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Modern Architecture in Istanbul and buildings That Portray It

Modern Architecture in Istanbul and buildings That Portray It

New styles and trends are born in cities, and the modern architecture of Istanbul isn’t an exception to this rule. Previously only renowned for its historical landmarks like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque, new constructions portray the latest in architectural trends and are the brainchild of many esteemed international and Turkish architects. So which buildings are changing the face of the city’s urban landscape and skyline?

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How to eat your way around Istanbul in a day

How to eat your way around Istanbul in a day

What better way to devote the daylight hours than to the pursuit of culinary pleasure? Our suggestions for a day of eating your way around Turkey's largest city leave no gastronomic stone unturned. Explore some of the finest food available on Istanbul's streets. Bon appetit - or as they say in Turkey, afiyet olsun!


A Turkey for everyone

A Turkey for everyone

Soak up the sun, take in a ruined castle or just drink in the atmosphere: in Turkey, there is a destination for every traveller. From the romance of Kalkan to the sunny Side beaches and the ever-popular Oludeniz beach, we explore some of Turkey's best-loved tourist destinations and show that whatever your preference, there's a place for you.

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Why Ataturk's legacy still looms large in Turkey

Why Ataturk's legacy still looms large in Turkey

Most readers probably need no introduction to one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the man who founded the Turkish Republic in 1923. You will find his statue dominating every town square in Turkey, home to thousands of such monuments, as well as his framed portrait adorning just about any workplace or office you are likely to visit.

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6 reasons we LOVE Side, Turkey

6 reasons we LOVE Side, Turkey

Sunny Side is just a short hop from Antalya Airport. Its handy location, as well as it's lovely beach and conveniently centred ruins, have ensured this small town's enduring popularity with tourists and expats. From water sports to ancient historical sites, we explore some of the reasons we love this Mediterranean town.


Antalya Information: City and Holiday Resort Area Guide

Antalya Information: City and Holiday Resort Area Guide

Antalya, a Mediterranean delight, is a large province of south Turkey that excels in tourism, foreign house sales and expat living. Comprising of the city centre, and many smaller seaside resorts, its reputation for shopping, nightlife, amazing touristic attractions has earned it the title of second most popular destination in the country. This Antalya information guide is an in-depth introduction, but to know more about it, seeing and experiencing it first hand is recommended.


Kalkan Information: Complete Area Guide and Resort Info

Kalkan Information: Complete Area Guide and Resort Info

Kalkan is an enchanting place. Rising from a quaint fishing town, and trading port to an elite sector of Turkey’s real estate and tourism industries, it stands in a league of its own. While other Turkish coastal resorts garnered fame because of their colossal size and round-the-clock atmosphere, Kalkan established a more low-key identity. These days, it’s small size and exclusive, discreet reputation makes it a desirable place for holidays and permanent year-round living.


Why you should visit Giresun, where legends are born

Why you should visit Giresun, where legends are born

As tourists begin to explore the full potential of what Turkey has to offer, they're discovering places like Giresun Island, on the Black Sea coast. It's the spot where Jason supposedly hunted for the Golden Fleece. Today, it's a beautiful, quiet nature spot, ideal for a visit as you travel the intriguing Black Sea coast.


Starlit musical magic: Gumusluk's music festival

Starlit musical magic: Gumusluk's music festival

In August, the International Gumusluk Classical Music festival lights up the quiet Bodrum seaside town of Gumusluk. Marie Coggin writes about the festival's transformation from it humble beginnings behind the bus station to the glitzy affair it's become today. However, the magic, music and humour of the performances remain unchanged.


11 things you never knew about Turkish cay

11 things you never knew about Turkish cay

Turks drink tea at any opportunity. In fact, they go through a whopping three kilos of it each year, drinking it at home, work, and in cafes and restaurants. We explore the Turkish traditions and customs behind the popular drink, and let you in on a few little-known facts about the drink.

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A Useful Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

A Useful Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

We hope that by writing an expat guide to living in Turkey, all our customers who have plans to move to the country on a permanent basis will have a useful system to follow. However, while we have many hints, tips, guides, and bucket loads of advice, it is worth mentioning that some characteristics will stand you in good stead during the first year of living in Turkey as an expat.


A vineyard for all seasons: visiting Bodrum's Mor Salkim

A vineyard for all seasons: visiting Bodrum's Mor Salkim

Wine lovers venturing outside the Bodrum peninsula will be richly rewarded: Mor Salkim's 96,000 square metres yield the varieties Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bornova Misketi. Turkey's growing reputation as a wine producing country might surprise some - but many historians believe wine began in the country, thousands of years ago.


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