Turkey is so on trend

  Date posted: 8th of September 2010

ANYONE going to Turkey this summer is on trend. Visitor numbers were up 20 per cent last year according to Abta, while passenger numbers travelling through Turkish airports soared by 24 per cent in the first half of this year. Many European resorts have suffered in the past two years, but not Turkey, where a record 28 million holidaymakers are expected this year.

Turkey is outside the fluctuating eurozone, enjoys a long summer season and has an increasing variety of property on offer. It is also - in the summer season - easy to reach on low-cost airlines, so it is little wonder that 32,000 British buyers already own property there, most of it close to one of three international airports on the south-west coast: Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya.

The Bodrum peninsula combines busy tourist resorts, classy seafront villages and an international town. Dalaman is the entry point to the Turquoise Coast - a sailor's dream - and home to archaeological ruins and the much-photographed Oludeniz Lagoon. Antalya is one for golfers with 17 courses nearby.

BODRUM AIRPORT: PARTY ON THE PENINSULA Bodrum is south-west Turkey's party town, where Istanbul's elite fly in to spend time off in spacious waterfront homes. Apartments on the steep Bodrum peninsula cost from Pounds 70,000, with three-bedroom villas from Pounds 130,000. Prices peak around Gumusluk and Yalikavak, where you can find deepwater anchorages on the Aegean Sea. In Konacik, five minutes from Bodrum and the beaches at Bitez, Cumberland Properties is selling Woodland Regency. This new resort has 62 properties, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom villas. Prices from Pounds 72,000 to Pounds 225,000; annual service charges from Pounds 720. Facilities include two pools, five acres of communal gardens, a clubhouse and a putting green.

Across the Bay of Gulluk in the fishing village of Iasos, British developer Galliard Homes is completing Horizon Sky, one- and two- bedroom contemporary apartments on a tranquil green hillside overlooking the sea. Facilities will include 11 pools, tennis courts, mini golf, spa and a large clubhouse. Prices start from Pounds 86,200 for an 890sq ft apartment with terrace.

DALAMAN AIRPORT: SAILING THE TURQUOISE COAST Catch an easyJet flight from Gatwick or Stansted to Dalaman, head east, and 40 minutes later you will reach the pineforested Taurus Mountains around Fethiye. This is a family-friendly town popular with sailors who use the modern marina as a staging post to cruise the bays and coves along Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast.

In Fethiye, Place Overseas has good quality two-bedroom apartments with sea views from Pounds 90,000. Detached three- bedroom villas start from between Pounds 120,000 and Pounds 150,000. On exclusive Sovalye Island in the Gulf of Fethiye, accessible only by boat, a waterfront four-bedroom villa with private mooring costs from Pounds 450,000 and would rent for Pounds 4,000 a week in high season.

Kalkan, 90 minutes from Dalaman, is a charming fishing village on the Lycian coast, where small shops cluster on steep, cobbled streets. Nearby attractions include the nine-mile sandy beach at Patara and the gorges, lakes and forests of the Akdag Mountains.

"Kalkan is a real hot spot at present for British buyers," says Cameron Deggin, of Place Overseas. "It's an upmarket destination where you can achieve strong rental returns. A client who bought a contemporary Pounds 300,000 three-bedroom house and pool has rented it from May to September for Pounds 13,000."

ANTALYA AIRPORT: GOLFING ON THE MEDITERRANEAN Move over Algarve, there is a new golfing centre on the block. Belek, 17 miles east of Antalya airport on the south Mediterranean coast, was voted the European Golf Destination of 2008 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. Since 1994, 17 courses have been developed, with professionals such as Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo putting their names behind resorts.

One-bedroom apartments 15 minutes from the golf courses and the sea start from Pounds 50,000. Spot Blue has two-bedroom low-level apartments within walking distance of the sea and golf from Pounds 67,645, and well-positioned three-bedroom villas with private pools from as little as Pounds 137,420.

"Belek has exceptional golf courses and four- and five-star international hotels, but not much else at present," says Julian Walker, of Spot Blue. "The modern airport at Antalya is 25 minutes away and the local infrastructure will improve to cater for its new discerning tourists."

Contact: Place Overseas + 44 (0) 20 8371 0059