Property Guide To The Turkish Mediterranean

Property Guide To The Turkish Mediterranean

A stunning coastline, lots of​ sunshine and great value for money have made Turkey a​ firm holiday favourite for over 20 years. The same things are now attracting property buyers in​ ever increasing numbers too, with the prospect of​ EU membership in​ the not-too-distant-future making the country one of​ the Mediterranean’s hottest emerging property markets. Most foreign interest has been concentrated on the country’s beautiful southern coast, between Izmir in​ the west and Alanya in​ the east. Backed by pine-forested mountains, with unspoilt scenery, the coast has a​ string of​ popular resorts, such as​ Altinkum, Bodrum, Fethiye, Kalkan, Side and Alanya. Many of​ these boast excellent beaches of​ fine white sand. Some are also close to​ fascinating archaeological sites, like the fantastic marble remains of​ Ephesus. For adrenalin junkies, the Turkish Mediterranean also boasts adventure sports, such as​ white water rafting and paragliding. or​ if​ you prefer to​ take it​ easy, you can cruise off-shore from marinas at​ Bodrum, Gocek, Fethiye and Marmaris, with several more for the Dalaman area soon. There are also golf courses planned for several areas.
The Bodrum peninsular is​ one of​ the coast’s most popular holiday spots – and now, places to​ buy property. Spread around a​ double bay, with the medieval Castle of​ St John as​ a​ magnificent centre-piece, Bodrum is​ the country’s most cosmopolitan resort, attracting the cream of​ Turkish society, along with lots of​ package tourists from the UK and Europe. The resort’s nightlife is​ legendary. it​ also has some great restaurants and shopping too. The town’s harbour and marina are choked with sailing boats and traditional wooden gulets, which set-off in​ summer on day-trips and coastal cruises.

Property in​ Bodrum can be expensive, particularly if​ you want a​ view of​ the castle but beyond the town itself, a​ string of​ former fishing villages have become small resorts in​ their own right, and offer better value property. The village of​ Gumusluk has a​ small, pretty harbour, a​ shingle beach and is​ particularly famous for its waterside fish restaurants. There is​ a​ lot of​ development between Gumusluk and the nearby resort of​ Yalikavak, which has just gained a​ new marina, however at​ present the infrastructure in​ this area is​ limited. Further east, beside the planned site of​ a​ 18-hole golf course, several developers are selling apartments and villas off-plan in​ the Tuzla area.

The package resort of​ Altinkum is​ a​ firm favourite with British families thanks to​ its sandy beach, and there are over 3,000 British-owned properties in​ the area. The temple of​ Apollo, famous in​ ancient times for its oracle, is​ in​ the town, while the archaeological sites of​ Ephesus, Miletus and Priene are just a​ short drive away. The nearby Buyuk Menderes Delta and Lake Bafa are havens for aquatic birds and other wildlife.

Property prices in​ Altinkum are some of​ the lowest on the coast, with apartments available from as​ little as​ £30,000. Nearby Akbuk is​ quieter than Altinkum and is​ attracting growing interest from developers and buyers.

Dalaman has been getting lots of​ interest since it​ was ear-marked for major investment by the Turkish government. at​ present it​ is​ a​ work-a-day market town with a​ busy airport in​ summer, although the fantastic beaches of​ Iztuzu and Sarigerme are close-by, and there are plans for a​ new marina, as​ well as​ talk of​ a​ golf course.
Nearby Gocek is​ one of​ the coast’s most upmarket resorts. Set on a​ narrow bay surrounded by forested mountains, there are several marinas and a​ neat promenade, with restaurants and bars overlooking the water. Local prices are high due to​ the scarcity of​ land and strict building controls.

On a​ wide bay backed by forested mountains, the pleasant market town of​ Fethiye is​ at​ the center of​ another area popular with British tourists and property buyers. Fethiye itself has a​ good selection of​ shops and services, along with a​ colourful weekly market. The nearby resort of​ Calis has a​ long beach backed by hotels, villas and apartment complexes.
Surrounded by pine-forested mountains, the nearby resorts of​ Hisaronu and Ovacik are close to​ the beautiful beach and lagoon of​ Oludeniz. Fethiye is​ one of​ the country’s top property destinations, particularly for the British, and there is​ an​ excellent selection of​ apartments and villas.

Once a​ tiny fishing village, Kalkan is​ now an​ atmospheric holiday resort tumbling down a​ steep mountainside to​ a​ small harbour. The town's pebbly beach is​ hardly spectacular, but Patara, one of​ the best stretches of​ sand on the entire Turkish coast, is​ just a​ short drive away. So are a​ clutch of​ other fascinating sights, making Kalkan an​ excellent base for exploring the rocky Lycian peninsular. Local property prices have risen sharply in​ recent years, though there is​ a​ good selection of​ villas and apartments.

Antalya is​ a​ rapidly growing city with a​ large airport, which is​ one of​ the main gateways into the region for charter and scheduled flights. Comparatively few tourists stay in​ the city though, with most heading east to​ the resorts of​ Belek, Side and Alanya. Nearby Belek, 30 km east of​ the city, has become the Turkish riviera’s main golfing centre with six international standard courses to​ choose from, as​ well as​ an​ excellent sandy beach. Accommodation is​ mostly in​ huge resort hotels and the local infrastructure is​ quite limited at​ present, but several companies have started high-quality golf developments, which represent excellent value for money.

Side is​ a​ popular package resort with excellent sandy beaches. The approach to​ the town centre, which has lots of​ shops, bars and restaurants, is​ dominated by the remains of​ ancient Side, which include a​ large Roman amphitheatre and the atmospheric waterside Temple of​ Apollo. The Roman theatre at​ Aspendos is​ also close-by and there is​ rafting action in​ the Koprulu Canyon National Park. Most of​ Side’s property is​ apartments due to​ high land prices, with villas available in​ neighbouring Colakli.

Once the winter capital of​ the Selcuk Turkish empire, Alanya has grown from a​ small fishing town into one of​ the coast’s largest resorts. Spread out in​ the shadow of​ a​ Medieval castle, perched on a​ rock jutting into the sea, the resort has good beaches, several of​ which have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag, lively nightlife and lots of​ things for families to​ do. Improvements to​ the coastal highway mean Antalya airport is​ only 90 minute drive away. The resort’s pleasant winter weather, mild even by the standards of​ the Turkish coast, has attracted lots of​ permanent residents from Scandinavia, Germany and the UK. Most of​ the resort is​ fairly high-rise with apartment blocks stretching out from the town centre in​ either direction along the coast, but public transport is​ excellent. Prices are low, particularly as​ you move away from the centre to​ areas like Mahmutlar and Demirtas.

Property Guide To The Turkish Mediterranean

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