Richard Way meets one couple who are very happy to have discovered southwest Turkey through a trip to one of our property exhibitions…

One viewing trip and the prospect of owning a holiday home outright was enough to convince Steve and Liz Denton to buy in Turkey. The Yorkshire couple paid just £33,000 for their two-bedroom apartment on a small complex on the edge of Altinkum.

They agreed to buy it during their first visit to the resort in May 2015, which came about after they attended an A Place in the Sun Live exhibition. Before that, their only experience of Turkey had been one-day stopovers in Kusadasi and Istanbul while on cruises.

“At the exhibition in Manchester we were surprised to discover we could buy in Turkey without a mortgage,” said Liz. “We met estate agency Turkish Home Office there and arranged to go out two months later and view properties with them, including the one we bought.  From the get-go we really liked Altinkum. The people are really friendly, it’s relaxed and not overly glitzy and it reminded us of how Spain used to be.”