Living in Turkey

With a vast coastline and a mountainous interior, there is so much on offer in Turkey with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sport and leisure activities. These range from scuba-diving, sailing, fishing, and watersports on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, to skiing and snowboarding in the Anatolian mountains.

Turkey is a secular and modern country with the modern Turkish Republic having been established in 1923. The capital city of Ankara has a population of 5.45 million; it is a cosmopolitan city with a seasonal climate. Average temperatures in January are 1ºC and 23ºC in July, but extremes are -20ºC and +40ºC.

Kizilay is the epicentre of Ankara’s business and social scene, with shops, department stores, outdoor markets and stylish restaurants. Kizilay Square is also home to many important monuments.

There are lots of things to see and explore in Turkey, such as one of the countries most famous natural wonders, the pure white travertine terraces of Pamukkale ("Cotton Castle" in English.) There are also the surreal swooping rock valleys of Cappadocia, one of the best places in the world to take a balloon ride!   In cosmopolitan Istanbul you’ll find the Topkapı Palace which takes you into the fantastical, opulent world of the sultans. Or visit the beautiful city of Antalya which lies alongside the Mediterranean coast, directly to the south-west of Ankara.

There are fantastic shopping, leisure and recreational facilities on offer and the cost of living is low compared to the UK. The Turkish people are extremely friendly and hospitable and provide a warm welcome into their fantastic country.