From textiles to tomatoes, Turkey's largest city offers a wealth of bargains for keen shoppers. Istanbul is a shopper's paradise, with markets found in every corner of the city on every day of the week. There is truly something for everyone - even non-shoppers will enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and watching locals and tourists sift through the piles of antiques, leather goods, brassware and produce. We give you the lowdown of the 10 very best markets.
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When you think about those who have upped sticks and moved abroad to sunnier climates, you probably assume a life of luxury, sunbathing and enjoying cold margaritas by the beach or pool. However, some expats have decided to make a difference, and this blog showcases expat charity organisations in Turkey heading from strength to strength.
Discussing beverages to drink while you are in Turkey, is a conversation that could last for hours. In this blog, Property Turkey explores the top seven drinks you must try when you visit Turkey for the first time. Ranging from Raki to Ayran.
There's plenty to like about living in Turkey. Moving away from home has its challenges, but it certainly has its rewards. From its colourful street vendors to its great customer service, here are the things that keep people coming back again and again - and even up stakes and moving to the country where east meets west.
The small, beautiful holiday resort of Kas is located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and is widely popular with holidaymakers and expats purchasing second homes. Reasons for this are bountiful but the initial lure and appeal comes from its unique charm and atmosphere, being a small Turkish town that has embraced the modern world yet stayed true to its Turkish roots. Find out why Kas is a must-see for anyone holidaying in Turkey.
The Turkish language is full of unusual proverbs. Some will be slightly familiar to English speakers as there are equivalents in our language. However, there are a number of proverbs that will leave you scratching your head. Once explained, however, most of them tend to resonate as proverbs are by and large the expression of common sense.
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.
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.