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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.


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.


How to spot Istanbul’s ghettos that are going places

How to spot Istanbul’s ghettos that are going places

In a city as big as Istanbul, it is easy to get lost, easy to look for easy options of investment in city centre favourite districts and regions such as prime Esenyurt and Beylikduzu. But, what are the districts in Istanbul that have yet to reach their full potential? The areas that are prime for investment today to pay off tomorrow? We take a close look at Bomonti, Kagithane, and Bahcesehir to bring to you our top three spots for real estate today that are set to see huge price increases in the next 5-10 years.


Enjoy The Atmosphere Of Local Bazaars With Local People

Enjoy The Atmosphere Of Local Bazaars With Local People

Visiting a Bazaar in Turkey is an experience like no other and once that you must undertake at least once in your life. If you read the guide books, look online for things to do once you land in Turkey, you will almost definitely find that visiting a local Bazaar is high atop most people's list of their best things to see whilst your are here. Bazaars provide locals and tourists with an unlimited amount of fresh goods, and pretty much everything else you can think of in-between. In this blog we take a look at the local Bazaar in Turkey and why it is so popular amongst tourists and locals alike, an old meeting place where you never quite know what to expect - fantastic. 


Escaping the Crowds: Offbeat Places to Visit in Istanbul

Escaping the Crowds: Offbeat Places to Visit in Istanbul

Turkey's largest city and one that brings the East to the West, Istanbul is making a name for itself as a popular city break destination of the world. The city attracts millions of tourists every year who enjoy the bustling vibes, exotic ambience, and sheer size of the region to explore. More often than not, first time visitors find themselves returning every year, and some even purchase a second home in the city - giving you a perfect place to getaway to enjoy some Turkish culture. So, for those who already know Istanbul or have been before - what is there to do? after the touristic sites? Actually, in this blog we will show you that there is a lot to put on your bucket list, from the less well-known attractions to places where the locals hang out - have a read.


Seven Turkish Festivals you don’t want to miss in 2014

Seven Turkish Festivals you don’t want to miss in 2014

A country so diverse and widespread, Turkey hosts over a thousand festivals every year - giving you a wealth of options to explore and embrace some Turkish culture while you are here. As expected, summer is prime festival season. While cosmopolitan Istanbul is the cultural centre of it all with several hundred festivals in the city alone, you can also venture out to destinations in Cappadocia or the sunny Aegean coast for a range of festivals and sunny delights to enjoy. We’ve narrowed down the list of options to give you our highlights of what to expect and what to put on your list to visit this summer. From live improvised jazz, oiled-up men wrestling like gladiators, and fun activities - these are just a few offerings in a mixed lineup of events


Topkapi Palace: seat of an empire

Topkapi Palace: seat of an empire

Turkey's largest city, Istanbul is home to many gems and beautiful sites that attract millions every year to the city. However, not many are as grand as Topkapi Palace - designed and built by Sultan Mehmed II in 1459 and completed some six years later, the palace, when it was completed, was surrounded by five kilometres of walls and occupied an area of 700,000 square metres - a stunning site back then, and still today. Any visit to Istanbul is an empty visit unless you take in the breathtaking Topkapi Palace. Here is our total guide to getting the most out of your visit. 


Istanbul for food lovers: the coolest food tours and culinary courses in the city

Istanbul for food lovers: the coolest food tours and culinary courses in the city

Anyone who has been to Turkey will know one thing - Turks know how to cook, and cook well. From authentic Turkish dishes to extravagant modern twists in cuisine, food in Turkey whets the appetite as much as any dish from around the world. In this blog we present our top five Turkish food tours in Istanbul, as well as a range of different places where you can try your hand at learning how to cook in Istanbul and prepare your very own Turkish dishes. Put your chef hat on and prepare to feel very hungry, an empty stomach is not advised when reading this. 


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