I have gathered here a collection of some important websites, blogs, and videos very useful for visitors to Istanbul and Turkey. I also use these sources in helping our visitors. Here they are in random order.
1. Very important travel planner website, full of 5,000 pages of useful information: "http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/".
2. An important informational website on different aspects of life in Istanbul: "http://istanbul.mydestinationinfo.com/".
3. A good comprehensive guide to Istanbul: "http://www.nileguide.com/destination/istanbul".
4. For schedules of ferries, fast ferries and car ferries, consult the excellent IDO website: "http://www.ido.com.tr/en/index.cfm".
5. For Istanbul tram, suburban train, metro and other rail systems, here is a good web map: "istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/harita/RayliSistemler…".
6. Good information on Turkish language and customs: "learningpracticalturkish.com/beginner-turkis…".
7. A good guide on transportation domestically in Turkey: "http://www.neredennereye.com/en/".
8. A nice blog on meyhane culture, places to visit and shopping in Istanbul: "http://kozano.wordpress.com/".
9. A comprehensive website on Turkey including maps, hot springs, historical places, Turkish kitchen, etc. "www.adiyamanli.org/all_about_turkey.htm".
10. A nice website on budget and moderately priced restaurants in Istanbul: "http://istanbuleats.com/"
11. An extensive website with reviews about Istanbul restaurants, especially those in Sultanahmet: "tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g293974-Istanbul…".
12. A nice website full of videos on travel in Turkey: "tripfilms.com/Tourism-l792-Turkey-Travel_Vid…".
13. The official website for Istanbul European capital of Culture 2010 activities: "http://www.en.istanbul2010.org/index.htm"
14. An award winning website which is full of information and in many different languages, including Arabic. I use it especially for museums in Istanbul: "http://www.allaboutturkey.com/ist_muze.htm".
15. Upcoming events in Istanbul of interest to visitors: "tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293974-i368-k3585…".
16. A nice website, full of information about different locations and aspects of life in Istanbul: "http://english.istanbul.com/".