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15 Great Expat Blogs About Turkey

Here are 15 great blogs to check out if you are curious about living in Turkey, want to try out more Mediterranean Cooking, or are just searching for some travel inspiration:

  1. Turkey’s For Life: Julie and Barry, two UK citizens, share advice, recipes, and plenty of personal adventures on this extensive blog.
  2. Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Photos, easy-to-follow recipes and interesting tales woven together by an award-winning chef who also happens to offer online cooking lessons.
  3. Turkey from the Inside: Pat, a UK-origined former Thomas Cook travel specialist, travel book author and writer for Today’s Zaman takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the culture and history of many different Turkish regions
  4. Back to Bodum: An Aussie expat and her Turkish husband re-adjust to life in the Turkish countryside
  5. Pul Biber – With Everything (Red Pepper with Everything) Two retired UK expats living in Selçuk adjust from their fast-paced London life to soaking up the small town sights, smells and occasional serenity
  6. Adventures in Ankara: A Pennsylvania native and lawyer by profession shares her adventures and observations after moving to Ankara with her Turkish husband. Plenty of travel tips, trip reviews, and a culinary corner as well.
  7. A Seasonal Cook in Turkey: A 30+ year expat resident of Istanbul share’s the years’ best fare with recipes fit for every season.
  8. Slowly By Slowly: “Roadtripping through one Turkish-American marriage with a troupe of backseat-driving Karagöz puppets”
  9. Almost Turkish Recipes: Simple and tasty meals you can make in your own kitchen, regardless of whether you have access to Turkey’s extensive outdoor bazaars.
  10. From the Seven Hills of Istanbul: A Wisconsin native who has lived almost continuously in Turkey since completing her MA in Turkish Studies in 2009 now shares restaurant reviews and travel tips covering Bursa and Istanbul.
  11. Binur’s Turkish Cookbook: Recipes, tantalizing photos.  What more could you want in a simple food blog?
  12. The Turkish Life: A SF native residing in Istanbul and writing about food, running, photography and the environment
  13. Far From the Sticks: An East Coaster residing in Ankara with her Turkish husband shares stories, photos and culinary adventures.
  14. Adana Adventures: Part travel /living guide, part blog written by an American expat living in Adana with his Turkish wife.
  15. Inside Out Istanbul: Lisa Morrow, author of  Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City and Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries shares book reviews, life tales, and plenty of photos.

+ 1 Best of Bursa: An expat family shares their favorite experiences in a city they’ve come to call home.

Looking for More Reading: the Daily Sabah has also collected an “Ultimate list of expat blogs on Turkey” to be found here.

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Time and Money Saving Travel Tips: Turkish Museum Passes

Summer 2013 3376Traveling to Turkey? What are you most excited to see? The underground cities and cave carved churches at Cappadocia? The intricate and immense ceilings of the Blue Mosque? The once grandesque Temple of Apollo? The library or the Church of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus, reached by a two-thousand year old stone street? Hittite relics at the Museum of Anatolian Civilization? Lycian ruins at Olympos where beach-goers in bikinis mingle with relics of lost cities?

With hundreds of historical sites to see museum entrance costs can certainly add up, and the summer lines at Hagia Sophia can deter even the most intrepid of travelers.

But, no worries! In 2008 the Turkish government launched the Müzekart For 40 lira anyone with Turkish citizenship or a Turkish residence permit can have unlimited free access to museums and archaeological sites run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism over a period of one year. This is a great deal for students, retirees with residence permits, and other expats.  Unfortunately, if you are not a Turkish citizen, or do not have a valid residence permit, you are not eligible to purchase the card.

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However, if you are planning to visit the sites in Istanbul or Cappadocia, the government offers two regional museum passes.

In Istanbul you can purchase a Museum Pass Istanbul for 85 lira (3 days) or 115 lira (5 days).  The card is good for entrance to: Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum and Harem Apartments, İstanbul Archaeological Museums, İstanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum of Turkish and İslamic Arts, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Chora Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Yıldız Palace, Rumeli Hisar Museum, and the Fethiye Museum. You can also use it to get discounts at a number of shops and entertainmnet venues.  The pass can be purchased at any of the sites, or at certain hotels (listed on the website).  The pass provides only single entrance (meaning you’ll have to pay full admission price if you make a second trip to the same museum), and slower sight-savoring travelers may find that it doesn’t pay for itself.  If you don’t plan on seeing all  the Istanbul sites, then the card’s main advantage is that it saves you from the lines, which can be quite long in peak season.

There is also a 45 lira Museum Pass Cappadocia.  This pass is valid for three days (72 hours from the time of first use) and covers seven spots in the Cappadocia region: Ihlara Valley, Derinkuyu Underground City, Goreme Open Air Museum, Goreme Karanlık Church, Kaymaklı Underground City, Özkonak Underground City, Nevşehir Museum, Cavusin Archaeological Site, Hacibektas Museum, and Zelve-Pasabaglari.

All passes (and individual tickets) are available for purchase on this government site.  Just make sure to print out your tickets for individual sites before heading to the museum!

Individual tickets cost from 5 lira (Olympos, Temple of Apollo) to 30 lira (Ephesus).  You can view a list of all museums here.

Other time-saving tips: Go early! Especially along the coast passengers from docking cruise ships create heavy museum traffic between 10 am and 3 pm.  Hit the museums when they open to avoid lines, or after 3pm to have a quieter and less crowded experience.

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Turkey: The Culture and History of Geography

A short jaunt through Turkey’s geography mixing culture, arts and history:
From Kevin Gould at The Guardian, here:
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Turkey’s culture and history, including sites like Mount Nemrut, is what makes the country so attractive today. Photograph: Peter Adams/JAI/Corbis

I’ve spent nearly 30 years travelling in luxury coaches, dodgy taxis, Dolmus buses, army helicopters, by boat and on foot and never fail to be thrown by the sheer diversity of a country that’s more like a continent.

Hip, cultural Istanbul is where many travellers start their voyages of discovery. Like New York isn’t America, Istanbul isn’t really Turkey, but a state in it’s own right. Unlike New York, Istanbul has 3,000 years of civilisation to inspire herself with. On the same latitude as Rome (and also built on seven hills), this was the perfect capital for the Emperor Constantine to establish the Eastern Roman empire from, just when old Rome was tearing itself to pieces.

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Is It Safe to Travel in Turkey?

Between recent attacks on government offices in Istanbul, protests over educational content, clashes between protesters and the police, instability in neighboring Syria, and Turkey’s perceived image as a Muslim nation with limited freedoms, many Americans and some Europeans have expressed fear over the idea of stepping foot in Turkey.  Right now, from watching the news, it [may] seem like a dangerous place to travel, and certainly not an ideal retirement destination.  But are these misgivings unfounded? And is it actually safe to travel (and live) in Turkey?

The Short Answer: Yes, probably.

The Long Answer: Yes, probably, as long as you keep your wits about you and act in a respectful and civilized manner.  Provided you act as you wish visitors to your community to act, you should not come against any major problems.  Turkey actually has a very low crime rate, and no inherent cultural dislike of individual foreigners. Keep an open mind, be attentive and adjust to your surroundings, talk to people as equals, carry a sense of curiosity, and you should be fine.

Syria:

While Syria does indeed border Turkey, the border is now closed, and that corner of Turkey is very far away from popular destinations, all of which are largely unaffected by the conflict.  For comparison: Kobani is 972 kilometers from Antalya; San Diego and LA are respectively 28 and 217 kilometers from Tijuana – and yet no one avoids them because of their proximity to a city with such a high crime rate and documented illegal refugees and contraband trafficking. Proximity does not equate actual danger.  We do not recommend visiting southeast Turkey for the time being, just to be on the safe side, but most of the country is largely untouched by the conflict in Syria.  Most Syrian refugees who have moved away from Turkey’s border towns have found shelter in Istanbul and Ankara; some locals have attributed a perceived rise in pick-pocketing to their arrival.  While there is not yet enough evidence for such correlation, it is still always good to watch your belongings and carry your purse in front when in larger cities or crowded areas, regardless of which country you are in.

For an August, 2015 update, please see: “Is It Still Safe to Travel in Turkey?”

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Weekly Featured Property: Kuşadası Villas

Kuşadası Villas: 3 BDR 2BA 170 m2 Duplex Villas for €112000projects_clip_image006

Three-bedroom duplexes in a quiet enclosed complex with green space and shared pools, only 2 minutes from the beach and 15 minutes from bustling downtown Kuşadası. This property would be perfect for a family that visits Turkey for vacation every year and wants a place to spread out and relax; or retirees who wish to have a little more room for visitors.  The location makes it a great option for those who want some serenity at home, but don’t want to give up access to a thriving urban area.

The Basics: 170 square meters; three bedrooms, two baths, one living room and kitchen with walkout to covered terrace, large second-story balcony; all modern fixtures; 24 hr security with CCTV; swimming pool and outdoor whirlpool; private yard and public green space in complex; two minutes from the beach and fifteen minutes from downtown Kuşadası.

Main Qualities: Spacious living plan, new buildings, community-style residence area, walking distance to the beach, quiet area close to urban center, duplex

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Finding the Best Airfare Options from the US to Turkey

Flying long distances doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, distance doesn’t determine the price.  If you shop around and use a few tricks, your flights from the states to Turkey can be less expensive than a flight within the US. We found round-trip airfare from New York to Istanbul for as low as $549.

Let’s say you want to fly to Turkey in Spring or Fall, hitting the beaches while the water’s warm, but avoiding peak tourism season. Here’s what you can do to find the best flight prices (and save your money for sailing and seafood):

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Tip No. 1Use ITA Matrix

ITA Matrix was originally created by computer scientists at MIT and was later bought out by Google.  It scans almost every available flight to find you the best deal.  You can set numerous parameters, such as flight time, specific dates or date ranges, and flight preferences (nonstop, one stop, multiple stops; multi-city; no overnights).  ITA is actually used by other discount booking websites such as Kayak – and thus it is much faster more comprehensive, and often delivers up cheaper flights.  You can find a much more detailed introduction to ITA here.  There are, however, two drawback to ITA:  that tickets cannot be purchased directly – you must search the flight you found on Google Flights, call Priceline, call the airline company or use Hipmunk (how to do that here and here); and the ITA database does not always include minor or in-country air companies.  It will not show results for Turkey’s budged airline, Pegasus Airlines.  Thus, if you want to book cheap tickets within Turkey, you may want to go directly to the Pegasus website.  Also, the JFK-IST flight is always a few dollars cheaper on Google Flights.

Quick Tutorial Video: Use HipMunk to Book ITA Flights

There are also free app versions of ITA (though with fewer options than the full site) available for google play and apple.

To give an example of how ITA works, we ran the the same flights (JFK-Istanbul and Chicago O’Hare-IST) Sep 1st-24th through ITA, Google Flights, Kayak, and Turkish Airlines. The lowest prices listed were as follows:

JFK-IST ITA: $630*                      ORD – IST ITA: $719

             Google: $619                                                 Google: $749

             Turkish Airlines: $833                    Turkish Airlines: $883

             Kayak: $730                                        Kayak: $806

            Hipmunk w/o ITA: $626                         Hipmunk w/o ITA: $826

*Please note that all prices quoted here are purely for reference, and may change

Tip No. 2: Be Flexible with Your Flight Times & Dates

With ITA Matrix you can select flexible dates (ex. April 30 +- 2 days) or a range, called a “calender of low fares” (ex: leave April 15 to one month later, stay 9-13 days).  The more flexible you can be with your travel dates, the more likely you are to hit upon times lower in demand (and thus far less expensive).

Examples:

April 30-May 10: $807

April 30-May 10+- 2 days: $679

Departing between April 15 and May 15, staying for 9-14 days: $594; Depart 1 week earlier: $549

We found that the cheapest RT JFK-IST flights are generally in early April and October:

Tip No. 3: Book In Advance If Traveling During Peak Season

It’s generally recommended that you book 5 weeks-100 days out when traveling internationally.  As seats are filled, prices go up.

Tip No. 4: Fly Out of Major Hubs/Experiment with Different City Options IMG_5128

Flying out of some US cities is far more expensive than flying out of other cities.  Generally, it is cheapest to fly out of JFK on the East Coast and Chicago O’Hare in the Midwest. If you can, visit friends or take the train to a major hub airport.  Do know that if you book a separate flight on a different airline to a hub airport, and your first flight is delayed enough that you miss the second leg of your journey, the airline most likely will not reschedule your flight without fines.  Thus it is recommended that you allow sufficient time between flights, or take a mode of transportation that is not frequently subject to delays.

Second, consider just booking a flight from a major US hub to Istanbul.  If you have the time, spend a day resting, recovering from jetlag, and exploring in Istanbul, and then either take a cheap domestic flight (like Pegasus) or the bus to your final destination.  Buses in Turkey are quite comfortable, directly connect most cities, and will most often take you to the city center (whereas the airport may be a 50km trip from town).

While the April 19-29 JFK-IST ticket is $594, the JFK-Antalya fare is $741, and JFK-Dalaman is $1,038. For comparisson, a round-trip Pegasus IST-Antalya flight is $46 including taxes, and IST-Dalaman is $55.

Tip No. 5: Change Your Sales City

A longer article explaining this trick can be found here. Basically, you may see lower prices if you change your sales city to Istanbul or another in-country location and make sure the currency is “Default (Currency of the Sales City)”.  If you change your sales city to IST, but keep the sales currency in USD you will see the same price as quoted for a US Sales City. This trick seem to especially work when booking flights earlier in advance. The results will show in Turkish Lira (YTL), but you can easily convert the amount and compare prices. If using the app, click “more options” to change your Sales City.

Example with JFK-IST flights:

USD April 19-29  $594      June 1-10: $730        Sep 1-24: $719

YTL April 19-29 1,521 ($587)  June 1-10: 1,868 ($729.40)     Sep 1-24: 1.613 ($629.83)

Before buying tickets in a different currency, however, check with your bank to see if they will charge you for converting money from USD.

Tip No. 6: Buy Two Separate One-Way Tickets

Planning to stay for a while and not sure when you’re going to return? Instead of buying a roundtrip ticket and then changing your flight back (and incurring hefty airline fees), just buy a one-way ticket.  In April, JFK-IST one way tickets go for as low as $321. When you decide when you want to fly back, book your return ticket using the methods above, or (after checking ITA prices) with a local travel agent.  In-country travel agents sometimes have deals with the major airlines and are able to find you fares that are even cheaper than those listed online. However, do first compare one-way and round-trip ticket prices.  For some airlines, the cost to move a return ticket date is significantly cheaper than buying two separate tickets.

And Always Remember: Ask Airlines and Agents to Match Prices

As you probably noticed above, prices can be substantially different between different websites. Found a lower price on ITA, but don’t feel comfortable using HipMunk? If there is a price discrepancy, call the airline (or Priceline or your preferred travel agency) and ask if they can match the price.  Oftentimes they will, especially if they value you as a return customer.

Have any other tips or tricks? Please share in the comments section below!

Please keep in mind that the above figures (found on March 24th and 25th, 2015) are used to provide examples, and are not meant to be taken as definitive prices.  Airline prices are always subject to change; experiment with different dates, sales cities, and websites to find the best fare. 

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Interview with a Real Estate Agent: Onur Arık

Onur Arık is an Ankara native and the owner and manager of Milan Estate Agents, a boutique personal real estate agency and consulting business in the popular seaside resort of Didim, Turkey. He has a background in Finance, is currently studying Law to better advise his clients, and speaks Turkish, English and some Dutch.

1. Introduce yourself in one sentence. Two things are the most important for me: the first is honesty and the second is being helpful. These are also important for business. When people understand that you are honest and you will always help them everything goes smoothly.

2. Tell us a little bit about your company. My company is a real estate company but we also provide consultancy and after sales services. This is because when you sell a property buyers also need those services. This means we are with clients throughout the whole sales procedure. We have been working for more than 5 years in this sector. We have a lot of clients from Europe, especially from Belgium. We have been working on Aegean side of Turkey, which includes Bodrum and Kuşadası as well. We have a lot of different properties in our portfolio with prices ranging from 30 000 Euro to 1 000 000 Euro.

3. How long have you been in Didim? I have been in Didim for more than 5 years..

4. Why Didim? Didim is developing area. Everyday it is growing.01b369162721d7a56cfb64ce469754ae7df412587f This means there is a high demand from investors. It also means that when you invest, you will see a profit within a reasonable time. Because of this, Didim is a great place to open up a real estate agency.

Didim is also a great place to live. It’s a small town, but popular seaside holiday resort, which means we have many of the amenities and options of a big city. It is located between Kuşadası and Bodrum and just 2 hours from Izmir, one of the Mediterranean’s largest cities. However, compared to Bodrum and Kuşadası prices are far more reasonable in Didim. For example, you can find a nice 2 bedroom apartment with a swimming pool from 50 000 Euro.

While a modern town, Didim is also surrounded by many historical sites, like the Temple of Apollo, Miletos, and Ephesus. Both the beaches and the archaeological sites attract a lot of different people to the area.

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5. Milan is a city in Italy – how did you choose this name for your company? My son was born in Belgium and named him Milan, as it’s a very popular name there. My company is named after my son.

6. What are your most popular properties? Most of our properties are in full-service complexes with a swimming pool, security and other facilities, following the hotel concept. 2 bedroom apartments are the most popular. Clients generally prefer closed residential areas where they can find a swimming pool, cafe and bar inside the complex. Two bedroom apartments are usually more than large enough for 4 people on vacation, and thus attractive for renters, and the price is also not so high. But demands change from one person to another. Some people want to be close to sea; some a bit farther away. Some people want to be in the centre; some people seek quietude. We have properties to suit expectations in our portfolio.

7. Who is moving here? Are they vacationers, seasonal residents, or year-long 1residents? Generally vacationers and seasonal residents, though Didim also has 6,000+ permanent British residents, and several thousand retirees of other nationalities . Most foreigners are from the UK, but we also see clients from Belgium, Sweden and France. The permanent residents are usually retired people over the age of fifty, but summer sees a lot of families vacationing here as well. Didim has over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s still warm enough to swim in late September, and the winters are not cold, so it’s also a great place to live year-round.

7. b. Who are you selling properties to? What are they doing with their properties? As I lived in Belgium, I am focusing especially on that market. But we also have some clients from England, France and other countries. They are generally vacationers who come 3-5 times per year. If they do not have time to come they generally rent their houses out. We also provide full Rental Services.

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8. What are people’s initial impressions of Turkey? Of Didim?
They really like it here. Didim, Bodrum and Kuşadası have different options. As I have said Didim is still developing, so you can find much cheaper options. Bodrum is hailed as The Saint-Tropez of Turkey, but people are generally really impressed and surprised because Didim is not big as Bodrum, but it still has everything. It does not matter if they are 20 years or 50 years old, they can find something that meets their interests and expectations. If you like history or entertaining night life you have that in Didim. If you like seafood and water sports you also have a lot of options.

9. What are the most common misconceptions about Turkey? About Didim? About living in Turkey? People generally think that Turkey is not safe, as its border close to the Middle East. But actually it is not like that. Compared to other European countries, Turkey is one of the safest places in Europe. We have a lot of advantages, such as reasonable living costs, 300+ days of sunshine, a culture of hospitality, thriving tourism, etc..

10.  What are the advantages of working with a local real estate agent like you versus a larger international real estate company with properties in many countries? We are more friendly 😀 We can offer everything that a big company can offer, but we are not just looking people as clients. We want to build long-term relationships and see our clients as friends. When they need us, we will always be there for them, whether it’s to understand an electricity bill, call a repairman, be on hand to help install appliances, or find a good cleaner. They can even reach us in the middle of the night. Our after sales services includes everything that our clients need after they buy a property, and we work with our clients individually. It makes us not only a consultants, but also permanent friends they can rely on.

11.  You majored in finance in university.  How would you assess property in Turkey as an investment opportunity? Over the last 12 years a lot of European countries have had crises (like Spain, Greece, Portugal and Ireland). But our economy has been growing. As we have a young population we have a lot of advantages. We are working hard, andthis is positively effecting the economy. There is a possibility to enter the European Union. When we become a member, our prices will also rise, as has happened in Croatia and Albania. So If you invest now you will see a lot of profit in the future.

12. What are the best types of properties to invest in right now?  IMG_1067 (800x533)Nowadays 2 bedroom apartments are especially popular. They can be sold and rented easily, as there’s a big market for them. We have different 2 bedroom apartment options for all budgets. So if you want to be close to sea or far but cheaper apartments we can provide those options as well.

13. What should potential buyers be most careful about when searching for a property? First of all, all the papers have to be correct. We only work with the biggest builders in our region, so all of the papers like building permissions and title deeds are checked and verified by a lawyer. Then buyers must determine their budget. Then we can show them different verified properties in their budget range.

14. What is the most important factor that people often overlook when purchasing a property? People generally think that the budget is the most important aspect, but actually it is not. First of all, the property they buy has to have all necessary papers. This means the sale has to be safe and official. After we determine the legitimacy of the papers we can continue the sale if the property is in their budget and matches their expectations.

15. What factors should buyers consider when assessing a property? Safety, legality and budget.22

16. What kind of services (pre-sale and after-sale) should clients expect from a Real Estate Agency? I think clients should expect the same kind of complete services we provide. As long as they need us we help them. We help them through all sales procedures and even after they buy their home. Our after sales services is determined by clients expectations. If they need rental services we do it. If they need car rental, organizing daily tours, airport transfer, buying furniture, preparing the house for tenants, doing inventory, checking the property after tenants leave, etc… we can provide those services. Below is a list of our usual pre-sale and after-sale services:

Pre Sale services:

  • Arrange meeting with builder
  • Completing the sales agreement
  • Making payment plan
  • Getting a tax number
  • Opening a bank account
  • Applying for the title deeds
  • Obtaining the title deeds
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After Sale Services:

  • Assistance buying furniture
  • Organizing airport transfer or daily excursions
  • Rental Services
  • Inventory for tenants
  • Organizing cleaning services
  • Organizing car rental

17. How do you help clients find the perfect property? We provide inspections trips. Before the trip we talk with the client to determine their budget and expectations, and we arrange suitable properties for them to view. I have been working and building solid relationships with the best builders in Didim for more than 5 years. When they start a new project they always inform me, and after the project is finished I get new properties in my portfolio. Because of our mutual trust and collaboration, I’m able to have some very desirable and diverse proerties in my portfolio.

For the inspection trip,we organize everything to fit into 3-4 days. We pick up our clients from airport and take them to their hotel. We visit all the apartments in our portfolio in their price range and meeting their needs. If they decide to buy we do all paper work, and last we bring them back to airport.

18. Can you briefly outline the process of purchasing a property in Didim? 

244When our clients decide to buy a property first meet with the builder. We do the sales agreement and give a deposit for the property. If the clients have the budget to pay for the property at once, we can organize everything within one day and give them their title deeds. Otherwise we will arrange a plan for payment installations.

19. Describe the typical day of a retiree in Didim. They generally start with a good breakfast either at home with fresh food from the markets, or at one of the many reasonably-priced local cafes. Then they can go to sea to swim, sail or sunbathe. If they are interested in culture or history, there are many places to visit around Didim like The Temple of Apollo, Miletos, Iasos, Ephesus… In the evening you can find a lot of people strolling the boardwalk or sitting out in cafes, chatting over a cold beer or enjoying dinner. We have superb restaurants where they can eat fresh seafood. Sea Bass and Sea Bream are especially famous. After dinner you can see people socializing, or diving into Didim’s nightlife scene.

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20. What’s Didim’s best beach?  Didim’s best beach is Altınkum Beach. Didim is famous for its famous sandy beaches and there are a lot of beaches around Didim, some public and crowded, some quiet and secluded.  

Best place to dine on a budget? Didim also has a lot of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can eat delicious and fresh sea foods or Turkish local foods at a reasonable price. At Şehir Lokantası you can find authentic local Turkish food.

At Kamacı Restaurant (two branches: opposite the Temple of Apollo and in Altınkum) you can enjoy delicious fresh-caught fish.

Best place to splurge for a fancy dinner? If you want to splurge on dinner, there are some luxury restaurants around the new Marina offering different fresh specials each day.

21. What is your son’s favorite place in Didim? Definitely the municipal soccer field. He really likes to play football.

22. How would you characterize Didim? For whom is it the ideal town?01c35a47822968b8751e2fc9e221872bda968d5caa I think Didim is a good place for everyone. If you stay here for a long term or come for just vacation you will find good weather, good food, sea, reasonable life costs and enjoy Turkish hospitality. 
The town has to offer:

  • Good weather ( 300 days sunshine, it never snows)
  • Good fresh sea food and local Turkish cuisine
  • Reasonable living costs
  • Sandy beaches with a blue flag
  • Hospitality and Community Warmth
  • Proximity to local arts 01cd0971ef4c80f1ef8935ef54c3cc2f5f658d5009
  • English speaking shop assistants, hospitality industry worker and doctors
  • Diving and other water sports; a world-class marina
  • Entertaining night life
  • Historical sites open to the public ( Apollo Temple, Miletos, Iasos, Ephesus)

23. Any complaints you have about Didim? Every town has advantages and disadvantages. Some people find Didim too small; for them we have properties in the nearby cities of Bodrum and Kusadasi.

24. You used to live in Turnhout, Belgium.  What are the biggest differences between daily life01d712b60614c5105f04f88dd3f90fe031c8bdcb55 in Turnhout and daily life in Didim? The weather is very different. In Belgium we had 300 days of rain; here it’s the exact opposite. Didim is a resort area, so people come here for holiday. The pace is much more relaxed, and people are here to enjoy themselves and have a good time. Also, the food is better.

25. And…what’s your favorite food?  Where’s the best place to try this dish in Didim?  Fish of course. I especially like the sea bream, sea bass and octopus at Kamacı Restaurant in Altınkum.

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