You are planning a trip to Istanbul but not exactly sure "Where is Istanbul"?
It is very easy to find. Just find a world map and point your finger on the junction of Europe and Asia!
Istanbul is at the Northwest part of Turkey, in the "Marmara Region", which is at the East of Europe.
Istanbul has a very unique location. The city is divided into two parts by the Bosphorus Strait; one part is Europe, the other is Asia..
That’s why we call the city:
"Where East meets West"
Hard to follow on text?
Here are some maps that will ease the pain!
First step: Where is Turkey?
Can you see the red circle and text saying "Here is Turkey" on the map? Then you have found the exact location of Turkey.
Turkey in World map...
Second step: Find Istanbul?
You can see a map of Turkey, just below. Again, you will see a red circle and text saying "Istanbul" on the map. My beloved city is right at the Northwestern part of Turkey, in Marmara Region.
Turkey map and location of Istanbul...
Third Step: Map of Istanbul
Now you know where Turkey and Istanbul are... It is time to see the city layout.
You can see a satellite view below. There is the "Black Sea" on the North, the "Sea of Marmara" on the South and "Bosphorus Strait" connecting the two seas.
By the way, Bosphorus Strait is not a river, it is a waterway connecting two inner seas...
The small islands
that you see
in the Sea of Marmara
Istanbul satellite photo...
Photo: Earth Observatory, Nasa
See, it's easy to find Istanbul on a map..
We can move on to the Istanbul Areas, which will help you find your way back to hotel.