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How safe is Turkey for tourists and expats?

How safe is Turkey for tourists and expats?

Recent attacks in Turkey have set off a knee-jerk tourist exodus to Spain. Cameron Deggin explores the perceptions behind the danger that many perceive in Turkey, and explains why Turkey is still one of the world's best destinations for tourism. 


Istanbul Focus 2016: Events and Festivals

Istanbul Focus 2016: Events and Festivals

Istanbul, the city sitting on two continents and the largest city in Turkey is a hive for events, festivals, and celebrations throughout the year. As a major hub of tourism, finance, and general business industries, the bustling yearly agenda from January to December brims over. Whether it is art and culture, traditions or the latest fashion trend, no one planning a visit should expect to have down time. Therefore, what are the major dates to schedule into your diary in 2016?


15 reasons we LOVE Fethiye

15 reasons we LOVE Fethiye

Sunny, chilled-out Fethiye is a favourite with many holidaymakers, as well as home to a sizeable expat population. We examine the things about Fethiye that keep people coming back again and again - and prompt so many to make Fethiye a permanent base. 


Istiklal Caddesi: A Guide To Turkey’s Busiest Street

Istiklal Caddesi: A Guide To Turkey’s Busiest Street

Stretching for more than 1 mile, from the tunnel funicular to the independence monument in Taksim square, Istiklal Caddesi is the busiest street in Istanbul and a must-see for anyone visiting this monstrous city. Its primary function is shopping and entertainment but old buildings still stand among modern and new builds. Such is the hype and attraction; more than 3 million people walk it every day - let us take you through the best things to see and do on Istiklal. 


Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne invites visitors to Gotham via Turkish Airlines

Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne invites visitors to Gotham via Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines has tapped into every superhero-lover's fantasy with their Super Bowl ads offering new flights to Gotham City and Metropolis. The two advertisements feature Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther. Sitting in the comfort of first class Turkish Airline flights, the two big-wigs extol the virtues of their respective cities and invite us to visit. The viral ads are a huge boost for Turkish Airlines, which has grown exponentially in the past decade to become one of the world's largest.


26 incredible Turkish foods you have to try

26 incredible Turkish foods you have to try

Although Turkish food has permeated almost every corner of the globe, it's fair to say the best Turkish food is found in Turkey. In fact, Turkish food is so delicious it's fair to say a high number of visitors are compelled to visit simply to taste as many Turkish dishes as they possibly can. We've compiled a list of the must-try Turkish foods. See if you can hunt them all out on your next trip to Turkey.

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18 awesome things to do with kids in Istanbul

18 awesome things to do with kids in Istanbul

Istanbul's reputation as one of the world's most popular cities is well founded. As well as holding delights aplenty for adults: wining, dining, culture and music, there are also a large number of things you can do with your little ones in tow. From toddler to teen, we've rounded up a few suggestions to make sure everyone has fun in the city - even adults.


4 Excellent Reasons to Love Istanbul

4 Excellent Reasons to Love Istanbul

A city that instantly leaves a mark on those who visit, Istanbul is a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis visited by millions of tourists every year. Some even return year after year, while others find it reinvents their outlook on life, promoting a new path and they return to be an expat by buying a property. We give you four good reasons why you will simply love Istanbul and all the city offers.


Useful Turkish language phrases everyone should learn

Useful Turkish language phrases everyone should learn

If you want to understand a culture, you need to learn its language. The Turkish language is full of colourful expressions and wise sayings. It's not the world's easiest language to learn, that's certain. But these oft-used phrases are a great start, and using them will show a willingness to engage with the people around you - and some of them are very fun to say, too.

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Top Turkish Landscapes

Top Turkish Landscapes

Turkey's much more than beaches: it's a diverse country bursting with mountain ranges, dark forests, deep canyons and gorges, rushing rivers, fortified islands and forgotten Ottoman settlements. Take a visual trip through some of Turkey's most incredible vistas.


Did singer Adele copy an 80s Turkish ballad?

Did singer Adele copy an 80s Turkish ballad?

Twitter users are arguing back and forth about an Adele song from her new album, 25. Turkish critics are saying Adele has copied a Turkish song released in 1985 by Ahmet Kaya, who died 15 years ago. Angry Twitter users are claiming the song's melody is almost identical. What do you think?


Pedal power: cycling in Turkey

Pedal power: cycling in Turkey

Cycling through Turkey you'll encounter long winding mountain ways, straight, flat roads across sweeping plains and coastal roads with incredible ocean views. Wherever you want to go in Turkey, from the quiet rural east to the bustling, beach-heavy south and west of the country, don't start your planning until you've read our essential guide to exploring Turkey by bicycle.


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