Expatriates might be tempted by the "vibrant cosmopolitan city" atmosphere of modern Istanbul.
According to Joanna Marsh, a spokeswomen for the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, the city is the meeting point of Europe and Asia and has notable history and culture.
The comments follow news that overseas enquiries in Turkish properties have increased considerably over the first quarter of the year.
Suleyman Albay, managing director of Oceanwide Properties, told Overseas Property Professional that almost twice as many people have come to inspect properties in the country this year.
However, before you jump in, it is worth making a list of things to consider when relocating abroad.
Health insurance for yourself and your family should be fairly high up on your priorities if you are moving to a new country.
Ms Marsh added: "One of my favourite experiences is to take a ferry across the Bosphorus, sit on deck and drink a glass of hot, black tea and eat a simit – a ring-shaped sesame bread – and just sit back and enjoy the views.
"The Bosphorus really is at the heart of Istanbul and the ferries are used by people from all walks of life – tourists and commuters alike."
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