Here’s the thing about visiting Turkey on holiday. It has an acute knack of drawing you in, and by the time, your departing flight leaves the tarmac, you are already planning your next trip back. While the country has a hardcore fan base of holidaymakers who return year after year, some people also go one step further by packing their bags and moving here.
Some just retire having reached financial independence while others work, sometimes in the teaching and travel industries. So, what exactly is it about Turkey that makes people want to change their whole life, to live here permanently, buy a property in Turkey and spend all year round here?
Well, naturally, the gorgeous summer weather is a big lure, as is the cuisine and laid back lifestyle. Turkish hospitality probably plays a small part, but the extreme diversity of beautiful, natural landscapes makes people instantly fall in love with the country.
One look at an aerial photo of Oludeniz beach and the Blue Lagoon is enough to leave anyone with a burning urge to visit it. As a protected area by law, building and construction are prohibited, and this has left the landscape view, intact in its natural state.
Protruding out into the calm, blue, Mediterranean waters, the beach and lagoon are fine sand, backed by a green mountain range. Holidaymakers soar in the sky after booking the popular tourist attraction of tandem paragliding, or they jump on daily boat trips exploring the coastline to see equally stunning places like Butterfly Valley or sunset on Gemiler island.
Most foreigners moving to this area have settled in the small neighbouring resorts of Ovacik, Calis and Hisaronu or the bigger city centre of Fethiye. Eagerly embracing the Mediterranean lifestyle, they find the landscape views in the Fethiye region some of the prettiest in Turkey.
The coastal views of the Bodrum peninsula, not only attract your average expat but also wealthy and famous celebrities, eager to tap into the luxurious facade of the Turkish Rivera. The rugged coastline is home to many small resorts such as Gumusluk, Yalikavak and Turgutreis that have all become expat havens.
Simply because everywhere you turn, there are fantastic views from the backing hills, across the towns, sandy beaches and to the horizon on the Aegean sea. Coupled with an intensely blue sky, on bright days, the Greek island of Kos is evident in the distance.
In many resorts where expats have bought properties in Bodrum, their homes have the perfect panoramic sea view. Meanwhile, the small amphitheatre in Bodrum central town lays way to an amazing landscape of the prominent castle, Bodrum’s famous landmark.
The Kackar Mountains
Sitting in the northeast, far away from the sandy beaches of the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, the Kackar mountains perfectly explain the diversity of landscapes in Turkey. The intensely green, forested mountain range is home to many small villages housing tight-knit communities with strong, traditional cultures and beliefs.
Hence, locals rarely sell up to foreigners, instead keeping neighbourhoods focused on who you know, and who you are related to. It has however enticed many nationalities for hiking and camping trips, and the regions of Uzungol and Ayder plateau benefit hugely from tourism. People who do want to enjoy year-round living of the Kackar mountains, instead buy property in the nearby city of Trabzon that is just a short drive to the beautiful landscapes and celebrated spots.