Turkey has everything - sun, sea, city, countryside, thermal spas, ancient ruins and natural wonders. Well, almost everything. For while you can track down any number of diversions and distractions, locating the kind of charming holiday home you dream of may not be so simple.
Since the EU began membership negotiations with Turkey in 2005, investors have flocked here and, consequently, parts of its coastline are a sprawl of faceless blocks. Yet along the Turquoise coast, from Marmaris in the north right around to Antalya, are prettier villages.
This Mediterranean coastline has two international airports (Dalaman and Antalya) and attracts the most tourists, but the shore is rugged, with bays and coves that make it easy to get off the beaten track.
In the village of Dalyan, Turkish Homes (0845 331 2644, turkish- homes.com) is selling a large six-bedroom villa with a guesthouse, just 20 minutes from the famous Turtle Beach, for [pound]382,000. Other pretty resorts include Kas, a picturesque town set within the Taurus Mountains. Kalkan attracts a more sophisticated buyer looking for smart restaurants in a traditional setting. "All three villages are still very pretty. People come here and fall in love with them and then nowhere else on the coast will do," says Clair Walker, of the agency Turkish Homes. …