Istanbul, Turkey

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,419 vacation rentals near Istanbul. From 2,319 apartments to 42 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Istanbul for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Istanbul hits the spot for history buffs

Whoever's in charge of your traveling party's Istanbul itinerary has their work cut out for them. Turkey's geographical location—East literally meets West here—made it a favorite target of marauders, and while that definitely wasn't good for the locals, we have empire upon empire to thank for the smorgasbord of religious, artistic, and architectural wonders the Turkish capital offers today—perfect for all you culture vultures out here! Istanbul vacation rentals are a great base for navigating this incredible city and its Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman marvels.

Istanbul will be the apple of your (evil) eye

A day in Istanbul might start out with a walking tour or two—whether you're interested in ancient churches or culinary delights, there's bound to be a themed tour that fits the bill—followed by haggling for colorful lanterns, carpets, and "evil eye" lucky charms at the Grand Bazaar. Touted as one of the world's oldest shopping destinations, this massive, labyrinthine market is a feast for the senses, though probably not for your wallet. At night, enjoy a scrumptious seafood dinner along the Bosphorus before having a drink in one of the taverns.

Sultanahmet Square: Istanbul's historical heart

You'll find the creme de la creme of Istanbul's historical attractions around Sultanahmet Square. The ostentatious Topkapi Palace was where Ottoman emperors held court, while the magnificent Blue Mosque and its six minarets are an icon of the city. But the one place you absolutely mustn't miss is the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya Muzesi), a church-turned-mosque-turned-museum that dates from 537 and oozes with historic, religious, and architectural significance. Just imagine the stories it would tell! Head north of the old city for a trip up the Galata Tower, a Romanesque stone tower offering unparalleled views from its 170-foot-high observation deck.

Istanbul—sightseeing under the Turkish sun

Thanks to high humidity, especially in the fall and winter, mornings in Istanbul can be very foggy, particularly in the city's northernmost parts. Summer highs in Istanbul climb up the low 80s in July and August, with lows in the mid-60s. At the height of winter, in January and February, it can get as cold as 37 degrees, and temperatures usually peak at 48 degrees. Istanbul vacations rentals are most affordable in the winter, but remember to pack your umbrellas if you're visiting from November to January, and expect some snowy days as well.

Belgrade Forest—a tranquil spot nature-lovers can't tree-sist

When Istanbul starts sending you into sensory overload, take refuge in the Ataturk Arboretum, some 12 miles outside the city. In this part of Belgrade Forest, you can go on quiet waterside strolls while thousands of tree species from around the globe keep watch—expect to run into students and researchers studying the arboretum's botanical selection. The Turkish capital is awash with tulips from late March to early May. From your Istanbul vacation rental, you can easily go to Sultanahmet Park and Emirgan Park to look at exotic tulip varieties.