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Istanbul Nightlife not for the faint hearted

Istanbul Nightlife not for the faint hearted

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.

Discover Istanbul’s Hidden Gems

Discover Istanbul’s Hidden Gems

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. 

Turkey’s Ambitious Tourism Strategy for 2023

Turkey’s Ambitious Tourism Strategy for 2023

“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.

The top free things to do in Istanbul

The top free things to do in Istanbul

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.

Best places in Turkey for winter weather

Best places in Turkey for winter weather

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. 

How to avoid a property scam in Turkey

How to avoid a property scam in Turkey

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. 

Fancy an historic mansion on Princes Islands Istanbul?

Fancy an historic mansion on Princes Islands Istanbul?

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.

Thomas Cook's new off season flights to Turkish coast

Thomas Cook's new off season flights to Turkish coast

Thomas Cook Airlines is now offering UK to Dalaman flights throughout the autumn and winter, great news for those with second homes in Fethiye, Dalaman, Gocek and Kalkan. Turkey has always been a favourite destination. However, in recent years the country has worked to ensure that its reputation transcends that of a mere ‘sun and sand’ destination. Thomas Cook’s new flights represent Turkey’s transformation into a destination where cultural, historical, sporting and business facilities are of equal importance to its summer resorts.

10 expat blogs about living in Turkey

10 expat blogs about living in Turkey

There are thousands of expats living in Turkey - from the charming beach resorts in Bodrum, to the busy city life in Istanbul, to the sweeping town of Kalkan, it seems as though those who move to Turkey just can't get enough - some going so far as to write down their thoughts on life in the country in the form of blogs that have became credible sources of information for those thinking of joining the trend by moving to Turkey. We bring you the top 10 Turkish blogs by expats. 

Yalikavak's astonishing transformation

Yalikavak's astonishing transformation

If you compared the Yalikavak of 15 years ago to the Yalikavak of today, you would be astounded at the level of development that has poured into this once small fishing village over the last decade to move the region swiftly into a world leading luxury investment hotspot. With top class marina facilities, a bustling yachting community, and houses ranging into the high millions now considered the norm in this part of Bodrum, we take a look at the rise and rise of Yalikavak into one of Turkey's premier seaside regions awash with a charming and alluring atmosphere that you are used to seeing today. Yalikavak, this is your life. 

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