When one thinks about Istanbul, there are a few words that pop up in our minds: History, Empires, Sultans and Power are some of them. And even before landing in Istanbul you can see why everyone makes these associations. Incredible mosques, churches, palaces and bridges merge together on a city that was once the center of the world.MORE
Istiklal Street is the heart of Istanbul. From clothes stores and restaurants to art galleries and language schools, I think you can find pretty much anything you can think of. 3 million people roam these streets every day; I believe it is one of the most crowded places in the planet (especially at weekends).MORE
Turkish cuisine is extremely rich and full of complex flavors and different textures and smells. Because you must stay at least 7 days in order to taste just some of the most delicious meals Turkey has to offer, I put together a list of my favorite ones + the most famous dishes so you have an idea of what to try first.MORE
Turkey is really big country, with one of the most interesting pasts and history in the world. Home to 3 empires, its heritage is incredibly rich and relevant. Right now there are 13 sites which are considered World Heritage by Unesco.
Turkey is an enormous country with a lot to see. This means you need a good transport network to go around. Most commonly used are the planes: a lot of cities have airports (even international ones) and to fly is very common to fly around (also cheap).
The e-visa is the new way to enter Turkey. The old visa on arrival is gone and now you can get you visa online through a very simple process. The length of the visas depends on your nationality, but all the visas are valid for 6 months since the first time used.
Like all major cities in the world, Istanbul has its quote of scams and people who try to rip tourist off. From the most common taxi driver who drives you through the longest possible way to reach your destiny to some more elaborate ones, I’ll go through them so you make sure you don’t get caught in any of them.
Package Tours is a Istanbul based travel agency which has the main goal of giving you the ultimate Traveling Turkey experience. As a part of it, we decided to create this blog, writen by a Portuguese expat, Inês, who is currently living in Turkey. She will share with you her experiences and give you valuable tips on what to see, do, eat and avoid in Turkey. Enjoy!