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Learning to Sail in Turkey

The Bozburun Peninsula is a fabulous place to learn to sail as it has some of the best sailing places in the whole of the Meditteranean. If you want to learn to sail a dingy, Edhem, who runs the Bozburun Yacht Club can teach you to sail whilst you are on your holiday, and also take you out in his classic wooden sailing boat. Edhem is also in charge of the Laser Class Association in the Turkish Sailing Federation.

Learning to Sail in Bozburun
Learning to Sail in Bozburun

Horse Riding in Turkey

Unfortunately some horse ranches in Turkey do not look after their horses well so often visitors who like riding do not go riding whilst in Turkey. This is a shame as there are some very good ranches with well kept horses. If you are staying in Marmaris or on the Bozburun Peninsula, a good local good ranch is the Dornal Ranch. This is run by a German Turkish couple who love their horses and have great expertise so they can accommodate riders of all abilitiies.

Horse Riding on the Bozburun Peninsula
Horse Riding on the Bozburun Peninsula

Using Credit Cards in Turkey

 

Most expensive items like carpets and jewelry etc can be bough by credit card. However it is worth contacting your issuing bank before you travel to indicate that you are going to Turkey and may use their card when on holiday. Otherwise sometimes International credit card transactions from Turkey can be routinely declined due to the high levels of International credit card fraud.

Using Credit Cards in Turkey
Using Credit Cards in Turkey

Getting TL Cash from ATMs

Most large cities like Marmaris have plenty of ATMs where you can use your debit cards to directly get TL cash or Euros from your UK account. There is not a lot of sharing of ATMs between banks in Turkey so you will find a large number of branded banks’ ATMs dotted around places like Marmaris.

HSBC customers can use the Marmaris branch and ATMs to access their accounts in the UK.

Getting TL Cash from ATMs
Getting TL Cash from ATMs

Exchanging money for your Turkish holiday

 

Often the best rates for obtaining Turkish Lira (TL) are post offices if travelling from the UK. If you are staying in rural areas of Turkey, you will find it a cash economy, with most village restaruants only accepting TL cash. In the marinas or more International restaurants credit cards are accepted.

For visitors to the Bozburun Peninsula, Marmaris has a number of foreign exchange shops, although the banks often give the best rates if you are exchanging large amounts, but are much slower service than the exchange shops.

Exchanging money for your Turkish holiday
Exchanging money for your Turkish holiday

Luxury Holiday Villas in Turkey

If you want to experience rural Turkish life but stay in a modern luxury Turkish villa built to European standards, the best selection on the Bozburun Peninsula is available at www.LuxuryVillasTurkey.com

Here you can find an exclusive collection of villas built by creative architects, near the sea, all on the Bozburun Peninsula. All have private pools and are set in individual areas of land – not on large developments surrounded by tourists.

Luxury Holiday Villas in Turkey
Luxury Holiday Villas in Turkey

Wine and Spirits in Turkey

You will find wines and spirits very expensive compared to normal EU prices, this is almost entirely due to the high indirect taxes levied on some forms of alcohol. If you fancy your favourite spirit in Turkey, a good tip is to buy it at duty free in the UK airport or on the plane over.

Efes is the national beer, so is reasonably priced and the national spirit Raki is also reasonably priced. As like the UK, the best prices to buy wine and spirits in Turkey are normally the big supermarkets in Marmaris like Kippa (Tesco).

Efes Beer, The National Beer
Efes Beer, The National Beer

Dalaman Airport – the most expensive airport in the world?

It is a real shame for the Turkish tourist agency that the last experience of many visitors leaving Turkey through Dalaman airport is getting ripped off at the airport for food and drinks. The prices at Dalaman are simply astonishing. A tip to avoid being ripped off here is to take your own food with you to eat at the airport. The security team at the entrance to the airport will let you take food and drink through the scanners at the main gates.

However, as of 2010 season the second level of security scanning has been moved from the individual gates to just before you pass through immigration, after you have checked in. At this point they will confiscate all drinks but allow food through so make sure you have drunk any drinks before this point. This way, you will only be ripped off for drinks in the airport. Interestingly food and drinks at the Dalaman domestic terminal are far more reasonable that at the International terminal…..draw your own conclusions from that.

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Dalaman Airport - the most expensive airport in the world?
Dalaman Airport – the most expensive airport in the world?

Gulet Cruises in Turkey

“There is nothing quite like messing around in boats” – certainly that is true for the traditional Turkish wooden Gulet that cruise around the Bozburun Peninsula and nearby Greek islands of Symi, Tilos and Rhodes. The best place for organizing Gulet cruises from Bozburun is at www.gulet.org where you can book a Private Gulet Cruise directly with the Bozburun Gulet owners, saving money and hassle dealing through the large travel agencies. They have a wide choice of over 25 Gulets ranging from simple 3 cabin Gulets to enormous luxurious 5 star Gulets with 11 cabins.

Gulet Cruises in Turkey
Gulet Cruises in Turkey

PADI diving courses

Turkey is an excellent place to turn to scuba dive, with high water temperatures and crystal clear water. In Marmaris and Icmeler there are a number of highly regarded PADI diving centres where you can learn, or do refresher dives, or group dives for experienced divers.

You can save money with most of these companies if you contact them before you arrive in Turkey and book ahead your diving days. You can normally get a discount compared to just turning up and paying the daily rate.

PADI Diving in Turkey
PADI Diving in Turkey

Unspoilt Turkey – Recommended Places to Stay

If you are looking to experience the real unspoilt Turkey, away from the mass tourist centres, you should check out the luxurious Turkish villas on the Bozburun Peninsula. This is often referred to as a living museum as strict laws on conservation limit developments as the whole peninsula is classed as a place of natural beauty, and closely protected by the Government. To fid out more about the villages that are scattered along the peninsula please browse www.bozburunpeninsula.com

Unspoilt Turkey
Unspoilt Turkey

Buying land or property on the Bozburun Peninsula

Many visitors who stay on the Bozburun Peninsula like to dream about having a place or land in the sun. Whilst this is achievable in other Turkish areas, the latest change in Turkish law means that no foreigner can now legally own land or property anywhere on the peninsula, either as an individual or as a director of a Turkish company. Only Turkish citizens can buy. Please be aware that many foreigners have already lost their life savings trying to do this – do not lose yours as well.

Also the Governmet is demolishing many illegal houses built on the peninsula and charging the ‘owners’ for this. Do not let your dream turn into a nightmare. These restrictions do not apply to areas that have a ‘village plan’, ie Marmaris, Akyaka, Bodrum etc.

Buying Land on the Peninsula
Buying Land on the Peninsula

Fishing Trips in Turkey

Whilst going out on a traditional Turkish fishing boat sounds a wonderful way to spend a day, the reality is that all fishing boats that take guests out on fishing trips have to be registered with the Government. For visitors staying on the Bozburun Peninsula there are official fishing charter boats operating out of Marmaris and the surrounding area.

Fishing Trips in Turkey

Car Hire in Turkey

Like airport transfers, official car hire companies pay large premiums to the Government to cover customer insurance, and their vehicles are well maintained and inspected. If you are staying in a rural part of Turkey, you might be approached to hire a car from a private car owner. In Turkey, it is the car that is insured, not the driver, so in this case the level of insurance is almost certainly not going to be as comprehensive as an official car hire company. Also please do not hire a scooter or bike as these have very high accident rates in Turkey.

Car Hire in Turkey
Car Hire in Turkey

Getting Airport Transfers in Turkey

Be very careful when organizing transfers, particularly with people you do not know. The Turkish Tourism authorities have a strict system for licensing official transfer companies. These transfer companies have to pay large premiums for extra insurance and all transfer vehicles are regularly inspected. If you organize your transfers through these companies your trip will be fully insured. If you get a transfer by a casual or private car owner, you will not be insured to the same extent, if at all.

Airport Transfers in Turkey
Airport Transfers in Turkey

Travel Insurance

Turkey is NOT part of the EU so the common EU insurance E111 is NOT valid when in Turkey. Please ensure that your travel insurance covers Turkey if you have general Europe cover (it normally does). Also if you plan to do any sporting activities like paragliding or scuba diving (PADI) during your stay make sure that you have extra cover for these activities.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance

Extended stays on a Tourist Visa

The normal tourist visa issued at the entry airport is valid for three months. If you are an extended trip or planning to stay over three months, one common tip used by many is to leave the country and visit Greece for a day. On your return you can buy a new three month visa on entry. For visiors staying on the Bozburun Peninsula, a common tip is to use the ferry that runs from Marmaris to Rhodes. This runs frequently through the high season and only takes about one hour so you can enjoy a day out in Rhodes and get a new three month visa on your return.

Extended stays on a Tourist Visa

Turkish Residents Visa

If you are a director of a Turkish company or living in Turkey, it is better to have a residents visa from the Turkish authorities. If you own land or property and have a tapu (deeds) in your name, it is a fairly straightforward, if slow process. Visas are available in one, three and five years duration. The taxes payable for a five year visa (as of May 2010) are 4100 TL.

Turkish Residents Visa

Entry Visa to Turkey

Visitors arriving in Turkey from the UK can simply buy a tourist visa at the airport. Currently this is £10 per person and is valid for three months including multiple visits during that period.

Entry Visa to Turkey

Entry Visa to Turkey
Entry Visa to Turkey