Best Cities of Turkey to Live for Expats


Most expats have the same question in mind: Where can I live? The dreams of some are fishing towns, others by sparkling metropolises. Some of them an inexpensive city. So, which one of Best Cities of Turkey to Live for Expats? Which provinces stand out with which features? We will see that the provinces of Istanbul, Antalya (Alanya), Ankara, Izmir, Muğla (Bodrum), Bursa, Trabzon, Yalova climb the steps by decades.



Istanbul, which is popular even in the world, is one of the best cities for expats. Standing between the East and the West, Turkey’s largest city and the country's economic, cultural and historic center offers an aura of fascination that will appeal to all visitors. Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar, Maiden Tower, Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Basilica Cistern, Archaeological Museum, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, etc.. are just some of these breathtaking cultural heritage.

Having a population of more than 15 million, Istanbul is a metropolitan city where foreigners can easily adapt to daily life with its multicultural structure. Turkey's most expensive city, and with 45.6 percent of total bank deposits in the country. The crime rate is not as high as thought. It is among the top 10 cities in terms of air quality and one in three adults own a car. Unemployment is less than in Ankara and Izmir.

Istanbul, which accounts for 30 percent of Turkey's gross domestic product (GDP), is one of the prominent cities with Turkey’s industrial and financial hub in the MENA Region such that international investors show great interest. With this strong and dynamic economy, it offers attractive and easily accessible job opportunities to foreign people.


Istanbul Bosphorus

Istanbul Bosphorus



Antalya is Turkey's 5th largest city known as the capital of tourism. A favorite of travelers around the globe, Antalya has everything you expect from a memorable summer vacation, a beautiful nature, lots of museums and historical places, a lively nightlife, and beautiful beaches. Those looking to break the streak of all-inclusive days by the pool will find a fascinating many ancient sites to explore in close vicinity.

It is known as Turkey's tourism capital. The second province with the highest air quality. It is the third province in the interest in opera and ballet. Expats in Antalya hosting different lifestyles always feel the tolerance and hospitality of Turkish people. 

Antalya is a city where three out of four seasons are spring and the other is summer, where you can ski on a magnificent mountain in the morning and swim in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean in the afternoon. Kaleiçi being old historical center, Duden Waterfalls, Hadrien's Gate, Aspendos, Köprülü Canyon, Antalya Museum, Konyaalti Beach, Lara Beach, etc. are just some of the beauties to visit.

Antalya, the favorite tourism center of the Mediterranean Region, is the choice of both domestic and foreign investors. The region attracts nearly half of the tourists coming to Turkey and the hotels are new and of high standards. Antalya and Antalya's districts such as Alanya are ideal for doing business, investing, living and buying homes in Turkey. The short return period of housing in Antalya is an important opportunity for those who want to invest.


Antalya Castle

Antalya Castle



The capital of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The hub of many great civilizations with a history dating back to the Stone Age, Ankara and its landmarks are still of great importance in the present day. Famous for its great museums, parks, honey, grapes and many other cultural and historical assets, Ankara welcomes visitors any time of the year. The city lies on the border where east between west. Although situated in one of the driest regions of Turkey and surrounded mostly by steppe vegetation, Ankara can be considered a green city in terms of green areas per inhabitant, at 72 square metres (775 square feet) per head.

Ankara has a lively social scene, great restaurants and award-winning shopping malls, with a great deal of history dating back to the Romans to top it all off. The nation’s capital is the place to eat out in style, go to a club, visit art galleries, museums or explore antiques shops. The Mausoleum of Ataturk, Kocatepe Mosque, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara Castle, Youth Park, Atakule, Kızılay Square etc. are the most prominent places for expats to visit.

A large percentage of the complicated employment in Ankara is provided by the state institutions; such as the ministries and other administrative bodies of the Turkish government. There are also many foreign citizens working as diplomats or clerks in the embassies of their respective countries. However, Ankara is also an important commercial and industrial city, located at the centre of Turkey's road and railway networks. 

It is one of the best cities for expatriates to live in Ankara, Turkey. The capital Ankara is the city with the most developed economy, health and education infrastructure. It ranks second in art-related activities. Economically strong, vehicle density is higher than Istanbul. It is on par with Istanbul in public investment per capita. Air quality is moderate, traffic is worse than Istanbul.


Ankara Atakule

Ankara Atakule



Izmir, the third most populous city in Turkey after Istanbul and Ankara, is a metropolitan city in the western extremity of Anatolia. Izmir welcomes the visitors with a demonstration of warmth and friendliness worthy of the renowned Turkish hospitality. With warm summers and mild winters, Izmir is a year-round destination. Combining sea, sand and sun with valuable historical assets, Izmir receives 8.5 million domestic and foreign tourists annually.

Izmir, a special place to live with its nature, cuisine, people and culture, is one of the most modern and peaceful cities in Turkey with a vibrant social life enlivened by cultural events, tourism opportunities and local cuisine. With art exhibitions, concerts and movie screenings hosted all throughout the year, along with a rich historical and cultural background, Izmir offers a high standard of life. Ephesus, Çeşme, Urla, Alaçatı, Kuşadası, Clock Tower, Ethnography Museum, Izmir International Fair etc. are just some of amazing places for the expats to visit.

The port of Izmir is Turkey's main port for exports in terms of the freight handled and its free zone is the leader among the twenty in Turkey. The province as a whole is Turkey's third largest exporter after Istanbul and Bursa, and the fifth largest importer. Izmir is home to 13 organized industrial zones, 2 free zones, 4 technology development zones and 4 commercial ports that create a vibrant ecosystem for the investors.


Izmir Ephesus

Izmir Ephesus



One of the most famous destinations in Turkey, Mugla is a lovely Aegean city with its traditional old houses, narrow streets, surprising history, fascinating natural beauties, stunning coves, crystal clear waters, majestic ancient cities and peaceful daily life. Mugla welcomes millions of visitors every year. With its great coastline, beautiful resort towns, characteristic Aegean villages and verdant forests, Mugla is home to the most favorite holiday destinations of Turkey.

Mugla also hosts the popular holiday towns and beautiful coastal towns such as Bodrum, Marmaris, Datca, Fethiye, Koycegiz, Dalaman, Gocek, Milas, Dalyan and Akyaka. Beautiful resorts, comfortable hotels and motels, cosy guest houses, world famous beaches, unique beauties, impressive ruins of past civilizations and magnificent landscapes are waiting for you to enjoy the best of turquoise experience.

Having hosted many civilizations from ancient times to the Ottoman Empire and on to the Republic Period, the city is home to many historical places that should be visited.

Emphasizing Aegean cuisine with rich dish varieties, Muğla cuisine draws attention with delicious and practical recipes. One can find the main vegetable dishes of the Aegean Region in the cuisine here as well.


Bodrum, Mugla

Bodrum, Mugla



The fourth most populous city in Turkey and the former capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1363, Bursa is one of the industrial centers of the country. Most of Turkey's automotive industry takes place in Bursa, which is well known for its textiles and of course as Turkeys centre for silk production.

Everyone wants to live in familiar and big places like Istanbul and Izmir. However, the historical texture, Mosques, Districts and food of Bursa are a beautiful and mysterious landscape full of tradition. Grand Mosque, Green Mosque and Green Tomb, Kozahan, Grand Bazaar, Uludag Mountain, Tombs of Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi are the most fascinating places that should be visited by the expats.

The city is known as Green Bursa, because of its many parks and Uludag, a mountain that overlooks the city. Bursa is a major centre for tourism. One of the most popular skiing resorts of Turkey is located at Mount Uludag, just next to the city proper. Bursa's thermal baths have been used for therapeutical purposes since Roman times. 

The 'crossroad of Turkish climates' is often a name given to Istanbul, but Bursa seems to deserve this name a lot more. Summers are moderately hot, and generally not as windy as the coasts, so it can definitely feel uncomfortable. Rain in summer is uncommon, but heavy.






When we say Trabzon, the pearl of the Black Sea Region, a different image is formed in everyone's mind. Some remember the anchovy when they say Trabzon, and some cannot pass without mentioning the Sümela Monastery. Trabzon sometimes evokes burgundy-blue colors; sometimes it brings to mind laz pastry, sometimes Akçaabat meatballs or jokes.

Trabzon, one of the oldest trade cities of Anatolia, has a significant cultural mosaic as it has hosted many civilizations. It is one of the greenest cities in the Black Sea region. Famous for its precipitation in all seasons, the city is surrounded by thousands of different plant species and you can see all shades of green all over the region.

Sumela Monastery, Ataturk Mansion, Uzungol, Trabzon Castle and plateaus are among the fascinating places worth visiting.

In Trabzon, which has the largest airport in the Eastern Black Sea region, tea-based industry is dominant and there is a significant tourist influx in nature tourism. However, economic activity is not very strong and job opportunities are not pretty developed.


Uzungol, Trabzon

Uzungol, Trabzon



Yalova is a peaceful and calm shelter for those who are tired of Istanbul's traffic and crowd. With the newly built Osmangazi bridge, it took about 1 hour to reach the center of Istanbul from Yalova. It would not be a wrong expression to call the summer resort of Istanbul residents.

Yalova, which is the 5th province where foreigners buy the most property, is known as the city of thermal springs. Armutlu and Çınarcık are among the most important touristic centers. There are daily ferry services from the city, which has a coast to the Marmara Sea, to Istanbul.



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