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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Exploring Antalya's forbidden underground cave



An enormous subterranean cave in Antalya is being properly explored for the first time.

A team from Antalya Akedeniz University is surveying Suluin cave, located in the southern Taurus Mountains. They’re measuring its depth and taking pictures in order to further study the area. As yet, it’s unknown just how deep the cave goes.

Suluin Cave's interior

Diving in the cave has been forbidden since 1955, when two American divers died while exploring the mysterious cave, thought to be the largest on the Asian continent.

Suluin cave is part of an enormous underground cave system, and very little of the system has been properly explored. It’s thought that thorough examination of the cave may yield some important information – and some hopefuls are even anticipating that the network’s underground reservoirs may be a solution to Antalya’s water shortages.

Underwater cave diving is very difficult from diving in the sea, and the slightest mistake can result in death. It’s an activity that’s not for the faint-hearted, but explorers consider the incredible underground landscape to be worth the risk.

See the BBC video here.


           

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Good nudes for naturists

Nudists everywhere are rejoicing at the news that Turkey is about to open its first naturist hotel.
The Adaburnu Golmar Hotel in Marmaris opens next week, and offers hours of naked fun in its large grounds and at its own private nudist beach.
Guests can dine naked, swim naked, play boardgames naked – you get the idea. Oddly, guests will have to cover up indoors. Perhaps the furniture isn’t wipe clean.
 
The beach directly in front of the hotel is public, and therefore off-limits to nudists, but the resort has its own private beach 20 minutes away and will shuttle keen naturists to and fro. The beach has plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas –important if you’re exposing so much of yourself to the sun – and as well as roaming goats and chickens belonging to hotel owners. Very rustic.
Comments posted online are largely supportive of the venture.
“This is a brave venture for Turkey - I hope it does well, even starts a trend,” says Bill from Uxbridge, UK.

"I hope they open one near my holiday home in Fethiye - my kids usually tell me to put it away while we're there!" says Alison of Oxbridge, UK.
“Great news! Like your body? Show it!” enthuses Sara from Alabama, USA.
Not everyone is happy with this move – a progressive one for the mostly Muslim country.
Gill from California says she’s no prude but she thinks humankind should remain covered up.
“I do not wish to look at a person's privates - often there are leakages and so forth. I have seen many nudes on beaches in Greece and Ibiza and also yes the UK at Brighton, and some of them were not a pretty sight at all. Not all your bronzed gods and goddesses were on display - it was more like white as a sheet with veins protruding and bony parts. ... Ugh, cover it all up.”

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Noah's Ark found in Turkey



A team of "evangelical explorers" believe they have found Noah's Ark on Mt Ararat, in Eastern Turkey.

What do you think? Fact, or fiction?




Monday, 26 April 2010

Turkey’s very own Macchu Pichu


High in the Taurus Mountains, Termessos is Turkey's own Macchu Pichu.

High in the Taurus Mountains, the ruined city of Termessos is probably Turkey’s most spectacularly sited historical spot. A picturesque, rustic site, at 1000 metres above sea level and 34 kilometres from Antalya City, it really is off the beaten track for most visitors.

Once inhabited by the Termessians, it has the distinction of being the only city that Alexander the Great did not capture in his rampage across the continent in 333 BC. History tells us that Alexander did not fail to take the mountaintop settlement, but chose not to – the isolated city was of no use to the Persian navy.


The road to Termessos is dotted with tombs.

After Alexander’s death there were wars between the leader’s successors. One of his generals, Alcetas, became trapped at Termessos by another general, Antigonus. Alcetas was revered by the younger generation of the city but was betrayed to Antigonus by the settlement’s senior citizens. Alcetas killed himself rather than submit to Antigonus, and was later given a hero’s burial by the city’s youth. The lion sarcophagus at the site is thought to be Alcetas’ final resting place.

Termessos became part of the Roman empire, but remained much of its autonomy – its coins, for example, never bore images of Roman emperors, quite remarkable in these times. Most of the city’s buildings were built during its Roman period, including a theatre, gymnasium, temples and a huge cemetery.

Termessos' theatre was built in Roman times.

The city was abandoned between the fifth and seventh centuries, probably due to earthquakes and the city’s remoteness. It’s remained abandoned since this time – explaining the area’s pristine state.

It’s difficult to visit Termessos unless you have your own transport. If you’re the active type, however, you can get a bus (the one that runs between Antalya Bus Station and Korkuteli) which will drop you off at a junction. From there, it’s a nine kilometre uphill walk to the site – that’s about two hours of steady walking. You can always take a taxi from the junction, but this will be expensive. From the carpark up the top, it’s another 20 minute walk to the site itself. No wonder Alexander never made it up here – he was probably too tired!

The last Antalya-bound bus departs from the junction at 6pm.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Top British golfer to tee off in Turkey

One of England’s all-time best female golfers, Laura Davies, is the one to watch at the Turkish Ladies Open Championship on May 7.

Davies is the current leader on the Ladies European Tour Money List, and now she’s hoping the open will bag her her 71st international win.



Not only known for her wins on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, Davies’s swing is legendary and she’s said to be the longest hitter in women’s golfing history. This incredible strength, coupled with her focus around the greens, has earned her accolades and adoration around the world.

The Coventry-born sports star will face a talented field of 108 of the best female golfers in the world, who are travelling from 25 countries to compete. Other stars include Sweden’s Carin Koch, Germany’s Anja Monke, England’s Becky Brewerton and Denmark’s Iben Tinning.

Belek’s National Golf Club has endured an intensive course-conditioning programme in preparation for the event. The championship course at the club was designed by Ryder Cup player David Feherty.

Spectators are welcome to watch the tournament, which starts with a Pro-Am tournament on May 6, followed by competition rounds on May 7 and 8. The top 60 players following these two rounds will vie for the top spot in the May 9 final. It’s free to go along and watch – great news for anyone with golf property in Belek!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

What not to wear in Turkey

Although most Turks are Muslims, Turkey is a modern country with a secular society. Many Muslim women in Turkey (around 30 per cent of the female population) dress in a headscarf and a long tunic when they go out in public, in order to observe Islamic law but also to stay within the bounds of Turkish law, which prohibits religious garb in public places.

Wearing burqa is illegal under Turkish law, and even wearing a headscarf is becoming rather controversial.
So how should a Western tourist dress in Turkey? Not that much differently than at home; just use your common sense. However, if you don’t have any common sense, read our handy guide below:
You can let it all hang out on Turkey's touristy beaches

On the beach
In the touristy spots in the Aegean and the Mediterranean, you can wear just about anything – but use your common sense. Nudity is illegal, but some people do flout the laws (and their flesh) and nothing is really done about it. Bear (or ‘bare’) in mind that you’re likely to have your picture taken by curious onlookers!


 City chic is the order of the day in Turkish centres
In the city
Would you walk down the streets of London, Paris or New York in a bikini? I thought not. It’s the same in Turkish cities. Cover up, and make an effort to look smart casual. Turkey’s cities, especially Istanbul and Ankara, are stylish centres. You will look out of place in a sarong or a scruffy pair of shorts.
Everyone must cover their head in the mosque - even if you're the queen.


In the mosque
If you’re visiting one of Turkey’s many mosques, remember that clean and modest dress is usually required. While they’re fine on the beach, displaying thighs, upper arms, shoulders and bellies should be covered up. Women may need a headscarf to cover their head. It’s a good idea to carry a light, elegant Turkish headscarf with you in case the occasion arises. They’re also great for deflecting the rays of the mid-summer sunshine. Men: put your legs away; shorts are not acceptable in the mosque.
 "Aren't you glad you decided to wear matching socks, darling?"


At a restaurant
In the more upmarket restaurants, dress is a little more formal than in most Western countries. Avoid wearing shorts to nice restaurants. The Turks often wear dinner jackets, you may wish to follow suit. When the sun goes down, Turkish women really dress up, but you’ll very rarely see plunging necklines and bare arms.
Take your cue from her: don't wear a bikini in rural Turkey.
In rural areas
Away from the crowds of tourists, in Turkey’s more isolated areas, especially in Central and Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea coast, women should dress with care. Wearing long-sleeved tops, trousers and long skirts is a sign of respect and people will appreciate your efforts to blend in. A headscarf and the Turkish baggy trousers (salvar) may be a good idea. Look at the local women to get an idea of what you should be wearing.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Eruption special

Thousands of tourists have been left stuck in Turkey as volcanic ash clouds from Mt Eyjafjallajoekull show no signs of dispersing.


The ash cloud is covering a great deal of Western and Northern Europe, disrupting flights and leaving many stranded. It’s been five days since European air space was first closed to air traffic.

Eyjafjallajoekull: The root of Europe's travel chaos.


Flights from Istanbul, Antalya and Fethiye travelling to many European cities have been cancelled, and hotels are quickly filling up as passengers wait for the dust to settle. Thousands more are camping at the airport: sleeping on benches and floors as they wait for any hope of removal.

A number of high-profile visitors have been affected by the eruption. Estonian President Toomas Hendrick Ilves, who was visiting Turkey on a week-long working tour, has been forced to drive back home to Estonia. Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who was travelling from Afghanistan to Germany with a number of injured soldiers, has been diverted to Turkey, where he and his charges remain. The soldiers have been taken to the American Hospital.

Meanwhile, hundreds of children travelling to Turkey for the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day festivities on Friday have had their plans disrupted. A planeload of children from Mexico have been stranded at Amsterdam Airport for the past two days, while Bulgarian children are enduring a long bus ride to make the event. Around 1000 children from 41 countries are expected to attend the event.

Rail, bus and ferry routes are experiencing increased demand, and most operators are adding new vehicles to the routes wherever possible.

Analysts are divided on the negative health effects the ash cloud will bring to the country. Some say the ash cloud will appear over Turkey this week, bringing with it acid rain. However, others believe the cloud will bypass Turkey altogether. The cloud has reached Austria, bringing with it lowered temperatures thanks to the particles blocking out the sun.

Turkey’s Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim has promised that the thousands of stranded passengers will receive the best hospitality possible in such trying circumstances, and the Ministry of Transportation is currently working to find alternative routes for passengers who urgently need to fly home. A number of tourism companies have also organised bus trips to help tourists leave the country.


Friday, 16 April 2010

Travel photography

If you like travel photography, you'll love these pictures from the Guardian.


This is the Turkey that most travellers don't see.



Getting high in Antalya


As the warmer weather approaches, outdoor activities beckon.

While many people’s idea of summer fun means hitting the beach, browsing the markets and floating about on a lilo, some people prefer the rush you can get from high-adrenaline activities.
Here, we offer three ways to get high in Antalya – all perfectly legal, of course!
 
High level rope course
This is your chance to find out how Tarzan felt when he swung through the tree tops. Turkey’s first high-level rope course is set in a pine forest near beautiful Kemer. The intrepid thrill-seekers who visit Adventure Forest are treated to seven rope courses that stretch high into the pines.
Climb the ladder and presto! You’re in the tree tops. You must then traverse rope and wire bridges to get to the next tree platform. Naturally, you’re wearing a safety harness so any reckless manoeuvres will not end in death; just a gentle swing back to earth.
Each successive course offers a progressively greater challenge, so you can really test yourself to see if you’ve improved on the previous course. And thrillingly, each course ends with a zip wire – you just clip your harness onto the wire, grip the rope below it, and launch yourself off.

Rock climbing
This definitely notches the fear factor up a level. The village of Geyikbayiri, 25 kilometres west of Antalya City, is Turkey’s number one rock climbing spot. Since it was first opened for climbing in 2000, the main cliff has become a network of bolted routes that attract daredevil climbers from all around the world.
Unlike the tree top adventure course, where anyone can have a go, you’ll need to be experienced and have your own equipment before tackling the cliffs at Geyikbayiri. Saying that though, you’ll be able to find an instructor at nearby Olympos Beach.
If you do have the right know-how and equipment, the routes at Geyikbayiri range from a little bit challenging to extremely formidable (UIAA grades five to 11).

Hiking
OK, it may not sound adventurous. But at a height of more than 2700 metres, hiking Bronze Mountain (Tunc Dagi) is a formidable challenge. The best time to climb the peak is at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, when the rocks and scree are still covered by snow. It will take you around three hours’ of hard slog to reach the summit ridge. Then, you scramble up a rocky outcrop to the summit. The views are spectacular, and you’ll be able to see Mt Olympos, the Mediterranean and the across to Antalya. It’s possible to walk to the peak and back in around five hours.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Talk about shopping in Turkey


"Bring me a present from Turkey!"

But what to buy? If you're not a careful shopper, you may end up with a cheap model of the Blue Mosque, or a second-rate carpet. Here's our guide to the goods you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else other than in Turkey.

                 Alabaster is fine and delicate.

Alabaster

Turkish alabaster is a fine, translucent and light stone with stripes of pastel colour that lend it a pretty, delicate appearance. It’s used to make bowls, plates, chess sets, egg cups, vases and a number of other household items. Quality varies, but prices start at around five lira.

If you’re in Istanbul look around the Grand Bazaar, and in Cappadocia head to Avanos.

            A long history means antiques galore.

Antiques

Turkey’s long history means there’s no shortage of fine antiques all over the country. However, the best antique stores can be found in Istanbul, the centre of Turkey’s antique trade. Head to the Grand Bazaar’s central Old Bazaar section, where antique-hunters have haggled over precious goods for over a thousand years. You can also try Beyoglu’s Cukurcuma area, especially Faik Pasa Sokak and Cukurcuma Caddesi. The shops here hold a wealth of old prints, paintings, maps, furniture and weaponry.

The best antique bookshop can be found on Galipdede Caddesi at the Librairie de Pera. You can also try the Old Book Bazaar, which is between the Grand Bazaar and the Beyazit Mosque.

Please bear in mind that you may NOT buy anything that is over 100 years old. This is called an antiquity and if you buy it you are breaking the law. Ask to see the documentation if necessary, or if possible take the object to a museum.

            Copper can be found all over Turkey.

Copper

Copper was very popular during Ottoman times, so you may find a few old copper bowls, plates, cups, pots and dishes around Turkey’s markets and bazaars, although the older items are becoming rarer to find. It’s still possible to find some fine, heavy pieces but most likely you’ll come across modern copies made of much thinner copper. These items are attractive and relatively cheap, but note that these items should not be used for cooking, as copper is poisonous. Once again, head to the Grand Bazaar for the best collection of copper goods.

           Turkish carpets are bold and beautiful.

Carpets

Carpets are one of Turkey’s most famous products. Everywhere you’ll go, you’ll find a wealth of carpets in every colour under the sun. But be aware: many of these so-called ‘Turkish rugs’ are actually made in China or India! 

If you'd like to find out how how to distinguish quality carpets from mass-produced, unTurkish carpets, have a gander here.
            Ward off bad luck with a nazar bonjuk

Nazar Bonjuk

This ‘evil eye’ talisman is a Turkish good-luck charm, and offers protection against the evil-eye curse, where an ill-wisher can turn their evil eye upon another and curse them. Of course, this won’t happen to you if you buy one of these blue glass ‘eyes’, which ‘look’ straight at the ill-wisher and thwart any wrongdoing. The talisman have been crafted for generations and are an integral part of Turkish legend and folklore.

While few people believe in the susperstition of the evil eye these days, the glass eyes are still widely produced and remain an affordable and pretty token. Nazar Bonjuk are produced all round Turkey and you’ll be able to pick one up at any bazaar or craft shop. They’re made from blown glass and come in all shapes and sizes.

                 Elegant earrings from Istanbul.

Jewellery

Turkey is a great place to pick up big, chunky necklaces, old brooches, earrings and rings. Old or new, there’s plenty of variety to be found in any bazaar. If you’re buying silver or gold, look carefully for the hallmark. Otherwise you may be duped into buying an expensive imitation of the real thing. Head to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market and fill your boots with sparkling, shining jewellery.

            Kilims are woven rather than knotted.

Kilims

These woven mats can be found all over Turkey and are recognisable by their bold patterns and bright colours. They are distinct from Turkish carpets in that they are woven, while carpets are knotted. Kilims were once seen as poor imitations of Turkish carpets, and were priced as such, but these days kilims are highly prized for their intricate designs and quality craftwork. Just like buying a carpet, you get what you pay for with kilims.

                 From classic designs to ... this.

Leather

You can find leather work in all parts of Turkey. Although Istanbul is the centre of the leather industry, each area around Turkey has its own special way of treating or designing the leather. Be prepared to pay more for quality goods.

                   Delicately engraved meerschaum.

Meerschaum

This soft, white stone can be found all around Turkey, usually in the form of pipes, cigarette holders and jewellery.

             Bursa's silk is famous worldwide.

Bursa Silk

Silk has been a hallmark of Turkey’s trade for centuries, and Bursa silk is the most highly prized. Silkworms are fed mulberry leaves and then brought to Bursa each May to be auctioned off. The fine thread of the cocoons is unwound, and woven into scarves, shirts, dresses – you name it. Head to Bursa’s covered market and haggle your way to a silky bargain.

Harbiye, near Antakya is also a centre of silk weaving, thanks to its location on the Silk Road and the many mulberry trees growing in the area.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Turkey’s top investment property spots

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With the property market back on track after a tough year, investing in Turkey is looking like a wise choice. But not everywhere in Turkey will give you those all-important high returns on your investment.
Lucky for you, our experts have sat down and worked out Turkey’s hotspots for investment property. 

1. Antalya City
At the top spot we have sunny Antalya City property. The city’s fast-growing and young population mean the city is booming. And that young population needs rental properties all year round, so on top of your capital gain you can earn some extra revenue from local workers. The city itself is full of ancient ruins, modern shops and cultural events. There's a gorgeous beach. It’s also close to the airport and flights depart regularly for most European centres.




2. Sovalye Island
Beachfront properties are at a real premium around the Mediterranean. Unless you’re Posh & Becks, you’re unlikely to be able to afford one anyway. However, Sovalye Island is one of the few places where you can still buy affordable, quality beachfront properties. The island itself is an oasis of calm: there are no roads, and access is only by boat from Fethiye. Sovalye Island property prices will undoubtedly rise as beachfront properties become fewer and fewer.

3. Bodrum Town


Bodrum’s star is still on the rise, and with more and more flights travelling between Bodrum-Milas Airport and European centres, the peninsula’s popularity shows no sign of waning. Bodrum Town has it all: culture, nature, history, beaches and great restaurants. You’ll have no trouble renting your Bodrum property out during the summer months and property prices are set to rise along with visitor numbers.

4. Istanbul
Vibrant Istanbul’s youthful population is growing by the year, and the government is struggling to find houses for these young workers. Buying an investment property in Istanbul would see you earning significant capital gains, while being able to command a decent income from rent. Istanbul’s international reputation as a centre of art, culture and commerce is growing, and this has been recognised this year with the city being named a European Capital of Culture.


4. Belek
Turkey’s golf capital has seen a great deal of investment over the past few years, and the Golf Federation of Turkey is planning even more golf courses in the area. The area is already popular with golfers who want world-class courses at reasonable prices. Studies of golf property show that property prices increase the closer you get to the course itself. Sit back and watch your Belek property investment pay for itself as more and more people discover Turkey’s golfing wonderland.




5. Kas
This stylish town is gaining in popularity. It’s known for its sophisticated and private properties and well-heeled locals. Building restrictions here mean development is finite, which is pushing property prices up. A new marina being built in the area will attract sailors from around the world, also driving the prices up. Your capital gains in Kas property will see improvement before long as high-end buyers discover the area.
5. Uzumlu
Uzumlu is one of Turkey’s best kept secrets. It’s just 15 kilometres from Fethiye Town, but it’s like stepping back in time. It has a charming air of authenticity, but is close to Fethiye’s facilities. Uzumlu property prices are expected to rise as more and more expats find out about this stunning spot.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about any of these areas.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Turkey: Tourism like no other

Tourists are becoming more adventurous. For many travellers, sitting on a beach all day just isn't enough to satisfy their curiosity about a new country. In response to this, and hoping to offer a more diverse experience for Turkey's tourists, tour operators are diversifying the way they operate. Here are a few types of tours we can look forward to in the not-so-distant future:

Turkey is at the fore of the world's best golf courses.

Golf tourism

More and more golfers are discovering Turkey's fine courses. With investment capital pouring into new courses, adjacent housing projects and resorts, Turkey is promising to be one of the world’s most successful golfing destinations. The Turkish Golf Federation is even planning to build a whopping 100 golf courses over the next four years. Turkey’s golf courses are appealing to those keen to combine a round of golf with a trip to the beach. And while costs are low, quality has not been compromised and the expertly designed courses are attracting professionals from all over the world.

 Turkey's plateaus yield fascinating ecological systems and scenery.

Plateau tourism

This offshoot of ecological tourism was borne out of a resistance to mass development. Tours explore the country’s plateaus, learning about the unique flora and fauna that can inhabit these unique places. Plateau tourism is particularly in the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions, thanks to their unique landscape and climates. Hiking is often a feature of these trips, and tourists explore the many mountain folds and inland plateaus.

 Turkey's tourists take to the river.

River tourism

Nature lovers are just beginning to discover Turkey’s winding waterways. The country’s rivers are well suited to rafting, canoeing and river skiing. A number of projects are currently underway to develop this further. Tour operators are already offering a number of eco-friendly river trips around the Antalya region.

 Antalya's football fields are playing host to sports teams during the quiet season.

Sports tourism

There are 157 football fields in Antalya – and these are increasingly being utilised by foreign sports teams for winter training. Nine hundred football teams visited Antalya in 2009, and this year the number is expected to rise to around 1200. Sports teams are contributing to Antalya’s year-round tourism, with football teams accounting for 70 per cent of occupancy at Belek’s hotels in the off season.

 Take the pain out of high dental bills with a quick trip to Turkey.

Health tourism

Turkey’s low-cost, high-quality medical treatment is gaining attention around the world. Two hundred thousand people already travel to Turkey each year for medical procedures. The treatment offered is diverse. Patients can opt for hair transplants, dental surgery, ocular surgery or IVF treatment. And because the prices are so reasonable, it is often cheaper to combine a week’s holiday with medical treatment in Turkey than it is to have treatment at home.

The Shrine to the Virgin Mary brings worshippers from all over the world.

Faith tourism

Turkey lies at the corner of three continents, and has been subject to a wealth of different cultures and influences over its history. Faith tourism aims to capitalise on Turkey’s rich religious heritage, with tours taking in monuments like Saint John’s Basilica and the Shrine to the Virgin Mary. Muslim, Christian or Othadox – Turkey is a smorgasbord of religious artefacts.

Angry Greek sues over yoghurt image

In the 'how bizarre' category: a Greek man is suing a Swedish yoghurt maker over the use of his image on a pot of Turkish-style yogurt.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Turkey's most dangerous

We often get asked what dangerous animals are lurking under Turkey's rocks or in the depths of its oceans. The truth is, unless you're planning to be a rural worker near Turkey's eastern borders, you don't have much to worry about. Anyone wanting a sunny break at their holiday home in Turkey has absolutely nothing to fear.
But since you asked, here's a rundown on Turkey's most dangerous critters.

Snakes

There are around 12 species of venomous snakes in Turkey, mainly from the viper family. Snakes are shy creatures and you’re unlikely to even spot one while you’re there, let alone get bitten by one. There are very few reports of people dying from snake bites. Most snakes are found in Turkey’s southeastern regions. If you do get bitten, see a doctor immediately. Try and get a look at the snake so the doctor knows what they’re dealing with.

Scorpions

Scorpions are relatively common in Turkey, thanks to its location and climate. The main type of scorpion you will encounter are members of the Buthidae family. Scorpion bites can be painful, but the creatures you’ll find in Turkey rarely deliver fatal stings. Most reports of scorpion bites come from southeastern regions - far from Turkey's holiday home-rich areas. Scorpions usually come out at night. If you get stung, put a cold compress on the site of the bite and see a doctor immediately. Chances are, there’s no need to worry. But unless you’re an expert it’s best not to take any risks.

Centipedes




The bad news: some 5000 centipede bites are reported each year in Turkey. The good news: there’s been only one known fatality. If you do get bitten, wash the bitten area carefully and apply a cold compress. Take a painkiller if it hurts and as it heals, apply a hydrocortisone cream to stop the itching. If it looks like it’s getting infected, see a doctor.

Bears

That’s right – there are still a few bears kicking about in Turkey. Namely, the Syrian Brown Bear. To be honest, you’re more likely to win the Euro Millions Jackpot than encounter one, but if you do meet one you’ll know it by its light, straw-coloured fur and dark stripe running across the back. Trust me – you’ll know it when you see it. The Syrian Brown Bear is mostly found in central and western Turkey. It’s endangered so please don’t kill one unless you really have to. It should go without saying but if you’re bitten by a Syrian Brown Bear you will probably need to see a doctor.

Jellyfish

There are two main types of jellyfish in the Turkish Mediterranean, the moon jellyfish and the Rhizostoma pulmo. Luckily, neither is dangerous at all and they’re considered more of an eyesore than a threat. However, in recent years a number of new jellyfish species have been spotted in Turkish waters, thanks to the warming of the waters. Rhopilema nomadic, for example, is a Red Sea native that has migrated to the Mediterranean. Its sting can be painful and sometimes dangerous, although very few deaths are reported.  If you get stung, get to a doctor, asap.

Spiders

There are a few venomous spiders in Turkey, including the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. The latter spider’s very name strikes fear deep into the heart of, well, everyone, but the reality is it’s not only rare to see a black widow spider in Turkey, but also very, very rare to experience a fatal bite from one. You’re most likely to be harmed by a venomous spider if you’re spending a lot of time in rural Turkey, especially close to the eastern borders.
If you get bitten, treat the bite area with a cold compress and a painkiller. If the bite is still swollen after a day, or looks like it’s not improving, see a doctor.