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Urla Vineyards - photo by Merve Göral

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

The enchanting lands of Urla have a direct effect on the people who traverse these blessed landscapes. Here, folks are merry; nature evokes a feeling of sanctuary, which invokes inspirational prose, most literary. Residents of Urla are gentle and at ease and spending a few days here turns visitors...

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Raffles brunch

Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

When it comes to brunch, Istanbul has oh-so-much to offer. Whether you’re craving a seafood menu with champagne or a vegan experience, Swiss classics, Spanish appetizers or a Turkish menemen - our city has it all. The abundance of choice may overwhelm, but no need to fret. Here’s a list of the best...

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ODTU Ormanı and Eymir Gölü, where to go in Ankara

Cappadocia is a destination not to be missed. Discover more about the fairy chimneys, hot air balloons, what to do around the ancient city, and where to eat and stay.

Ankara is many things: the Turkish capital, a political stage, a diplomatic epicentre, and the historic founding place of the Republic – at least, these are what the metropolis is generally known for. However, with the passage of time, Ankara has seen a remarkable transformation and gentrification...

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Mr. Cas Hotels, Istanbul

All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

Busy Istiklal Caddesi is a whirlwind of noise and swirls of crowds. Who knew that, to escape, all you have to do is ring the doorbell of a narrow doorway labeled Güney Palas? Once unlocked, the portal unveils the Art Deco world of Mr. Cas Hotel, steeped in peace and imbued in history. This boutique...

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Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

The worldwide name behind renowned hotels The Plaza and The Savoy, Fairmont Quasar Istanbul is the first venture of the Fairmont brand in Istanbul. Located in the boisterous district of Mecidiyeköy, the hotel was designed by American Wilson Associates, staying true to the surroundings of the...

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All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center combines inspiring architecture with the meticulous “passion to exceed” service that the Raffles brand is famous for. Centrally located within the Zorlu Center complex, the property is connected to all major districts of Istanbul via a transport hub located within...

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Sound pool, Alaçatı

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

An increased interest of Istanbulites’ in the Çeşme peninsula in recent years is undeniable. As a result of this rising popularity, plenty of restaurants, bars, beach clubs, and other venues have opened in the coastal town of İzmir – and continue to open around the region. Although we think the...

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All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

It’s the siren song of the water – cool and inviting waves lapping against the skins of our city's blessed and beautiful, every shade of blue the perfect antidote for those other kinds of weekday blues. Can you hear it calling to you? We’re here to help you answer, in a city that thrives by the...

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Bozburun Yatch

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

It never fails. The weather gets hot, and the lure of the sea is hard to resist. Explore the secrets of the Turkish coast by boat, rocked gently by the Aegean and cooled by its blessed breezes. Here are some of the best routes to take. The cruising coast of Turkey is universally acknowledged to be...

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Dikencik

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

It is a charmed air that surrounds Dikecik Cottages. Located along a country lane that connects the pint-sized community of Yeşilüzümlü with the even smaller one of Ortaköy, a journey here leaves Turkey’s coastal tourism far behind. Instead, the landscape is ensconced in swaths of pine forests and...

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Beğendik Abi, Urla, photo by Merve Göral

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

At The Guide Istanbul, we appreciate the celebration of natural products, so we visited the 2nd International Urla Artichoke Festival, which took place from April 29-May 1. If you missed the event, take a look at our recap of the festival.

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All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

Other than being a wonderful city to explore as a tourist, due to its geopolitical situation Istanbul is a powerful city for making business. Let’s say you have a meeting, conference, or anything business-related in the city. You know very well where to stay in Istanbul to get the best Bosphorus...

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Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus, where to stay

All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

For those looking to visit Istanbul over the summer when the sun is out and the Bosphorus is gleaming, what better place to stay than a hotel right beside the water? Options in this simultaneously historic and cosmopolitan city are endless, so we’ve put together a list of fabulous hotels all with...

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The Elysium Istanbul MGallery by Sofitel

All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

As the city welcomes its visitors, new hotels open just about every week to accommodate them. Offering many services in various parts of the city, each hotel caters to a slightly different mix of guests. If you’re planning a trip to Istanbul, take a look at our list of the best recent openings....

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Located on the Asian side of the city, the Haydarpaşa Railway Station was a major hub of transport in Istanbul since its construction in 1872 - before it was closed for renovation in 2013, it was the largest and busiest rail terminal in the Middle East. The castle-like building of today was...

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Zoe Yacht Cruises, photo by Merve Göral

Book a sunset Bosphorus trip on Zoe, a 12-person motor yacht, and explore parts of the strait not available on normal tours. Zoe's two- or four-hour trips are fully customisable - they can curate an itinerary to suit your needs, organise parties or a stop in a romantic spot for you to propose to...

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Atatürk International Airport is one of the two existing airports in Istanbul and is located on the European side of the city. It is the only airport in Istanbul that can be reached by metro.

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The elegant, vintage-inspired, and handmade Armada boat is available for private tours of the Istanbul waters complete with dining and event planning. Visit the website for more information and reservations.

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Sabiha Gökçen Airport is one of the two existing international airports in Istanbul, located on the Asian side of the city.

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With a fresh approach to the ideal of tour guiding, Locally Istanbul aims to spend less time exploring the usual sights and more time in the areas inhabited by the locals. Recommended tours include Galata-Pera- Çukurcuma, Asian Istanbul, Turkish Design, Golden Horn, Istanbul by Night, and the...

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More than 25 years of experience certifies the quality of Fest Travel as one of the top cultural and educational tourism agencies in Turkey. As a cultural baron the director of Fest Tour, Faruk Pekin, has consolidated his agency by offering top quality cultural, educational, religious, and research...

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A city like Istanbul has much to offer, but when you're time is limited it can be difficult to fit it all in. That's when it's best to use the services of a reputable tour company – to ensure you make the most of the time you have. Professional tour guide, Sinan Sökmen, founded Istanbul Tour...

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STH Tourism and Organisation offers tailor made excursions, escorted tours, religious tours, daily sightseeing, gulet (traditional Turkish sailing vessel) vacations, and event management. The company organizes tours globally, enabling many adventurers to explore the world. Apart from the popular...

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Once the last stop on the Orient Express, the grand Sirkeci Train Station was and is a rail hub between Istanbul and Europe. Located just inland of the confluence of the Golden Horn and the mighty Bosphorus, the station is itself a kind of coming together – of different peoples, geographies as well...

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Another one of the many Marinas in a city by the sea, Marintürk Pendik is the home of yacht owners who are looking to dock as well as the additional bit of service. Featured is a business center, laundry services, baby care, security, and sanitary units among many other options that make the Marina...

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Guided tours with art scene insiders from Grizine online magazine through Istanbul’s most important neighborhoods. Related Content Article Grizine Art Walk ; by Rhiannon Davies

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Since Istanbul is surrounded by the beautiful Bosphorous, sea transportations make avoiding traffic extremely easy. Navette is one of those transportation services (with three boat options to choose from), whether you are interested in travelling between marinas, a sea cab, or private boat tours....

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