Marmara Suadiye

Bagdat Caddesi 473, Istanbul, 34740, Turkey
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Buying Visa at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by bmccruz


I'll only arrive at 2:00 AM at Istanbul my question is if i can buy the VISA at the airport at that time or if is closed (you never know)?

Also does anyone know if I can use pounds to buy a VISA for Portuguese people?

Thank You!

Re: Buying Visa at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by brotherleelove

You can purchase your entry visa stamp when you arrive, any time of day or night. If you hold a Portuguese passport your entry fee will be USD$15 or €10, but Portuguese Escudos are not accepted.

Re: Buying Visa at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by JohntheFinn

The reason he wants to use pounds (UK, I presume) is because it's cheaper - £10 or €15, for some reason.

Yes, you can do this. Some nationalities get it for free (Finns, for instance) - check this out.

Re: Buying Visa at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

by brotherleelove

Other currencies not included: wampum, first-born child, walrus tusk and sand dollars.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

you need at least 15 days and...

by ersavas

you need at least 15 days and a friend that knows Istanbul good enough. Otherwise you can find yourself in confusing situations. Istanbul is quite huge and sometimes everything is hard to unserstand!


by neodue

Hi ,

Below the list of Laundries of your requested areas.Also dry &clean shops can wash your clothes.In Turkey Laundromats not like in UK or USA.You give your clothes them and they wash them and give it back to you.You dont go to Laundromats and wash your clothes by your self.Cause Everybody have washing machings at their homes.


Wooden but Worthy

by gilabrand

Say “Istanbul” and the images that come to mind are of soaring minarets and stone cupolas. Perhaps less well known are the wooden houses of Istanbul, ranging in style from small family homes with overhanging room extensions, hammered together from dark wood planks, to fabulous yalis or summerhouses, featuring white lacey latticework.

Most of these wooden houses were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many have been razed to make way for modern concrete high-rises, but thankfully, UNESCO woke up in time and recognized that they belong to a unique architectural style that is worth preserving.

When I flew off to Istanbul at short notice in September 2005, I knew nothing of these Ottoman houses. I discovered them by chance while wandering in the back lanes of Sultanahmet where the tourists don’t go. It was sad to see the decrepit state that many of them are in. Altogether, there were an incredible number of abandoned, garbage-filled buildings, and not only wooden ones. In the back streets, I saw men sitting on stools in the shade, playing backgammon, totally oblivious to the precarious state of the walls around them, which looked like they could collapse at any moment.

Buyukada Island, where some of the more moneyed Istanbullus own summer homes, is a treasure trove of white wooden mansions with ornamental balconies and trellises. In fact, this island boasts the largest wooden house in the world (which I didn’t see, unfortunately, because I never made it up to the top of the hill), built in 1898. After plans to turn it into a hotel backfired, it was sold to the Greek Orthodox church which used it as an orphanage until the 1970s. Now it sits empty and neglected due to an ownership dispute.

The paint is peeling on many of these island homes, and they are clearly showing the ravages of time, but their delicate beauty is a sight to behold. They are worth a special trip.

POLONEZKOY (attention to all polish :-)

by KIZGINdamdakiKedi

Polonezköy, literally the Polish Village, is a pretty village on the Beykoz-Şile road on the Asian side. It was founded by settlers from Poland, who took political asylum in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century. Located in the midst of abundant nature, Polonezköy offers the visitors the natural beauty and the fresh air full of oxygen. Owing to intensive touristic demand the village has been equipped with restaurants, motels and pensions. The opportunities for picnics, strolls and sports attract the visitors in the spring and summer times while in the winter it is usually the hunting excursionists visiting here. Besides, it is an interesting experience for the visitors to taste the Polish food prepared by the handful Polish locals of the village.

Do not buy there !!!

by neverboy about grand bazaar

It's a medieval department store. Built in the late 15th century, it's a labyrinth and hundreds of tiny streets and shops, with loads of gold and all kinds of junks, ALL at ridiculous prices...It is virtually impossible ( I mean it, because I have a have the bump of locality) to remember where you got into this place from and how to get out of there. The good thing is that it has lots of exits, but the chances are you'll get out in a completely different part of the city.
If you decide you like something there so much, you wanna buy it, my advice will be - do not buy it!!! Almost everything found there you can find elsewhere it the city at much more reasonable price. If, again, you decide to buy - DO bargain !!! This can make your day and save you a lot of money. The first price they'll tell you is quite simply ridiculous. Tell the equally ridiculous counteroffer, i.e. if the salesperson told you I want 100 lira (50 Euro) for this bone box, you tell him - Well, I'll give you 10 lira...for two...This is how everything works here...
Things to avoid: Do not go in the Sirkeci area around the Egyptian market. It's a terrible place, a swarm of people, very chaotic and noisy, everyone screaming something and another one answering at the other side of the street, a third one decides to give his opinion on the matter, and this is repeated hundreds of thousands of time, until you start worrying about your life. There's a good chance you get robbed, too, mainly because of the huge amount of people (Istanbul has a population of about 15 million) and the dizziness this causes you.
Things to do: try the "balik ekmek" or fish sandwich sold from boats right in the Golden Horn, in the Eminonu Port. It's a simple, yet very tasty sandwich, made of a quarter of white bread, half of mackerel fish , caught by the same boat the same day, some onions and lemon juice. Mmmm, I loved it, and it's cheap (3.5 lira) and healthy.
Visit the Yerebatan, the so called "Sunken palace". originally a cistern for water, built by the Byzantines to help the city in case of siege, it has been turned into, i.m.h.o. one of Istanbul's greatest attractions. look at the pictures, or better, go and see it.


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