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All things Istanbul from Istanbul blog posts by Istanbul lovers who have been there, done that and loved it. Check it out.

How to Use the Istanbul Metro - a complete guide

How to Use the Istanbul Metro - a complete guide

Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and with more than 14 million citizens and as the most popular tourist destination in the country, it makes sense that the city must have an efficient and smooth-running transport network. It delivers this and much more through its impressive connection of rail, metro, trams, buses and taxis. This article covers everything you need to know how to use the Istanbul Metro system. 


The most upmarket Districts of Istanbul to visit

The most upmarket Districts of Istanbul to visit

Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, is as diverse as it is intriguing. As the central hub of business, transport, finance, education, and tourism in the country, it has many facades, ranging from the cosmopolitan to the traditional. It is both bohemian as it is conservative. It is the place where historical, cultural, and trendy influences come together as one. Find some of the best and upmarket districts of Istanbul to visit in this blog. 


What To See on the Asian side of Istanbul

What To See on the Asian side of Istanbul

When talking about Istanbul, most travel websites and guidebooks focus on the old city district holding all the ancient Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks. For shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, recommendations are to visit the Taksim / Beyoglu district, also home to Istiklal Avenue, the country’s busiest street. Yet for repeat visitors and tourists with more time in the city, the Asian side of Istanbul is also worth exploring. As the eastern half of the city, it is home to roughly 4 million people and a splattering of place to go and attractions to see.

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10 family friendly areas of Istanbul

10 family friendly areas of Istanbul

Moving to Istanbul with children is a big undertaking. We've compiled a list of the city's top ten areas for family living in Istanbul, taking into account essential lifestyle facilities like hospitals, schools, shops and transport to the central city and city airports. If you're considering a move to Istanbul, read on and discover the best neighbourhoods for expat families.


Why I moved my family to Istanbul

Why I moved my family to Istanbul

Istanbul's a fast-paced, exciting city of around ten million people. For many, it doesn't seem like the ideal place to bring up a family, but for two expats, it's been the opportunity of a lifetime. Explore the ins and outs of living in Istanbul with a family, the good, the bad - and the Istanbul traffic.

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Is it safe to travel to Istanbul?

Is it safe to travel to Istanbul?

Istanbul safety is of a huge concern to visitors right now, with many would-be tourists choosing other destinations ahead of Turkey's largest city. How realistic are the safety concerns? Is Istanbul safe to visit? We look at the factors behind the fear, and examine whether or not Istanbul is a safe choice as a holiday destination.

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Divided heart of a city: the beautiful Bosphorus

Divided heart of a city: the beautiful Bosphorus

The Bosphorus Strait is the enduring symbol of Turkey's largest city. Dividing the city into two neat halves, the Bosphorus is a major shipping route and strategic geographical point, and has seen conflict, intrigue, myth and legend since humans first settled in the region. Explore the region and its beautiful homes.

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How to Get From Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Taksim and Sultanahmet

How to Get From Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Taksim and Sultanahmet

Naturally, as the biggest city in Turkey, Istanbul has two efficient airports of which Ataturk Airport is the most widely used. Called havalimani in Turkish, it is also the largest in Turkey but in 2018, will lose its illustrious title when the planned new Istanbul airport opens to the public. This blog post describes how to get from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul city centre, Taksim, and Sultanahmet. 


How to Get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim and Sultanahmet

How to Get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim and Sultanahmet

Out of the two airports in Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen is the second busiest. (It will be the third most active in 2018 when the new airport opens.) Currently servicing 51 airlines flying to 136 destinations, it is on the Asian side of the city and named after Turkey’s first female pilot who was also the adopted daughter of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Here you will find a guide for transport from Sabiha Gokcen airport to Taksim, Sultanahmet, and the city centre. 




Buy-to-let in Turkey: get the lowdown on buying a Turkish rental property

Buy-to-let in Turkey: get the lowdown on buying a Turkish rental property

Property investment in Turkey is up by 70% since 2013, a testament to the country's strong economy and the relaxing of property-buying laws. With the rise in investment there's been a corresponding uptick in the number of buy-to-let investors, keen to capitalise on the country's, dynamic young population of renters and the steadily rising tourist numbers.


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