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Istanbul’s weather, climate, festivals, events and public holidays

Sun in the summer, snow in the winter, but the humidity is a constant in sea-encircled Istanbul. Festival-filled spring and autumn are the best times to visit Istanbul, but the chill of the winter is enlivened by magical snowfalls and languid evenings by the Bosphorus is the upside of the humid heat in the summer. Weather & climate Between December and March Istanbul is cold, grey and blustery. Temperatures average 5C (42F), but humidity and windchill make it feel much colder. Sleet and snow showers are not uncommon; the city is usually buried under several feet of snow at least once every winter – a magical sight, even if it means life grinds to a halt. Summers can be oppressive;…

Public Transportation in Istanbul

Public transportation in Istanbul has improved for the better over the past few years. Most people still take taxis to commute between the various points of interest, but it’s often not the best choice. In this article I’ll point out the benefits of using public transportation, what the common lines are for tourists, when they operate, and what sightseeing spots they service. You will be amazed. Public Transportation as the Smart Alternative It’s an understatement to say that Istanbul traffic is a problem. The latest renovation works of Taksim Square make it even worse. Roads are always heavily used, and gridlocks are common from 07:00 till 10:00 in the morning, and again starting 16:00 until often late in the evening….

Weather and Climate in Istanbul

Weather and Climate in Istanbul Istanbul is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities in the world. It is located on a huge area so there is much topographic diversity you can observe. Generally it is under influence of Mediterranean climate which means dry summers, mild and rainy winters. However, cold winters can be seen and the temperature is below zero and the ground is usually covered with snow. The summers can be really oppressive and the hottest months are July and August. The average temperature is 23 ºC. The coldest months are January and February. The average temperature in these months is 5 ºC. Mean yearly temperature is 13, 7 ºC. Istanbul in Spring Spring is the perfect…

Ramadan 2012

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran, their holy book, was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. During this period Muslims wake up before dawn for breakfast and abstain from food, water and the use of perfumes during the daylight hours. They break their fasting with group dinners at night. Moreover, these days are characterized by charity-giving and self accountability, for this reason, some organizations actively take part in charity events such as giving basic necessities, including food and clothing to the homeless or donating school equipment to schools. The days are punctuaded by prayers and Muslims try to read the…

Turkish Water Pipe – Nargile (Hookah)

There are many famous words that people use to describe the Hookah, Turkish Water Pipe, a tool for pleasure existing for thousands of years. This tobacco smoking tradition, origins of which are in India, has survived until today with disguising in many different shapes. And today the tradition hit the peak. For the Turks, the habit of smoking Hookah started in the era of Yavuz Sultan Selim. Hookah, which is an important part of the culture, is being used widely today, especially in Istanbul. Enjoying the pleasure of pleasant conversations with their irreplaceable friend, Hookah, is up to you. Yet, smoking Hookah is not an easy job. There are some certain procedures and principles. The basic law is the respect. When…

Travel Agents in Istanbul

Established in 2004, Oskar Tours is a travel agency in Istanbul whose aim is to garner complete customer and tourist satisfaction by letting you enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Istanbul in itself is a city which is famous for its sites, it rich culture and heritage and also its history. When you want to experience all this, along with its cuisine, atmosphere and indigenous way of life, then you can resort to the best travel agents in istanbul, which is Oskar Tours. It is not only a great place where you can go for a holiday with your friends and family, but also a perfect location for business conferences, meets, incentive trips, etc. No matter what you visit Istanbul…