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It's hard not to fall in love with Bodrum. Lying on the sun-drenched shores of the Aegean, Bodrum’s historic charm and alluring array of peninsular resorts offers the ideal mix of the traditional and the contemporary.

The pretty town of Gocek, 20 minutes drive from Dalaman Airport, is referred to by many as Turkey's equivalent of St Tropez. It's one of those places where the stars take a stroll around town trying to look inconspicuous, shop in designer boutiques or live it up in their luxury property in Gocek Hills or on beautiful Venician style developments with moorings for their dinghy's.

Whether you are a seasoned pro looking to replicate the fix from your last venture, or a beginner who is wondering what all the hype is about, Turkey delivers expertise, out of this world locations, and an addictive thrill factor in bucket loads.

These days most Turks scoff at superstitions and have come to regard them as funny or, on the odd occasion, totally absurd. For newcomers to the country though, they give a perfect insight into rural and urban beliefs from days gone by.

Turkey has hundreds of age-old superstitions, and in most cases, the origin is hard to trace. The beliefs also vary from region to region. So, do Turks believe and practise them?

While there are some common traditions including tea, the love of food, and daily greetings, regional customs and traditions vary greatly and learning about them is a terrific way of seeing Turkey beyond the pages of a travel book.

Fethiye is one of the most diverse coastal regions in Turkey. Although it's unlikely you will avoid all signs of tourist life, there are a few locations you can go to find a little peace and tranquility.

Turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations this year with over 40 million tourists expected - and for good reason. Turkey's warm welcome, pristine beaches, wonderful climate, affordability and wealth of family friendly resorts is hard to beat.

In the last year, train travel in Turkey has made an unexpected comeback as the most popular domestic tourism trend and word is spreading among international travellers.

Any first-time visitor who wants to learn more about Turkey is in for a pleasant surprise. From people to places, a mass of quirky and unknown facts will peak your interest, and to get started our introduction will also cement any burning desire to visit the country.

Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister, Dr. Numan Kurtulmus, declared 2018 "The Year of Troy" in support of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It is his hope that celebrations will help promote cultural sites and encourage visitors to Turkey.

Art is seemingly everywhere in Istanbul from the sing song of the call out of various street sellers to the incredible architecture and traditional tile work all around.

Most Turkish cities and resorts carry on as normal during Ramadan. Those that do fast normally do so with dignity - you won't know they are fasting. Drinks (including alcohol) are still served and the fabulous food Turkey is famed for still dished up in tourist resorts with a smile.

Expat living in Turkey is a subtle blend of good and bad. Most of the time, the dream of an expat life by the sea can be fully indulged in, as we soak up the gorgeous weather, dine al fresco and enjoy a laidback lifestyle.

Every day, across the country, Turks drink thousands of glasses. Starting with at least two cups, alongside a traditional Turkish breakfast, in business and offices, a brew is on the boil for most of the day.

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