the famed Silk Route, Istanbul boasts a thriving restaurant and live music scene, alongside famed Ottoman architecture. Take a ferry across the river to the Beyoglu entertainment district, barter in the Bazaar and be inspired in one of Istanbul’s many art galleries in Mecidiyeköy and Dolapdere.

Taking your private jet charter flight to Istanbul is a delight. Here are 5 reasons to visit Istanbul:

Explore Istanbul’s Old Town

The Turkish capital during three empires: Roman Byzantium and Ottoman, has given Istanbul an extraordinary architectural and cultural legacy. The oldest part of Istanbul, known as Sultanahmet, is surrounded by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. You can easily spend several days here exploring the sights. The Hagia Sofia church, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian, is an extraordinary example of Byzantine architecture and is renowned for its minarets and massive dome that rises 55.6m from the ground. No visit to Istanbul is complete without seeing the Blue Mosque, whose interior is decorated with 20,000 green, blue and white ceramic tiles. The Topkaki Palace Museum is a 45m2 former Ottoman palace, displaying more than 80,000 priceless art pieces across several courtyards.

Sweat it out in a Turkish Hammam

The Turkish hammam experience is an integral part of everyday life in Istanbul. In the days before indoor bathrooms, the populations used the bathhouses to cleanse – and socialise. Each traditional Hamman has separate areas for men and women and consists of a fabulous steam, followed by a wash and scrub from the masseuse (the same sex as the visitor), a truly invigorating massage followed by a cool down. Hammans in Istanbul are often open from 6 am until midnight and for the best experience in the city, we recommend either the Hürrem Sultan, Cağaloğlu or Çemberlitaş.

Ferry to the Princes’ Islands

Jump on the ferry to the Princes’ Islands for the most beautiful views of Istanbul. From the water, the spires and minarets hark back to a golden age of wealth and trade. To escape the heat of the city, especially in summer, we recommend the ferry ride to Princes’ Islands. Just a 75-minute ride on the Marmara Sea takes you to the largest of the island Büyükada. But you can also visit, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Kınalıada. Burgazada has a more chilled vibe with cool coffee shops and craft stores with local artisanal creations. There’s a great cove for swimming at Madam Marta Koyu. All motorised traffic is banned on the islands, so you can just walk – or take a carriage ride – around the streets and enjoy the peaceful vibe.

Glass Furnace Glassmaking

Located on the peaceful banks of the River Riva, Glass Furnace is a fabulous cultural centre with its focus firmly on the art of glass. You can join a glass workshop and be shown the entire process of glass bead making or glass animal creation using special flamework. And you don’t need any prior experience. There are even special children’s workshops The Turks were once renowned for their quality glasswork, as evidenced by the beautiful glasswork in galleries and bazaars throughout Istanbul. The brainchild of founder Yilmaz Yalcinkaya, there’s even a Glass Furnace campus on-site (complete with a half-size Olympic pool) with a guest house for 48 students, a half-size Olympic pool, as well as a stunning glass collection with more than 300 items.

Istanbul gastronomy and markets

Turkish cuisine is much more than the famous doner kebab (although they are very tasty) – you’ll find a smorgasbord of veggies, marinated meats, mezes, traditional sticky-sweet pastries and very very strong coffee alongside superb wines and liqueurs. From simit pretzel-like bread to balik ekmek (steamed fish sandwiches) and the steaming mug of salep – a milky cinnamon drink made from orchids – Turkish gastronomy is a wonder. Join an Istanbul food walk, or take a cooking class. Here are some of our favourite Istanbul markets to explore: The Grand Bazaar has more than 4,000 shops to explore from clothing to spices and the aroma of spectacular coffee from famed roasters Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. Head to Saturday’s Ferikoy Organic Market in the Sisli area of the city for organic veggies and fruits, honey and cosmetics. Its Turkey’s largest organic market. For clothing and vintage among the fresh produce, the historic Kadikoy Tuesday market (Asian side) is your best bet. The Sunday market in Kasim Pasa (Beyoglu) is recommended, as are the Saturday markets in Bakirkoy and Besiktas.

Best time to visit Istanbul

Generally, the best seasons to visit Istanbul are in Spring between March and May, when flowers are in bloom and Istanbul plays host to its film festival and its tulip festival. June to August is peak season with accompanying hot weather that draws the crowds. The Istanbul Music Festival is usually held in June (Corona notwithstanding) and the Chillout music festival and Jazz Festival each July. Autumn in Istanbul is the perfect time to see the sights without queuing – and visit the Istanbul Book Festival held each November. December to February tend to be chilly with snow and rain – ideal for hunkering down at one of the many cafes or taking in a show at the Istanbul Theatre Festival before visiting the Gastronomy Festival.

Why Visit Istanbul

Istanbul has an unbeatable historic and cultural legacy, due to its strategic location between the East and West. As a result, the city’s gastronomic scene is legendary with a plethora of world-class restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor markets, and a mouth-watering selection of cafes and restaurants. Home to legendary sights such as the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s architecture is an enchanting mix of its Byzantine, Ottoman, and Roman past, while the Bosphorus provides an enchanting backdrop and leisurely way to see Istanbul from the river.

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Airports

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

IATA: SAW

ICAO: LTFJ

Address

Sanayi Mh., Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW), 34906 Pendik/Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey

Distance from Istanbul:

74 miles

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is a popular private jet destination in Turkey. If you would like to book a private jet to or from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, contact us for a quote.

Istanbul Atatürk Airport

IATA: IST

ICAO: LTBA

Address

Yeşilköy, Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), 34149 Bakırköy/İstanbul, Turkey

Distance from Istanbul:

107 miles

Istanbul Atatürk Airport is a popular private jet destination in Turkey. If you would like to book a private jet to or from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, contact us for a quote.