When most people start looking to move to the area, they nearly always look at Fethiye, mainly because this is where they know. This is because they have holidayed in either Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Ovacik or Calis. However with the demand on properties, to both rent and buy, from both Turkish people and those living abroad, prices have risen and availability decreased. We now find more and more people are casting their net a little further out of Fethiye and one municipality become more and more popular is Seydikemer.
Seydikemer is the biggest municipality, area wise, in the Mugla province. It became know as Seydikemer on 2014 after the previous town of Kemer and village of Seydiler were merged to form the new township.
The town itself is located approx. 30 km inland from Fethiye (25 minutes easy drive via the main D400 road from Fethiye). It is close to Saklikent Gorge (Saklikent Gorge is part of the national park. Saklikent means hidden city. The Canyon is 300m deep and approx. 18km long and believed to be one of the deepest in the world. There is also the archaeological site of Tlos (an ancient ruined Lycian hilltop citadel only 4 kilometres northwest of Saklikent Gorge. Tlos is believed to be one of the most important religious Lycian sites and settlement on the site is said to have begun more than 4,000 years ago. If you climb to the top the views are magnificent. You can see Babadag and Mendos across the valley).
Seydikemer town is only approx. 25 minutes to the beautiful beach resort of Patara (11 mile of unspoilt beach, making it Turkeys longest beach, but also an ancient historic site. It was a flourishing maritime and commercial city. It is the birthplace of Saint Nicholas in 270 AD, who lived most of his life in the nearby town of Myra (Demre)
In the other direction Seydikemer town is only 35 minutes to the iconic resort of Oludeniz and 1 hour from Dalaman Airport
Seydikemer has a thriving local market held each Friday where you can choose from the fresh local produce as well as household items, clothes and shoes etc. The town offers all amenities that you need to live comfortably including dentist, doctors, post office, banks and vets as well as an array of smaller shops, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes. Seydikemer is served by a regular bus service. There is currently investment and development happening in the area including the construction of a new state hospital.
There are some fabulous and picturesque villages including Ortakoy and Oren. Oren is well known for its trout farms and has a magnificent canyon, where you can go and sit and enjoy the crystal-clear water, whilst relaxing with a cay or tasting the local fish.
Other villages include Kadikoy, which has a growing ex pat community, Alacat, Kabaagac. There are also other historical and touristic sites nearby to explore including Letoon, Pinara, Sidyma and Gizlekent gorge (with zip lines) and the Esen River where you can hire an inflatable ring and enjoy the journey down the river. We would however recommend you do this in summer as the water can be a little cold to say the least.
For us Seydikemer seems to offer so many things
- It has that Turkish working town feel
- There is investment and development happening there eg the new state hospital
- It offers value for money to rent or buy property (check out the properties on our website)
- There is a small but growing ex pat community
- It has easy access to so many places to explore because of its closeness to the D400
- It has the best mountain views, which quite honestly take your breath away
So, what are you waiting for, next time you are here and feel the need to explore why not give it a look!
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