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‘An unforgettable rail journey’: my night on the Istanbul-Sofia Express
The overnight service from Turkey to Bulgaria started running again this year and was voted one of the world’s best journeys for 2023 by Lonely Planet

Tom Hall

22, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Wish you weren’t here: the photos that show an hour in the life of ‘quiet’ tourist hotspots
Travellers trek to remote destinations in search of Instagram-worthy photos. But at what cost? Photographer Natacha de Mahieu visualises the impact of overtourism

Rebecca Liu

20, Aug, 2022 @12:00 PM

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A local’s guide to Istanbul: mosques, slow-cooked kebabs and the magnificent Bosphorus
The author celebrates new open spaces along the Golden Horn, and picks the best places to eat, shop and be inspired by the city’s rich history

Lisa Morrow

08, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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10 of Mediterranean Turkey’s best boutique hotels
With Turkey now on the amber list, our pick of characterful properties – from beach getaways to hillside retreats – offers ideas for low-key holidays

Annabelle Thorpe

17, Sep, 2021 @3:54 PM

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Istanbul: a virtual tour through books, film, food and music
Crime writer Barbara Nadel explores the ‘vibrant but maddening megacity’ that inspires her books

27, Jan, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Thousands of holidays cancelled as Turkey added to Covid quarantine list
Up to 50,000 half-term and winter-sun breaks will be scrapped as UK government closes Turkey travel corridor in surprise move

Antonia Wilson

02, Oct, 2020 @3:31 PM

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10 of the best books set in Turkey - that will take you there
These novels – and one classical epic – evoke the cities, landscapes and cultures of Turkey ‘you’re unlikely to find on a beach holiday’

Jeremy Seal

21, Jul, 2020 @5:30 AM

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I cycled across Europe to Istanbul – and learned to live in the moment
On this epic slow ride to Istanbul, following the Rhine and Danube rivers, our writer ‘turned the pedals and waited for the world to unfold’

Helen Moat

16, May, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Women-only tour of Turkey helps change local women’s fortunes
We celebrate International Women’s Day with a trip highlighting social enterprise and women-led business, that also takes in the sights of Istanbul, the Antalya coast and Cappadocia

Joanna Booth

08, Mar, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Istanbul ferries now cross the Bosphorus through the night
The launch of a 24-hour weekend ferry linking European and Asian sides of the city means Istanbulites need not be stranded on the wrong continent after a night out

Sami Kent

02, Mar, 2020 @1:33 PM

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Last orders: Istanbul’s historic fish sandwich boats shut down by authorities
The closing of the last three balık ekmek boats on the Golden Horn marks the end of an Istanbul culinary tradition

Sami Kent

01, Nov, 2019 @1:00 PM

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As a lost child in Turkey I found refuge on an imaginary mountain | Elif Shafak
When I felt misplaced in my new world, the legends of Mount Qaf gave me a place of endless possibilities and uncensored words, says novelist Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

26, Aug, 2019 @7:00 AM

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