Istanbul is a big metropolis with a subtropical climate. The city is lapped by two seas – the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The entry into the water on the beaches is rather flat, the beaches are well equipped, you can easily reach them by public transport. There are lots of attractions in the city: these are the monuments of the greatness of the Ottoman Empire and numerous museums. Also, in Istanbul, they regularly host a variety of festivals, celebrations and exhibitions. The choice of educational institutions for pre-school children, school children and students in the city is very rich. The fact that Istanbul is a metropolis has a positive effect on the quality of services and infrastructure, but increases the cost of living and impacts the safety negatively. Its level depends on the district of the city. Real property is diverse, and its price also depends on the district.
Location and climate. Istanbul is the largest metropolis located in the northwest of Turkey. The climate in Istanbul is subtropical, although it is not as hot as in the Mediterranean. In summers the temperature reaches +28° C with periods of high humidity. In winters, for several days the temperature at night can drop to zero.
The sea and the beach. From the south Istanbul is lapped by the Sea of Marmara, and from the north – by the Black Sea. The beaches of the Sea of Marmara are in districts Fenerbahce and Caddebostan. They are distinguished by a gently sloping entry into the water and warm enough water in the sea. The beaches of the Black Sea are in the district of Sariyer. Beach clubs on the coast provide all you need for entertainment: catamarans, bananas, parachutes, volleyball and football pitches, billiards, cafes and restaurants. Istanbul City beaches are generally well-equipped and located on public transport routes. From the European side of Istanbul, by ferry or speedboat, you can reach the beaches of the Princes' Islands, known for their exceptional beauty and environmental purity.
Transport accessibility. Istanbul has two big international airports – Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport, they receive hundreds of flights from around the world every day. The third international airport, which will be the largest in Europe, will be commissioned soon. All people arriving here can take advantage of a special bus service to get from the airport to any part of the city. In Istanbul, situated between the two seas, you can also arrive by ferry. Inside the metropolis there are many modern types of transport: buses, express buses, underground metro, light elevated railroad, ferries and numerous taxis.
Sights. Istanbul keeps the monuments of the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire. Every year millions of tourists from all over the world visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the magnificent palaces of the rulers of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi and Topkapi. Year-round open for visitors are numerous museums: Mosaic Museum, the Museum of Innocence, Kariye Museum, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, and many others.
Safety. The downside of the openness and cosmopolitanism of such a metropolis as Istanbul is a higher, compared to Turkish Mediterranean resort cities, level of crime. In Istanbul, the determining factor as regards safety is the district of residence.
Education. In Istanbul there is a large selection of school and pre-school institutions with teaching in foreign languages. Also, in many universities and colleges they provided for education for foreigners. In Istanbul there are the best universities in Turkey.
Culture and traditions. For centuries, Istanbul was at the crossroads of trade routes and a place where many nations mix, which determined the tolerance of the local population to other cultures and traditions. Istanbul is a city of festivals, both local and international. Every year, for numerous festivals, exhibitions and biennale, world-famous figures of culture and art arrive in Istanbul.
Cost of living. The cost of life, from public transport to the real estate prices is higher, and in some categories of goods and services is much higher than in the southern regions of Turkey.
Advantages of a metropolis. Officially, the population of Istanbul is about 14 million people, but on a working day the city holds about 20 million people, including those who come to work from suburbs. This population density has a positive effect on business development and the improvement of the quality of services in many fields. The active cultural life of the city gives the opportunity to get acquainted with art to everyone all year round.
Real Estate. According to consulting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers, in 2012 Istanbul ranked first among major European cities as the most attractive city for investment in real estate. Demand and prices for real estate are spurred by annual housing deficit of 250 thousand units. When choosing a property in Istanbul, the determining factor is the district. As in many big cities, the distinguishing features of real estate in Istanbul are liquidity, annual price growth, lack of high-quality land for development, big selection of premium-class properties with a price more than one million euros.
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