Thursday, July 1, 2021

Updated guide for 2021: Discover new places in Alanya




After many, many month that somehow turned into years Alanya is now slowly getting back to normal.

Flights are commencing, beaches are again crowded and restaurants are open.

It is so nice to see some activity again in Alanya. 

Also in our office activities are picking up and we get daily visits from both new and existing customers.


Our goal is to make everybody's stay in Alanya as pleasant and nice as possible. 

So couple of years ago we made a magazine with a guide to our best recommendations for places to eat and hang out.

We called it "Recommended by 2Base" and the idea behind was quite simple.


Everyone from 2Base would gather to make a list of their favorite places. 
No matter the size, location or style. 

Only criteria was that it should be a place that at least one person from our 2Base team would recommend and use themselves.


We just updated the magazine with our latest recommendations. 

Some places have been removed and some new places found its way into the magazine.

Click the picture above or this link to access the magazine.

We wish you the best luck in trying out new things.

Have fun and enjoy!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

!!! Updated, 25th of April 2021 !!! Is it possible and allowed travelling to Alanya?


Update, 25th of April 2021

The flight ban imposed by Turkey has now been lifted and airlines have re-started routes between Turkey and the UK.
In that regard the information below is once again relevant.

The situation in Turkey is that the number of positive test have been steadily increasing and there are around 50.000 daily positive cases.

Also worth noting is that only around 300.000 tests are conducted on a daily basis.

This means that testing is only done when symptoms are present and there is no larger random test network implemented for testing at work places, educational institutions or similar.

The situation in Turkey is serious but not out of control. 
The capacity at hospitals are not under too much pressure since the current variant of covid-19 in Turkey causes less severe cases than the previous variants.

Almost 10 percent of the Turkish population have been vaccinated and another 5 percent have received the first injection.

So it is safe to travel to Alanya or is it better to wait? 
In our opinion the answer is the same as before.

Our best recommendation is to take a look at the information below and then make your decision based on your own individual situation.

The latest official figures can be accessed here (In English).

Kind regards
2Base Estate Agency, 25th of April 2021


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The story of covid-19 has now entered a new phase.

Where back in the spring time most countries implemented strick lock downs and the infection rates fell rapidly, most countries are now opening up again even though the infection rates are rising.

We started travel the world again and airlines are opening up more routes across the globe.

However, infection rates seem to be heading in the wrong direction.

It is, of course, a challenging situation and we can rightly ask and ourselves where we go from here...

Here at 2Base we get a lot of questions revolving around topics like "Can I and am I allowed travelling to Alanya".

This we will take a closer look to... 

Can I travel to Turkey and Alanya?

Yes you can. 

There are now a lot of airlines that fly to and from Turkey, and even at ticket prices that are very low.

Use a search engine such as Momondo or flightscanner or visit the websites of airlines such as Turkish Airlines or perhaps best of all Pegasus Airlines.


Is it safe to fly?

During the pandemic, we have been flying several times, both domestically in Turkey and to European airports.

All airlines regularly disinfect the aircraft and the air during the flight is cleaned with so-called HEPA filters.

Likewise, our experience is that the stay at the airport and the plane is safe, and social distancing rules are kept and face masks are used pretty much everywhere.


Is it safe to stay in Alanya?

In Alanya, the situation is significantly better than in the larger cities such as Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul.

Overall, the infection patterns in Turkey are very similar to the Europeans, where the infection is most widespread in densely populated areas.

Similarly, the infection here in Turkey has also increased among the younger part of the population, just as the infection often occurs at social events such as weddings and parties.


So what is the conclusion, is it safe to fly to Turkey and use your holiday home?

Yes and no. It all depends on yourself.

If you keep rules of social distancing, avoid places with many people and ensure high personal hygiene, then the chance of being infected in Turkey is probably no greater than where you are now.

But surely, if you invite all of your Turkish friends to a party, use public transportation to get around and cheek kisses your caretaker every time you see him, then the risk of getting infected is big.


In our experience the pitfalls in Alanya can be:

- Popular restaurants: We currently see that some restaurants are quite full. Likewise, several of Alanya's beer bars are open again. These places should be avoided.

- Do not use public transportation.

- Use private transfer from the airport.

- Keep in mind that alcohol often negatively impacts your judgment. If you need to drink more than one beer, do it in your holiday home.

- Try to shop when others do not and avoid stores with many customers.

- Avoid the local markets since they are often crowded.

- Politely turn down invitations to weddings, birthdays and other social events.

- Avoid visiting public offices or the bank unless it is absolutely necessary.

- Avoid paying with cash

- Sanitize your hands every time you have touched cash money, entered your card PIN or others have touched your payment card.

- Be even more careful than at home


Can I be tested for covid-19 in Alanya?

Yes you can. 

The easiest thing for most will probably be one of the private test centers at the private hospitals. 

The price to be tested is currently 250 TRL and the results are given next day.

We do not recommend using the test center at Antalya Airport, since the logistics around this test center is poor.

Close to our office Baskent Hospital has a test center which works fine.


What are the rules related to quarantine?

In Turkey, there are different rules on quarantine, but these do not apply to tourists. 

Therefore, they are not relevant for those that travel to Alanya as a tourist.
However, the rules can change quickly, so it's a good idea to stay up to date.

This also applies to the rules that the National Board of Health in your home country has set out.

Finally you should also be aware of what rules your workplace has.


Does my insurance cover if I get infected?

This differs from insurance to insurance, but many insurances will not cover.

Here, however, it is possible to purchase a cheap insurance from a Turkish insurance company, so that a possible hospitalization in Turkey due to covid-19 will be covered.

Finally, for the sake of good order, please remember that we are neither health experts nor speak on behalf of the National Board of Health or other public authorities.
We are simply speaking from our own experience and personal knowledge.

We encourage everyone to act based on your own personal situation.
If in doubt, think twice. If you are still in doubt, then don't.

Remember to take care of yourself and think about your own and others' health.

Links related to covid-19 in Turkey:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Turkey
https://covid19.tubitak.gov.tr/turkiyede-durum

Thursday, April 22, 2021

You can start packing your suitcase - flights are back!

 


Good news for everyone living in Great Britain and Denmark.

With immediate effect the ban on flights from Great Britain and Denmark has been lifted and airlines are now resuming flights the two countries and Turkey.


Furthermore there will be no requirements for quarantine upon arrival to Turkey just as tourists are exempt from the weekend lockdowns that are currently in place across Turkey.

A negative PCR test from the last 72 hours is still needed and is required for all, even those that has been vaccinated.

Also an online arrival form needs to be filled which can be done via this link: https://register.health.gov.tr/

In case you need a travel insurance that is also covering Covid-19 then these are available here in Turkey and we are happy to assist you in this regards.

We hope to see some of you soon here in Alanya and you are more than welcome to visit out office for a cup of coffee.


Just remember that keeping social distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently are still very important.

Stay safe and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Get ready to read our newest online magazine!


The 6th edition of our online magazine is now and just waiting for you. 

Just click on the picture above and it will be right there...

As always we collect the best stories from our social channels and spice them up with the best properties, beautiful pictures and lots more.

This issue of our magazine is a rather comprehensive one, because all this corona-disruption totally made is forget to publish a magazine during 2020.


But here we are now, with one big, fat issue covering all of 2020.

Enjoy reading and hopefully we will soon see you all here in Alanya. 

We miss you and we know that you miss us too :-)


Stay safe & take care.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Delicious Turkish meatballs served with eggplant mash



Do you miss Turkey and Alanya when you are not here? 
Well, then we understand how you feel.

Especially the Turkish cuisine is worth traveling for, and many rightly believe that it is among the best in the world.
 
We have received a recipe from the website www.webopskrifter.dk on how to make some delicious Turkish meatballs, in Turkey called "köfte".
 
We took the recipe to En Vie Beach restaurant where it was used to create the dish "Balkan köfte", which consist of the Turkish meatballs and a mash made on eggplant.
 
So go ahead and try it out for yourself. Below are both recipes as well as a small video made.
 
Enjoy your meal!
 
Turkish meatballs // www.webopskrifter.dk
--- Ingredients, approx. 16 pcs. ---
1 kg of minced beef
2.5 teaspoons salt
2 red onions
1 fresh chili
1 handful of fresh mint
2 handfuls of fresh broad-leaved parsley
4 cloves garlic
2.5 tbsp peppers
1 tbsp oregano
2.5 tablespoons cumin
Pepper
Oil and butter for frying
 
For serving:
Natural yogurt
Pomegranate
Fresh broad-leaved parsley
 
Put the minced beef in a bowl and add salt.
 
Chop red onion, chili, mint and parsley and add it to the minced beef. 
Add garlic, pepper, oregano and cumin. 

Now form the meatballs and fry them over medium heat in a mixture of butter and oil until well done.
 
Serve the Turkish meatballs with natural yoghurt, and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and parsley.
 

Pureed Eggplant // En Vie Beach Restaurant
--- Ingredients, 2-3 people ---
40 grams of butter
40 grams of flour
300 ml of milk
3 grilled eggplants
Mozzarella cheese
Salt
Pepper
Nutmeg
 
Melt the butter and add flour. Then add milk and make a bechamel sauce. Salt, pepper and nutmeg are added after this.
Peel the grilled eggplant, add the mozzarella together and heat it so that the cheese melts.



Watch our video about "Balkon köfte" + more pictures