E Visa – Istanbul (Turkish)
Istanbul is a busy metropolis that spans Asia and Europe and is one of the world’s most historically significant cities. It’s a city with many contrasts: east and west, old and new, traditional and modern. You’ll definitely need more than a week to see and do everything in this interesting city on the Bosporus. Here’s a rundown of the best locations to learn about, Turkish Citizenship by Buying Property.
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The Turkish baths provide a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Bath, Cagaloglu, Cemberlitas, Suleymaniye, and Galatasaray Baths are among Istanbul’s oldest and most popular baths. Galatasaray and Suleymaniye both welcome mixed gender gatherings.
The Turkish bath is particularly popular in countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Keep in mind that if you are a citizen of one of these countries, you will need a Turkish e visa to visit Turkey. It’s a piece of paper that certifies the bearer’s right to travel to Turkey. Citizens of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates can obtain visas to visit Turkey.
Historical Interest Sites
All of Istanbul’s ancient sites might easily keep you occupied for a week. The Galata Tower, the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Blue Mosque are all worth seeing.
Insider Tip: Purchase a museum pass for 85 TL to avoid the long lineups at Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You’ll be able to avoid waiting for several hours. When entering a mosque, remember to bring a scarf with you because you must cover your head and shoulders.
A list of some of the top places to eat in the city.
Van Kahvalti, Evi
This is a simple, unpretentious restaurant where you may have a traditional Turkish breakfast. Because many of the meals are supposed to be shared, it’s best not to go alone. Despite the fact that the restaurant does not take reservations, the wait will be well worth it.
Kronotrop Cafe is located in an area noted for vintage antique stores, pubs, restaurants, traditional cafes, and kebab shops. When they first opened in 2012, they were one of Turkey’s first specialty coffee cafes. The cafe has an artsy, hipster vibe to it (for a minute I felt like I was transported to Williamsburg). While sipping a cortado, this is an excellent place to people watch.
MOC is a term that refers to a group of people that work together to achieve a common goal (Ministry of Coffee)
MOC is a coffee lover’s dream come true. In 2014, this specialty coffee shop on akayk Sokak first opened its doors. Sydney native Sam Ceviköz and his colleagues use syphons and cold brew drip systems, as well as infusing espresso with zesty citrus fruits and other odd ingredients. The company buys green coffee beans from 12 different countries, roasts and combines them, and produces one of the most delicious coffees you’ve ever had. MOC Istanbul also serves chocolate croissants imported directly from France.
The Shangri La Bosphorus, located exactly on the river in Turkey’s Besiktas district, is the ideal hotel for taking in both the European and Asian influences of the city. The hotel is housed in a former tobacco factory from 1929 that has been renovated into an excellent 186-room hotel with a two-story high chandelier made of contemporary Bohemian glass. Just outside the hotel is the Besiktas ferry terminal, which carries regular commuter ferries over the Bosphorus to the Asian districts of Kadikoy and Uskudar.
The breakfast buffet is fantastic, with everything from dim sum to fresh fruit to a table dedicated to showing the numerous types of fresh honey.
Insider Tip: A twice-daily tourist boat sailing from directly outside the property for 25 lira will take you on a five-hour excursion to the mouth of the Black Sea and back.
Istanbul’s St. Regis
The long-awaited St. Regis Istanbul is the most recent addition to Istanbul’s finest luxury hotels. The house is located on the city’s “5th Avenue,” in the famous Nisantasi area, which is noted for its costly shopping. The hotel has a modern style, and the magnificent Bentley Suite is located on the 15th level, equipped with a Bentley-leather sofa, a grand lobby, floor to ceiling windows, and an in-room champagne bar. Unlike other St. Regis properties, which only offer butler service to suites, The St. Regis Istanbul offers butler service to all accommodation types.
Spago, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, is a must-visit while staying at the St Regis. The menu comprises Wolfgang Puck’s famous wood-oven pizzas, artisan pastas, and a wide selection of seasonal food with inspirations from all over the world, all with a characteristic farm-to-table philosophy.
Istanbul’s W Hotel
The elegant W Istanbul is flanked by cafes and art galleries in Besiktas’ Akaretker neighbourhood. Private cabanas and balconies are offered in several of the rooms. The hotel just undergone a comprehensive restoration, and now offers an entry lounge with a “interactive art piece” that blends lighting, mirrors, and video installations, furnishings designed by Turkish artist Mahmut Anlar, and a traditional Turkish-style hammam in the W Spa.
Each of the 136 guest rooms has a smartphone, so tourists won’t have to worry about paying roaming fees while seeing the city. When you’re out and about, the smartphone allows you to make unlimited calls and surf the web. In addition, a ‘W Insider’ looks after any of your requests and wants, putting a new spin on the standard concierge service. My W Insider even added me to Whatsapp, which I used to message him throughout the day for cafe and shop recommendations.