The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world housing over 3000 shops, is more than just a sightseeing spot. Ever since the 15th century, it has been bustling with activity. Every day locals and visitors are haggling to get the best bang for their buck. Here are some valuable bargaining tips for the Grand Bazaar and other shops around Istanbul. Click To Continue…

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Every month we ask an Istanbul local the same ten questions. This way you can hear firsthand what they love and hate about the city, and learn about the best places to wine, dine and shop in town.

Today Emrah Can Çağatay, aged between 26 – 35 and a pet shop owner, shares his Istanbul secrets. Click To Continue…

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The Turkish Electronic Visa (or e-Visa) replaces the famous ‘sticker visa’ starting 2013. And you better get used to it, since the latter will be depreciated on April 10, 2014.

Is this a bad thing? No, not at all. The Turkish online visa procedure is quick, smooth and actually saves you time since you no longer have to stand in line to get your ‘sticker visa’. Let me explain what an e-Visa is, who can get one, and how the procedure works. Click To Continue…

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Every month we ask an Istanbul local the same ten questions. This way you can hear firsthand what they love and hate about the city, and learn about the best places to wine, dine and shop in town.

Today Ekrem Başarır, aged between 26-35 and active as a manager, shares his Istanbul secrets. Click To Continue…

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The Sabiha Gökçen Istanbul Airport is attracting more and more passengers every year. Unfortunately, Sabiha Gökçen is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, well outside the city center. Unless your hotel has arranged for a free airport pick-up, you will need to find transportation from the airport to your hotel.

From the Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul, you have several options regardless the location of your hotel — Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu (Taksim/Cihangir). I hope this overview helps you make the correct choice based on your destination and/or preferences. You can find Atatürk International Airport transportation options here. Click To Continue…

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