A new bridge spanning the Marmara Sea has opened up Istanbul to the wider area - and offers investment opportunities to local and foreign buyers. Osmangazi Bridge - the world’s fourth largest suspension bridge, means that driving to Bursa from Turkey’s largest city now takes around an hour. This is a major development that will inevitably have a major impact on real estate sales and prices for property in Bursa and specifically, Mudanya.
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Even with the best intentions it's easy to go very wrong when faced with cultural differences, even in Turkey. Our handy infographic lets you in on some of the world's most obscure, interesting and downright weird social rules. Read on and discover how to win friends and influence people - or at least, avoid offending them - in The Congo, Poland or Greece, just to name a few! 39 top tips for when you travel.
All around Turkey, farmers carefully and patiently tend to their plantations of grape vines. Years of observation and techniques developed by their ancestors have enabled them to use the geographical landscape and weather climate to their advantage, therefore becoming one of the top 10 grape producing countries in the world and experts in viticulture.
Fethiye with its spotless appearance, clean streets, and full fronted harbour with a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean Sea is one of Turkey’s holiday hotspots. Built over the ruins of Telmessus ancient city, it joins other coastal towns as a prominent landmark of ancient Lycia, one of many kingdoms from past civilisations that left their mark in the region - enjoy 24 hours of pure fun in Fethiye.
Cosmopolitan Antalya, backed by the majestic snow-capped Taurus Mountains and fronted by the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea is Turkey’s most second visited destination. Popular with Turks, it is also a holiday haven for Europeans, and this is evident in the significant amount of all-inclusive hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and bars scattered throughout the main town and surrounding holiday resorts - here is your guide to spending one day in Antalya.
Like many other culinary dishes of the country, most Turkish desserts have a story to tell. Steeped in cultural heritage, and drawing in a variety of influences from around the Arabic and European world, each dessert often has a meaning or local urban legend behind their recipe. They also frequently stem from the Ottoman kitchens or even further back to the nomadic Turk tribes of the eastern world.
An area of Turkey famed for its vast collection of ruined ancient cities is the Mediterranean coast that has become home to the notorious Lycian way, one of the top trekking routes of the world. Stretching from the metropolitan region of Antalya to the gorgeous Fethiye district, the 516-kilometre route boasts of prominent and lesser-known cities that used to belong to the Lycian Empire and they include the ancient city of Phaselis.
From the east to the west, the power of Mother Nature is displayed in all its glory in Turkey through natural scenery that amazes travellers and leaves a lasting impression. One such view is the Antalya coastline that receives 300 days of sunshine a year, and the best way to see it is from the 2365-metre high and majestic Mount Tahtali - your complete guide to Mount Tahtali.
Undoubtedly, any visitor to Turkey will quickly notice the obsession with Turkish carpets and rugs. Adorning the tiled floors of most Turkish homes, shops in touristic centres make a roaring trade as people scramble for a traditional Turkish carpet as an ideal holiday souvenir or gift for a loved one. Have a read of everything you need to know when looking for carpets in Turkey.
The last 15 years has seen a new trend across the world to preserve parks, squares, and gardens, within cities that are typically nicknamed concrete jungles. Istanbul is likewise rising to the challenge to provide sustainable living spaces away from tall skyscrapers and traffic jams. Have a read of the best green parks you will find in Istanbul.