- Istanbul Family holidays
Give the kids a history lesson in Istanbul as you teach them why it's no longer known as Constantinople - just think carefully before teaching them the song as it's a three and a half hour flight. Aside from the infamous name change, the city has plenty other history to immerse yourself in during family holidays in Istanbul, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers the whole of the city centre is an indication of how highly regarded its winding streets are on the world stage, a truly iconic location to get out and explore while giving your children experiences of a new and thriving local culture.
A golden harbour
No sightseeing trip would be complete without heading to the Golden Horn, the city's substantial harbour which is made only the more impressive because it is a natural formation, and not a manmade deepwater port. One local landmark that is manmade, however, is the relatively new bridge that spans the harbour, connecting the opposing districts, and this helps to create a sense of unity for those living on either side of the expanse of water - not to mention a fairly new photo opportunity for tourists taking family holidays in Istanbul.
Mild and mellow
One major advantage of cheap family holidays in Istanbul is the climate - it's a little warmer than the UK, particularly in the winter when temperatures typically stay a few degrees above freezing, but its summers are quite mild, averaging just under 25°C and usually getting no hotter than just under 30°C. This means the kids won't suffer too badly from heat exhaustion - and exploring on foot shouldn't feel too different from walking around in the UK on a hot summer's day, so a combination of loose cotton clothes, sun cream and plenty of drinks should keep you comfortable.
When should we go?
The climate means there's no terrible time for cheap family holidays in Istanbul, and even in the winter it should be around 5C warmer than back home. Average temperatures are in the 20s from June through until September, and August is just slightly hotter than July, so a break during the school summer holidays is a good idea too. July is the driest month in a typical year, and with its average temperature only half a degree below that of August, it is arguably the best overall time to head to Istanbul.
Why Istanbul is so great for families
The people of Istanbul adore children and always make a very special effort to ensure that younger visitors are given the same warm welcome as their parents. Family holidays to Istanbul introduce you to a dazzling, fascinating city, with plenty of brilliant family-friendly attractions, a balmy climate and a bustling centre to keep visitors of all ages happy. This, combined with Istanbul's welcoming, fun-loving approach to life, ensures that visitors of all ages never have any trouble relaxing and enjoying their time in this lively Turkish city.