Retiring to Turkey


Living in Turkey: Will The Language Barrier Be a Problem?

Living in Turkey: Will The Language Barrier Be a Problem?

As Turkey becomes one of the top destinations in the world for expats and foreigners purchasing real estate, more people are asking: ​Do you need to learn Turkish in order to live in Turkey? In this blog we take a look at the language barrier you might experience if you move to Turkey, including some helpful tips for getting around it, and some helpful phrases to get you started on your way to learning some Turkish language skills. 


Five tips everyone should know before moving to Turkey

Five tips everyone should know before moving to Turkey

Turkey is a beautiful and fascinating country, a wonderful country that attracts thousands to relocate every year to new landscapes. But how well are you prepared for your move? From the essential art of haggling in the local market to the inevitable homesickness of pining for your home country, in this blog we give you a rundown on the five essential aspects of Turkish life and relocation tips you'll need to prepare for before you leave and start your new life in Turkey. 


Europeans flee Spanish coast for Turkish havens

Europeans flee Spanish coast for Turkish havens

Spain, in particular the Costa del Sol, has always been a firm favourite with Brits, who have been moving their in the hundreds of thousands. However, the Eurozone crisis has turned the Spanish dream into a nightmare for many expats. High unemployment and plummeting property prices meant the end of the golden weather for many, who are heading home or looking further afield to more stable countries. We speak with former Spanish property owners who fell out of love with Spain and discovered a new life in Turkey.


Looking after Your Health While in Turkey

Looking after Your Health While in Turkey

Nobody likes to fall ill at the best of times, and falling ill whilst abroad is certainly not ideal. Whether you are on your summer vacation, or own a property and live in Turkey all year round, visitors and expats alike can enjoy peace of mind with the high quality of healthcare in Turkey and range of facilities readily available. In this blog we take a look at looking after your health while in Turkey, and what you can do to help prevent any health problems while on Turkish soil.


Costs of living in Turkey versus the UK

Costs of living in Turkey versus the UK

Life in Turkey is certainly a lot cheaper than life in the UK, both in terms of property prices, and just general living costs - in this blog we dive into exactly how much it would cost you to live in Turkey permanently, what your outgoings would be, and compare those to that of life in the UK. You might be surprised at just how much of a saving you could make with your new Turkish life. 


Retiring and making a home in Antalya, Turkey

Retiring and making a home in Antalya, Turkey

After making the move from Manchester to Side, Antalya, some 13 years ago, Stephen Wright knows more than most about what it's like to live and be an expat in Turkey. We ask Stephen all the questions that someone who is looking to retire in Turkey would want answering - including all the information and some pre-move tips to ease your move abroad, as well as a look at how life has changed for Stephen since he first made the move all those years ago. 


How to avoid a property scam in Turkey

How to avoid a property scam in Turkey

If something appears 'too good to be true', a general rule of thumb suggests that it just might be too good to be true - this has been the case over the years with some frightening stories of people thinking they have found their dream property in Turkey, only later finding out they have been the victim of a scam by trying to cut corners or trusting in people who they shouldn't have. If you delve a little deeper, you will see that most of the scams could have been avoided if a few simple steps had been adhered to - we give you our top advice on how to avoid being scammed in Turkey. 


8 Useful things to know before moving to Turkey

8 Useful things to know before moving to Turkey

Are you thinking of moving to Turkey? Or looking to spend a Turkish summer travelling? Before you go, have a read of our top things you wish you knew before stepping foot on this part of the world. We talk to veteran traveller and current Turkish expat Ulrike Bauer has lived in an impressive eight countries across four continents during her lifetime. The 62-year-old former teacher from Munich is currently finding home in Antalya City and we pick Ulrike’s brains and discover what people really need to know before they move to Turkey. Anyone thinking of buying a property in Turkey - this is a must read before you do, it could save you a lot of money and hassle.


Hobbies and activities for Expats in Turkey

Hobbies and activities for Expats in Turkey

Are you an expat, traveller, or tourist in Turkey looking for things to do or see while on this side of the world? In this blog we give you our top hobbies and activities to undertake whilst in Turkey - some that might be obvious, some not so. A large percentage of foreigners in Turkey are either retired or cannot work legally in the country for one reason or another, so what do you do with your time if this is the scenario you find yourself in? At some point, dreams of sitting by the pool, basking in the sun while sipping on a glass of wine soon become monotonous. Find out how to keep yourself entertained here. 


Congratulations for unearthing a gem of a home in Side

Congratulations for unearthing a gem of a home in Side

How do you choose the right property in Turkey? What do you look for in a home to live in? We speak candidly to Petra Michelson and her husband, who are two globetrotters who finally decided to settle in Side after a long and wide search around the globe, we speak to them about why they chose Turkish shores over other destinations around the world. What is exactly about Turkey that draws people from all over to settle here? Find out in this blog and let us know your own reasons for why you chose to move to this sunny side of the world or want to make the move. 


Turkey beats France, Spain and Portugal for retirement home

Turkey beats France, Spain and Portugal for retirement home

We looked at which European country makes the best retirement destination. Turkey came up trumps over Spain, Portugal and France based on ratings on lifestyle, economy, property prices, real estate investment potential, healthcare, tax, visas and cost of living for expats. The British all-time favourite Spain was the last to complete the race. Is this a wake-up call for many would be retirees who haven’t yet considered buying their retirement homes in Turkey, the country that straddles Europe and Asia?    


How do I get a residency permit in Turkey?

How do I get a residency permit in Turkey?

Residency permits and visas - never the words people want to hear when looking to buy a home overseas. Choosing the right place to buy your property and in some cases, retire abroad is essential for long term happiness with your decision. Our guide to getting a residency permit in Turkey is a step by step walkthrough for everything you will need to complete your move abroad without any hassle with trusted international estate agents.


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