First Timer in Istanbul? A quick check..
Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city, a center of world value and a hub of culture, economy and history. Its rich history dates back to around 300 thousand years. This unique city is a mosaic of different civilizations with a blend of European and Asian combinations. Being a tourist hub, travelers are likely to meet with other visitors from all around the world. It has tasteful architecture, beautiful monuments, friendly people and a host of activities to try out. Perhaps, these are aspects every aspiring visitor is familiar with. It is however important for first time visitors to know what to expect when visiting Istanbul in finer detail.
Istanbul is lucky enough to enjoy all the four seasons of the year. The climate in the city is a unique mix of Mediterranean and black sea climate. Springs are quite short and summers are ideal with temperatures of around 24 degrees Celsius. The winters are wet and rainy whereas the autumns have clear blue skies. Having this information will help with knowing what kinds of clothes to take on your journey. Travelers can check online for the season and temperatures before travelling. Making a journey during winter might limit the number of activities that can be undertaken under the rain.
Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city and thus the dressing modern and hip. Travelers can bring comfortable clothes for the summer such as knee-length shorts or summer dresses. There are no restrictions on dress code but it is polite to dress modestly so as to be culturally correct. One important thing for the ladies to remember is to bring along a scarf in case they want to visit the beautiful mosques that are found in Istanbul. A pair of socks can also be brought along as wearing shoes is not allowed in the mosques either.
Like all other destinations, it is important to check the security of the places you are planning to visit while on vacation. According to statistics however, Istanbul is one of the safest big cities in Europe and the crime rate is very low. The people are very warm, friendly and willing to help with things such as directions. Otherwise, there is really nothing to worry about in terms of safety. Precautions such as not walking in the dark alone or wandering in deserted streets are all that is needed.
Before embarking on this magical journey, it is fundamental to be well versed with the visa laws of Turkey. Make no assumptions, and find out what kind of visa you need and for how long. Nobody wants to be denied boarding by an airline or get turned away at the airport for not having the required documents. A Turkey Visa on arrival is not granted to all nationalities. Visitors should therefore apply at the Turkish Mission in their country of origin or make an online application through e-visa application centers. Applications should be made two weeks before the travel date to avoid any inconvenience.