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Dynamism, history, nature, culture and, of course, food! With its 15 million inhabitants, Istanbul is one of the world’s most exciting and colourful cities. We await every guest who seeks to explore and be a part of this dynamic city to the 24-hour Garenta rent a car branches offering competitive car hire services and located in the international and domestic terminals of Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Ataturk Airport, and in central locations of Istanbul such as Taksim, Kartal and Kadikoy.
If you want to travel around Istanbul and get the best out of it, we suggest that you spend at least one week here. There are many points of attraction on both the Anatolian and the European side, and all have different features that make them very attractive. Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia, The Archaeological Museum, Kapali Carsi (The Grand Bazaar) and Misir Carsisi (The Spice Market) on the historical peninsula; shopping in Nisantasi, Karakoy and Galata, along with the world class shopping malls of Istanbul and Adalar; and Bebek or Caddebostan for a walk by the sea are some places you must add to your Istanbul travel guide.
The surroundings of Istanbul are home to treasures hidden amid nature that you can visit via your rental car. Among the most renowned are Polonezkoy, Kiyikoy, Kerpe, Kefken, Murefte, Sapanca and Masukiye.
Information about Istanbul
Istanbul is approximately 450 km from the capital city of Turkey, Ankara, and 470 km to Izmir. There are two airports in the city: Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Anatolian side; and Ataturk Airport on the European side. You can rent a car from Garenta branches at both of the airports and head to the centre. The third airport construction is ongoing, and is planned to be completed in 2018.
Climate of Istanbul
Located in the Marmara Region, Istanbul is fortunate to have a climate of four seasons. Spring, especially, is an ideal time to plan travel to Istanbul. From the second week of April till mid-June, you can visit all Istanbul’s attractions while witnessing nature’s transformation in the perfect spring weather. The summer season is rather hot in Istanbul, and when the thermometer hits 40°C, it may feel even warmer. Don’t forget your sunglasses, hat and sun cream.
The best answer to the question of “when to travel to Istanbul” depends on your preference of which colours you want to see. The autumn colours of Istanbul are definitely worthwhile: this beautiful period running from from mid-September till the end of November is the ideal time to experience autumn in Istanbul. There is a high possibility of cold weather and snow in the winter. If you want to rent a car in Istanbul in the winter, we strongly advise you to check the weather and, if snow is forecast, we suggest that you choose vehicles with 4-wheel drive.
Roads of Istanbul
There is a developed highway network in Istanbul. The 15 Temmuz Sehitler Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Avrasya Tunnel and some highways have tolls. All vehicles you will rent from Sabiha Gökçen Airport domestic and international terminals, Ataturk Airport domestic and international terminals, and Garenta Taksim Rent a Car, Garenta Kartal Rent a Car, and Garenta Kadıköy Rent a Car offices are equipped with HGS (fast pass service) or OGS (automatic pass service), enabling you to pass from these roads.
Instead of using the bridges or the tunnel for getting from the Anatolian side to the European side or from the European side to the Asian side, you can use the ferry boats departing from Harem or Sirkeci. Also, if you want to risk arriving at your destination somewhat later, you can choose to traverse the toll-free highway or the coastal roads.
When to go to Istanbul?
You can determine your travel to Istanbul based on the weather or the events you follow. Climate wise, we believe that the most ideal months to travel to Istanbul are April, May, June, September and October. However, cultural, arts and sporting events in Istanbul take place throughout the year. Soundgarden at Kilyos, Chill-Out at Sariyer, Burn Electropol Festival at Maslak are listed among some of the city’s best festivals, and easily reachable with your rental car.
What to buy in Istanbul?
There are many products that make ideal gifts from Istanbul. For products exclusive to Istanbul, you can visit the Grand Bazaar and Galata. Souvenirs with Turkish and Ottoman motifs, jewellery, fabrics, hammam sets, leather handbags, shawls, baklava (some of the larger companies, and at the Spice Market, provide packaging services suitable for long flights or other transport), and the Nazar (evil eye talisman) are among the many gifts you can buy.
Points of Attraction in Istanbul
Most of the historical places you must see in Istanbul are located on the European side in the region known as the Historical Peninsula. If you are coming from the Asian side, we advise you to park your car close to the ferry terminal, take the ferry to Eminonu, and then take the tram or walk; car use in the Historical Peninsula is very limited.
All the sites below can be visited on the same day and on foot as they are very close to each other:
The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market are designed in such a way that one follows the other. We advise you to allow 3-4 hours to visit these markets as they cover a wide area.
On the other side of the Golden Horn’s shore, Karakoy and Taksim await you. We can say that the heart of Istanbul beats in Taksim and on Istiklal Street. However, if you would like to visit and enjoy the most modern cafes of the city, you can head to the side streets of Karakoy.
Kadikoy and Moda in the Anatolian side are among the must-see places. Especially in Moda, there are cafes as modern and attractive as the ones in Karakoy. If you wish, you can buy your coffee, go to the coastal part of Moda and savour your drink in the parks while enjoying the sea view. In many parts of Istanbul, there are car parks managed by the municipality or privately, so you can always park your rental car in the nearest car park and then continue to explore the streets of the city on foot.
It is difficult to answer the question of where to eat in Istanbul because every part of the city offers exciting restaurants and even street food. If you are by the sea, consider a fish sandwich. In addition to traditional dishes such as kebab, meatballs and rice varieties, there are venues that serve the most delicious international favourites like pizzas, pasta and hamburgers.