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Ten ways to experience Istanbul like a local

The only city in the world that straddles two continents: Istanbul. Its strategic position on the Bosphorus, a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, was a prized possession since ancient times. Many wars were fought in this area and Istanbul (or Constantinople as it was then known) was occupied by a […]

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A tour of Eastern Turkey

Eastern Turkey is a wild and rugged region with a colourful history and a rich cultural heritage. The region boasts some of Turkey’s most spectacular nature and treasured historical monuments, as well as some of the most friendly and hospitable people any visitor will ever meet. The two-week tour of eastern Turkey I embarked on […]

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Unforgettable walks in Turkey

Turkey has significantly increased in popularity as a holiday destination in the past year. That’s great news as the country has so much to offer – from the exotic charm of Istanbul to the gleaming white beaches of the Turquoise Coast, and from the majestic beauty of Mount Ararat to the archeological gem of Ephesus, […]

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Enchanting spots: Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul

The Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul graces the shoreline of the Bosphorus and is an awe-inspiring showcase of the immense wealth of the Ottoman Empire. The Empire stretched across three continents (Europe, Western Asia and North Africa) during its pinnacle in the 16th and 17th centuries.The Dolmabahçe Palace served as the Empire’s administrative centre in the […]

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Enchanting spots: Cappadocia

Cappadocia is arguably one of the most fascinating regions in Turkey. Located near the city of Kayseri in the centre of Turkey, Cappadocia has a multitude of historical and cultural monuments, but is most famous for its unique geological features. The region was formed by a combination of deposits from rivers and volcanic eruptions. The […]

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Enchanting spots: Mount Nemrud, Turkey

The incredible statues of Mount Nemrud or Nemrut (Nemrud Dagi in Turkish) are located at the top of the 2,134 meter peak of Mount Nemrud, near the city of Adiyaman in Southeastern Turkey. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the highlights of a trip to Turkey. In the 1st century BC, King […]

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