Flight tickets from Kimberley to Istanbul

Istanbul is the vibrant capital of Turkey, a city full of culture, history, and modernity. It’s one of the largest cities in the world, and it's one of the only cities that bridges two continents. Istanbul is a city like no other and has something for every visitor. Its culture, cuisine, and scenery all make it an unforgettable experience. In this text, you'll learn about the history, culture, and attractions of Istanbul and why it is one of the most visited cities in the world.

Getting to Know Istanbul

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city and its cultural, economic, and financial center. As of 2019, the estimated population of Istanbul was 15.019 million. Istanbul is located in the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+2) during winter months, and switches to the Eastern Mediterranean Time Zone (UTC+3) during summer months. The majority of Istanbul’s population is Turkish, but there are also smaller communities of other ethnic and religious backgrounds including Kurds, Arabs, and Greeks. The main language spoken in Istanbul is Turkish. English is also widely used in business, tourism, and education. The currency in Istanbul is the Turkish lira (TRY).

Climate and Weather

Istanbul has a moderate climate. It is humid and is characterized by warm summers and cool, rainy winters. In summer, the temperature can reach up to 30˚C (86˚F), and in winter temperatures can drop below 0˚C (32˚F). Rain is frequent throughout the year, with the most rain falling in winter and spring. Snow is also common in winter, particularly in the mountains. Istanbul gets a lot of sunshine, especially in the summer months, from April to October. This is accompanied by days of strong winds occasionally. Humidity levels are usually high during the hot summer months, but low during the cold winter months. Overall, the climate in Istanbul is very varied, offering tourists a wide range of weather conditions throughout the year, with hot summers ideal for beach holidays, and cool winters perfect for wonderful sightseeing experiences. So, whatever the season, Istanbul has something to offer for every type of vacation.

Touring Istanbul: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports in Istanbul: 1. Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) 2. Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). You can get from the main airport (Istanbul Atatürk Airport) to downtown Istanbul by taxi or by public transportation. It will take around 35 minutes and cost around 20-40 euros, depending on traffic. You can also take the metro for around 8 euros. Yes, you can also change money at Istanbul airport. There are several booths at both Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport where you can change currency.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Istanbul

  1. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, with a history spanning back thousands of years to its days as the New Rome, Constantinople. It has been home to countless empires, cultures, and religions and continues to be a vibrant cultural and commercial center today
  2. Istanbul's colorful history is reflected in its many landmarks and monuments, such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern
  3. Istanbul's culture is rich in music, food and art. Visitors can explore the vibrant nightlife, try traditional dishes like bazaar-style kebabs and baklava, or enjoy Turkish folk music and dance performances

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