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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

The cultural treasures of Besiktas, Istanbul

Travel Tips for Istanbul
The cultural treasures of Besiktas, Istanbul

Besiktas, the European riverside suburb of Istanbul, is a cultural melting pot and the best destination for anyone wanting a discerning stay whilst on a trip to Turkey. Booking a Istanbul vacation apartment in Besiktas is a great way to experience the true essence of Turkish life. Close enough to the action, yet suburban enough to gift some tranquility, Besiktas is home to many important cultural attractions. A much beloved historic suburb, Besiktas was the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a man considered to be Turkey’s most famous national hero. The army commander is credited with single handedly holding back the Anzac troops at Gallipoli, and being the founding father of the Turkish Republic. For a spot of cultural enlightenment, head to the following sites whilst on your Istanbul holiday. Discover the old, the new, and the utterly passionate side of Turkish life, and let the country’s spirit work its magic. Dolmabahçe Sarayı This colossal palace was the headquarters of the Ottoman Empire until 1922 and is one of the highlights on any Istanbul holiday. The largest palace in Turkey spreads over 45,000m² and is a real sight to behold. Sitting on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, this opulent fortress gifts a glimpse ...

The Best Hubs of the Turkey Coast

Travel Tips for Turkey Coast
The Best Hubs of the Turkey Coast

The Turkey Coast is a phenomenal holiday destination for anyone who loves a sparkling sea, enticing historic towns, delectable food and a relaxing and laid-back vibe. That should just about cover everyone we imagine. Greedy Turkey boasts not just one, but three distinctive coastlines, the most popular and best by far being the Turquoise Coast, the western wedge of the Mediterranean. Whilst the Aegean Coasts has no real infrastructure to speak of, and the Black Sea Coast leads to rather chilly waters all year long, the Turkish Mediterranean is that rare but perfect combination of the best a seaside stretch should be. Not as busy as the European Mediterranean, and offering a much more diverse cultural escape to boot, this coast is an absolute dream to visit on a summer vacation. Yet considering the Turquoise Coast is over 1,600kms long, it is sometimes a bit of a challenge for people to decide exactly where on the coast they should go. To this end we’ve compiled this handy guide to the very best nooks of the very best stretch of coastline in southern Turkey, from Kas to Bodrum, in the hope that the hardest thing you’ll do for your next holiday will ...

Mediterranean Bliss in Kalkan, Turkey

Travel Tips for Area: Kalkan
Mediterranean Bliss in Kalkan, Turkey

The Turkish slice of the Mediterranean used to be the unspoilt, undiscovered nook of the glorious summertime destination. Those in the know, who wanted to enjoy the deep blue waters and superlative beaches of the European sea, yet did not want to contend with overcrowding in summer, used to come here on sneaky little vacations, not saying a word to anyone. But word is out, we’re afraid and, merely a decade later, prominent Turkish beach hubs like Antalya, Kas and Kusadasi are now as popular and as visited as any seaside towns in Greece, Italy or France.  Granted they are stunning; but it does narrow down the choice for those who want a little quieter summer treat. Enter Kalkan. This stunning historic seaside town is hidden behind a glorious nook of Mediterranean heaven, somewhere between Kas and Fethiye. It offers all the fun in the sun and surf as anyone could desire, yet also boasts a superlative and historic city centre, making it ideal for anyone who wants to do more than just sun-worship on their Turkish vacation. Consider it a mini-Istanbul! Book your next holiday rental apartment in Kalkan and discover one of the few real hidden gems of the Turkish ...

Discover Designer Heaven in Galata, Istanbul

Travel Tips for Area: Galata
Discover Designer Heaven in Galata, Istanbul

Situated on the northern end of the Golden North, Galata is one of the oldest areas of Istanbul; and often regarded as the city’s trendiest hub. A once walled-in city, Galata offers innumerable dining, shopping and entertaining options, and is the perfect base if an all-rounded holiday is what you have in mind. While the suburb is the renowned home of international designer boutiques, it is also the springboard of some of Turkey’s most exciting couturiers. Stay in one of our Galata holiday rentals, and get your Istanbul flair fix with our guide to the very best Turkish designer shops around. Lãl, 14 Camekan Sokak We absolutely love Lãl! Offering a great glimpse into what is a rather alternative fashion culture, this boutique offers unique leather accessories (think belts, hats & handbags), all detailed using items some may consider junkyard left-overs. We, on the other hand, think the collections here are wearable art pieces, and certainly items you will not find anywhere else. Broken tiles, shattered coloured glass and cut off metal pipes adorn most pieces. Our beloved Lãl items have proven to be many a conversation starter back home, and always for the right reasons. This boutique also specializes in ...

Going out in Beyoglu, Istanbul

Travel Tips for Area: Beyoglu
Going out in Beyoglu, Istanbul

[pinit]Fancy letting your hair down on your next holiday to Istanbul? Well, we suggest you stay right where it’s at and book a holiday rental in Beyoglu, the club and bar hub of the city. Offering plenty of day time attractions as well, Beyoglu is the ideal holiday base no matter how much cheeky fun you’re planning on enjoying! Istanbul is considered by many who visit to be the epitome party town. Trendy bars and clubs abound and it’s easy to understand that, with such a young and energetic population, entertainment and nite-time fun is high on the country’s agenda. Just think that half of Turkey’s population is under the age of 28, and you soon understand why a buzzing centre like Beyoglu is home to so many clubs. While many come and go every other day of the week, there are a few dependable staples. Head to the following bars on your next holiday and, if you drink in moderation, you may even remember your trip! Mojo A constant on the live music scene in Beyoglu is Mojo, a club on Istiklala Caddesi. This joint has been around for almost 20 years, is a great option for those who love ...

Eat Your Heart Out in Taksim, Istanbul

Travel Tips for Area: Taksim
Eat Your Heart Out in Taksim, Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the world’s most mesmerizing capitals. A visit to this contradictory city leaves many people in soulful contemplation, and with an array of unforgettable memories. It may have something to do with the fact that this bustling Turkish gem lies on the border of two continents; but it really does seem Istanbul enjoys its split-personality syndrome. Inherently Turkish yet jovially multicultural, unnervingly hectic yet soothingly tranquil; this East-meets-West city can be all you desire, and more. The suburb of Taksim is considered the heart and soul of Istanbul, and booking a holiday rental apartment here will save you on numerous counts. First of all, having the city’s action outside your front door means you need not battle with Istanbul’s insane traffic and, on an even more crucial point, Taksim is home to the city’s best restaurants! What better way to discover Istanbul...then by eating your way through it? Enjoy the gastronomic assortment Taksim has to offer, by taking your taste buds on a ‘best of’ guided tour of this trendy area. Go on...taste a brand new world! The best view in town To enjoy great food and magnificent views head to 360 Istanbul, an enticing eatery on the western end of ...

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