To learn about Turkey is to delve into one of the friendliest and most beautiful places on earth. Many people love Turkey for its stunning coastlines, glorious weather, and affordable property prices. Although predominantly Muslim, this firmly secular state also means you can soak up the atmosphere over a chilled glass of wine or a cold beer.
The most popular hot spots include Istanbul for city living, Bodrum for a cool celebrity hang out, Yalikavak Marina for its Billionaire Club lifestyle, Fethiye for exceptional value for money, Antalya for glorious beaches and Belek for its outstanding golf resorts.
In terms of investment potential, airlines offering direct flights throughout the year has made the property market attractive around for those looking for a holiday home as well as buy-to-let investors and ex-pats. Several airlines have direct flights to the most popular areas, and you can find a range of flights from British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines.
Turkey is now firmly on the luxury lifestyle map. It attracts supermodels such as Kate Moss, Hollywood actors and those after the abundance of high-end, designer shopping and premium hotels that make Turkey popular with wealthy travellers.
About Turkey: Quick Facts
- Contrary to popular belief, the capital is Ankara, not Istanbul
- The official name of the country is the Republic of Turkey
- Turkey produces 75% of the world’s hazelnuts
- Thanks to several different climate zones, Turkey can be self-sufficient
- The Churches of Revelation as mentioned in the New Testament sit in Aegean Turkey
- 5% of Turkey lies in the European continent
- Turkey was the birthplace of the original Santa Claus; Saint Nicholas
- There are 4000 miles of coastline making Turkey one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations
Buyers come from all over the world, and as well as being a popular place for Brits, Turkey is a safe investment for buyers from the Middle East and Russia. Those looking to retire to the sun enjoy modest day-to-day living and residents can earn interest of between eight and nine per cent from a local Turkish savings account.
For many people, buying a home overseas is simply a dream, but by choosing to buy in Turkey, you can turn that dream into a reality with property prices starting from as little as £50,000. Whether you are buying for lifestyle or investment, there is a home to suit every buyer. Let’s look at some prominent destinations on the housing market.
1: Bustling Istanbul: Turkey’s Biggest City
Whether it is essential business deals, economic advancement, political decisions or only tourists who enjoy the historical landmarks, it all happens in Istanbul. The city has successfully reinvented its housing market, and mass development in the outskirt European districts attracts investors from all over the world. The latest hot event in its prominent timeline is the New Istanbul airport that when complete, will be the world’s most significant travel and duty-free area. (Read the Istanbul area Guide.)
2: Mediterranean Antalya and Beaches Galore
The Antalya region stretches across a large part of the western coast. Comprised of the main city centre, and smaller coastal resorts, it enjoys success as Turkey’s second most popular holiday destination, and place for foreigners buying homes. Notable areas include Belek, Turkey’s golfing capital, Alanya, Historical Side, and luxury Kalkan. (Find out more about the Antalya region.)
3: Bodrum Peninsula
Meanwhile, over on the Aegean coast, the Bodrum peninsula has been a long time favourite for Turkish and international royalty and celebrities. Receiving much praise for its excellence in the sailing world, it is a major Turkish Riviera destination. High profile towns within Bodrum include Turkbuku, that the New York Times nicknamed Turkey’s Saint Tropez, and Yalikavak that often hosts mega yachts and their passengers. Read why the Bodrum Peninsula stands out.
4: Fethiye Region
Sitting side by side with Antalya, the Fethiye region includes the city centre, and smaller resorts like Oludeniz, Calis Beach, Hisaronu and Ovacik. All make a roaring trade with tourism, and some are popular expat havens, especially for British retirees. Fethiye receives fame because of its places of natural beauty like the Blue Lagoon, Butterfly Valley and Saklikent Gorge. (About the Fethiye region.)
5: Izmir: Westernised Trends
Izmir is Turkey’s third-largest city, but it also has several smaller coastal resorts of which Alacati and Cesme are the most famous. Receiving admiration for their traditional whitewash houses with blue shutters, the first is also a world-class windsurfing spot. Naturally, as a bustling metropolis, everything happens in Izmir, although the city has long been known as the leader of trends. (About Izmir and surrounding towns.)
6: Iconic Bursa
Bursa earns fame as the Ottoman’s Empire’s first ruling capital, hence its UNESCO World Heritage site status. However, there is a lot more to it than that. Uludag is one of Turkey’s top skiing destinations, and the dedication to preserving green areas has led it to be nicknamed Green Bursa. The UNESCO status also prompted Bursa to be the latest golden child as more tourists flock to the region than ever before. (About the Bursa Province of Turkey.)
As you can see, Turkey is a varied and incredibly diverse country. Whether you look at history, culture, traditions, food, or modern trends, it always throws out some exciting surprises. If you want to learn more about Turkey, the following articles will be of use.
Highly Underrated Places in Turkey: We look at some places with much to offer all those who visit, but are highly underrated on the tourism scene. They are perfect for anyone who wants to deviate off the beaten track, to discover the lesser talked about destinations.
Turkish Proverbs that Reflect the Culture: To understand more about Turkish people, it is often worth delving into the textbooks and age-old sayings. They are an excellent reflection of standards people hold high in Turkish culture.
Everyday Turkish Greetings and Expressions: Whether you want to live and work, or visit us on holiday, these common day sayings are great phrases to learn for first-timers in the country.