A staggering 28.5 million tourists visited Turkey in the first nine months of 2013, according to data released by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the end of October.
These encouraging statistics show that Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow and this can only enhance the appeal of investing in a holiday home there.
The number of tourists welcomed to Turkey between January and September this year represented a 10.09 per cent increase compared to the same period the previous year. Most of these tourists came from Germany (3.9 million), closely followed by Russia, (3.8 million) and then the UK (2.1 million). Tourism numbers in the month of September also increased by 6.9 per cent year on year, with the most popular locations visited by tourists including Istanbul, Antalya and Mugla.
In line with Turkey’s popularity with Russians, low cost Turkish carrier Pegasus this month launched its first service between Istanbul and Moscow. Meanwhile, in November Alanya’s nearby airport at Gazipasa will receive new services from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Leipzig, operated by German carrier SunExpress.
German second homeowners, along with Scandinavians, favour the Antalya region on Turkey’s southern coast, in particular the resort of Alanya. Gazipasa already operates direct flights to Scandinavia, Holland and Belgium.
Elsewhere, Mugla includes the chic resorts of the Bodrum Peninsula, as well as colourful Fethiye and Dalaman. In Bodrum, three-bedroom villas in Yalikavak are available for around £130,000.
Typical of property for sale in Alanya are two-bedroom apartments with sea views for around £50,000. Opportunities to buy in Istanbul are predominantly new-build residential projects in the cities booming suburbs.
Contact property specialist Spot Blue for more information on buying property in Turkey: https://www.spotblue.com/, +44 (0) 20 8339 6036.