The Aegean coast of Turkey
Turkey’s west coast doesn’t garner as much admiration as the Mediterranean region but it still has a lot to boast about. In history, the lands have witnessed the clash of many ancient armies but fortunately these days, life is focused on a slow pace of living. With an extensive collection of ancient ruins, sandy beaches, shopping opportunities and a good transport network, it is no surprise that it has become a top destination for expat living.
The North Aegean
Miraculously this area has escaped mass tourism and the downfalls it brings so will suit anyone searching for the rural and traditional face of Turkey. Places such as the island of Bozcaada are respected for their wine industry while small towns like Assos and Ayvalik rely heavily on their fishing village roots.
Most certainly the queen of the region though is Bergama. A short distance from the rural village, ruins spread out over a large distance; reflect the history of the ancient city of Pergamon. Scholars and philosophers flocked to be part of this Hellenistic community that is famed for the invention of parchment paper.
The Most Famous Ruins in Turkey and Quaint Coastal Resorts
Further down the coastline, are the Izmir and Aydin regions, home to the ancient ruins of the Seven Churches of Revelation, including the king of them all; Ephesus that is the second most visited attraction in Turkey. This is not their only asset though because all the surrounding coastal resorts attract masses of foreign holiday makers and Turks, thanks to the sandy beaches and warm summer climate.
Cesme and Foca are havens for influential and wealthy Turks while Altinkum, also known as Didim has become a popular haunt for expat Brits. Meanwhile the hard work of tourism agents in Kusadasi has prompted it to become a fully established and equipped cruise ship port. Just a 2-hour drive away is the Bodrum peninsula, which can possibly be credited with starting tourism in Turkey, thanks to the fisherman of Halicarnassus, who first laid out sailing routes of the Turkish Riviera.
Lastly we reach Datca, and the Marmaris peninsula, which over the years has grown to be a fully established city. Joining the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in unison, it has an international atmosphere, thanks to English speaking locals and establishments of bars, restaurants and hotels selling the home comforts of many countries, like international cuisine.
Popular Areas for Property Investment
Bodrum: Known as a haunt for foreigners since the 1950’s, the variety of apartments and villas for sale in Bodrum is diverse and immense. Many traditional, old houses are on the market for renovation while off-plan and new builds start in price from approximately £40,000.
The peninsula is split into smaller resorts, each with their own style and character. Turkbuku attracts millionaire property investors, while Yalikavak has seen a rise in interest ever since the completion of the marina and Tugutreis has established its own expat community, thanks to its small village-like ambiance.
Kusadasi: Sitting close to Dilek National Park, foreign property investors in Kusadasi include many nationalities like Germans, Swiss and Brits. Unlike other resorts, the local council has always maintained excellent infrastructure and a good transport network with other destinations, therefore increasing its popularity.
Altinkum: For many years, Altinkum was simply a small village often nicknamed the “poor man of Turkey” but it’s currently undergoing a number of changes including improved road conditions, major building work on the beachfront to bring it in line with regulations and efforts to promote its main historical landmark, the temple of Apollo. It is an ideal place for property investment because modern apartments and luxury villas are sold for some of the cheapest prices in Turkey.