The Mediterranean Coast of Turkey
The Mediterranean coast of Turkey has garnered much fame and admiration over the years. Originally a popular haunt for back packing hippies in the 1970s, small fishing villages situated along the jagged coastline have now grown to become some of the most popular tourist areas of Turkey.
Mediterranean Turkey is also known by many other names, including Akdeniz or the Turquoise coast, while sailing enthusiasts are eager to point out its key involvement in the Turkish Riviera that stretches from the Aegean to the cosmopolitan region of Antalya, and trekking enthusiasts highlight the Lycian way with its extensive collection of Ancient ruins.
Attractions of the Mediterranean Coast
Crystal blue sea, sandy beaches and an ideal summer climate can take credit for its popularity but the 1600 kilometre stretch of coastline from Alanya to Marmaris, also boasts of many natural and historical landmarks that daily attract hundreds of visitors
Historical sites are plentiful, thanks to previous occupation namely by the Lycian empire. The ruins they left behind spurred the formation of an official 516 kilometre hiking trek called the Lycian way. Participants navigate dense forests, mountain roads and outdoor living in order to see ancient ruins sites such as Xanthos and Letoon that both belong to the UNESCO World heritage site list.
Further up the coast, the magnificent theatre of Aspendos takes pride of place in the Antalya region. The ancient Greco – Roman city was an important location in the area formerly known as Pamphylia.
Heading down the coastline, we reach Fethiye which is fortunate to combine historical vibes with natures finest landscapes. Lycian rock tombs overlook the main city, while just a short distance away is the world famous Blue Lagoon, a beautiful bay appearing on most picture postcards of Turkey. Saklikent Gorge, the abandoned Ghost Village of Kayakoy and Patara, Turkey’s longest beach, are other admired haunts for holiday makers.
Popular Areas for Property Investment
According to government records for tourism and foreign property investment, Antalya is the most popular region of them all. Attracting numerous nationalities, apartments and villa purchases by foreigners are made mostly in Antalya city centre or the smaller, surrounding coastal resorts of Alanya, golfing Belek, historical Side or Kemer.
Despite their small sizes, Kas and Kalkan, are especially for villa purchases. This is probably due to the hillside landscape which inevitably leads most properties to have a magnificent Mediterranean sea view.
Although their storylines are much the same over the course of history, their characters are extremely diverse. Kalkan attracts the upmarket clientele of holidaymakers and expats and this is reflected in the prices of restaurants, bars and hotels. Also because of the limited amount of land that builders can use, property prices are higher than most coastal resorts.
Kas, although it has adopted most modern trends, still maintains a “fishing village” atmosphere. Scuba divers flock to see underwater ruins while the sea routes are often busy with boats stopping by on their way of completing the Fethiye to Olympus Blue Cruise Voyage routes.
Lastly Fethiye has become the second home for many British expats. The resorts of Calis, Olu Deniz, Hisaronu and Ovacik have drifted towards accommodating the mass of British holiday makers for food and entertainment so most expats, feel at home in the area but have the added advantage of Mediterranean living.
Over time, Fethiye became a city in its own right and now offers all facilities including medical care, shopping, Turkish language schools and property management companies. It is also fully established as a main transport hub of the Mediterranean coast.
Airports to use on the Mediterranean coast
Dalaman airport is often used for the resorts of Marmaris, Gocek, Kalkan and Kas. Ideally, Fethiye and all the surrounding holiday resorts are less than an hour’s transfer away. It is open all year round, but in winter time, international flights are limited therefore passengers will swap to using Antalya airport.
Sitting just 13 kilometres outside of the main city centre, Antalya airport handles more than 25 million visitors every year. It is modern, clean and operates two international terminals all year round. It is also a major domestic flight centre to connect the region with the rest of Turkey.