Bosphorus & Old City views near Galata Tower (T2
From $95 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Type: Apt. / Condo
I'm a travel writer who rents flats for myself around the world. I chose flats in Istanbul keeping in mind what I, as a frequent traveler, like - views close to the tourist zone, but just far enough to allow for an authentic experience. I like to feel like I actually 'live' in the places I visit, and I have a feeling that you do too or you would be booking a hotel. :) And best of all, I like a view so that I always know which city I am in!
Our Terrace Two flat has 3 bedrooms and is roomy and perfect for families and groups of friends. It sleeps 6 comfortably and can fit up to 8 with use of the sleeper sofa in the salon. (although 8 is crowded). ...Read more
About the owner
About the owner
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Additional Location Information
This hilltop neighborhood called Galata is one of my favorite spots in Istanbul to relax, wander the streets, discover, take pictures, meet with friends and enjoy the city. You can find many local shops (from gift shops to cool shoe shops, vintage boutiques to Turkish designer’s showrooms) great cafes and cozy restaurants and you can wonder the streets of Galata to enjoy a lovely day in Istanbul.
Galata is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Istanbul where you can see the iconic Galata tower, one of the most important historical monuments of Istanbul. The first man who flew in history, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi opened his wooden wings and flew from Galata to Uskudar in the 17th century. You can see an amazing, breath taking panoramic view of Istanbul from the tower.
What I like most about Galata is the neighborhood’s energy, crowded by young people and many foreigners every day of the week and at any time. Galata is walking distance to Tunel, the center of Istanbul's best dining and shopping area, and from here you can discover the city in the heart of Istanbul. Just down the street from this flat is Karakoy, where you can walk across the bridge where fisherman line its sides, and where fish restaurants adorn its lower level. At the other end of the bridge is the Egyptian Spice Market. Either before or after the bridge (or near Tunel you can catch the metro) you can catch a tram to the Old Citiy. You can also board ferries at the bridge that will take you on a Bosphorus tour or over to the Asian side or to the Prince's Islands just 30 minutes away.
Wikipedia description of the Galata neighborhood: Galata was a neighbourhood opposite Constantinople (today's Istanbul), located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn, the inlet which separates it from the historic peninsula of old Constantinople. The Golden Horn is crossed by several bridges, most notably the Galata Bridge. The medieval citadel of Galata was a colony of the Republic of Genoa between 1273 and 1453. The famous Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 at the northernmost and highest point of the citadel. At present, Galata is a quarter within the borough of Beyoğlu in Istanbul, and is known as Karaköy.
There are several theories concerning the origin of the name Galata. According to the Italians, the name comes from Calata (meaning downward slope) as the neighbourhood is sloped and goes downwards to the sea from a hilltop. The Greeks believe that the name comes either from Galaktos (meaning milk, as the area was used by shepherds in the early medieval period) or from the word Galat (meaning Celtic in Greek) as the Celtic tribe of Galatians were thought to have camped here during the Hellenistic period before settling into Galatia in central Anatolia. The inhabitants of Galatia are famous for the Epistle to the Galatians and the Dying Galatian statue.
Central Istanbul is a walking city, so cars are not recommended. Public transport is walking distance from this flat as well as inexpensive taxis which are easy to catch in the area.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations
Nearest airport: Ataturk, 30.01 miles
Nearest ferry port: Kadikoy, 0.5 miles
Car is not necessary