Culture & Traditions

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Ramadan 2017

Here in Turkey we are part-way through Ramadan, or Ramazan, as it is known in Turkish, and you can feel the excitement in the air as people start to think about the holiday that follows it. This year it started on the evening of 26 May, and it will finish the evening of 24 June.  The date of Ramadan is around 11 days earlier each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. After Ramadan there is a…

in Culture & Traditions, History

It’s Tulip Time!

It’s April, and so that means it is officially Tulip Time! Every year in April, Istanbul puts on the International Tulip (Lale) Festival in honour of tulips and the start of Spring.  If you are lucky enough to visit Turkey in April, the moment you leave Ataturk airport you will see them – garden beds full of tulips, providing brilliant splashes of colour in the middle of roundabouts, by the side of motorways, in parks, and in the…

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A trip to the hamam (Turkish Bath)

Top of the list of many visitors to Turkey is a trip to a hamam (Turkish bath), whilst to others it is a potentially terrifying experience. Turkish baths have long held a place in the history and culture of Turkey, and believe us when we say that no trip to Turkey is complete without a trip to a hamam. First things first – some history… Modern day Turkish baths are descendents of Roman and Byzantine…

in Culture & Traditions, History, Places

5 Reasons to Visit Turkey’s Black Sea Region

With scenery so amazing it looks like it belongs on a postcard, alpine lakes, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, charming fishing villages and friendly, welcoming locals, the Black Sea region is one of Turkey’s best kept secrets, yet it is fast becoming a destination of choice for repeat visitors to Turkey and those who want a holiday with a difference, and to get off the beaten track.  Here’s 5 things the Black Sea has to offer you: 1….