Turkey rarely left the headlines this year. President Erdogan and the state of the lira dominated the news. However, one constant remained steadfast: Turkish property continued to shine, and interest in investing in Turkish property grew. We look to 2019, providing the kind of inside knowledge that our investors count on to make the best investment choices.
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The Fisherman of Halicarnassus is a name many have heard, but few know the history behind the intriguing personality that has left an indelible mark on the Bodrum Peninsula. Marie Coggin, a longtime resident of Bodrum, explores the myth and legend surrounding the mysterious poet, prisoner and raconteur.
In August, the International Gumusluk Classical Music festival lights up the quiet Bodrum seaside town of Gumusluk. Marie Coggin writes about the festival's transformation from it humble beginnings behind the bus station to the glitzy affair it's become today. However, the magic, music and humour of the performances remain unchanged.
Bodrum, the pride of Aegean Turkey, is a destination unlike anywhere else. Bodrum has many scenic landscapes, coastal resorts, and things to do, making it a popular tourist and expat destination for Turks and foreign nationalities. Whatever you think a typical seaside life in the sun should look like, Bodrum will step forward as an ideal contender. So, if you want to buy property in Bodrum or soak up the sun on a two-week holiday, what do you need to know?
Wine lovers venturing outside the Bodrum peninsula will be richly rewarded: Mor Salkim's 96,000 square metres yield the varieties Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bornova Misketi. Turkey's growing reputation as a wine producing country might surprise some - but many historians believe wine began in the country, thousands of years ago.
Summer memories are made in Bodrum. The type of memories that stay with us for a lifetime, and its no coincidence either because Bodrum’s summer hedonistic vibes stretch back decades. Despite its reputation as a favoured spot for celebrities and wealthy business executives, it is the simplicity that captures the attention. If you plan to visit Bodrum this summer, prepare for a destination that purposely detaches itself from worldly affairs, and has its own set of rules.
It's something only locals seem to know: where to eat out on a budget while still enjoying the peninsula's finest views. Council cafes are found in every town around the Bodrum peninsula. Ranging from modern affairs to traditional, shabby offerings, they're the ideal place to enjoy the peninsula's culinary offerings without breaking the bank.
Bodrum's transformed from a sleepy collection of fishing villages into a popular tourism destination. Now, it's in the midst of another change, and well on its way to becoming a global centre for education, architecture, yachting and big brand luxury resorts. We explore the factors sending Bodrum into the stratosphere, and discuss why the Mediterranean centre has become so popular.
"Is Turkey safe?" is something we're asked a lot. It's difficult to get an idea of what it's like to live, play and work in Turkey unless you're actually there. Marie Coggin, who lives in Gumusluk, sums up the reasons as to why she has always felt secure living in Turkey, and fills us in on some of measures she's seen to keep Turks and expats safe.
As events go, this is certainly one of Turkey’s more unusual. Camels decked out in colourful outfits, wrestling each other until the “loser” screams, falls down or runs away. Marie Coggin, who lives in Bodrum, attends a local camel wrestling festival and reports back on the sights and sounds of this unique event.
Celebrating Christmas away from your home country doesn't need to be a sad occasion. On the contrary, there are many things to love about being somewhere different. From escaping commercialism to sampling cultures from all around the world, Bodrum resident Marie Coggin explains what she loves about spending Christmas in Turkey.
Marie Coggin didn’t notice Jenny on board the gulet. But on the way to the airport, the pair started talking - and didn’t stop. Many years later, they’re still friends - and they both live in Turkey. Marie remembers the beginnings of her friendship, and the different paths the two women took on their journey to Turkey.