Kurban Bayram, or the Sacrificial Feast starts today in Turkey and throughout the Muslim world. Commencing 70 days after the end of Ramadan, the four-and-a-half day festival is centered around family and community, and usually celebrated by slaughtering a goat or sheep and preparing a great feast. Read up on how Kurban Bayram will affect you if you're in Turkey - and what you can expect if you're taking part in a Kurban Bayram feast.
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Negotiating is a way of life in Turkey. This comes as a shock to those of us who aren't familiar with a bargaining culture and are more used to paying fixed prices. However, by employing some of our handy tips and with a little practice, you should be an expert haggler in no time.
The whens and how-muches of tipping -or baksis (baksheesh) - can be confusing to newcomers to Turkey - especially those of us who come from a non-tipping culture. Here’s a breakdown of how to navigate Turkey’s tipping culture. When to tip, how much and those times when a tip just isn’t appropriate at all.
Its location at the crossroads of Asia and Europe has meant Turkey has been an important route for human migration and trade for millennia. However, eons before the first trade route was established, our feathered friends have been winging their way across the country’s on their way to Europe or Asia.
When package holidays became popular in the 1970s, the emphasis was purely on sun, sea and sand. Fast-forward 40 years later, and holiday themes have immensely evolved to cater for everyone. Turkey is one country that embraced diverse tourism and from the East to the West; themed holidays are popular with a variety of nationalities including Brits, Europeans and Americans. Here we take a look at the best themed vacations to try in Turkey.
As every tourist knows, no matter what country you go to on your holidays, you will always find common tourist scams and things to avoid once you land on your vacations. Turkey is no exception, here we provide you with some helpful tips to avoiding the classic tourist scams in Turkey. Prepare yourself with the knowledge beforehand and you will have no problem enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in Turkey.
From the historic Grand Bazaar, to some of the largest shopping malls in Europe, to some of the most famous shopping streets full of boutiques and antiques - Istanbul is a maze for shoppers and a delight for those who are looking to shop until you drop. Follow us on a journey, an expensive journey, through some of the best malls, avenues, and markets for shopping in Istanbul.
Sunny Ovacik is a magnet for families and anyone wanting a peaceful Turkish Mediterranean holiday near the beach and close to amenities. Located on a hilltop, ten minutes from Fethiye centre, it’s a fantastic place for a holiday home and also one of the best rental locations on the south coast. We explore Ovacik’s best holiday villas. Take a look and get inspired.
Our first article on Turkey’s unspoken rules generated much discussion and debate. Based on the original article we’ve compiled a few follow-up rules. Have you encountered any of these during a trip to Turkey or among your Turkish friends? Read on and learn about some of the nuances that many people miss when they visit Turkey.
As the largest, and certainly the busiest city in Turkey, Istanbul is a hive of frenzied activity for the tourism, business and financial sectors all fighting for public transport and highway access. Naturally, these are all supported by an intense network of transport options, ranging from the Metro, tram, car hire, taxis and buses, all used by millions of people per day. Here is the lowdown on navigating and moving around Turkey's greatest city.