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Dunya SaglIk Sk No 11, Gumussuyu Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
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Forum Posts

rafting near istanbul

by mena1911

i would like to do rafting near istanbul . i would like a good place to go with a reasonable price
i heared about duce but i dont know how to go there ? or if there is another place or a good company

Re: rafting near istanbul

by mitata

I don’t think there is a place to do rafting close to Istanbul.

You may go to northeaster Turkey to do that. There are so many place in Coruh river do rafting in northeaster Turkey

Re: rafting near istanbul

by mitata

I don’t think there is a place to do rafting close to Istanbul.

You may go to northeaster Turkey to do that. There are so many place in Coruh river do rafting in northeaster Turkey

Re: rafting near istanbul

by max_stirner

Hi ;-)

No rafting near Istanbul, sorry.


Re: rafting near istanbul

by 68maciek

I saw a brown sign on the motorway with rafting on my way from Bolu. It was close to Istanbul for me (but it is quite relative hahaha). I can't remember the name, and it could be a bit away from the motorway as well.

Max- thanks again for your Harrem tip in July- that time we were late so drove directly to Atasehir.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Mosques for non-Muslims

by sswagner

I think this is the best place to explore a mosque since there are so many of them here, thus "The City of Minarets". As you have heard, one must remove their shoes prior to entry. Also, you cannot go in during the times of prayer. There are 5 times daily where this will happen. It starts early in the morning and the last prayer is in the evening. There are several times throughout the day where you can look at a mosque.

About picture taking: I certainly enjoy photography, however it would be best to not take photos inside a mosque. i did not want to disturb others and felt like it would be rude to get a picture. The Blue Mosque would probably require a flash to get a good photo inside, and that would disturb others. my recommendation would be to get a guidebook or a postcard for your memory of the interior. Mosques are elaborate buildings, and they are everywhere. Inside them, one can see the minbar where the imam gives the sermon and near to this should be the mihrab, a notched structure which points to Mecca. These are often works of art in their own right. My favorite part of Istanbul is the architecture. You have places to see that are a millenium and a half old. The history of Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul is incredible. In school, it was just another name in a long line of names to memorize. Now, the place has meaning. Being at a geographical crossroads in the world, many of the things you can see there will remind you of this city's fascinating past.

Istanbul Tip

by go_doggo

This man was serving fruit juice from a container he had strapped to his back. The interesting thing is that he had about 3 glasses and after someone drank the juice the man would pour some water in the glass swish it around, pour it out, and then serve another glass of juice to the next person. I know this sounds foolish, but I did try some and it tasted like Hawaiian Punch.

Quirky sea-shore cafes :)

by Durfun

Catch a local ferry from Eminonuon the European side to Uskudar on the Asian side (12 minute journey). Great fish restaurants there.

For your return leg, you can walk between Uskudar & Harem (25 minutes). The last 1/4 is a scenic promenade by the sea, with far reaching open views.

Many people relax by the sea-shore 'cafes': basically there are cushions & sheets laid out on the stones, where you use the 'padded' riser of the step above as your seat backing. Quite quirky!!

Locals relax & watch the sun set from there.

You'll notice a lot of them eating pumpkin seeds as a snack!

Kadikoy - real Istanbul life

by TheTurkishBrit

Once over the shock of the monstrousness of the pink theatre as you step off the ferry, cross over into the labryinth of small streets that is the heart of Kadikoy. This is where Istanbullus shop, enjoy and meet friends. The cobbled streets are lined with bookstores, art galleries,jewellers, cake shops, clothes stores.... and cafes. Climb higher up the hill into the maze and you will discover antique and craft shops.
The market is buzzing and colourful with stalls and shops specialising in different types of local food. Look out for the honey shop, the fish shops, and the olive oil shop and best of all the marzipan shop!
Take the ferry from Eminonu, Karakoy or Besiktas.

Bulgarian Orthodox Church

by Bregman

One of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, churches in Istanbul is the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It was built in 1898 from cast steel. The parts were made in Vienna and shipped to Istanbul where they were assembled to form the church.


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