You can Google all you like, but you'll never know all there is to know about a country before you get there. The parts of culture that puzzle tourists and newcomers to Turkey can frustrate, annoy - or delight in turn. Discover what two expats living in Turkey found the most challenging when they first moved to Istanbul and Fethiye.
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It's not hard to find something to love about the Bodrum peninsula. After all, we're talking about a place of great natural beauty, where the sun shines 300 days of the year and there's a wealth (too many to count) of things to do, all year round. The real difficulty lies in narrowing it down to a short list. From parties to pootling around in boats, explore our very favourite things about Bodrum.
One of the first things new visitors to Istanbul notice is that Cats are everywhere. In restaurants, cafes, schools, businesses - cats of all shapes and sizes and colours are found loitering, dozing and purring on whoever cares to show them some affection. We explore the history behind Istanbul’s enduring love for its feline residents.
Turkey's largest city is where it's at. Prices have risen by 25% in the past year, surpassing the property growth performance of every other country on the planet. Increased infrastructure, an overhauling of housing stock and an unrelenting demand for homes are behind the growth. It's not surprising that investors are queuing up to invest in Istanbul. But where do you start? According to one of our Istanbul consultants, it's in the west of the city.
It's rare to find the expat in Turkey who hasn't been afflicted at some point by homesickness. Whether it's a longing for your home, the loved ones you left behind - or even just your favourite food - homesickness is something every newcomer to Turkey will deal with at some point. Read our guide to the symptoms of homesickness, and how to combat its effects.
Cycling through Turkey you'll encounter long winding mountain ways, straight, flat roads across sweeping plains and coastal roads with incredible ocean views. Wherever you want to go in Turkey, from the quiet rural east to the bustling, beach-heavy south and west of the country, don't start your planning until you've read our essential guide to exploring Turkey by bicycle.
People move to Turkey for many reasons: starting a new life or new job, a lower cost of living or simply to enjoy a life in sunnier climes. However, deciding to move is just the beginning. Selecting a new home is another issue. In our series on expat living, we talk with four different foreigners living in four different places in Turkey. Discover what they love - and dislike - about their new home in Turkey. We speak to Cynthia, who retired to Calis Beach in Fethiye, about living in the popular seaside town.
As summer approaches, thoughts naturally turn to holidays and the sun, sea and sand of warmer climes. We’ve picked out a selection of holiday villas in Fethiye that cater to every budget and all have that rental “wow” factor. From cheap and cheerful in Ovacik to sumptuous Sovalye Island waterfront homes, feast your eyes on some of the best holiday properties in the region.
Not everyone likes the frenetic summer crowds, which is why many people decide to travel off season. These same travellers might argue Turkey's at its best just after summer: it's quiet, but still warm, allowing you to explore the area's attractions in comfort - and without the crowds. Discover five quiet villages you'll have all to yourself this autumn.
From paragliding at Oludeniz beach, to sailing the seas of Bodrum, to even owning their own private island - Hollywood A-List celebrities are making Turkey their summer home for letting their hair down and indulging in a life of extravagance that only Turkey can offer. Find out exactly what the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z, and even the Royal Family get up to when they land on Turkish shores.