Referred to as the gateway to the East, Turkey is a 'Eurasian country' with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East bridging the two continents as well as bordering eight countries and three seas - the black sea in the north, the Aegean Sea to the West and the Mediterranean in the south. The history of Turkey is intriguing, and once you have visited some of the ancient sites, you are bound to want to delve a little further into its fascinating past.
Looking at the culture of the Turkish people which is not based on the Christian beliefs of the west, may also explain why the Turks have a reputation for being some of the most friendly and helpful people in the world.
If you are intrigued by the vast number of travel possibilities Turkey represents, then maybe it's time to book yourself on a holiday to Turkey and see for yourself what this beautiful Eurasian country has to offer. Steeped in culture and rich history, Turkey has something for everyone from grand mosques and holy churches, ruins and ancient monuments, great tasting Turkish cuisine as well as tourist destinations and resorts catering a variety of activities with beaches, skiing options and cruises along the coast among the most popular.
Turkey is a country of great diversity and whether your fancy is skiing, sunbathing, water sports, golf or visiting architectural sites of bygone ages, there is something to suit all tastes. Along the coastline is a typical Mediterranean temperate climate, with hot summers and mild winters, yet only 45 km. from Antalya are the snow covered mountains of Saklikent, where skiing is possible during the winter months. Check the daily weather in Turkey >>
The Turkish Riviera, the area around Antalya and known as 'The Turquoise Coast' offers a favorable climate, warm seas, and an endless stretch of beautiful coastline, dotted with harbours, beaches, lush pine forests, caves, streams and ancient cities all backed by the Taurus mountains, making this stretch of coastline a popular destination for both holidays and those looking to buy property in Turkey. The harbour of Marmaris is located where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, which together form the area known as the 'Turkish Rivieria' .
Turkey is rapidly making changes to its infrastructure and tourist facilities making it likely to join the European Union in 5-10 years, meaning property will become an excellent investment for the future. A million dollar project begins this year to provide a ‘super link’ between all the tourist towns along the coastline which will service Antalya’s 50,000 daily visitors and provide easy access to all the major resorts.
Tourism is a massively prosperous and ever growing component of Turkish culture with huge investment being ploughed into it from both the Turkish government and international investors. In 2008, Turkey saw a monumental increase in the amounts of tourists which has brought Turkey into the top ten revenue earners from tourism.
Turkey is also jumping on the golf bandwagon, with a total of twelve courses planned in Belek and Kadriye alone. Investment in golf property will be big business in years to come as Turkey offers the perfect climate for players.
Although property purchases by foreigners has risen almost 200% within the last year, the recent introduction of mortgages in Turkey has led experts to believe that a real property boom is imminent. With prices rising quickly along the main coastal towns, anyone buying property now will have a sound investment on their hands. Turkey's future is looking rosy, currently with millions of visitors every year and many more foreigners now attracted to its shores. Holiday makers and those looking to buy holiday homes or residential property will be taking advantage of its thousands of miles of unspoiled sandy beaches, low cost land, numerous new developments, golf resorts and growing tourist facilities.
The area is covered by airports at Dalaman , the international airport at Antalya, and the smaller airport in the resort of Bodrum, making Turkeyï¿½s coastal resorts extremely accessible. Flights from the UK are still very cheap and most will fly directly to Antalya. Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Istanbul and get a connecting flight.
Turkey by area:
Brief description and property for sale
Alanya- is a popular tourist destination nestled between the majestic Taurus Mountains and accessible by road and sea, with most visitors landing at the Antalya airport, seventy five miles away
Side - Situated on the Turkish Riviera, 70km from Antalya, the ancient city of Side (pronounced See-Deh or Sea-Day) is known for its historical Hellenistic ruins, its many dazzling fine sandy beaches, and its variety of clubs,bars and restaurants.
Belek - Located at a midpoint between the towns of Antalya and Side, Belek offers sun-drenched beaches, fascinating local sites of historical interest, fabulous European-styled golf courses or just a place to relax or recuperate.
Antalya – The city of Antalya is increasingly modern, with luxury apartments and boutiques, alongside six major shopping centres, bars, restaurants and other local modern facilities.
Kemer - The lively town and striking natural beauty of Kemer and its surrounding districts are just two reasons to visit this seaside resort in Turkey's Antalya province.
Finike - Set on the Mediterranean coast, ninety minutes away from the airport at Antalya is the breathtakingly picturesque town of Finike. The route to Finike is lined with the world famous orange trees that guide your way to this charming little fishing port.
Kas & Kalkan - Located within an all-year round agricultural area, Kalkan is a small and beautiful coast town between Kas and Fethiye, with easy transfers from Dalaman and Antalya airports.
Fethiye is situated between the grassy foothills of Mount Mendos and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean, ideally located for flying into Dalaman Airport. Fethiye itself is over three thousand years old and richly blends the traditional Turkish town, with the contemporary tourist location.
Dalaman is a district on the south-western coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea, about midway along the coastline between Antalya and Izmir. Dalaman is an area of unrivalled natural beauty in Turkey and its six-kilometre beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world.
Marmaris is situated on the world's largest natural harbour, which affords it stunning weather conditions and excellent opportunities for water-sports, particularly yachting, by far the most popular outdoor pursuit in Marmaris.
Didim on the south-westerly coast is only a small resort, but with its coastal location, glorious sandy beaches and excellent water-sport facilities, it's not difficult to see why it remains so popular with local and foreign visitors.
Altinkum is a splendid three-beach resort located on Turkey's Aegean coast within the district of Didim where the excellent quality of life and low cost of living makes Altinkum a great place to rest, relax or retire! It also has some of the cheapest property on the Turkish coast.
Bodrum - formerly a tiny fishing village is now a lively city port and tourist destination offering some of Turkey's most impressive nightlife. It was described
by the New York Times in 2006 as 'The St Tropez of Turkey' and certainly lives up to such plaudits. Bodrum faces the Greek island of Kos out across the water where the Mediterranean and the Aegean meet.
Kusadasi is a highly popular tourist town and beautiful seaport, with its small population rising from fifty thousand to five hundred thousand every year during the summer tourist season. With its typical Mediterranean climate of long, hot summers and mild, wet winters, Kusadasi is a wonderful holiday destination for anyone at any time of the year.
If you are looking to buy property, we have property for sale in Turkey in the main 14 regions mentioned above.