One of only a handful of transcontinental cities in the world, a holiday to Istanbul really is a unique experience, with one side of the city being part of Europe and the other Asia. The city is positioned on both sides of the Bosphorus River, itself playing a connecting role, linking the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Because of this Istanbul is a city of divided culture and traditions, which is makes it such an exciting place to visit.
Today, Istanbul is a city of over 14 million inhabitants, which gives it a real hustle and bustle. The city, originally known as Byzantium, has been home to some of the world's greatest empires; the Ottoman, Roman, Byzantine and Latin rulers all calling the great city their home.