Istanbul's fascinating fountains delight and intrigue visitors. Once upon a time, a thousand fountains graced the city. These days, around 400 remain, each with its own character and unique beauty. Explore these incredible water features from a time gone by as we outline our favourite fountains around Istanbul.
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Out of all the things Turkey is famous for, one of the most under-rated is its ice cream. In contrast to other industries, we are not talking about some fake, copycat dessert for sizzling summer days but real Turkish ice cream with the unique ingredients of milk, sugar, salep and mastic. Turkish ice cream is called Dondurma which is a literal translation to mean “freezing.”.
A year or so of poor performance for the Turkish Lira saw the currency become one of the most talked about on the planet - for all the wrong reasons. But in a remarkable reversal of fortunes, the rebounding lira is now opening up a world of opportunity for investors with a 15% gain against the Dollar this year. With analysts saying the only way is up, the lira potentially offers some of the highest returns of any currency in the world.
In our series about expat life in Turkey, we talk to real people in the country to get a realistic outlook and viewpoint on what living in Turkey is like. In this article, we talk with Natalie Sayin. She has lived in Turkey for 15 years, been married and divorced here, worked as a rep, estate agent and is now a location independent freelancer. We asked her to tell us more about her life in Turkey as an expat.
The vibes of a new destination are strangely enticing, but sometimes, we wish there were certain things we had known before. Whether it was how to save money, cultural mistakes, or recommended dishes to try, knowing the secrets of the locals before you step off the plane brings its benefits. With that in mind, for first-time visitors in Turkey, here are our tips to get you off to a good start.
Turkey is one of the top beach holiday destinations in the world, and rightly so. Just over 7,000 kilometres of pristine coastline that during summer become “must-visit” places for couples, friends, solo travellers and families have earned it this sought-after reputation. But can we guess your favourite beach in Turkey? Have a read and let us know if we have missed any of your top Turkish beaches out.
Investment in Turkey's hotel industry is on the up - despite two less-than-stellar years of tourism. We explore Turkey's different tourist sectors and discover how hoteliers are diversifying their chances of gaining tourist income, as well as letting you in on the most favourable places to invest in a Turkish hotel.
A series of negatives in his life prompted 52-year-old Andrew Edmonds to reassess his life. Wanting a change before he was too old to enjoy it, he decided to pack up and move to Turkey - a country he'd never even visited before. He explains how it's been settling into his new home in Yalikavak, Bodrum.
Last year wasn’t the best year for Turkey. Security worries kept tourists away, which meant tourist revenue fell drastically. This year, the tourists are returning - but the crowds still aren’t back to 2015 levels. Hoteliers and others in the tourism industry have lowered their prices to attract tourists, and with the low lira, it’s now cheaper than ever before to visit Turkey - but these conditions won’t last forever.
Living in Turkey as a foreigner, exposes you to cultural awareness but it also changes your outlook on life. The lifestyle that at first seems baffling and sometimes absurd slowly works its magic on you, and before you know it, your thoughts, mannerisms and actions extensively change to the point, where your Turkish friends insist you are no longer the yabanci (foreigner) but instead their half Turkish brother or sister.