Istanbul blog posts


Discovering Gurpinar Istanbul’s seaside hideaway

Discovering Gurpinar Istanbul’s seaside hideaway

Although it’s a short drive away, gorgeous Gurpinar might as well be a million miles from central Istanbul. The pretty seaside town, once popular with weekenders, is now entering the radar of home buyers and investors. Luxury apartments overlooking the Marmara Sea are a fraction of the cost of central city apartments, and minutes away from Gurpinar’s seven-kilometre beach and pretty town centre.

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Istanbul en route for second-most visited European city

Istanbul en route for second-most visited European city

Istanbul is set to become Europe’s number two tourist destination. Turkey’s largest city is attracting more and more visitors each year, and with a higher growth rate than Paris, currently number two after London, It’s likely that Istanbul will overtake the city of love within four years. What is it about this city, perched between Europe and Asia? We take a look at the four biggest tourist attractions - including one that was last year found to be the world’s single most visited attraction.


Traffic solutions greenlighted for Istanbul congestion

Traffic solutions greenlighted for Istanbul congestion

At the moment, it seems that all roads (and ferries, bridges and tunnels) lead to Istanbul. The fast-growing population has meant congestion problems: the city’s traffic has reached a crucial point, and officials are scrambling to find solutions. Work is underway on a new bridge, a Bosphorus tunnel and more creative solutions, all expected to roll out in the next couple of years. Public transport is also expanding, with new ferries and hundreds of kilometres of metro lines being added to the commuter arsenal, endeavouring to make travelling around Turkey’s largest city pain free.


Turkey for tourists: souvenirs to buy and take home

Turkey for tourists: souvenirs to buy and take home

Turkey’s rich heritage is reflected in the items that find their way home in travellers’ suitcases. From the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul to small markets on the Mediterranean, there are incredible bargains and delights for every browser. Whether you’re in the market for kilims or coffee, we let you in on the goods to look out for while you’re travelling through the country that’s described as being the gateway between Europe and the Middle East.


Urban transformation primes Istanbul for investment

Urban transformation primes Istanbul for investment

In recent decades Istanbul’s transformation from a modest city to a huge centre, home to a quarter of Turkey’s population has been astounding. Economic advances and increased immigration to the city mean Istanbul is bigger and wealthier than ever before. However, growth has not been smooth, and now city planners are aiming to transform the city over the next 20 years with initiatives aiming to improve housing and infrastructure for future generations. We explore the opportunities urban transformation presents for investors - and the problems associated with rapid change.


24 hours in Istanbul: A guide to the perfect day

24 hours in Istanbul: A guide to the perfect day

Planning a whirlwind trip to Istanbul? Let us guide you on a 24-hour tour of the city. Take in the city from rooftops, beneath Ottoman domes and from the Bosphorus Strait. Indulge in some of the finest food on offer in the city, from dishes beloved by sultans to Finnish fusion. Although 24 hours is not nearly enough time to explore this fascinating city, it’s enough to sample its unique flavour - and give you a few ideas for your next visit.


Sacred Architecture: The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia of Istanbul

Sacred Architecture: The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia of Istanbul

The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are two dominant and majestic buildings within Istanbul that regularly make the listings in numerous guidebooks and travel blogs as two of the top landmarks to see in Istanbul. Standing directly opposite each other, the stories of these two buildings stretches far back, connecting two of the world’s greatest empires and also two of the world’s leading religions.


Qatari Monarch pays Euro 100m for Istanbul Bosporus Yali

Qatari Monarch pays Euro 100m for Istanbul Bosporus Yali

The purchase of a Euro 100 million Istanbul mansion (yali) - the fourth most expensive property in the world - by a Qatari monarch has set tongues wagging. The Bosphorus yali is a prime example of the luxurious real estate found in Turkey's largest, city. The purchase also solidifies Istanbul´s reputation as the firm favourite of Middle Eastern buyers, who are flocking to the city in search of private residences and lucrative buy-to-let properties.


The Magnificent Yali Mansions of Istanbul

The Magnificent Yali Mansions of Istanbul

Lining the seafront of the Bosporus is a grand total of 620 Yali Mansions - some as old as the city itself, and some as prestigious as anything you will find in the world. Owning a Yali mansion in Istanbul is something most of us could only dream of, so for those looking to enjoy a read of life as dreamy as the mansions themselves, in this blog we present some of the best Yali mansions along the Bosporus in Istanbul. 

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Top 6 overseas property investment markets for 2015

Top 6 overseas property investment markets for 2015

2015 is well under way, and many property investors are asking themselves: "Where are the best markets to buy a home in 2015? And why?" - with this blog we present our top six destinations for overseas property investment, including a couple surprise countries you might not have expected on the face of it. Are you an overseas investor? What are your top tips for 2015? Let us know in the comment section of this article.


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.


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