Is it OK to blow your nose at the dinner table? When you go to a friend’s house, who should you greet first? And why is making an “O” shape with your thumb and forefinger considered so rude? We explain a few customs and social rules that manage to bamboozle and confound visitors and new residents. Memorise these few rules and ensure you never get caught out again.
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Moving to a new country isn’t easy. It’s not just sandy beaches and sparkling seas - navigating a new culture can be interesting at best, and utterly infuriating at its worst. From driving to queuing, discover the nine Turkish habits sure to drive a new expat round the ben. But don’t worry - we also give you a few ideas of how to manage them without blowing a gasket.
Distinctive landscapes of Turkey quickly explain the thriving success rate of its flora and fauna. Covering three different geographical regions, of which each has their own weather climate, no other country in the world can claim this important attribute towards natural living. Forests cover about 13% of the country, enabling natural growth of trees as well as pine and cedar, while more than 7000 kilometres are coastline prompting marine life to flourish.
Side, a charming holiday resort in Antalya’s coastal district doesn’t receive as much attention as its neighbouring counterparts of Alanya and Belek, yet it has a magnificent story to tell. As part of the illustrious Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and former Pamphylia, its inclusion on the diverse Turkish Riviera is a beautiful story to tell when combined with its historical past. Have a read of why you need to include Side on your next trip to Turkey.
Turkey’s long history is full of firsts - hardly surprising in a country that has played host to some of the world’s greatest and most progressive empires, including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. While you might know one or two of these facts, read on to discover a few of the lesser-known innovations - and innovators - that have come out of Turkey to change the course of world history.
If you’re seeking to rekindle the flames, celebrate an anniversary or spark up a new romance, pack your bags and head for one of Turkey’s many romantic locations. Whether it’s strolling hand in hand by the sea, exploring isolated ruins or dining under the stars, our list of alluring and atmospheric places in Turkey fits any romantic occasion.
The iconic central Golden Horn area, clearly visible on every city map, is smartening up. New developments and improved infrastructure are attracting investment and prices are climbing. Middle class Turkish buyers are snapping up property at extremely favourable prices. So why aren't more foreign buyers sitting up and taking notice?
It seems Turkish food is everywhere. Gone are the days when the only Turkish offering was the - admittedly, extremely tasty - kebab: today the range of mouthwatering Turkish food available in larger centres means you don't have to travel far to find flavoursome dishes from all over Turkey. We look at some of the Turkish foods that are becoming more and more well known as people discover just how delectable Turkish food can be.
Turkey has a long love affair with the moustache. Dating back to Ottoman times, Turks have sported a variety of upper-lip dos, some impressive, some just strange. However, did you know there's more to moustaches than meets the eye? Read on to discover how moustaches are more than just a facial hairstyle: they can tell you a whole lot about their owner.
From Albania to Argentina, Turkish television is rapidly colonising the globe. Its dramatic storylines - and luxuriant moustaches - are captivating the hearts and minds of television addicts from many different cultures. Discover why Turkish drama is so beloved by different countries and cultures.