About Istanbul

Istanbul; the world’s one of the most ancient metropolis with its rich history and wonderful nature. With its 8.500 years of history, İstanbul is the former capital of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Separeted to two continents, Asian and European, the city is an ideal example of the natural beauty. Each civilization that has made its home in Istanbul has left its mark in some way, and the result we see today is a city that could only have come about after thousands of years of diverse cultures each adding a little something.

Istanbul, that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, is one of the most unique cities in the world,  where one can observe the diverse daily life in a setting of ancient history and natural beauty. The people of Istanbul make up a cultural mosaic of different national, ethnic, cultural and religious origins. You can observe the riches of both Turkey and the world in Istanbul, due to this diversity. International cultural, artistic and sporting events, distinguished hotels and restaurants, nightclubs, conference centers, concerts, theaters and cinemas can suit every visitor’s taste from any walk of life.

Historic Heart
Few cities in the world have such an amazing array of treasures. Istanbul is a natural gateway, offering a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. It is a metropolis proud of its rich history and unrivaled natural beauty spread on two continents, Europe and Asia, divided by the Bosphrous. It is attractive both for the beauty of the surrounding landscape and for its historical treasures.

Outstanding Cultural Life
Istanbul’s unique character is well represented in its cultural life. Here you will find significant examples of  Islamic Art, masterpieces of ceramic art as well as modern art at the recently opened Istanbul Modern Art Museum. Sabancı Museum's collection of precious manuscripts and extensive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings are on permanent exhibition. These museums also host national and foreign exhibitions. Istanbul also hosts the Istanbul Biennial, which is a themed month-long event meant to encourage stimulating artistic dialogue and understanding between artists from different fields and different cultures. 

Memorable Entertainment & Nightlife
From the ubiquitous sounds of live, traditional Turkish music and dancing in restaurants throughout the city to cultural and artistic events, international festivals, and glitzy clubs and bars on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is a city that knows how to entertain, and it knows how to party. 

Exciting Events and Festivals
The Istanbul festival season generally runs from April to November, with several great events planned for that period. The largest and most important festivals are organized and promoted by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, founded in 1973. With international festivals for Film, Theatre, Music, and Jazz, Istanbul attracts big names and large crowds, always with a truly international artistic flair. Istanbul's festivals are generally city-wide events, with showings taking place at any number of interesting venues across the city.

Delicious Turkish Cuisine
Turkish cuisine is among the most varied and extensive in the world, and fine restaurants offering the classics of Turkish cuisine aswell as modern interpretations of classic favorites dot the Istanbul culinary landscape. Istanbul, with a restaurant almost literally at every turn, is areal culinary treat, and a snacker's paradise. Whether you try the variations of Kebabs,or the fresh fish from the Bosphorus or the numerous kinds of fresh vegetables, you are guaranteed the delicious dining experience. Turkey is also home to a burgeoning wine industry, which is just now beginning to gain some international acclaim.