Across the world, one common complaint about city living is that it loses its intimacy. However, builders in Istanbul, the most forward thinking and advancing city in Turkey have found a way around this. Knowing their heritage like the back of their hand, they are incorporating the traditional community features into the large skyscraper buildings springing up all over the city. So, the social traditions are still there; they just look different.
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Istanbul's fascinating fountains delight and intrigue visitors. Once upon a time, a thousand fountains graced the city. These days, around 400 remain, each with its own character and unique beauty. Explore these incredible water features from a time gone by as we outline our favourite fountains around Istanbul.
Turkey's largest city is a bustling, action-packed metropolis. It's full of culture, history and incredible activities for the whole family. It's little wonder families are starting to locate to Istanbul for work - and a new life. Explore some of the properties we think are most suitable for families wishing to live in what's surely one of the most incredible cities on the planet.
Istanbul's quieter during the summer months, as city dwellers head out of the megacity and to the long sands of Bodrum, Antalya and Fethiye's beaches. However, there are plenty of seaside delights to be found in Istanbul, as our list proves. Join us as we explore some of the city's nicest shorelines.
Media Highway (Basin Ekspres) in Istanbul has benefited from a huge government investment, improving government infrastructure and pushing property prices up. However, the growing area is still a great option for entry-level property investors, with plenty of options for capital growth and rental income. We've rounded up our pick of the six most incredible investment opportunities in the Media Highway area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.