Fairytale city, town of mysteries. Most tourists goes towards the Mediterranean coast bypassing the Istanbul. Probably for this decision there are serious reasons, but there are other options. At first, it is rather beautiful and interesting, among other arguments to be lost for 3-4 days in Istanbul, worth mention that domestic flights inside Turkey are rather cheaper, then abroad, and you can always find a hotel that fits to your budget. It is best to live in the Sultanahmet district. The main historical monuments and museums are right at hand, while others can be reached in just a few stops by a tram. Major traffic flows are wrapping around this part of town and do not form numerous jams.

Accomodation for any taste, ie for any budget. Honestly, living in the center is more expensive, but there are pros: you will be the first when museums are open, here it makes a sence, because of the large crowd of tourists in the queue, besides, you do not have to spend money on transportation. To rent a car, does not make any sense, you could not drive through even a couple of quarters, just get lost, not to mention parking, fully trust a taxi which is very democratic. In addition to the historic center, is necessary "as must" to walk on Istiklal Street, from Taksim Square to the Tunnel. Istiklal is probably the most beloved and crowded street in Istanbul, here runs the pretty nice historic tram.