House-hunters looking for an overseas property near a clean, safe beach are spoilt for choice in Turkey, says Turkish property specialist Spot Blue, thanks to 383 beaches there being awarded Blue Flag status this year, the most the country has ever achieved and 59 more than in 2012.
Turkey now has the third highest number of Blue Flag beaches out of all 48 countries that participate in the Blue Flag scheme, which is recognised globally and organised by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). This puts it ahead of France, which this year drops to fourth from third. Turkey also has 21 Blue Flag marinas, currently the seventh highest number.
“While some countries are falling down the rankings, Turkey is raising its game and improving the quality of its beaches and marinas,” said Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue. “The knock-on effect is positive for the property market – being near a Blue Flag beach can only help a property hold value. Unsurprisingly, Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast now has a staggering 179 Blue Flag beaches, more than double that of any other Turkish region – Mugla has the second highest number with 76.” Three beaches in Istanbul on the Sea of Marmara are also on the list.
To be awarded a Blue Flag, a beach is assessed on water quality, environmental management, safety and services, and availability of information about the environment. Out of Turkey’s 21 Blue Flag marinas, seven are in the Mugla region, six in the Antalya region, two in Istanbul, two in Aydin, two in Izmir, and one in both Balikesir and Yalova.
“The latest Blue Flag list highlights just how untapped much of Turkey’s coastline is,” continued Julian Walker. “Away from the main resorts, there are dozens of stunning beaches and bays that many foreigners never encounter, real gems each with a selection of properties to choose from. The Bodrum Peninsula in Mugla is a good example, where the smaller resorts of Gündoğan, Turgutreis, Gümüslük and Yalıkavak all
have Blue Flag beaches combined with stunning property to buy. In Antalya, again the popular resorts of Alanya and Side have Blue Flag beaches, but so do less well trodden but very picturesque areas, such as Çamyuva or Göynük, both near Kemer.”
In Gündoğan, Spot Blue is selling new three-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex villas on a smart development just a 10-minute walk from the Blue Flag beach, with prices starting from €142,296. Communal leisure facilities include swimming pools, tennis, play areas and 24-hour security, and there are sea and mountain views. Bodrum Airport is 30 minutes away.
One of Bodrum’s most exclusive developments can be found in Yalıkavak, where Spot Blue has a luxury four-bedroom, two-bathroom detached villa, a short walk from the beach and also close to the Blue Flag marina, available for €425,000. Transfer from Bodrum Airport is only 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Spot Blue is selling a furnished two-bedroom apartment on a small complex in Çamyuva. It comes with access to a shared pool and mountain views, and is only a 15-minute walk from the village centre and its Blue Flag beach. An hour from Antalya airport, it’s on the market for €86,000.