A visit to Kayakoy ghost village leaves you yearning to know more. Wandering the deserted streets, and passing by crumbling houses and a church, curiosity washes over you who lived in that house, how old were the children going to school, and did residents, with a clear memory of their home village, miss it, after it was all but abandoned 100 years ago.
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To learn all about Ortakent, it is to delve into one of Turkey’s most favoured seaside resorts. Despite its low profile on the international travel scene, Turks know it as a prominent destination, full of beautiful tangerine orchards and home to the peninsula’s largest shopping mall, and many medical facilities.
Tourists who want to get away from touristic Istanbul would do well to look at things to do in Uskudar, an Asian district offering visitors a chance to see the city’s local culture upfront. Sitting between trendy Kadikoy and green Beykoz, Uskudar is underrated and without a doubt, deserves more admiration than it receives.
Welcome to the Basaksehir area of Istanbul, a European district that in recent years has exploded on the real estate market as an ideal place to buy property. As one of 39 communities making up Turkey’s largest city, Basaksehir hasn’t always been a prominent area, having only gained independent status in 2008, after a population boost. It is now a top area for investors.
Adjusting to live in another country isn't always easy. But one thing's certain: it's not boring. Newcomers to Turkey often wonder at some of the strange, idiosyncratic ways that people live and interact. We let you in on a few little-known odd things about Turkish culture, customs, geography and food.
The foreign travel industry rarely talks about the Sariyer District of Istanbul yet for decades; locals have adored the area for its quaint, laid-back atmosphere. In recent years, its popularity also spread to the real estate market as more Turks and foreign buyers buy retirement and summer homes there, sitting on the European side.
Welcome to the Sisli area of Istanbul. Although rarely mentioned in mainstream travel guide books, Sisli is a prominent district in European Istanbul that tourists and newcomers would do well to visit. Promising upmarket influences with style, its fast-paced lifestyle moves with the times and trends to show modern Turkey in full flow.
While Turkey's lira has stabilised, the bargains are still being snapped up. Investors and tourists alike are discovering that visiting Istanbul is not only pleasurable, but profitable too. We're letting you in on a few ways you can capitalise on the lira while the currency remains low. Grab a bargain holiday - or a bargain investment - while the time is still right.
Gokcebel in the Aegean Bodrum region of Turkey is a well-kept traditional village blending old vibes with new influences. Sitting in the outskirts of Yalikavak, mainstream tourism has passed it by, yet it’s garnered favour with a small group of foreign property buyers who have made it their year-round home. The appeal is hard to deny.
This Turgutreis resort guide will show readers why this stunning coastal resort of the Bodrum peninsula wins admiring fans of many nationalities. Named after an Ottoman admiral called Turgut Treis and sitting on the Aegean coast in Turkey’s Mugla province, it's often overshadowed by neighbouring Yalikavak, but it still has an interesting story and lots to see and do.
This Besiktas area guide will highlight one of the oldest and most prominent districts of European Istanbul. Speak to any Turk about Besiktas, and straight away, they will talk about its football club, an iconic top league team since 1903. However, the area offers a lot more regardless of your age or social background. Peep under the surface to discover many reasons foreign tourists and expats in Istanbul love Besiktas.
The list of famous buildings in Istanbul runs into hundreds, not a surprise because the city is Turkey’s top tourism, real estate, business and education hub. It was also the Byzantine and Ottoman empires former ruling centres, so landmarks receive attention from millions of tourists. Sitting on both the Asian and European sides, these landmarks, whether modern or ancient are architectural wonders showing what humanity can achieve.