It’s incredible to think that Turkey is just four hours flight away from the UK – a perennial family favourite that is packed full of ancient culture and colourful heritage. The southern coastal region in particular is bursting with modern resorts dotted along the Mediterranean Coast, aka the Turquoise Coast. Throw in soaring mountains, pristine beaches and ancient minarets and mosques, and you’ve got the perfect destination to return to, time and again. And if this spectacular country captures your heart (as I’m confident it will) consider investing in a property in Turkey to hop back to year after year.
The history of Antalya dates back to 150 BC, but many people never heard of it until the 1970s when the city decided to focus on its burgeoning tourism industry. Its all-inclusive holiday packages make it incredibly budget-friendly destination. One of the top tourist destinations in the area is the old quarter, which is roughly divided into a northern and southern section. The northern section boats a number of local shops, a bazaar and a great selection of restaurants, while the southern half is home to various historic sites. Because of its superb transport links (the main Turkish Riviera airport is in Antalya) this is a popular city with ex pats who own property right along the coast. Konyaalti Beach is another popular spot, and this beach is home to a waterpark, a small amusement park and an aquarium.
Kusadasi is home to around 50,000 people, but during the high season, the population can easily double. The City Walls is one of the top spots for tourists and while the city once had three entrances through those walls, only one of those entrances still stands. A large historic mosque is also within the city limits, but most travelers come for the amazing beaches. These beaches run along the side of the town, and many of the resorts and hotels open right onto the water. The ladies beach and lost paradise beach are two of the more popular sections. Kusadasi is also a great base to explore the Roman ruins of iconic Ephesus.
Located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Bodrum is one of the top tourist spots and the lively nightlife is a particular draw. The Floating Beach Club lets visitors enjoy a combination of dancing, watersports and music, while the Turkish Bath is the perfect place for resting and relaxing thanks to the steam it pushes through the building. Those hoping to experience the hottest Turkish music can check out Club X, while Cuba is a great place to grab an upscale meal or drink and people watch. Travellers should also check out the Bodrum Marine Club, which is a popular nightclub built inside a working boat.
As one of the largest cities in Turkey, Izmir offers something for everyone and it’s no wonder that Brits are snapping up the local property for long term use! The clock tower in Konak Square dates back to 1901, and many travelers enjoy looking at the ancient symbols and historic buildings surrounding the tower. Another option is Kadifekale, which is a gorgeous old castle that overlooks the entire city. Many people love taking a cable car ride to the top of a nearby hill, and once they depart the car, they’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. Tourists should also take a trip to Kordon, which is a neighbourhood sitting right on the water. Filled with local cafes and small pubs, it’s the perfect place for unwinding after a long day. Those looking for a little fun after the sun sets should head to Alsancak, which is a street lined with restaurants and nightclubs.