This list of best tips for traveling to Istanbul, will help you to organize a trip to one of the most magical cities in the world, union of cultures of East and West.
Spending a few days in this city built between two continents, is a great opportunity for any travel lover who wants to know another culture and way of life totally different from that of Europe, while maintaining certain comforts.
The old Constatinopla, known as the city of the seven hills, will entertain you with all kinds of unique experiences and impressive places such as mosques, palaces and markets, which will leave an indelible mark on your traveling passport.
Based on the experience of the time we spent in this city, in which we wrote this guide to travel to Turkey, we have made this list of 10 essential tips for traveling to Istanbul. We start!
1. What is the best time?
The best time for a trip to Istanbul It is spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October), when temperatures are between 20 and 25 degrees and avoid the agglomerations that occur during the summer months. Keep in mind that in July and August, temperatures can exceed 40 degrees and accommodation is much more expensive.
In winter, although the prices are lower, it does not compensate for having fewer hours of light and raising the risk of suffering days of gray skies, rain, fog and even snow.
2. Entry and security requirements
For travel to Istanbul Spanish and European Union citizens only need to show their passport (with a minimum validity of 6 months) or the DNI.
Once at the Istanbul airport you will have to get a visa that costs about 20 dollars and is valid for 90 days, if you have not processed it online via this official website.
If you are from another country we recommend you check with the Turkish Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country to know the mandatory entry requirements to Istanbul.
In addition to carrying this documentation, it is highly recommended to have the best travel insurance to solve any medical setbacks in the city's quality hospitals, free of charge.
We always travel insured with Mondo, with whom we carry a totally adequate insurance to the needs that we will have on the trip. Hiring your insurance here with Mondo, just for being a Street Travelers reader, you have a 5% discount.
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