Replies: 7 - Last Post: May 24, 2012 7:56 PM Last Post By: alexandra714
May 13, 2012 7:28 AM
istanbulHello fellow travellers,
i will be going to turkey for 3 weeks at the end of the month. i don't have an itinerary but i am starting my trip in istanbul and was wondering if anyone up on here has any recommendations for hostels with dorms (good location under 20 USD). i am not into a bacchanalian scene; prefer a more laid back location, where one can walk to major sites. Also if there are any other runners out there, does anyone know a good and safe place to run in the city...finally, does anyone know if there is a ferry from any location in turkey to athens.
thank you for reading this!
May 13, 2012 7:56 AM
1Check this link: http://www.hostelworld.com/search?search_keywords=Istanbul%2C+Turkey&country=Turkey&city=Istanbul It would appear to offer a number of options to suit your desires. Sultanhamet is pretty much the center of the major tourist sites while Taxim is the center of the party scene.
Istanbul is a very fast-paced city that is quite hilly. Just walking at a good pace should satisfy your exercise desires. The commercial area behind the Grand Bazzar and down to the Golden Horn is pretty much pedestrian only and especially steep.
To my knowledge there are no ferries that offer direct service between Athens and any Turkish destination. A stop at at least one Greek island will be required. See this link for some suggestions: http://www.greecelogue.com/getting-from-athens-to-istanbul-%E2%80%93-your-options-between-the-two-cities.html When I did some actual schedule investigation a couple years ago it almost seemed as if they were designed to be intentionally time consuming to ensure that tourist who do this spend and much time (and money) as possible in Greece ;)
May 13, 2012 11:08 AM
2Bada Bing hostel is located in Tophane - Just the right position for me. It's a 5 minute walk from Galata Bridge, which separates the old part of the city, where you have the main tourist attractions - and is also pretty close to the lively Taksim quarter where you'll find a constant buzz, plenty of trendy bars and LOTS of shops!
The rooms and facilities were good, nice common room with a terrace to chill on.
Would recommend it.
Cant remember if there was any connecting ferries to Athens, but you wont have a problem finding out while you're there.
May 13, 2012 9:10 PM
3You could look into couchsurfing. Take a look at this article: Couchsurfing in Istanbul and Turkey of a couple who seemed to have had a good experience. The International CouchSurfing Web site is couchsurfing.org where you might connect with İstanbul and other Turkish residents.
I would forget about running in Istanbul unless you go to the Asian side beyond Kadikoy. There is a coastal park with nice wide sidewalks where people ride bicycles and run. The rest of the city has VERY steep hills and insanely congested traffic conditions (cough-cough).
Selim Gusar is the owner of a bar called Sefahat Hane. Ask for him at the bar and tell him the Hobbit said to say hello and ask him about things to do and see in Taksim/Beyoğlu. He is a good guy, the bar is very safe and I have no financial relationship with Selim nor his bar, I just know him to be a great guy. While in Istanbul you should try to experience a meyhane, Selim recommended Refik and İmroz meyhanes...
Where else in Turkey do you plan to travel?
May 13, 2012 11:57 PM
4You can go running along the Marmara Sea. Yes, there's traffic on one side, but there's water on the other, and there's a full, flat, relatively intact sidewalk -- plus some nice little parks -- along the way. At the Yenikapı ferry station there's a large parking lot to traverse/dodge cars in but the paths go for a fairly long way on either side. It's urban running but if that's where you set your expectations it's pleasant. Running up the Bosphorus is lovely but the sidewalk doesn't get consistently good until after Kuruçeşme. If you like to run hills, Yıldız Park in Beşiktaş is another option.
May 14, 2012 12:03 PM
May 16, 2012 10:30 AM
6The only place that I would recommend running as a female in Istanbul is along the waterway in Moda (a neighborhood in Kadikoy). The view is gorgeous, and the area is very safe. The sidewalks are nice too! :)
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