Istanbul's Tulip Festival has ancient origins. From as early as the 12th Century, migrating Turkic peoples brought wild varieties of treasured tulips with them from Central Asia to Anatolia. By the 16th Century the elegant blooms were adored by Ottoman society and Istanbul, then widely known ... Read More about Istanbul Tulip Festival 2022. How to enjoy it!
Istanbul at Christmas time makes a great getaway: the city is wintry, festive-feeling (technically for New Year) yet without the Christmas overwhelm that's often found in other parts of the world. The first time I came to Istanbul myself was a mid-December, in the hope of escaping the highly ... Read More about Christmas in Istanbul. A good idea?
International #BookDirect Guest Education Day is 3rd February 2021. Hospitality owners from around the world are coming together to promote the #BookDirect message and explain to potential guests the advantages of booking directly with the owner, rather than through one of the huge Online ... Read More about #BookDirect Day 2021
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, known as Ramazan in Turkish, will run from April 13th to May 12th in 2021. It's a month of fasting, prayer, empathy and celebration across Turkey. Ramadan time in Istanbul has a different atmosphere to the rest of the year. Is it a good time to ... Read More about Ramadan 2021 in Istanbul – is it a good time to visit?
Are you wondering if an autumn visit to Istanbul is a good idea? You might be looking for a half term adventure with the children or perhaps you fancy a more cultural city break, an escape for yourself? We think October's a gorgeous time to visit Istanbul. You can expect balmy weather and ... Read More about 7 tips for an Istanbul city break in October