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Retire in Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 10, 2023

Summary: Retirees are attracted to Turkey for its rich culture, vibrant cities, and stunning landscapes. The country also offers a low cost of living and a high quality of life. Turkey's Mediterranean climate is generally mild, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Average temperatures in the summer range from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit (24-35°C). In the winter, temperatures range from the mid-30s to the mid-50s Fahrenheit (1-13°C).

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What is it like to retire in Turkey?

"Retirees in Turkey and its surroundings enjoy a vibrant and active lifestyle. There is an active expat community, with many retirees from Europe and North America living in the area. There are plenty of cultural attractions to explore, such as ancient ruins, mosques, and museums. There are also plenty of recreational activities to enjoy, such as hiking, swimming, and sailing. For those looking for a more lively nightlife, there are plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants to explore," said one retiree in living in Turkey.

"Very relaxing. From Kemer where I used to live, there were very few expats living there, except during the summer months when a lot come to spend time in their holiday homes. In Antalya there are quite a number of expats living there from various countries. In Istanbul where I now live is a large number of expats, spread out in different areas. There is an active group called Internations, who hold a variety of events during the year. In the area where my Turkish wife and I live, there does not seem many expats living here. Turkey is full of ancient ruins, which are well worth seeing. Istanbul has itself a great wealth of cultural activities as well as many sights to visit. Here there are a variety of recreational activities to pursue, with a wide diversity of nightlife suitable for all ages," explained a retiree in Antalya.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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