On deciding to leave the rat race behind and move to beautiful Turkey, being stuck in the rush hour on one of the many congested motorways will soon be a thing of the past, you need to decide where in Turkey you want to live?
It’s not just about deciding is it a city, a coastal town or in the countryside, you want to move to, it’s about finding the right community you want to be part of.
All along the Turkish coastline and heading inland you will discover picturesque little towns and village’s each special in its own right, do you want busy with plenty to see and do or somewhere more relaxed, scenic and quiet?
A great little village is Akbuk, found on the Aegean Coast with a very pretty bay surrounded by pine forests and olive trees its location is ideal nestled between Bodrum and Kusadasi and Izmir is less than two hours away. Bodrum airport is a mere 70km away so the transfer time is around one hour. Altinkum resort is just 20km away so if you fancy a change and a day out at a beach resort then it’s easy to get to.
Akbuk is a small sleepy village and an ideal spot to live on a permanent basis, there is excellent shopping at the bigger towns and cities which make for a good day out. It’s quiet and laid back atmosphere with stunning surroundings are perfect for those wanting a more serene lifestyle. Don’t miss-understand me there are plenty of very good restaurants and cafes dotted along the beach it’s just a quieter village and not a bustling resort.
Everything is on hand such as supermarkets, butchers, bakers, post office, even a small cottage hospital, a bus station where you can catch the local bus (Dolmus) to Altinkum for example and it will cost 6tl (£1.30) further afield you can literally go anywhere in Turkey by bus it’s a cheap and reliable method of travelling and sightseeing this amazing country.
The majority of the owners of property in Akbuk are wealthy Turks who live in the nearby cities and visit Akbuk for their holidays, but there is an ex-pats community too who live happily side by side the locals with the permanent population being just 4000.
The small fishing harbour is the place to go to buy your fresh locally caught fish and every Friday is market day where you can buy all your fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, olives, bread, poultry, eggs and delicious honey so fresh it’s still on the honeycomb. The beach is soft and golden sand perfect for laying down your towel and getting a tan and the water gently shelves so it’s ideal and safe for the little ones paddling.
To sum up, if you’re looking for peace and tranquility on a stunning picturesque bay but close enough to cities and other amenities such as cinemas and bowling etc then Akbuk is a wonderful choice, give it a try!