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The 7 Best Places To Live In Turkey That Expats Love

From Istanbul to the most popular coastal locations perfectly suited for retirement in the sun – here’s an overview of where to live in Turkey.

Turkey has long been a popular holiday destination for those seeking sun, good food, and interesting culture.

As a result, it’s unsurprising that it offers all this and more for those wanting to relocate permanently.

While some of its larger cities have taken on a more modern, metropolitan vibe, there are plenty of places that retain their classic Turkish charm.

Turkey offers an attractive prospect for expats because of its low cost of living and cultural variety. If this sounds ideal, here are the best places to live in Turkey.

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1. Istanbul – the professional expat’s choice

For those seeking employment, particularly in the world of business, Istanbul is definitely one of the best places to live in Turkey. It’s the country’s historic, economic, and cultural sector, which is why it’s so good for business.

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Beyoglu district in Istanbul.

Istanbul would also be a good choice for digital nomads because you’ll likely find the best internet services here.

The cost of living is higher here than elsewhere in Turkey for obvious reasons, but you can get around this by looking in suburbs and commuting to work.

It has everything you could need from a metropolitan space of this kind: vibrant nightlife, plenty of shopping, excellent local and international schools, and, of course, attractions like the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, and more.

The weather is good in Istanbul and doesn’t get too hot in the summer (it usually peaks around 24 C). It does get cold in the winter, though, and it’s not uncommon to see snow.

If business isn’t your bag, it won’t be difficult to find work teaching English or in a similar profession. Plus, if you don’t have much in the way of Turkish language proficiency, living in Istanbul will be a good choice because a lot of people speak English.

2. Antalya – tourism-related business opportunities and retirement

Antalya is a well-known tourist destination and would be ideal for anyone thinking of setting up a business like a restaurant or a hotel. Of course, this will mean the work is seasonal, but it offers good opportunities nonetheless.

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This amphitheatre in Antalya park is a part of more than 25 km of scenic waterfront path running along the Gulf of Antalya.

Antalya and other cities seaside cities of the region attract many expats wishing to enjoy all the splendour of living on the Turquoise coast of Turkey.

The city itself is clean and safe and sees weekly food markets, which help keep the cost of living down. If you’re thinking of working, the city will be a better choice due to its superior internet speeds and public transport network.

The Antalya coastline would be a great choice for retirees. It offers plenty for lifestyle seekers, such as natural beauty spots, fishing villages, and great countryside walks. As you’d expect, all of this is supported by amazing restaurants and some good shopping opportunities.

In fact, if you’re into outdoor activities, you can attempt to tackle the Antalya to Fatty route, which is one of the world’s longest single trails. At 320 miles, it might take you a few hits to do the whole thing.

Within the Antalya province, you’ll find two of Turkey’s best beaches: Konyaalti and Lara. There are also plenty of hidden gems that don’t generate as much interest from tourists.

As it’s located on the Mediterranean coast, you’ll benefit from a warmer climate and far less drastic temperature spikes. It often peaks around 28 C in the summer while it rarely drops below 10 C in the winter.

Living in the city or its outskirts will cost more than living elsewhere in the Antalya district, but a family could still live comfortably in the city for less than you’d expect. The coastal region is one of the most popular areas in Turkey for house sales to foreign retirees, and it’s easy to see why.

You can find more information on expat life in Antalya including the cost of living and good areas, in our guide What’s It Like Living In Antalya As An Expat

3. Bodrum – high-class living

Bodrum quickly boomed into something of a high-class city thanks to its association in the 1960s with foreign artists and writers.

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Yalikavak Marine in Bodrum.

Nowadays it’s become a popular tourist destination, particularly with celebrities. In the past, the likes of Kate Moss, Bill Gates, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks have all been spotted here.

There are plenty of more rustic destinations ideal for retirement within the larger district, such as Gumusluk, Turkbuku, and Gumbet. The last is particularly suitable for those interested in water sports.

The city itself is arguably “ritzier” than the surrounding areas but it’s also more popular with tourists. There are plenty of mega-hotels along the coast, but you’ll eventually find some amazing bargains on houses and villas if you look hard enough.

The Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival held in Bodrum annually is worth a separate mention. It attracts plenty of talented musicians from all over the world as well as classical music lovers. The festival takes place in the magnificent 2500-year-old Antique Koyunbaba Stone Quarry

Bodrum is located on the Aegean and its temperatures reach some pretty staggering highs. Its average summer temperature is 34 C but it’s been known to reach 45 C! Winters bottom out at a mild 15 C, so it’s a good choice if you don’t like the cold.

The city will be a good choice if you’re looking to work or raise a family because you’ll be close to the necessary amenities. But if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more rural for your retirement, there are plenty of options in the larger district.

4. Bursa – the city of heritage

Many westerners prefer the west side of Turkey because it’s considered more cosmopolitan. But if you want a taste of the real Turkey, somewhere like Burse is perfect.

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These traditional houses in Bursa are part of UNESCO world heritage.

In the 14 th century, it was the second capital of the Ottoman Empire, and it hasn’t lost its connection with this heritage. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its concentration of Ottoman architecture. There are plenty of mausoleums, palaces, and mansions worth checking out.

But, considering it’s a city, it also has plenty of green spaces. It’s known locally as Green Bursa because of the local government’s push to preserve natural spaces, including parks and forests. This makes it a good family destination because it doesn’t feel too urban.

One surprising bonus you’ll find here that’s arguably a rarity in Turkey is skiing. The city’s skyline is dominated by Uludag Mountain, which houses a ski resort. So, if you fancy living in Turkey but don’t want to give up your winter sports, this might be the place for you.

The housing market is particularly favourable for younger expats and those with families because the city was quite late in developing it. This means house prices are still incredibly low and are ideal for first-time buyers.

The weather in Bursa typically peaks around 31 C in summer and drops to around 10 C in winter. A major benefit of having a mountain so close is that you can easily go for a short drive to a comfortable altitude if the weather gets too hot.

While it might not be your employment area of choice, Bursa is Turkey’s main hub for automotive production. It’s home to factories for Kia and Renault, along with factories for companies like Bosch and Coca-Cola. In short, it’s always got plenty of employment opportunities.

One potential drawback is that Bursa isn’t home to any specific international schools. It’s far more in touch with its traditional heritage than places further west and pretty much every school teaches in Turkish.

However, if you already have some Turkish under your belt and are willing to learn, Bursa offers a completely different taste of national culture than what you might be used to.

5. Izmir – perfect for retirement

If retirement is the purpose of your relocation to Turkey, you won’t do much better than Izmir. It’s one of the largest cities in Turkey and has all the amenities you’d expect to come with such a title.

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Izmir is best known as the most Western-oriented Turkish city

Importantly, it’s got great national and international transport links and is a popular cruise port. The city itself features plenty of pedestrian routes if you don’t feel like taking the bus anywhere.

Along with the city is the Izmir metropolitan area. This includes plenty of smaller towns that might be more suited to a retirement lifestyle. Luckily, they’re still well connected to the city itself.

Izmir is located on the Aegean Sea and so comes with all the benefits you’d expect. These include plenty of watersports, sailing opportunities, and a good climate.

In the summer, it typically reaches 33 C at its height and drops to around 13 C in the winter. It can get a bit rainy in the colder months but this makes a welcome change from the drier summer months.

If you fancy coastal living away from the city, popular expat destinations include Cesme, Kusadasi and Foca, or somewhere like Alacati (Turkey’s surfing capital) is a good choice if you want to be active.

Providing you’re happy to do some searching, you’ll come across some attractive property prices, too. And, as Izmir is often labelled as one of the most westernised areas of Turkey, communicating with estate agents will be much easier than elsewhere.

6. Alanya – fast-growing hotspot

Alanya is a city and province located on the south coast of Turkey in the Mediterranean. It’s roughly 133km from Antalya and is one of the fastest-growing expat destinations.

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A very impressive medieval castle, amazing beaches and mountains perfect for an active outdoor lifestyle, and a very appealing cost of living – that’s what you get if you move to Alanya.

Although a city, Alanya is a fairly small one. Importantly, this means it has plenty of rural-feeling suburbs that offer some very attractive property prices. Places like Mahmutlar are even some of the lowest in Turkey.

It’s a good choice for those seeking an active lifestyle because it’s got plenty of walking spots and, of course, plenty of watersports. There are also numerous annual festivals, including a jazz festival and an international culture festival.

A surprisingly large portion of the province’s population consists of expats from various countries, many of whom move there in retirement. As of the most recent census, more than 17,000 expats own property in the city.

Many are likely drawn to Alanya by its combination of rural areas, good amenities, low property prices and good international connections. In short, Alanya has almost everything you could need from a Turkish retirement destination.

7. Marmaris – a sea lover’s dream

Marmaris is located in southwest Turkey on the Turkish Riviera. As you’d expect from such a title, it comes with a certain sense of exclusivity and lifestyle that can only be found in other Rivieras.

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A quiet residential area in Marmaris.

The city is a national hub for sailing and diving and is a popular choice as a wintering location for boaters. It has numerous beaches and small marinas that are ideal for keeping a boat in.

But if you fancy more land-based activities, Marmaris has you covered for those, too. There are options for bike riding, safari tours, climbing, canoeing, and much more to keep you active.

The area has a great natural history, too. One particular highlight is Nimara Cave on Heaven Island, which is just off the coast of Marmaris. It was a site of religious worship for thousands of years and is definitely worth a visit.

Marmaris also has lots of historical landmarks, making it perfect for history lovers. It was a key site for the Ottoman Empire and plenty of its buildings (such as Marmaris Castle) reflect this.

Of course, the weather is important, and you won’t be disappointed here. Summers can hit the mid-30s and winters usually drop to around 15 C. Winter is the rainy season, but it’s a welcome break from the hot summer.

Marmaris is a tourist hotspot and can see up to 400,000 visitors each year. This may or may not be a good thing depending on your perspective, but it does mean there are opportunities for setting up tourism-related businesses if you wish.

The best places to live in Turkey – summary

Even in the more westernised parts of Turkey, you can expect quite a shift in culture. All but the most tourism-heavy areas retain their language and lifestyle, and it’s important to do plenty of research to ensure it’ll be a good fit for you.

But no matter whether you’re looking at Turkey for retirement or work, there are plenty of ideal places to choose from.

One ideal way to find out the right answers to your questions is to reach out to expats in the country. Turkey is a surprisingly friendly place and this is true for both locals and expats.

So, locate some expat communities, travel around the country for a while, and maybe consider renting a place or two to get a proper feel for the area.

This isn’t necessarily a decision to take lightly seeing as you’re looking for a permanent destination. But, with the right preparation, you’ll be sure to have an amazing new life in Turkey.

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Jacob is a freelance writer based in Swansea, Wales. He lives with his partner and two dogs, Merlin and Matilda. After gaining his BA and MA in English Literature, Jacob decided to take his writing full time.

He writes for Expatra alongside a number of other regular clients. After his parents emigrated to France in January 2020, Jacob has a special interest in all things expat related and even plans to retire abroad himself someday.

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12 Comments

Great article. Could you please add things about schools for expats, other than İstanbul? I find it difficult to understand and frind international elementary schools. Their private schools are mostly in turkish and requires expats kids to be tested in Turkish language.

Ola Degteva (Editor)

yes, you are right! I have asked almost all elementary schools on the souht side of Turkey and there is no English elementary schools! Tukrkish language 90%

I am 76 years of age and contemplating retiring in Antalya or Alanya. Being on my own,what would be the consequences if ,god forbid,I come down with Dementia or another illness making me incapable of looking after myself in the future.Who or where would I get help to see me through my last days on this earth? Is there a governmental mechanism ensuring that help is provided to such a situation? I am assuming and hypothetically that I will have no one around me to look after me. I find this scenario a bit frightening and holding me back from making a final decision. Your advice and thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

Ola Degteva (Editor)

Hi Alex,
Your concern is understandable. Unfortunately, there aren’t many assisted living accommodations for foreign retirees around Antalya or Alanya and if you are worried about your health in later years, this might be a decisive factor. The only suitable facility aimed at expats that we know of is Cetin Life Club in Istanbul where expats live either in independent communities or a Nursing Home. You can find the reference to it in our Istanbul guide.

Sophie Giraud

Dear Alex.. this is such an important question since I am thinking the same. I lived my whole childhood in Turkey ( till age 19) ..now in Canada 35 years and dream about going back to spend my last years there with my partner ( who is Cuban and obsessed with Turkey) when my parents who I am looking after ( one with dementia) have crossed to the other side. I do believe that once you are there slowly but surely you could start connecting with someone ( or a care team) trustworthy for “live in” help which would be a fraction of the cost of live ins in the West . I still believe inherently in the profound kindness and honor system of Turkish people. I still have a healthy network of relatives and childhood friends so my thoughts were that at least I would not be taken down the garden path when it comes to buying or if it comes to a point where I need a caretaker . I may be in lala land and just dreaming so advice from the experts is the most valuable. My advice is based on memories of people who were so nurturing and beloved to us as a family growing up there . They were also part of our family . You also may never end up suffering from dementia ( and God knows perhaps a cure will be on the horizon) but age related help will always be welcome and you will be giving someone a job.

Shahram

Hi, I’m an American from Los Angeles 45 years old and moved to Iran a year ago. Awesome place for a year of staying but not a very free country; way too many restrictions. I recently visited Istanbul and antalya and fell in love. I want to work remotely with a U.S. company and the internet is faster here than in iran and no VPN is needed.

I’m so curious about Bodrum. I heard there was a bad fire there. Is it back up and running? And I don’t know how to decide between the other cities like Izmir. I like the salsa/bachata community in Istanbul but it’s a bit too hectic for me (congested, traffic, etc.)

Ola Degteva (Editor)

Hi Shahram, we will be publishing our Bodrum Guide soon, will let you know when it’s out, it might help you to decide.

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Is Alanya a safe location for a retirement. I’m Canadian and looking for an area with some expats but not too many. My budget for rent and food/entertainment etc would be around 20,000 TL per month. Thank you.

Ola Degteva (Editor)

Alanya is quite safe and popular with expats. It’s also affordable and as such is attracting quite a lot of expats, about 9% of the Alanya’s population are foreigers. With your budget, you should be able to enjoy quite a comfortable life there.

L C chapman

Thank you for the very helpful information. As a 70 year old single male where in Turkey would you recommend my retirement. I speak only the English la guage. Thank you.

Ola Degteva (Editor)

Hi, it makes sense for you to look at the regions that have big expat communities. Generally, expats tend to move to areas where English is widely spoken such as Istanbul, the Aegean, and Mediterranean coasts. Istanbul is a great city, expats do retire there and there are even special services that cater to expat retirees 9find more info here: https://expatra.com/guides/turkey/living-in-istanbul/)

However, Istanbul is more suited for professionals. Most retirees move towards the Aegean or Mediterranean coasts. On the Aegean coast, the Bodrum peninsula is a very popular expat destination. It’s a bit pricey but worth it. If you are looking for something more affordable, it’s worth considering Altinkum (Didim) which has a very sizable British expat community, Marmaris and Fethiye. On the Mediterranean coast, the whole Antalya region is a hotspot for expats with the city of Antalya attracting the biggest numbers.

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Cheap Holidays In Turkey. Turkey On A Budget; Best Places To Visit Turkey

Are you looking for ideas on Cheap Holidays In Turkey? We’ve worked alongside other travel bloggers to bring you Turkey On A Budget; Best Places To Visit in Turkey if you don’t want to spend tons of money. Read on if you’re looking for cities to visit in Turkey, places to go in Turkey and ideas for a Turkey itinerary.

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Best Places To Visit In Turkey On A Budget: Izmir

Formerly known as Smyrna in the early 1800s to 3000 BC, İzmir is one of the most beautiful and affordable cities in Turkey. It’s the third-largest city in the country after Istanbul and Ankara (capital city of Turkey).

İzmir is one of the oldest and most important cities in the world! Excavations show settlement in Izmir is contemporary with that of the first city of Troy in Turkey – dating from the 3rd millennium BCE.

More than 5% of Turkey’s population lives in Izmir. The best way to get to Izmir from Istanbul is by flight (1 hour) or bus (8 hours). The city is known for its ancient ruins, scrumptious seafood and some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Virgin Mary is known to have spent her last days in the city, in fact, it’s highly recommended that you visit the House of Virgin Mary in Seluk near Ephesus. Izmir is also home to one of the oldest olive oil factories in the world (dating back to 600 BC).

Some fun things to do in Izmir on a budget include visiting the Ataturk Museum – learn about the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, who served as its first president from 1923 to 1938. Explore the Kemeralti Market – a bazaar known for its antiques and unique shops like the famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. See the famous Clock Tower – a symbol of the city of Izmir. A monument built in 1901.

Due to its location, you can easily combine your visit to Izmir with other destinations, like Cappadocia, Pamukkale or Greece.

Travelling from Izmir to Greece by ferry takes about 20 and 30 minutes depending on which Greek Island (Samos, Kos , Rhodes, Lesbos, and Chios) you choose to visit. This could be the perfect weekend getaway for couples in Europe .

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Cheap Holidays In Turkey: Cappadocia

Cappadocia, also known as Kapadokya by locals, is one of the most affordable destinations in Turkey. Cappadocia is located in an ancient district in east-central Anatolia in Turkey, about 12 hours from Istanbul by bus or 1.5 hours by flight.

This historic town is home to many biblical sites, it’s famous for its landscapes with distinctive rock formations, and hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is on many bucket lists!

Cappadocia is the name of the region, but the name of the main town where visitors stay is Göreme. The town is known for its cave hotels, churches and underground cities. These caves and underground cities were built by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and used as refuges by early Christians who were trying to escape Roman persecution.

The best time to visit Cappadocia is in Spring (March to May) – it’s not too hot and there are fewer tourists. It’s also highly recommended to spend 2-3 days exploring this historic town. Some amazing things to do in Cappadocia on a budget include exploring the ancient valleys by ATV, horses or car, hiking at Red and Rose Valley, breakfast at one of the rooftop cave hotels during sunrise or joining in on one of the free pottery classes in Avanos.

You don’t have to spend $250 – $350 on an air balloon, you can head to the sunrise spot where all the balloons pass. This is an amazing backdrop and one of the most instagrammable locations in Turkey.

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Marmaris: Best Places To Visit In Turkey

Located in the southwest of Turkey, Marmaris is a bustling port city and the perfect place to visit on a budget if you are in search of sun, sea, and sand! But don’t be fooled into thinking that Marmaris is just your average popular coastal resort town, as it’s a place full of history, culture, sights, and the most enchanting of scenery too! Surrounded by pine-clad mountains and lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Marmaris has its own fair share of things to do to please the budget traveller.

One of the best free things to do in Marmaris is to wander the Marina, where an abundance of superyachts and colourful boats call home. Marmaris Marina is a beautifully landscaped area dotted with fountains and statues, lined with bars and restaurants, and surrounded by forested hills. But if you want budget options for brunch, you’re probably best to deviate away from the chic and sparkly clean promenades of the Marina.

If you fancy immersing yourself into some Turkish hustle and bustle, then another of the best free things to do in Marmaris is to wander the Grand Bazaar. Of course, it’s only free if you don’t buy any trinkets, and if you do, be sure to haggle for a fair price! A few hours wandering the Grand Bazaar can be followed by something tamer, like a dip in the sea, watching the sunset, or enjoying the mesmerising light and sound show at the Dancing Fountains (around 9.00pm every evening and free to watch).

Not only is Marmaris a beautiful place to visit in Turkey itself, but it’s also a great base for further exploration of the area. It is perfectly situated to do a day trip to the Greek island of Rhodes, giving you the opportunity to explore another country for just one day! The ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes is operated by Yesil Marmaris Lines, and only takes around 1 hour each way (remember to take your passport and check entry requirements). You can also do an abundance of regional day tours from Marmaris, like to one of the natural wonders of Europe such as Pammukale, or something more adventurous such as diving or quad biking!

The best place to stay in Marmaris is somewhere within walking distance of Marmaris Marina, Marmaris Castle or the Old Quarter. Marmaris is one of Europe’s walkable destinations, and in order to save money on taxis, it’s better to book accommodation near to the centre. One way you can make your holiday to Marmaris cheaper is to book a budget hotel with breakfast included as these are usually around the same price as hotels without, or look into booking an apartment so you can prepare your own meals instead of eating out. A top tip for making your trip to Marmaris more affordable is to go off-peak, outside of the European summer holidays which usually span from June-August, as during these times flight prices can be inflated.

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Bodrum: Best Places In Turkey To Visit On A Budget

One of the most unexpectedly beautiful places to visit in Turkey is Bodrum. Located on Turkey’s vibrant turquoise coast, Bodrum is the perfect blend of charming streets, fascinating history, bobbing yachts and an Old Town full of Instagram-ready, whitewashed houses. It’s the perfect escape and, because people usually rush to more popular resorts, it’s ideal for anyone travelling Europe on a budget.

Many people don’t know that Bodrum also used to be the site The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However, nowadays, the modern resort has a number of great historical attractions and plenty of free things to do too. Make sure to visit the Castle of St. Peter, Myndos Gate, Bodrum’s ancient Roman theatre and the remains of the Mausoleum.

Of course, some of the best things to do in any new travel destination are the free ones. Wandering the whitewashed streets of Bodrum’s Old Town is a delightful way to spend a day and you can easily make it a day by browsing the selection of local shops, cute boutiques and cafés.

This also included the Bodrum Bazaar, which is a modernised upmarket take on an original Turkish market. There are shops rather than stalls but you can still purchase a great selection of trinkets – tasteful Turkish textiles and colourful handmade pottery, snazzy beachwear and scrumptious street food.

Lastly, you can’t visit Turkey and not take a trip to the ocean and Bodrum is all about the sea! Located right on the Aegean coast, the town is almost built for a beachside escape and the beautiful turquoise of the ocean will convince you to take a dip. Swimming in the sea and sunbathing on Bodrum’s beaches are some of the best things to do in the town – and they don’t cost a penny! Of course, you can also take boat trips down the cost which are definitely costlier, but even these are fairly affordable and a great way to view Turkey from the water.’

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Kas on the Turquoise Coast is one of the best beaches of Turkey and families who are looking for a relaxing beach holiday on a budget will love Kas.

There is something to do for everyone in Kas. Of course, the best thing to do in Kas is simply to hit one of the stunning beaches to swim and relax. The beaches and laid-back beach clubs of Limanagzi, a short boat ride from Kas harbour, are ideal for spending a whole day on the beach. You can use comfortable beach cabanas all day long for free, as long as you order something to eat or drink from the café.

A little further out of town is another stunning beach, perhaps the best in the whole of Turkey. Kaputas beach with its unreal blue water and sandy beach is free to enter. You can also use the facilities for free, and there are also umbrellas and beach chairs for rent by the day.

This area of Turkey is perfect for exploring by boat, and there are several very affordable boat trips to choose from. The most popular day trip by boat from Kas is to the sunken city at Kekova where you can swim and snorkel over an ancient submerged city.

Another enjoyable day trip is to the Greek island of Kastellorizo (or Meis as it’s known in Turkey) which is less than 3 km away from Kas. If you’re feeling posh and looking for a multi-country holiday, jump on the daily ferry between Kas and Meis!

Kas sits along the Lycian way, an epic hike stretching over 500 km along the Turkish coastline. Hikers can head off to the mountains around Kas to walk sections of the Lycian Way, which will take them past ancient rock-cut tombs and sweeping views of the Mediterranean far below – without spending a penny.

The ancient amphitheatre near the harbour is free to enter and is a great place to watch the sunset from.

Kas is quite popular with Brits looking for a unique place to spend a summer holiday without breaking the bank. However, this resort town is not yet overrun with international tourists, and still remains a traditional Turkish beach town at heart. Like elsewhere in Turkey, Kas offers exceptional value for money.

Friendly Meltem Pansiyon near the waterfront has comfy and clean rooms at very affordable rates. The included breakfast is possibly the best there is in Turkey.

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Fethiye: Cheap Holidays In Turkey

Fethiye, the small little town in the middle of Istanbul and Cappadocia is slowly grabbing a lot of attention. And rightly so! From pristine white-sand and pebble beaches to shades of aquamarine and turquoise ocean water to UNESCO protected ruins, this location has it all.

Fethiye is the perfect budget-friendly place for family and couples to relax and unwind. There are plenty of things/ activities to do in Fethiye such as:

  1. Fethiye Museum: If you are a history buff then you will love exploring the Fethiye museum to know about Lycian history. Trilingual stele is a stone that finally helped archaeologists to finally crack the Lycian language.
  2. Kayakoy: This is located around 8 km from Fethiye. This stone village occupied by Greeks and Turks mutually makes for an interesting throwback in history.
  3. Letoon: This is a UNESCO site that contains 3 temples dedicated to the Greek gods. Explore the mosaic floors of Apollo temple.
  4. Xanthos: Another UNESCO site worth visiting. Known as the oldest republic of the world, the walls of the city probably date back to the 3 rd century BC

The cost of these activities is Fethiye is approx. 3-5 TL per person.

  1. Oludeniz: One of my favourite places to visit in Fethiye is Oludeniz. Situated approx. 12 km away from Fethiye town, its Blue lagoon is a UNESCO site. There are many adventures activities that one can opt for here such as:
  2. a) Tandem Paragliding from Mount Babadag from a height of 6550 feet and flying over the Blue Lagoon is an experience not to be missed.
  3. b) Opt for a private scuba dive course.
  4. c) Opt for the Gocek 12 islands boat experience.
  5. d) Hit the pebble beach and relax and get some sun.
  6. e) Hire a private speed boat to Butterfly beach and spend a good time away from the crowded Oludeniz beach.

Not all things in Fethiye will cost you a dime. Enjoy a walk down Old town Fethiye or Calis beach, bargain in the Fethiye Market for a good piece of clothing or enjoy a sip of coffee in one of the restaurants or hike up to Taurus mountain.

I would recommend staying in Oludeniz due to its interesting nightlife and night flea market. Liberty hotel situated right on the beach would be a good choice.

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Antalya

Antalya is an incredible city located in the south of Turkey. With an urban population of over 2,5 million, it is quite large with plenty to see and do. Larger cities might not always be as budget-friendly as smaller towns but Antalya is actually a great place to come even if you’re trying to save some money on your trip. You’ll find a great selection of budget-friendly hotels or hostels starting as low as 20$ per night depending on the season. Most tourists will visit Antalya in the summer months between June and September. If your budget is tight you should definitely consider coming in the off-season in early spring or late autumn. Prices will be much lower during this time although temperatures can of course be a lot cooler. However, you’ll get to enjoy the city without the crowds.

Antalya is a great spot for finding free or cheap attractions to see. Make sure to add the old town of Antalya or Kaleici to the top of your itinerary . This beautiful neighbourhood is full of stunning architecture and lots of little streets to explore, all for free!

Of course, no trip to Turkey is complete without some time at the beach. Head to Lara Beach and admire the crystal clear waters and beautiful scenery. No need to break the bank for a relaxing day by the water.

The Duden Falls are arguably one of Antalya’s most famous attractions. These incredible waterfalls are well worth a trip and can be enjoyed even if you’re on a budget. While most people take an expensive boat tour to see them, they are actually accessible by land as well and your experience will be just as good, if not better!

Of course, Antalya is home to some delicious and authentic Turkish food. You’ll find very affordable meals from little street food stands as well as local restaurants which will make your trip even more enjoyable.

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Alanya

Many people may be put off visiting Alanya due to the distance from the airport. It can take about three hours to get there. However, if you make the trip, you won’t be disappointed. Alanya is full of things to do from castles and boat trips to caves and canyons.

The picturesque town is home to a 13th-century castle. It is located at the top of a huge hill and the views from the top are breathtaking. It is easy to catch the dolmus to the top and only costs a few pence. Once you are at the top, feel free to walk around the castle grounds and take amazing photos of the view.

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If you are feeling energetic, then swap the dolmus ride for a walk on your return journey. As well as breathtaking views, you can get to meet the locals and shop at some of the market stalls. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to stop for a quick bite to eat.

Antalya is known for its luxury hotels, but Alanya is the perfect place to stay on a budget. You have plenty of budget-friendly hotels to choose from that are located right in the city centre and near the beach.

Alanya is home to many international restaurants. If you are wanting to save a bit of money, then it is better to eat local food. There are plenty of Turkish restaurants that offer quality and delicious food for a fraction of the price.After dinner, take a walk around the harbour. There is always plenty going on, but it really comes to life at night. With nightclubs and discos, there is music and atmosphere. The drinks can be pricey, but many local musicians play outdoors also, so you can enjoy the music.

DimCay attracts both tourists and locals and it is just a short drive from Alanya. If a tour is out of your budget, then consider using the local transport. The restaurants at Dimcay serve some of the best Turkish breakfasts in the area. After you eat, you can take a dip in the ice-cold pools for free.

No matter what you decide to do in Alanya, you are sure to have a holiday to remember.

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Diyarbakır: Budget Holidays In Turkey

Diyarbakır is situated on the banks of the Tigris River in the southeastern part of Turkey and it is one of the most fascinating and remarkable places not only in Southeastern Anatolia but in Turkey and for a multitude of reasons.

It has several thousands of years of history and throughout this time it’s been a cradle for dozens of different civilizations like the Roman, Ottoman, or Byzantine civilizations. The basalt walls and towers of the buildings and mosques of the city centre are simply mind-blowing.

But what makes this place truly special is its extraordinary atmosphere. The locals in Diyarbakır are so incredibly friendly, warm-hearted, and talkative. Its streets are busy and bustling day and night. While roaming the streets of the city while, you will be continuously being entertained by street vendors, dancers, singers, and storytellers in front of the Grand Mosque of Diyarbakir, Ulu Cami. They will really make you feel part of their community.

The street vendors will spoil you with a great deal of coffee and sweets. Diyarbakir offers one of the most unique coffees in the world: Dibek made of high-quality coffee beans or Menengic made of roasted Pistachio seeds. Having the local coffee accompanied by roasted hazelnuts while listening to street music in this ancient town is an unquestionably once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To see the touristic attractions in Diyarbakir are all free. If you want to explore Diyarbakir, you should see the most beautiful mosques of Diyarbakir, namely the Grand Mosque, Ulu Cami; Fatih Pasha Mosque; Nebi Mosque, Behram Pasa Mosque, and Hz. Süleyman Mosque. Furthermore, the major highlights of Diyarbakir also include the majestic Diyarbakir Castle and some really impressive historical Islamic schools such as the Zinciriye Madrasah and Mesudiye Madrasah.

The gastronomy scene is also remarkable. The traditional local dishes every visitor must try are ciğer (liver), kaburga dolması (stuffed lamb ribs) and dolma (stuffed vegetables).

These meals cost around 1-2 € including water and ayran depending on how fancy the restaurant is. You can also get street food such as simit for 0.10 €. For a traditional coffee or tea, you will pay around 0.50 €.

In Diyarbakir, there are no hostels, only hotels. The cheapest hotels are definitely not backpacker-friendly in terms of their price. Therefore, the most cost-effective accommodation option is Couchsurfing.

Given that you use Couchsurfing, your host lives close to the city centre so that you don’t have to use a taxi or bus, you eat one proper meal a day, sit in for a coffee or tea a couple of times, buy snacks on the street, you will end up spending 4-5 € per day.

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Van: Cheap Weekends Away From The UK

The city of Van in Eastern Turkey is probably best known for the stunning Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. Dated back to the 10th century, the Armenian church stands as the unique building on the small island in Lake Van, which is surrounded by the Armenian Highlands mountains.

In winter, the snow-covered peaks make for incredible scenery. Both the interior and exterior of the church are pieces of art. On the outside, the walls present stonework elements like the one featuring David and Goliath. Boats, or animals. Inside, several mural paintings remain, the frescos still showing vivid details of scenes from the life of Christ. The church is accessible by ferry.

Other things to see around Van are the medieval Hoşap Castle, the Çavuştepe fortress, and the Varagavank monastery.
Make sure to try on some street kebab, grab fresh bread from one of the bakeries. Turkish breakfasts are delicious, filled with several kinds of feta cheese, olives, and usually come with a vegetable omelette. For budget accommodation, try the rustic Otel Şehrivan.

Spring and Falls are the best time to visit this part of Turkey, as summer can be really hot, and winter cold with snow at higher elevations. The city of Van is well deserved by bus from major cities and would be an excellent hub to explore the Eastern part of Turkey.

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Istanbul On A Budget

Istanbul is such a fantastic multi-cultural city, with so many amazing things to do on not just one, but two continents. For budget travellers, visiting Istanbul can also be a cheap but authentic experience.

Firstly, there are plenty of free travel tours of the city. It doesn’t matter if you have a layover in Istanbul or if you are spending a week in the city, there will always be a free walking tour available.

Istanbul has many different neighbours which can be easily reached by metro. Step away from the touristy Sultanahmet area, where all the popular attractions of the city are, and explore more local areas such as Kadiköy, Ortaköy or Taksim. Here you will find local priced restaurants where you can enjoy traditional food for a fraction of the price in Sultanahmet.

No trip to Istanbul is complete without a cruise on the Bosphorus, but this can be quite costly, especially that most tours include dinner and a show. There is however a government-owned cruise that costs 25 lira and lasts for two hours.

From all the popular monuments in central Istanbul, the only one you can visit free of charge is the Blue Mosque. However, even if you are on a budget, you cannot miss visiting Hagia Sophia from your itinerary in the city. A ticket to Hagia Sophia costs 40 lira.

Other monuments that you can visit for free in Istanbul include Suleymaniye Camii – the biggest mosque in Istanbul, the Zülfaris Synagogue and the Zeyrek Camii.

If you can’t afford to eat at fancy restaurants, don’t worry, Istanbul has so many amazing street food places where you can buy kebabs or fish sandwiches – which are a must. Walking around the bazaars, you can also sample quite a bit of delicious Turkish treats such as nuts, baklava or Turkish delight.

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Bursa

Bursa is a gem of a city in northwestern Turkey, often called “Yeşil Bursa,” or Green Bursa, for its many lush, green parks and the abundant forests surrounding it. Bursa was one of the early capitals of the Ottoman Empire, and has a rich and interesting history.

During the days of the Silk Road, it was the central hub for the silk trade, and “Bursa silk” is still a sought-after silk variety today. For fans of history, there are Ottoman mausoleums, Seljuk arches, and many historic markets, mosques, and a great archaeological museum to explore.

A few can’t-miss places to visit include the Bursa Grand Mosque, ot Ulu Camii, which was built in 1396 and has exquisite calligraphy and architecture, as well as the Green Mosque and its adjacent Green Tomb, an opulent mausoleum to Mehmed I, the fifth Ottoman sultan. As a former mecca of the Silk Road, it is absolutely worth visiting one of Bursa’s markets– the Koza Han is located in the middle of the historic area, and dates back to the late 1400s. Don’t miss its gorgeous doors!

If you visit in the winter, Bursa is located on the slopes of Mount Uludağ, which has a very popular ski resort. If it isn’t skiing season when you visit, you should absolutely visit the Uludağ National Park for some hiking, mountain biking, or camping, as well as a ride on its funicular, said to be one of the longest in the world.

Lastly, Bursa has a wide variety of thermal baths to explore, such as the Kervansaray Termal Hotel’s thermal bath, which is over 700 years old and a real treat to visit. It is easy to get around via Bursa’s extensive metro and bus system to save money on cab fare, and there are many budget accommodations and street food to enjoy in the area.

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Are you looking for ideas on Cheap Holidays In Turkey? We’ve worked alongside other travel bloggers to bring you Turkey On A Budget; Best Places To Visit in Turkey if you don’t want to spend tons of money. Read on if you’re looking for cities to visit in Turkey, places to go in Turkey and ideas for a Turkey itinerary.

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Best Places To Visit In Turkey On A Budget: Izmir

Formerly known as Smyrna in the early 1800s to 3000 BC, İzmir is one of the most beautiful and affordable cities in Turkey. It’s the third-largest city in the country after Istanbul and Ankara (capital city of Turkey).

İzmir is one of the oldest and most important cities in the world! Excavations show settlement in Izmir is contemporary with that of the first city of Troy in Turkey – dating from the 3rd millennium BCE.

More than 5% of Turkey’s population lives in Izmir. The best way to get to Izmir from Istanbul is by flight (1 hour) or bus (8 hours). The city is known for its ancient ruins, scrumptious seafood and some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Virgin Mary is known to have spent her last days in the city, in fact, it’s highly recommended that you visit the House of Virgin Mary in Seluk near Ephesus. Izmir is also home to one of the oldest olive oil factories in the world (dating back to 600 BC).

Some fun things to do in Izmir on a budget include visiting the Ataturk Museum – learn about the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, who served as its first president from 1923 to 1938. Explore the Kemeralti Market – a bazaar known for its antiques and unique shops like the famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. See the famous Clock Tower – a symbol of the city of Izmir. A monument built in 1901.

Due to its location, you can easily combine your visit to Izmir with other destinations, like Cappadocia, Pamukkale or Greece.

Travelling from Izmir to Greece by ferry takes about 20 and 30 minutes depending on which Greek Island (Samos, Kos , Rhodes, Lesbos, and Chios) you choose to visit. This could be the perfect weekend getaway for couples in Europe .

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Cheap Holidays In Turkey: Cappadocia

Cappadocia, also known as Kapadokya by locals, is one of the most affordable destinations in Turkey. Cappadocia is located in an ancient district in east-central Anatolia in Turkey, about 12 hours from Istanbul by bus or 1.5 hours by flight.

This historic town is home to many biblical sites, it’s famous for its landscapes with distinctive rock formations, and hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is on many bucket lists!

Cappadocia is the name of the region, but the name of the main town where visitors stay is Göreme. The town is known for its cave hotels, churches and underground cities. These caves and underground cities were built by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and used as refuges by early Christians who were trying to escape Roman persecution.

The best time to visit Cappadocia is in Spring (March to May) – it’s not too hot and there are fewer tourists. It’s also highly recommended to spend 2-3 days exploring this historic town. Some amazing things to do in Cappadocia on a budget include exploring the ancient valleys by ATV, horses or car, hiking at Red and Rose Valley, breakfast at one of the rooftop cave hotels during sunrise or joining in on one of the free pottery classes in Avanos.

You don’t have to spend $250 – $350 on an air balloon, you can head to the sunrise spot where all the balloons pass. This is an amazing backdrop and one of the most instagrammable locations in Turkey.

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Marmaris: Best Places To Visit In Turkey

Located in the southwest of Turkey, Marmaris is a bustling port city and the perfect place to visit on a budget if you are in search of sun, sea, and sand! But don’t be fooled into thinking that Marmaris is just your average popular coastal resort town, as it’s a place full of history, culture, sights, and the most enchanting of scenery too! Surrounded by pine-clad mountains and lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Marmaris has its own fair share of things to do to please the budget traveller.

One of the best free things to do in Marmaris is to wander the Marina, where an abundance of superyachts and colourful boats call home. Marmaris Marina is a beautifully landscaped area dotted with fountains and statues, lined with bars and restaurants, and surrounded by forested hills. But if you want budget options for brunch, you’re probably best to deviate away from the chic and sparkly clean promenades of the Marina.

If you fancy immersing yourself into some Turkish hustle and bustle, then another of the best free things to do in Marmaris is to wander the Grand Bazaar. Of course, it’s only free if you don’t buy any trinkets, and if you do, be sure to haggle for a fair price! A few hours wandering the Grand Bazaar can be followed by something tamer, like a dip in the sea, watching the sunset, or enjoying the mesmerising light and sound show at the Dancing Fountains (around 9.00pm every evening and free to watch).

Not only is Marmaris a beautiful place to visit in Turkey itself, but it’s also a great base for further exploration of the area. It is perfectly situated to do a day trip to the Greek island of Rhodes, giving you the opportunity to explore another country for just one day! The ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes is operated by Yesil Marmaris Lines, and only takes around 1 hour each way (remember to take your passport and check entry requirements). You can also do an abundance of regional day tours from Marmaris, like to one of the natural wonders of Europe such as Pammukale, or something more adventurous such as diving or quad biking!

The best place to stay in Marmaris is somewhere within walking distance of Marmaris Marina, Marmaris Castle or the Old Quarter. Marmaris is one of Europe’s walkable destinations, and in order to save money on taxis, it’s better to book accommodation near to the centre. One way you can make your holiday to Marmaris cheaper is to book a budget hotel with breakfast included as these are usually around the same price as hotels without, or look into booking an apartment so you can prepare your own meals instead of eating out. A top tip for making your trip to Marmaris more affordable is to go off-peak, outside of the European summer holidays which usually span from June-August, as during these times flight prices can be inflated.

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Bodrum: Best Places In Turkey To Visit On A Budget

One of the most unexpectedly beautiful places to visit in Turkey is Bodrum. Located on Turkey’s vibrant turquoise coast, Bodrum is the perfect blend of charming streets, fascinating history, bobbing yachts and an Old Town full of Instagram-ready, whitewashed houses. It’s the perfect escape and, because people usually rush to more popular resorts, it’s ideal for anyone travelling Europe on a budget.

Many people don’t know that Bodrum also used to be the site The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However, nowadays, the modern resort has a number of great historical attractions and plenty of free things to do too. Make sure to visit the Castle of St. Peter, Myndos Gate, Bodrum’s ancient Roman theatre and the remains of the Mausoleum.

Of course, some of the best things to do in any new travel destination are the free ones. Wandering the whitewashed streets of Bodrum’s Old Town is a delightful way to spend a day and you can easily make it a day by browsing the selection of local shops, cute boutiques and cafés.

This also included the Bodrum Bazaar, which is a modernised upmarket take on an original Turkish market. There are shops rather than stalls but you can still purchase a great selection of trinkets – tasteful Turkish textiles and colourful handmade pottery, snazzy beachwear and scrumptious street food.

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Lastly, you can’t visit Turkey and not take a trip to the ocean and Bodrum is all about the sea! Located right on the Aegean coast, the town is almost built for a beachside escape and the beautiful turquoise of the ocean will convince you to take a dip. Swimming in the sea and sunbathing on Bodrum’s beaches are some of the best things to do in the town – and they don’t cost a penny! Of course, you can also take boat trips down the cost which are definitely costlier, but even these are fairly affordable and a great way to view Turkey from the water.’

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Kas on the Turquoise Coast is one of the best beaches of Turkey and families who are looking for a relaxing beach holiday on a budget will love Kas.

There is something to do for everyone in Kas. Of course, the best thing to do in Kas is simply to hit one of the stunning beaches to swim and relax. The beaches and laid-back beach clubs of Limanagzi, a short boat ride from Kas harbour, are ideal for spending a whole day on the beach. You can use comfortable beach cabanas all day long for free, as long as you order something to eat or drink from the café.

A little further out of town is another stunning beach, perhaps the best in the whole of Turkey. Kaputas beach with its unreal blue water and sandy beach is free to enter. You can also use the facilities for free, and there are also umbrellas and beach chairs for rent by the day.

This area of Turkey is perfect for exploring by boat, and there are several very affordable boat trips to choose from. The most popular day trip by boat from Kas is to the sunken city at Kekova where you can swim and snorkel over an ancient submerged city.

Another enjoyable day trip is to the Greek island of Kastellorizo (or Meis as it’s known in Turkey) which is less than 3 km away from Kas. If you’re feeling posh and looking for a multi-country holiday, jump on the daily ferry between Kas and Meis!

Kas sits along the Lycian way, an epic hike stretching over 500 km along the Turkish coastline. Hikers can head off to the mountains around Kas to walk sections of the Lycian Way, which will take them past ancient rock-cut tombs and sweeping views of the Mediterranean far below – without spending a penny.

The ancient amphitheatre near the harbour is free to enter and is a great place to watch the sunset from.

Kas is quite popular with Brits looking for a unique place to spend a summer holiday without breaking the bank. However, this resort town is not yet overrun with international tourists, and still remains a traditional Turkish beach town at heart. Like elsewhere in Turkey, Kas offers exceptional value for money.

Friendly Meltem Pansiyon near the waterfront has comfy and clean rooms at very affordable rates. The included breakfast is possibly the best there is in Turkey.

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Fethiye: Cheap Holidays In Turkey

Fethiye, the small little town in the middle of Istanbul and Cappadocia is slowly grabbing a lot of attention. And rightly so! From pristine white-sand and pebble beaches to shades of aquamarine and turquoise ocean water to UNESCO protected ruins, this location has it all.

Fethiye is the perfect budget-friendly place for family and couples to relax and unwind. There are plenty of things/ activities to do in Fethiye such as:

  1. Fethiye Museum: If you are a history buff then you will love exploring the Fethiye museum to know about Lycian history. Trilingual stele is a stone that finally helped archaeologists to finally crack the Lycian language.
  2. Kayakoy: This is located around 8 km from Fethiye. This stone village occupied by Greeks and Turks mutually makes for an interesting throwback in history.
  3. Letoon: This is a UNESCO site that contains 3 temples dedicated to the Greek gods. Explore the mosaic floors of Apollo temple.
  4. Xanthos: Another UNESCO site worth visiting. Known as the oldest republic of the world, the walls of the city probably date back to the 3 rd century BC

The cost of these activities is Fethiye is approx. 3-5 TL per person.

  1. Oludeniz: One of my favourite places to visit in Fethiye is Oludeniz. Situated approx. 12 km away from Fethiye town, its Blue lagoon is a UNESCO site. There are many adventures activities that one can opt for here such as:
  2. a) Tandem Paragliding from Mount Babadag from a height of 6550 feet and flying over the Blue Lagoon is an experience not to be missed.
  3. b) Opt for a private scuba dive course.
  4. c) Opt for the Gocek 12 islands boat experience.
  5. d) Hit the pebble beach and relax and get some sun.
  6. e) Hire a private speed boat to Butterfly beach and spend a good time away from the crowded Oludeniz beach.

Not all things in Fethiye will cost you a dime. Enjoy a walk down Old town Fethiye or Calis beach, bargain in the Fethiye Market for a good piece of clothing or enjoy a sip of coffee in one of the restaurants or hike up to Taurus mountain.

I would recommend staying in Oludeniz due to its interesting nightlife and night flea market. Liberty hotel situated right on the beach would be a good choice.

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Antalya

Antalya is an incredible city located in the south of Turkey. With an urban population of over 2,5 million, it is quite large with plenty to see and do. Larger cities might not always be as budget-friendly as smaller towns but Antalya is actually a great place to come even if you’re trying to save some money on your trip. You’ll find a great selection of budget-friendly hotels or hostels starting as low as 20$ per night depending on the season. Most tourists will visit Antalya in the summer months between June and September. If your budget is tight you should definitely consider coming in the off-season in early spring or late autumn. Prices will be much lower during this time although temperatures can of course be a lot cooler. However, you’ll get to enjoy the city without the crowds.

Antalya is a great spot for finding free or cheap attractions to see. Make sure to add the old town of Antalya or Kaleici to the top of your itinerary . This beautiful neighbourhood is full of stunning architecture and lots of little streets to explore, all for free!

Of course, no trip to Turkey is complete without some time at the beach. Head to Lara Beach and admire the crystal clear waters and beautiful scenery. No need to break the bank for a relaxing day by the water.

The Duden Falls are arguably one of Antalya’s most famous attractions. These incredible waterfalls are well worth a trip and can be enjoyed even if you’re on a budget. While most people take an expensive boat tour to see them, they are actually accessible by land as well and your experience will be just as good, if not better!

Of course, Antalya is home to some delicious and authentic Turkish food. You’ll find very affordable meals from little street food stands as well as local restaurants which will make your trip even more enjoyable.

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Alanya

Many people may be put off visiting Alanya due to the distance from the airport. It can take about three hours to get there. However, if you make the trip, you won’t be disappointed. Alanya is full of things to do from castles and boat trips to caves and canyons.

The picturesque town is home to a 13th-century castle. It is located at the top of a huge hill and the views from the top are breathtaking. It is easy to catch the dolmus to the top and only costs a few pence. Once you are at the top, feel free to walk around the castle grounds and take amazing photos of the view.

If you are feeling energetic, then swap the dolmus ride for a walk on your return journey. As well as breathtaking views, you can get to meet the locals and shop at some of the market stalls. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to stop for a quick bite to eat.

Antalya is known for its luxury hotels, but Alanya is the perfect place to stay on a budget. You have plenty of budget-friendly hotels to choose from that are located right in the city centre and near the beach.

Alanya is home to many international restaurants. If you are wanting to save a bit of money, then it is better to eat local food. There are plenty of Turkish restaurants that offer quality and delicious food for a fraction of the price.After dinner, take a walk around the harbour. There is always plenty going on, but it really comes to life at night. With nightclubs and discos, there is music and atmosphere. The drinks can be pricey, but many local musicians play outdoors also, so you can enjoy the music.

DimCay attracts both tourists and locals and it is just a short drive from Alanya. If a tour is out of your budget, then consider using the local transport. The restaurants at Dimcay serve some of the best Turkish breakfasts in the area. After you eat, you can take a dip in the ice-cold pools for free.

No matter what you decide to do in Alanya, you are sure to have a holiday to remember.

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Turkey Budget Travel. Stay In A Hostel In Turkey To Keep Your Prices Low

Even though we have three kids we love staying in hostels. We book private family rooms to maintain privacy but still benefit from the hostel experience. We’ve met some wonderful people and had great experiences with hostels around the world.

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Diyarbakır: Budget Holidays In Turkey

Diyarbakır is situated on the banks of the Tigris River in the southeastern part of Turkey and it is one of the most fascinating and remarkable places not only in Southeastern Anatolia but in Turkey and for a multitude of reasons.

It has several thousands of years of history and throughout this time it’s been a cradle for dozens of different civilizations like the Roman, Ottoman, or Byzantine civilizations. The basalt walls and towers of the buildings and mosques of the city centre are simply mind-blowing.

But what makes this place truly special is its extraordinary atmosphere. The locals in Diyarbakır are so incredibly friendly, warm-hearted, and talkative. Its streets are busy and bustling day and night. While roaming the streets of the city while, you will be continuously being entertained by street vendors, dancers, singers, and storytellers in front of the Grand Mosque of Diyarbakir, Ulu Cami. They will really make you feel part of their community.

The street vendors will spoil you with a great deal of coffee and sweets. Diyarbakir offers one of the most unique coffees in the world: Dibek made of high-quality coffee beans or Menengic made of roasted Pistachio seeds. Having the local coffee accompanied by roasted hazelnuts while listening to street music in this ancient town is an unquestionably once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To see the touristic attractions in Diyarbakir are all free. If you want to explore Diyarbakir, you should see the most beautiful mosques of Diyarbakir, namely the Grand Mosque, Ulu Cami; Fatih Pasha Mosque; Nebi Mosque, Behram Pasa Mosque, and Hz. Süleyman Mosque. Furthermore, the major highlights of Diyarbakir also include the majestic Diyarbakir Castle and some really impressive historical Islamic schools such as the Zinciriye Madrasah and Mesudiye Madrasah.

The gastronomy scene is also remarkable. The traditional local dishes every visitor must try are ciğer (liver), kaburga dolması (stuffed lamb ribs) and dolma (stuffed vegetables).

These meals cost around 1-2 € including water and ayran depending on how fancy the restaurant is. You can also get street food such as simit for 0.10 €. For a traditional coffee or tea, you will pay around 0.50 €.

In Diyarbakir, there are no hostels, only hotels. The cheapest hotels are definitely not backpacker-friendly in terms of their price. Therefore, the most cost-effective accommodation option is Couchsurfing.

Given that you use Couchsurfing, your host lives close to the city centre so that you don’t have to use a taxi or bus, you eat one proper meal a day, sit in for a coffee or tea a couple of times, buy snacks on the street, you will end up spending 4-5 € per day.

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Van: Cheap Weekends Away From The UK

The city of Van in Eastern Turkey is probably best known for the stunning Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. Dated back to the 10th century, the Armenian church stands as the unique building on the small island in Lake Van, which is surrounded by the Armenian Highlands mountains.

In winter, the snow-covered peaks make for incredible scenery. Both the interior and exterior of the church are pieces of art. On the outside, the walls present stonework elements like the one featuring David and Goliath. Boats, or animals. Inside, several mural paintings remain, the frescos still showing vivid details of scenes from the life of Christ. The church is accessible by ferry.

Other things to see around Van are the medieval Hoşap Castle, the Çavuştepe fortress, and the Varagavank monastery.
Make sure to try on some street kebab, grab fresh bread from one of the bakeries. Turkish breakfasts are delicious, filled with several kinds of feta cheese, olives, and usually come with a vegetable omelette. For budget accommodation, try the rustic Otel Şehrivan.

Spring and Falls are the best time to visit this part of Turkey, as summer can be really hot, and winter cold with snow at higher elevations. The city of Van is well deserved by bus from major cities and would be an excellent hub to explore the Eastern part of Turkey.

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You can keep your Turkey budget holiday cheap by renting a car and self-driving to multiple locations. This way you’ll see the best places to visit in Turkey and can plan your own Turkey itinerary.

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Istanbul On A Budget

Istanbul is such a fantastic multi-cultural city, with so many amazing things to do on not just one, but two continents. For budget travellers, visiting Istanbul can also be a cheap but authentic experience.

Firstly, there are plenty of free travel tours of the city. It doesn’t matter if you have a layover in Istanbul or if you are spending a week in the city, there will always be a free walking tour available.

Istanbul has many different neighbours which can be easily reached by metro. Step away from the touristy Sultanahmet area, where all the popular attractions of the city are, and explore more local areas such as Kadiköy, Ortaköy or Taksim. Here you will find local priced restaurants where you can enjoy traditional food for a fraction of the price in Sultanahmet.

No trip to Istanbul is complete without a cruise on the Bosphorus, but this can be quite costly, especially that most tours include dinner and a show. There is however a government-owned cruise that costs 25 lira and lasts for two hours.

From all the popular monuments in central Istanbul, the only one you can visit free of charge is the Blue Mosque. However, even if you are on a budget, you cannot miss visiting Hagia Sophia from your itinerary in the city. A ticket to Hagia Sophia costs 40 lira.

Other monuments that you can visit for free in Istanbul include Suleymaniye Camii – the biggest mosque in Istanbul, the Zülfaris Synagogue and the Zeyrek Camii.

If you can’t afford to eat at fancy restaurants, don’t worry, Istanbul has so many amazing street food places where you can buy kebabs or fish sandwiches – which are a must. Walking around the bazaars, you can also sample quite a bit of delicious Turkish treats such as nuts, baklava or Turkish delight.

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Bursa

Bursa is a gem of a city in northwestern Turkey, often called “Yeşil Bursa,” or Green Bursa, for its many lush, green parks and the abundant forests surrounding it. Bursa was one of the early capitals of the Ottoman Empire, and has a rich and interesting history.

During the days of the Silk Road, it was the central hub for the silk trade, and “Bursa silk” is still a sought-after silk variety today. For fans of history, there are Ottoman mausoleums, Seljuk arches, and many historic markets, mosques, and a great archaeological museum to explore.

A few can’t-miss places to visit include the Bursa Grand Mosque, ot Ulu Camii, which was built in 1396 and has exquisite calligraphy and architecture, as well as the Green Mosque and its adjacent Green Tomb, an opulent mausoleum to Mehmed I, the fifth Ottoman sultan. As a former mecca of the Silk Road, it is absolutely worth visiting one of Bursa’s markets– the Koza Han is located in the middle of the historic area, and dates back to the late 1400s. Don’t miss its gorgeous doors!

If you visit in the winter, Bursa is located on the slopes of Mount Uludağ, which has a very popular ski resort. If it isn’t skiing season when you visit, you should absolutely visit the Uludağ National Park for some hiking, mountain biking, or camping, as well as a ride on its funicular, said to be one of the longest in the world.

Lastly, Bursa has a wide variety of thermal baths to explore, such as the Kervansaray Termal Hotel’s thermal bath, which is over 700 years old and a real treat to visit. It is easy to get around via Bursa’s extensive metro and bus system to save money on cab fare, and there are many budget accommodations and street food to enjoy in the area.

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