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Istanbul Turkey

İstanbul - Turkey İstanbul is the most populous city in Turkey as well as its cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. İstanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest in Europe and the world. Istanbul was designated as one of three European Capitals of Culture in 2010. İstanbul is divided by the Bosphorus Strait, the dividing line between Europe and Asia, the estuary of the Golden Horn bisecting the western part and the Sea of Marmara forming a boundary to the south. Most sights are concentrated in the old city on the peninsula of Sultanahmet, to the west of the Bosphorus between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Mamara. Across the Golden Horn to the north lie Galata, Beyoğlu and Taksim, the heart of modern İstanbul, while Kadıköy is the major district on the less-visited Anatolian side of the city. The Black Sea forms the northern boundary of İstanbul.

İstanbul lies on the same latitude as New York City and possesses many similarities in climate and vegetation. Neither enjoy the warm sea currents such as the Gulf Stream like the Mediterranean cities of Naples and Barcelona. Those cities lie on the same latitude and so are much warmer in climate with vegetation than is not all that normal for their northerly latitude. And again unlike the stereotype it snows in the city almost every winter, but the standard wintry precipitation is rain and sleet. Summer is generally hot with averages around 27ºC during the day and 18ºC at night. High relative humidity levels and the amount of asphalt and concrete only make things worse. There are temperatures of up to 35° C on the hottest days of the year. Summer is also the driest season recieving infrequent rain with showers tending to last for 15-30 minutes with the sun usually reappearing. Flash floods are a common occurrence after heavy rainfalls, especially during the summer, due to the city's hillside topography and inadequate sewage systems. Winter is cold and wet, averaging 2ºC at night and 7ºC during the day. Although rarely below freezing during the day the high relative humidity levels plus wind chill makes it feel quite cold.

Most passenger planes arrive at İstanbul Atatürk Airport which is 20 kilometers west of the city. There are also flights into the new Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.


Region: Mediterranean
Province: Marmaris
Beach: nearby
Marina: No
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
mouseover to control direction of scrolling Airport: İstanbul Atatürk Airport
English language website: istanbul-information.com
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