City breaks to Istanbul
Standing proudly at the meeting point between Europe and Asia, Istanbul melds the cultures of both continents, yet manages to present a completely distinctive whole.
The mixture of cultures is everywhere to see, and even the landscape, which ranges from dramatic mountains to glorious, sun-kissed beaches, shows that this is a city whose attractions are not confined to any particular type of visitor.
Beaches play a big part in the city's appeal, and there's little wonder why. Few capitals around the world boast such big expanses of soft sand, and combine this with the typically bustling atmosphere you'd expect from a major commercial centre. But Istanbul is both a great resort and a hub of business, so offers a truly all-round holiday experience.
Late spring and early summer are the best times to take an Istanbul holiday, because then the weather is at the ideal middle point between the hot and humid summers, and surprisingly wet winters – the region gets more rainfall per year than London.
The main airport serving Istanbul is just 12 miles from the city centre, so the quick transfer times mean it's perfectly feasible to take an Istanbul short break.
Naturally, because of its location, there are many places to explore on an Istanbul package holiday, so your programme is sure to be packed with visits to famed sites such as the Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern.
The military museum in the north of the city, close to the main business district, is an attraction which charts the country's history as a vital strategic centre.
The most sumptuous properties in the city are the waterfront mansions of the western side of the Bosphorous river, and if you fancy some time playing at fantasy millionaires, you can imagine the fabulous properties with their stunning views which you could enjoy if your lottery numbers were to come up.
There's a massive amount to see on a holiday to Istanbul, and it's surprisingly easy to reach year-round. If you fancy a little Turkish delight, but don't quite know where to start, speak to one of our friendly and helpful advisers. We'll make sure that you can easily find the best of two continents in one place. Book today with Co-operative Travel.