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The Turkish Food and Drink Starter Guide

We have many travel tips for first-time visitors to Turkey and the first is to delve into the cultural side of Turkish food and drink. The national cuisine of Turkey and its beverages never fails to amaze and delight with its intense diversity of flavours and ingredients. Vegetarians will be...

Posted on 09 June 2017

The Best Beaches on the Aegean Coast of Turkey

Over the last twenty years, Turkey has risen to fame in the travel industry as the ideal beach holiday destination. Providing everything couples, solo travellers and families want for their sandy retreat; the 445 Blue Flag beaches probably take much credit. However, stats exclude scenic, small bays rarely visited by...

Posted on 19 May 2017

Bodrum raises its celebrity appeal and spearheads a resurgence in Turkey’s tourism

Confidence in Bodrum as Turkey’s leading tourist resort has been boosted this summer by the opening of a landmark hotel by Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman combined with the launch of multiple new flights there by a leading British travel firm, said Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property in May....

Posted on 19 May 2017

The Best Holiday Towns on the Turkish Aegean Coast

The Turkish Aegean Coast covers the entire western side of the country. Many say it isn’t as scenic as the Mediterranean coast on the southern side, yet every year thousands of holidaymakers fly into Bodrum and Izmir airports for Turkish sun, sea, and sand. Some of these destinations have also...

Posted on 17 May 2017

Turkey’s First Touristic Submarine takes its Maiden Dive

The Nemo Primero in Antalya that is Turkey’s first touristic submarine has made its maiden voyage to much success and media attention. The 20-meter long and 4-meter wide sub holds up to 48 people, including the crew and can dive down 35 metres for passengers to view underwater shipwrecks and...

Posted on 15 May 2017

Veganism in Turkey is on the Rise

Although the national diet of Turkey has for many centuries heavily included vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains, veganism as an alternative lifestyle was slow to catch on. That is changing, however, with a growing interest in the concept from the younger generation, who once they have tried it are eager...

Posted on 12 May 2017

Iztuzu Beach Turtles of Dalyan Start Their Nesting Season

The famous Iztuzu beach turtles of Dalyan have returned to one of their favourite nesting places in Mediterranean Turkey marking the beginning of the breeding season for 2017. Also known as the endangered Caretta Caretta or loggerheads turtles, the nearby hospital and sanctuary, DEKAMER kicked into action to aid their...

Posted on 10 May 2017

The Best Places to Visit in Aegean Turkey

The Aegean part of Turkey covers the western coastline and includes some inland areas. With an entirely different geographical landscape to its Mediterranean counterpart, it also differs in regional cuisine, traditions, weather climate and of course, the variety of places to visit. Attractions of Aegean Turkey are plentiful and not...

Posted on 06 May 2017

Bodrum Paramount Luxury Hotel Opening in May

On May the 6th 2017, to much hype and international attention, Paramount brings a slice of California to Turkey by opening a new luxury hotel and resort in the Zeytinlikahve Mevki Bay of the Bodrum peninsula. Promising to have a unique identity, inspired by local creativity, and be a living...

Posted on 02 May 2017

Why British vendors have added appeal for some international buyers in Turkey

Sustained exchange rate movement during the past year has made Turkey’s property market especially attractive to buyers with funds in Euros and Dollars, said Spot Blue International Property in March 2017, adding that vendors from the UK could offer some of the best deals right now. British-owned holiday homes being...

Posted on 24 March 2017

Foreigners now exempt of VAT when buying property in Turkey

The Turkish Government has abolished VAT on property purchases for foreign buyers, as the country attempts to attract more international investors. The new law means that foreigners are exempt of VAT on the purchase of either a house or office in Turkey, with the condition that they make their acquisition...

Posted on 07 March 2017

Dip in foreign sales in 2016 fails to dampen Turkish market as a whole

Turkey recorded more property sales in 2016 than in 2015, according to the latest figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute, signalling an ongoing strength in the market. Looking closer, house sales in Turkey increased four per cent year-on-year in 2016, reaching 1.34 million. Unsurprisingly, Istanbul attracted the highest share of...

Posted on 13 February 2017

Why Turkey’s ‘Golden Visa’ scheme could be a boost for its foreign property market

Turkey’s real estate market is poised for a turnaround in international sales this year, thanks to a new citizenship law for foreign investors, said Spot Blue International Property in January, adding that the weakness of the Turkish lira will add to the appeal of investing in Turkish property. Foreigners who...

Posted on 24 January 2017

Turkey woos Azerbaijani investors and calls for $5billion citizenship incentive

Offering citizenship to non-Turks who buy homes in Turkey should double the value of the country’s foreign real estate market, according to property companies who attended a recent exhibition in Azerbaijan. Around 23,000 properties valued at circa $5billion were sold to foreigners in Turkey during 2015, however property firms who...

Posted on 14 December 2016

Turkish citizenship for foreign investors as IAC meeting hailed a success

Foreigners who have invested in Turkey and meet certain conditions could soon be eligible for Turkish citizenship. Under a new scheme announced by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus in November, non-nationals who have made investments of a certain value in property and other fixed assets could become a Turkish...

Posted on 15 November 2016

Turkey’s domestic property market shows resilience during September

House sales in Turkey increased by 17.8 per cent in September compared with the same month last year, according to the latest Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) report. Sales to foreign buyers fell by 27.8 per cent year-on-year in September, but compared to the previous month the fall was just 15...

Posted on 27 October 2016

Signs of turnaround in Turkish market after summer of unrest

Confidence is returning to Turkey’s property market after the drop-off caused by the failed July coup, said Spot Blue International Property in October, adding that house sales rose strongly in August compared to the previous month, spearheaded by Istanbul and popular tourist resorts. New figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute...

Posted on 10 October 2016

UK and USA reiterate valued trade partnerships with Turkey

Turkey’s status as a global investment destination received a boost this month, after the country was endorsed by both the UK and USA. The first seal of approval came when British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson used his first official visit to the country to underline the strong relationship between the...

Posted on 28 September 2016

Turkey tops the global rankings for house price growth in first half of 2016

Two independent surveys have confirmed Turkey’s property market as one of the best performing in the world during the second quarter (Q2) of 2016. Turkey topped Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index for Q2 2016, boasting house price growth of 13.9 per cent between Q2 2015 and Q2 2016. In...

Posted on 21 September 2016

Gulf States continue to drive Turkish market, while UK confirms long-term trade commitment

July’s failed coup appears to have done little to dampen long-term foreign interest in Turkey, after representatives from the Turkish Chambers of Commerce in the UK (TBCCI) expressed their on-going confidence in Turkey, while interest from Gulf nations continues to drive the Turkish property market. Chairman of TBCCI, Emma Edhem,...

Posted on 02 September 2016