Turkey's largest city and one that brings the East to the West, Istanbul is making a name for itself as a popular city break destination of the world. The city attracts millions of tourists every year who enjoy the bustling vibes, exotic ambience, and sheer size of the region to explore. More often than not, first time visitors find themselves returning every year, and some even purchase a second home in the city - giving you a perfect place to getaway to enjoy some Turkish culture. So, for those who already know Istanbul or have been before - what is there to do? after the touristic sites? Actually, in this blog we will show you that there is a lot to put on your bucket list, from the less well-known attractions to places where the locals hang out - have a read.
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One city, two continents. Centre of the old Roman Empire, the Byzantine fortress and playground of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace for over five centuries. Ranked the top tourist destination in the world by the TripAdvisor based on reviews of travellers themselves, ahead of London and Rome. Yes, you got it, it's Istanbul, where east meets west, where you shop till you drop, where the heartbeat of ancient civilisations stand side by side with the new towering skyline made of steel and glass, all in perfect harmony. It's 'Istanbul we love you' according to over 36 million who visited Turkey in 2013
Not known around the globe for its fine wines, Turkey's vineyards are actually some of the oldest and biggest you will find in the world. Here we take a look at wine in Turkey and include some of our favourite hotspots and bars to grab a glass of some of the finest Turkish wine. With more than 140 registered producers in the entire country, we hope that you are thirsty - you surely will be after reading this blog. If you ever happen to find yourself sipping on a glass in one of the great restaurants or bars listed in this article, give us a call - we will most likely not be too far behind!
You will not look back on Istanbul nights and remember having lots of sleep: the city's nightlife is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Turkey's largest city, where two continents collide, where east meets west, has plenty in reserve for the night owl. Whether you are up all night to a song, or up all night for some fun, one thing for sure, you will be up all night getting lucky. Check out Club 360, Reina on the Bosporus but firstly check if you are on the Istanbul Club list and that's before you even look to buy a house in Istanbul.
Are you a traveller? Or are you a tourist? There is a big difference which defines the two - when you land in a new destination, are you looking to leave your mark by whizzing around as fast as you can snap happy? Or looking for the destination to leave it's mark on you with beautiful memories that will last forever? If the latter is the case, this guide to some of Istanbul's well kept hidden gems will leave you exploring the city like no other tourist has before and returning with a box full of knowledge and insight into the real Istanbul.
“Become one of the top five visited countries in the world, therefore generating mass tourism revenue.” - that was the aim set out by the Tourism Ministry of Turkey in 2007. An ambitious plan detailed the steps Turkey would take to reach their goals by 2023 - how far has the nation come since 2007 in reaching their end goal? This blog takes a look at the impact of the tourism industry in Turkey since the announcement, the growth and further growth that has seen Istanbul voted number one city to visit in the world in 2014, as well as the impact that the growing tourism has had on other industries in Turkey.
Istanbul is crammed with quality free sites. You can feast your eyes on free art, or sit in a square and enjoy free music. You can explore parks where tulips nod in their thousands, or gaze upon Ottoman mosques, palaces or mansions. You can learn about a city’s history, or step inside the home of one of its most famous inhabitants. From museums to beaches, we have compiled a list of the very best cultural, historical and leisure attractions available to all in the city.
As you sit in your office, staring out the window at the dreary weather and miserable rain - one thing is made apparent - winter is coming. Of course, with winter comes the possibility of escaping for some winter sun and cheer. What better way to treat yourself during the festive period than to head over to Turkey to soak up the last remaining sunshine of the year. With temperatures coming in at a moderate 12-15 degrees, and sunshine certainly making it feel warmer, we compare out top destinations for winter in Turkey - Fethiye, Bodrum, and Antalya. Who will come out on top? Read on to find out.
If something appears 'too good to be true', a general rule of thumb suggests that it just might be too good to be true - this has been the case over the years with some frightening stories of people thinking they have found their dream property in Turkey, only later finding out they have been the victim of a scam by trying to cut corners or trusting in people who they shouldn't have. If you delve a little deeper, you will see that most of the scams could have been avoided if a few simple steps had been adhered to - we give you our top advice on how to avoid being scammed in Turkey.
While the Princes Islands are just a short trip from Istanbul, visitors who step onto the ferry leave behind more than just a big city - they depart the trappings of modern life and enter a long-forgotten world of horse-drawn carriages and wistful Victorian mansions. Once a place of exile for Byzantine and Ottoman royalty, today the islands are enjoyed by day trippers who explore their beaches and pine forests. Although it's rare to find real estate for sale on the Princes Islands, a 140 year-old mansion for sale offers not only the chance to experience life as part of this intriguing archipelago, but an opportunity to invest in a successful rental business.