Istanbul safety is of a huge concern to visitors right now, with many would-be tourists choosing other destinations ahead of Turkey's largest city. How realistic are the safety concerns? Is Istanbul safe to visit? We look at the factors behind the fear, and examine whether or not Istanbul is a safe choice as a holiday destination.
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The Bosphorus Strait is the enduring symbol of Turkey's largest city. Dividing the city into two neat halves, the Bosphorus is a major shipping route and strategic geographical point, and has seen conflict, intrigue, myth and legend since humans first settled in the region. Explore the region and its beautiful homes.
Naturally, as the biggest city in Turkey, Istanbul has two efficient airports of which Ataturk Airport is the most widely used. Called havalimani in Turkish, it is also the largest in Turkey but in 2018, will lose its illustrious title when the planned new Istanbul airport opens to the public. This blog post describes how to get from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul city centre, Taksim, and Sultanahmet.
Out of the two airports in Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen is the second busiest. (It will be the third most active in 2018 when the new airport opens.) Currently servicing 51 airlines flying to 136 destinations, it is on the Asian side of the city and named after Turkey’s first female pilot who was also the adopted daughter of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Here you will find a guide for transport from Sabiha Gokcen airport to Taksim, Sultanahmet, and the city centre.
Off-plan property in Turkey offers some of the most lucrative investment opportunities in the country - especially in Istanbul, where buyers can make up to 35% in gains between pre-launch and completion. But is it safe to buy off-plan property in Turkey? What are the pitfalls, and do they outweigh the advantages?
Moving to Turkey is an exciting but nervous endeavour. People want to take advantage of the laidback, comfortable lifestyle, and gorgeous summer weather but at the same time, need to learn about the culture, language and navigating a system for day-to-day living that is entirely different from their home country. Speaking to people who have already made the move, discover the Pros and Cons to living in Turkey for the first time.
The expat residency population of Turkey runs into the thousands. An easy-going, relaxed lifestyle has lured many different nationalities to settle permanently in the country. They generally settle in the same areas and towns, although there are a few exceptions, notably, foreigners who have moved here for marriage and family. Find out how many expats live in Turkey, and where they decide to make their home.
From the Macka district of Trabzon in northeast Turkey, an interesting historical story talks about some Greek Orthodox monks and their monastery called Sumela. The man-made landmark is relatively bland in appearance and architecture but gains admiration from its precarious location on the side of a cliff face overlooking the Altindere Valley National Park. Find out why you need to visit Sumela Monastery in Turkey.
Moving to that coveted place in the sun is a world away from a week-long sojourn in your favourite beach destination. We've listed the pros and cons of moving to Turkey, so you can weigh everything up and make your decision with confidence. Discover the good, the bad and the ugly about moving to Turkey.
Istanbul investment property is still one of the hottest buys for 2017. But where to start? We outline the five best investment opportunities you'll find this year, based on price, payment plans and exit strategy. Discover some of the most incredible Turkish investment property on the market today.