The main international airport serving Istanbul is Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST), located on the European side of the city. The airport welcomed more than 51 million passengers in 2013. It has four terminals, of which the international terminal is equipped with modern airport facilities. Be sure to allow at least 2 hours for check-in when departing from the airport.
The history of Istanbul dates back to 7th century BC. From bazaars, to mosques, hamams and museums dotted across the city, the affluent village of Bebek to the Fortress of Europe, these landmarks reflect the rich Turkish heritage and European and Asian influences from its neighbouring continents.
The airport is situated 24km from the city centre. The most convenient and comfortable way is via taxi. Journey times, however, are subjected to traffic conditions. A more reliable method is through the Metro or buses. There is a 24 hour bus Lines running from Taksim Square to Ataturk International airport.
Many visit Turkey for Istanbul, often overlooking Ankara, the charming capital city of Turkey. The city is home to landmarks like the stunning Kocatepe Mosque and the historical Ankara Citadel and Old Quarters. Marvel at the grandeur of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Mausoleum. Be sure to try out Tavuk Döner (chicken)!
Cappadocia Region, Turkey
Located in historical region in Central Anatolia, this region in Turkey known for their spectacular moon-like landscape. Explore various underground cities, houses and churches carved out from remnants of volcanic eruptions. Be sure to take a hot air balloon tour that offers you a bird’s eye view of this breathtaking world heritage site.
This modern Turkish city is home to a historic centre and home to the beautiful Konyaalti Plaji beach. Unlike the soft, fine sands from the likes of beaches in Bora Bora, Konyaaltı Plajı beach is pebbly and rough. But the beach makes up for its sand with an amazing backdrop of Beydağları mountains. Many archaelogical sites such as Aspendos, Olympos, Perge, Phaselis and Termessos are located within the vicinity of the city.
Still want to travel after exploring Turkey? Here are three popular destinations from Turkey you can consider!
One of the busiest international routes from Turkey, Frankfurt offers a different cosmopolitan vibe from the frenetic city of Istanbul. Must-visit picturesque sights in the historical city include the splendid Römerberg, 19th century Palmengarten, the Goethe House. Drop by Cider Taverns in Sachsenhausen, in the south of Old Town and try out Frankfurt’s signature Apfelwein (apple cider). Head to Frankfurt’s main shopping street, Zeil for souvenirs.
London, United Kingdom
A mere 3.5 hours flight away from Turkey, London is a place to consider if you are looking for a bustling city life. From the London Eye, the Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben to Victoria and Albert Museum, the metropolitan city of London is one that buzzes with energy with scores of attractions and landmarks that boast the rich English heritage and culture.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Head southwards towards the prosperous city of Dubai, home to the iconic Palm Islands. For a splashing good time, drop by Wild Wadi Water Park, an outdoor waterpark. Other iconic attractions include the Dubai Museum, the Grand Mosque and the Dubai fountain.
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