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The glorious, cosmopolitan and sophisticated megalopolis of Istanbul is the third largest city in the world and the largest in Turkey. Istanbul is bounded by the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara to the south with its western half extending in Europe and its eastern half situated in Asia, divided by the Bosphorus Strait. Thereby it is the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. In its long history Istanbul was the glorious capital of many empires - the Roman, the Byzantine, the Latin, and the Ottoman Empires. But whether you refer to it as Byzantium, Constantinople, or Istanbul, it is an enchanted place to visit, renowned for its rich and a varied heritage, frantic activity and bubbling, exotic environment all over. In this sprawling city you can walk the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched, admire splendid mosques, peer into the sultan′s harem, hunt for bargains in the Grand Bazaar, explore the heart of historical Istanbul, centered on the Byzantine Hippodrome in the oldest part of the city, where you will find landmarks with exceptional architectural beauty such as Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and the old city walls, have a traditional Turkish experiences like the Turkish steam bath and a game of backgammon over fragrant tea. And it is always worth visiting Istanbul just to shop and eat - the variety of goods is mind-boggling: must-have carpets and kilims, handcrafted ceramics and jewellery, great clothing, marvelous Turkish cuisine from delicious mezes to elaborate vegetarian and seafood dishes and the world′s best Turkish Delight. Istanbul is not only one of world′s truly great cultural centers, but a leading port whose importance is stressed by the age-old trade routes passing through the Bosphorus and as such is a center of the country′s economic life and an international junction of land and sea trade routes. Istanbul is also one of the world′s major conference destinations and is an increasingly popular choice for the world′s leading international associations. It is one of the most important tourism centers of Turkey and thousands of hotels, restaurants, cafes and other tourist oriented industries in the city cater for the tourists, business travellers and visiting professionals. One of the best ways to explore this great city is by a hire car. Touring Istanbul by a hire car is really made easy at motoroads.com. Whether you are travelling for leisure or for business, booking your car hire in Istanbul in advance using our online car hire reservation system is the first step toward an ideal visit to this astonishing city. Get a free quote and book your car hire in Istanbul instantly using our simple, user-friendly and secure online booking process. Just proceed to our online Istanbul Car Hire Search below to calculate your exact car hire rate and availability for your car hire in Istanbul.