Oldcity Viva

Hocapasa Mah. Orhaniye Cad. No:20, Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
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Forum Posts

What football club should I follow in Istanbul?

by Limacon

I recently arrived in Istanbul and will be here for six months. I plan to pick a football team to support and watch the home matches of. There are five football teams in the city that play in the Super Lig. Which would be the best option?(I am a foreigner and have no football loyalties that I will be betraying.) I live and work in Tuzla, eastern Istanbul.

Pros - Incomparable stadium, easy to get to, wonderful atmosphere.
Cons - Pricey tickets, tickets for games may be hard to come by.

Pros - Great attacking play, stadium easy to get to.
Cons - Again, availability and price of tickets.

Pros - Best stadium in Istanbul, I live in the hinterland.
Cons - Tickets, where's the fun in supporting Turkey's largest club?

Pros - Location, its going to be a long, hard season - Perfect for masochists
Cons - Tiny stadium, no atmosphere

Istanbul Buyuksehir
Pros - Tickets never a problem, offbeat choice
Cons - Stadium located in the other side of Istanbul from Tuzla. Safety concerns.

Any suggestions? Could anyone give an idea of how much I could expect to pay for tickets for each of these clubs?


Re: What football club should I follow in Istanbul?

by muratkorman

As a Fenerbahce fan, of course I would say Fenerbahce. For the first six weeks of Turkish League both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray have won all the 6 matches. Considering that you live in Tuzla, the best option is still Fenerbahce. You can take suburban train (Gebze - Haydarpasa route)from Tuzla and get off at Kiziltoprak station. This is the best transport method compared to others such as bus or dolmus. The ticket prices range according to the oponent team. If it is a derby with Galatasaray or Besiktas, you won't even find a ticket. Check out biletix website for exact prices.

Re: What football club should I follow in Istanbul?

by Sirvictor

Murat isn't Sogutlucesme train station better for Fenerbahce Stadion?

Re: What football club should I follow in Istanbul?

by muratkorman

I prefer Kiziltoprak station to Sogutlucesme station. The gate which I used for my season ticket was easily accessible from there. However, both stations are close enough to reach Sukru Saracoglu Stadium by walking.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

The main sights to see are the...

by parkwoody

The main sights to see are the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and the whole peninsula south of the Golden Horn. Allow a FULL two days, wear comfortable shoes, and hang on to your wallet.

The Grand Bazaar offers the most awesome shopping experience we have ever seen. We're headed back this October, and we intend to do some SERIOUS shopping!

Dolmabahce palace is very impressive as well, especially as it sits right on the Bosphorus, but is VERY expensive to tour compared with the other sites. Let me switch that to worst: you are CONSTANTLY hassled to buy something, or have your shoes shined, or being plied with a hard luck story, or something. You need to develop a hard skin. Also, stay out of the cabs unless dire necessity forces you into one, and then be very careful not to be cheated. Count your money slowly, and don't give it to the driver until you are sure you have the correct amount, and he has acknowledged the same. I would advise being out of the cab when you pay the driver. Turkish money is absurd (over 500,000 lira to the dollar, and sinking fast.) It is very easy to confuse 500,000 with 5,000,000

Route of tankers

by Gokcecicek

Bosphorous is on the route of tankers mainly leaving the port Novorossisk. These tankers are carrying heavy oils, liquid chemicals and all types of explosives. This is a great danger for the city.
The streams of the Bosphorous are unusual and the curvey structure makes everything more difficult. On top of these, most of the tankers etc. refuse to take pilot due to its high cost. The city is under big threat. There are reports on the effects of a possible accident. (accidents occur, but "thank god" not a very big one "yet").
The result can be a real diseaster.

The Lion's milk, RAKI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by kedi+

Raki is the traditional alcohol drink of Turkey. I suggest you to have it with fish or with appetizers..

P.s. It's very tough, if you don't trust urself with alcohol, take it with alot of water.. ;))

P.s. While u are sitting maybe you can miss it but when you stand up you can feel that you are totally drunkk!!!

The view from Pierre Loti Cafe

by hekate

The view from Pierre Loti Cafe might be must see activity as well but I think it is not usually included in the standard Istanbul tours. This was the reason why I put it here. The reason for my hesitation was that the view was fantastic even though it was gloomy that day.

I tried to imagine what I would actually see if there was no rain, no for and the water was not that muddy and brownish because of the rains falling the previous days.

What I saw in my mind was an amazingly beautiful view which makes me think that I would love to go back there some day and enjoy a cup of tea sitting on the terrace of Pierre Loti Cafe and looking to the blue waters of the Golden Horn.


by EdinburghRoc about Grand Bazaar

It sells everything and is well worth a visit even if you don't buy anything its well worth seeing. Perhaps safer than shopping on the streets.
Its crowded keep your money in your front trouser pocket. Spices would be good souvenirs. £-£££


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Address: Hocapasa Mah. Orhaniye Cad. No:20, Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey