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Looking for a flat close to the city center yet tucked up a quiet back street? This refined classical flat with big windows, a long balcony, and original woodwork is a charming and comfortable place to pass your days. While the building is only three years old, the apartment was designed with a classical touch, including warm woodwork frames throughout.
The apartment features 2 bedrooms, a bath, kitchen, and spacious living room with windows and french doors on two sides opening up to a wraparound porch. The master bedroom also features a french door opening onto a private balcony facing a shaded courtyard.
While the flat faces north, cream-colored walls and wide windows throughout ensure that the entire house is filled with light – and yet not too hot in summer. The apartment also comes with all the usual amenities – air conditioning, kitchen appliances, full bathroom fixtures. Owner-occupied, everything is but gently used.
Located on the ground floor, this flat is perfect for those who have young children and want to be able to watch them outside, or those who have trouble walking up stairs. The flat is located one block from the Migros supermarket, two blocks from Didim’s main AtaTurk BLVD and public transportation, and a 25 minute walk to the boardwalk and public beach.
Looking to try before you buy? This likable 2 bedroom 1 bath flat is both moderate and pleasing with its simple, airy design.
The flat is located on Central Ata Turk Blvd in Didim, just across from Migros Supermarket and within walking distance to the main boardwalk and public beach. Located on the fourth floor, the modern flat is removed enough from the main stretch of street cafes to offer some quiet and tranquility, and yet everything you might need – banks, bars, a bounty of local restaurants, small shops and supermarkets – is easily at hand.
The building was constructed eight years’ ago and has the benefits of fully fitted security and facilities (including an elevator and AC). The apartment itself was outfitted with cool ceramic floors and light woodwork lending the residence a sense of spaciousness and serenity. Furnishings are modern, but simple, and won’t suffer under sandy feet. One bedroom holds two wrought iron twin beds, the other a double.
Step outside to your private balcony, or enjoy the gated pool. Your neighbors are a quiet and friendly mix of foreign retirees, recurrent annual vacationers, and local residents.
Take one of the local buses from just across the street, take a leisurely walk to the Temple of Apollo, or head to the nearby Didim Bus Station for a longer day (or weekend!) journey to Kusadasi, Bodrum, or Izmir. The closest airport is at Bodrum, with easily arranged pickup and transfers.
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The flat is for rent for 160 TL/day ($61). For booking or more information, please contact Onur Arik at email@example.com.
Personally, we can’t decide between Olympos (Çıralı), where the adventurous can stay in tree houses (our old favorite is Orange Pansiyon for its grape vine-covered outdoor terrace and proximity to the beach), gorge on gozleme and fresh mussles during the day, and wander Roman ruins in between dips in the sea; Kabak Koy for the beach’s beauty and seclusion; and Iztuzu for the miles-long shallow water beach backed by an arc of protected pine forests. If you’re heading on the road to Bodrum (from Antalya) make sure to check out Kaputas Plaj too. There’s no sign for the beach but the parked cars backed up on the winding road. Head down a hundred cement steps and find yourself confronted with the clearest crystal water you’ve ever seen.
If you’re looking for great food to compliment your trip to the beach, check out Turkey’s Best Beach Food.
Gallery before the Guardian post is our own.
Originally posted in The Guardian here.
Winning tip: Çıralı, Antalya
Nestled in a valley, overlooked by the ruins of Olympos (Tahtalı Dağı), lies one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Çıralı is so special due to its two-mile sweeping beach which remains undeveloped thanks to the loggerhead turtles that nest on the sands each year. At one end of the beach lies the town of Ancient Olympos, while at the other is the natural phenomenon of the constantly burning Chimaera flames. The tiny hamlet is full of charm, with each impressive garden full of pomegranate and citrus trees. Stay in one of the simple pensions: favourites are Hotel Villa Monte and Anatolia Resort.
villa-monte.com (doubles €60 B&B), ciralipansiyon.net (doubles €65 B&B)
Kelebek Vadisi, near Fethiye
Only accessible by boat, Kelebek Vadisi (Butterfly Valley), close to Fethiye, feels like a south-east Asian paradise beach. It has remained undeveloped, with just a few wooden buildings and a campsite dotting the lush valley. The stunning walk to a waterfall and the gorgeous beach make a popular day trip from Fethiye for TL10 (£2.50) return, but if you want to escape the crowds and totally switch off, this is your place. Camping and basic huts with restaurant and bar available on the beach.
In the US we tend to think of a “kebab” as a grilled food on a stick: sizzling sliced of red meat and onions over the charcoals, vegetable kebabs, Hawaiian kebabs with speared pineapples and fish. In most of Western Europe it’s sliced meat in a pita. But in Turkey you will encounter plenty of things called a kebab that look nothing like what I described above. The meat may not be skewered; there may not even be a grill; there’s often not a pita. In fact, some Turkish kebabs, like Tesli Kebabi, come in a baked clay bowl and look more like a stew. Others, like the simit kebab, are sliced and wrapped in lavash under a dressing of sour yogurt.
When you think of a kebab, the image that comes to mind is probably that of Shish kebabs (Çöp Şiş or şiş kebap in Turkish) or shashlik (mixed meat and vegetables skewered and grilled). But those are only two variations of kebabs. Kebab itself actually refers to a type of meat preparation – usually.
“Kebab” style meat – sliced meat layered on an upright spittle, then slowly rotated until cooked through, and carved off in thin slices – was invented by a Busa native named Iskender in the late 19th century. Kebabs can also refer to chunks of meat skewered and grilled, or a meat stew. Kebabs are traditionally made from lamb, but you can also find chicken kebabs, beef kebabs, and mixed meat and vegetable kebabs. That is to say – there’s no one all-encompassing definition of a kebab. Each region has a few famous varieties; we recommend you try them all to determine for yourself what a kebab actually and truly is.
Some of our favorites from around Turkey:
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
These brand new apartments are both compact (easy to clean) and open to let in light and breeze from the sea. At 60 square meters, they are larger than the typical one-bedroom apartment and would be comfortable for a couple, or for shorter family stays. The apartment complex consists of 3 buildings and a total of 48 units – small enough that you’ll be familiar with your neighbors, just large enough that there will always be someone around, even in the off-season.
The Basics: 60 square meters; one bedroom, one bath, one living room and kitchen, large balcony facing the sea; all modern fixtures; gated and secured apartment complex with shop, cafe, swimming pool, children’s play area and maintenance on hand; in the neighborhood of Akbük, ten minutes from downtown Didim and 45 minutes from the Bodrum Airport.
Main Qualities: Quiet, full amenities, mid-sized modern housing complex, new apartments
Benefits of this Location: Akbük is a mere ten minute drive from downtown Didim, but offers the serenity and quiet of the country. It is a small seaside resort with the amenities of a mid-sized city due to it’s popularity as a vacation haven in summer. The community is located on a small cove, which makes it an idyllic place for swimming and water sports, even with children.
This Property As An Investment Opportunity: These apartments were completed right before the recent rise in the cost of construction materials in Turkey. Though brand new, and of high quality, they are on the market for less than apartments built several months later. That is to say, you can buy a top-notch new property for significantly less than current market rates.
Interested? See the full property description here. The complex also offers 2 BR apartments.
For more information, please contact Onur Arik at firstname.lastname@example.org