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Turkey’s best seaside delights

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Turkey's west coast offers its own pace of life, culture and properties for all the right budgets. Here is our guide to the most tempting towns along the Turkish Riviera.
The annual ban on construction kicked in from 1st June across Turkish resorts, so you know your summer holiday won’t be spoiled by the sounds of Turkey’s construction boom. The season for buying property, however, has only heightened for the real estate sector. 
For investors, the choice of resort, the type of build and range of budgets can be mindboggling. So we've distilled information that suits all budgets for a number of chosen resorts, where foreign property buying has remained historically strong:
Cesme: A resort that stays below the radar for most foreigners, Cesme is about an hour’s drive from Izmir, making traveling there very easy. It offers fantastic beaches, the idyllic town of Alacati and quality property, mainly villas, in excess of £100,000. As an upmarket coastal town, it is often a weekend retreat for rich Izmir residents, but is now being discovered by foreign investors.
Izmir: An unlikely hit with foreigners, it is often described as Turkey's most Westernised city. It has been compared with Paris, harbouring a city life strong on coffee shops and carefree living. However, property prices from Bornova to Alsancak are fairly expensive, with £80,000-plus buying a two-bedroom apartment – still a lot cheaper, and warmer, than Paris, of course.
Kusadasi: A classic traditional, working resort city that offers a range of life – from the slow to the fast-paced – and a diverse range of property that will hit everyone’s budget, depending on where you want to be located, whether within the city or close to the beaches.
Seaside properties that start at just £25,000 tend not to hang around.
Didim: Dominated by the Apollo Temple, this Aegean resort has seen a lot of building over the last decade, mostly apartments on complexes. Seaside properties start at just £25,000; however, depending on the quality, age and location of the property, they tend not to hang around. Equally, new-build villas in areas such as Akbuk can hit £100,000 plus.
Bodrum: If you have £100,000, Bodrum is just about within your budget. The peninsula continues to be a hit with well-heeled Istanbul elite and the best villas can easily cost a million pounds.
Marmaris: The popular British holiday hotspot offers reasonable property at all budgets and, like Kusadasi and Didim, offers prices from £30,000. Marmaris has had a reputation as a party town, but there are plenty of areas across the resort where residents enjoy the quieter side of life.
Icmeler: A pretty resort eight kilometres from Marmaris, property prices remain stable but buoyant, with an average three-bedroom apartment with a pool around £90,000.
Fethiye: Similar to Icmeler, Fethiye is a classy resort that exudes charm without losing sight of its strong connections to the sea. The reason why many British property hunters have moved here, from investors to expats, in such a short space of time, is probably down to steady pace of life and low living costs. That doesn’t extend to property however; with prices for a standard villa starting at around £150,000.