The Turkish Riviera is attracting expat retirees from throughout the world.
Retirees seeking an affordable cost of living and unspoiled, white-sand beaches should consider the Turkish Riviera.
Usually overlooked in favor of more established Mediterranean destinations, Turkey’s coast offers diverse, beautiful and affordable lifestyle options. Many villages and port towns along the “Turkish Riviera,” as this stretch along the Mediterranean is known, are already home to good numbers of expat retirees.
One attraction is the very low cost, both of living and of real estate. Compared with other Mediterranean retirement options, Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is a bargain. You could live here on a budget of $1,500 per month or less, including rent.
For this low cost, you get access to the warm seas, white-sand beaches and 300 days of sunshine every year. The people are friendly and hospitable, and the lifestyle is laid-back and low-key.
Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is relatively unspoiled, although in spots along this 1,000-mile stretch, you can find sleek resorts and modern medical facilities, sometimes just yards from the monumental remains of ancient Greece and Rome. Turkey is a place where the modern and the traditional are dramatically juxtaposed, making life here at once familiar and excitingly exotic. In the North Aegean region, you'll find sleepy villages where life is traditional and quiet, while small fishing ports like Side, Belek, Bodrum and Alanya have been transformed into international resorts with marinas and trendy clubs.