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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Kas private villa with stunning views ... and own ghost?

One of our consultants saw something strange about this villa.

To the untrained eye it might look like just another Kas property.

But if you look a little closer, there seems to be someone looking in through the doors...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Bodrum's underwater beauty revealed

It turns out that Bodrum's beauty is not just skin deep.

Renowned Japanese photographer Masakazu Akagi recently spent a couple of months in Turkey, as part of his job as private photographer for a Japanese prince (how good does that job sound?!).

He explored the waters around Bodrum with his camera, diving into 100-year-old wrecks and snapping the sealife. You can see a couple of pictures here. Hopefully I can track down a few more pictures soon so we can see more of this underwater world.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Antalya toddler's narrow escape

An Antalya toddler had a very lucky escape after he crawled onto a busy highway in the southern city.

CCTV footage shows the child tottering onto the road, seemingly oblivious to the trucks and cars hurtling past him.

Reports say the tot's mum had left him asleep and was unaware that he was even awake, let alone playing chicken with traffic on a busy road.

See the footage here:

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Turkey's referendum explained

If you've picked up a newspaper or turned on the television this week, chances are you've read something about Turkey's referendum on Sunday. If you're confused about what the prevailing 'yes' vote actually meant, here's a quick rundown.

The population was basically voting to change the country's constitution. Designed to curb the power of the country's military and the judicial bureaucracy in Turkey borne of the 1982 junta-made constitution, the changes mean many people hoping to move to the country will breathe a bit easier knowing the military no longer hold such power in this coup-renowned nation.

The referendum results will likely have far-reaching effects. Domestically, the results pave the way for democratic reforms by preventing the judicial system from obstructing democracy. The outcome was seen as a nod of confidence for the ruling AK Party's foreign policy, and support for the government's foreign policy.

Long term, the referendum amendments means stability for this country, whose history has been punctuated by battles against military rule. With military coups in 1960, 1971 and 1980, it's not hard to see why reforms were needed to curb the military's powerful presence. Now, the military will not be ruled by its own law, as before, but by a common law for all the people.

For many, the most important aspect of the referendum is Turkey's ability to try the military leaders responsible for the 1980 coup, who are no longer immune to the law with which they had shrouded themselves.

With civilian leaders holding more power than before, Turkey's democratic future seems assured.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Sarah's naked ambition in Fethiye

Sarah Shoales isn’t shy about admitting she’s a sun seeker. As long as she can remember, she’s loved lazing about in the sunshine, finding any excuse to top up her tan. What’s more, the Manchester native isn’t shy about her bald quest for an all-over tan.

“There’s nothing quite like the sensation of the sun hitting every inch of your skin,” the forthright 32-year-old says. “It’s a really freeing feeling – like being a child again. I used to play on the beach with nothing on when I was a kid – not much has changed!”

When Sarah bought a Fethiye property to use as a summer holiday home last year, she was initially worried she’d have to change her habits to adapt to a new culture and country. “I did think about covering up,” she admits, “but naturism’s a big part of my life - and where there’s a will there’s a way.” 

Armed with a local map and a like-minded friend, Sarah explored the beaches around Fethiye to find the best places to bare all. She won’t tell us exactly where, but hinted at the long expanse of Patara Beach. With 17 kilometres of sand to frolic on, it’s easy to find a hidden spot. “There are actually a huge number of places for naturists to enjoy around Fethiye,” Sarah says. “Especially when you head away from the tourist areas. It’s definitely not like most of Spain or France’s beaches where you have to fight for a space along the shore.”

So far, she’s avoided ogling eyes, although she once surprised a couple of holidaymakers picnicking in some sand dunes behind the beach. “I’d fallen asleep and when I woke up I was a bit disoriented – I lurched across a sand dune and almost fell over a family. The two little boys were playing in the sand and the parents had their eyes closed. I tiptoed away as one of them shouted ‘that lady’s got no clothes on!’.”

Sarah is optimistic about the future of naturism in Turkey. “The closing of the Adaburnu Hotel was really disappointing – but it’s definitely planted a seed and I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll hear of the naturist movement in this country.”

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Adrenaline in Kas

This story will appeal to anyone daft enough to want to plunge over a sheer rock wall towards a roiling body of water.

Interested? Well, head to the Kas peninsula. Known as one of Turkey's most adventurous spots, visitors to Kas have for years been testing their limits climbing the peninsula's rock faces, scuba diving in its waters, and soaring into the air on parasailing trips.

It's not your typical sun-and-sea holiday activity, that's for sure. But visitors to this beautiful area are usually far from typical. Kas is a rather bohemian part of the country and each year, artists, writers and other creative sorts head to their Kas homes for the summer.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Bono booed as U2 hit Istanbul

U2's frontman is used to being outspoken, but it's a rare day that Bono is booed when he takes the stage.

The Irish superstars played to around 50,000 fans during their first ever show in Turkey, at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Faux pas: sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut. Even if you're Bono.

The concert has coincided with a contraversial point in Turkey's history: on September 12 the country's people will vote on a constitutional referendum that will change the constitution made exactly 30 years ago. The changes will mean civilian courts will be more powerful than their military counterparts, and women and children will have more rights. However, opponents claim the referendum will give the government more control over the courts.

So when Bono spoke after the band's first number (Beautiful Day) about walking from west to east across the Bosphorus with State Minister and EU chief negotiator Egemen Bagis, a strong supporter of the referendum, the crowd reacted with boos and jeers. Ever the charmer, Bono backpedalled with quick assurances that he wouldn't talk politics, and instead began to wax lyrical about Turkey's global importance. Wise move, Bono.

Istanbul is this year's European Capital of Culture, and many see the U2 gig as a jewel in the crown of the city's events.

See a few of the pictures here.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Hugh Grant: rug smuggler

We all know about Hugh Grant’s arrest for his LA liaison back in 1995.

But the flop-haired star has something even worse hidden up his sleeve. Grant has recently confessed to being a rug smuggler.

That’s right – the Four Weddings and a Funeral star told OK Magazine how he once tried to smuggle top Turkish rugs through British customs. He was caught and arrested at the airport for evading duty on imported goods.

"I've been arrested... for smuggling. I smuggled. It was a very long time ago. I was coming back from Antalya with a girlfriend with some rugs. We were such idiots. We came through an airport in the middle of the night and thought no one would check. So we went through (the) 'nothing to declare' (channel), but were stopped.”

The actor and his girlfriend of the moment were arrested and eventually sentenced to death. No – not really. But however did this one get by the paps, Hugh?

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Buying property in Turkey - the hidden costs

So you've found your place in the sun - in the right place and at the right price. But is that it? Any homebuyer knows there are a slew of costs related to buying a home. Here we'll investigate the costs associated with buying a home in Turkey worth £100,000.

You wouldn't buy a car without a test drive, so it goes without saying that you shouldn't buy a home without having a good look around. You can get to know the local area, see a good few properties and decide if this is really somewhere you can call home - even if it is a temporary home during the summer. Some companies offer inspection trips as low as £99 - no matter what your budget. These include flights, a stay in a 5-star hotel, transfers, viewings and even a night out so you get a feel for the social side of the area.

Solicitor's fees

It's imperative you find an independent solicitor to look over your contract, check if the title deeds are legit and, in short - ensuring you're not buying a property that will cause you heartache down the line. Approximate cost: £750.

Notary fee

You will need to have a few documents verified by a notary, including the title deeds, your visa and your passport. This adds up to around £300.

Stamp duty

This is 3% of your property value and must be paid by the buyer.

Military clearance

All property purchases in Turkey must be checked by the department of defence to make sure that the land is not owned, or will not be owned in the future, by the military. This costs around £900 and is valid even if you're buying in a development.


Of course, when you move into your new property, you'll probably want your water, electricity and gas to be running. The cost of setting all these utilities up is around £200.

Estate agents' fees

It's hard to find property in a foreign country on your own. That's why this fee is money well spent. Agents can often knock the price of a property down if they have good relationships with the developers, so often you'll make this money back in the reduced cost of your property.

Ongoing costs

Once you're set up, there are still a number of ongoing costs to consider:
  • 0.3% annual Turkey property tax
  • £60 annual council tax. This is usually paid in two installments (May and November).
  • £250 annual Turkey property insurance (depending on size and location)
  • Communal charges for your development (if applicable). For example, if you have a 2/3 bedroom apartment you can expect to pay between £400 - £600 per annum. This includes pool and garden maintenance and building insurance.