villa turkey
15 May 2021

New Season 2018


So season 2018 in Turkey has started.

Purchase of land

Can be non Turkish if a) not in a military zone b) less than 74 acres 2014 law changed used to have to have 50% Turkish ownership

Turkey's population about 72million; UK population about 66 million.  Number of homes:  Turkey 20 million  of which 12 million(this may include businesses) illegal;  UK 27.2 million.

Turkey has 3.5 million refugees.

Size of GB 242,495 km2

Size of Turkey 783,562 km2



Turkey’s New Year tax rises won’t dent demand

Everything’s on the up in Turkey in 2018: the economy, inflation, and hopes in the tourism and real estate sectors. The government has raised taxes too, but they’re still much lower than most countries. Here are the details.

One of the great traditions of living in Turkey is the guessing game in the media of what will increase in costs, fees and fines when the government raises its tax thresholds on 1st January each year.

So as Turkey ushered in the New Year with renewed hope for 2018, the Official Gazette – the body that releases government information, laws and decisions – informed the waiting public what it could expect to pay over the next 12 months. The big news is that the government has applied a 14.5% rise across all sectors. For expats and second homeowners there are particular costs that may well be impacting your wallet in 2018.

An e-visa costs $20, you can apply up to three months in advance of your travel date and they are applicable for a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

Resident permits

A one-year resident permit presently remains the same at $80, or around 300TL depending on the exchange rate. A two-year permit remains at 538TL.

Apart from the cost, there are two elements that have changed in the application process. Firstly, you will have to declare a minimum of 1,603TL (around £300) a month, or have 19,236TL for one year, in your bank account. The 1,603TL is the newly announced minimum wage for Turkey.

Secondly, sources suggest you will have fingerprints taken during the interview/application process!

The resident’s permit card has increased to 72TL, less than £15.


The government has announced an average 14.5% rise in fees across the board


Travel visas

An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to three months in advance of your travel date. The visas are applicable for a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.


For most non-working foreigners, the SGK is largely seen as a payment for state-related health costs. In fact, it is the social security element similarly to the National Insurance Contributions in the UK. This has risen for 2018 to 487 TL (£77) a month: applicable as a single payment for married couples, or a single payment for unmarried people.

Minimum wage

Turkey’s minimum wage will rise by 14.2% as of 1st January to 1,603TL, quite a good increase from 1,404TL.

Property and environment tax

The property tax element on the council tax will rise by 7.25%.

The Environmental Cleaning Tax will increase from 28 to 32 krus per one cubic meter of water consumption.

The council tax element will be decided by each municipality.

For those looking to use their imported mobile phones after two months, the registration fee is now 170.70 TL, £32.

Passport fees

A one-year passport fee rise for Turkish residents from 175.3 TL to 201.3 TL, and for a three-year passport the fee increases to 657.4 TL.

Mobile phone registration

For those looking to use their imported mobile phones after two months, the registration fee is now 170.70 TL, £32.

If you are ready to buy a home in Turkey you’ll have a few financial matters to sort out. For advice on getting the best currency deal download the Property Buyer’s Guide to Currency.

Motoring costs

Driving licenses: In 2018, the Special Communication Tax (ÖİV) will be applied, with driving licence fees rising to 479TL.

Car tax: The Motor Vehicles Tax (MTV) increases between 15 and 50% depending on the CC and age of the vehicle.

Traffic Insurance: Premiums will rise by 5% in January, and then 1.5% each month from February onwards.

MOT: Costs for vehicle MOTs will be increasing by 14.47% in 2018. For cars, vans and special purpose vehicles, the cost increases from 198.24 TL to 226.56. For motorcycles and motorbikes, the cost rises from 101.48 TL to 115.64 TL.

Fines: Driving offences will rise by 14.47%. The penalty for jumping a red light rises to 236.40 TL; speeding fines will rise by 10% from 206.5 TL to 236.4 TL and for failing to wear a car seatbelt the fine ups to 111TL.

Other fines

Those who illegally fly tip rubbish will be fined 232 TL, while neighbours disturbing the peace with high volume noise will face a penalty of 968 TL.


So season 2017 in Turkey has started.

 have been in Dalyan April/May -  

And who was there too -Scruffy.  He is such a good guard dogscruffyscruffy


Joining in with Diana each morning doing yoga!!







What is going to happen in the referendum

What are they voting on? 
A package of 18 amendments is being put to the people because the proposed changes to the constitution did not get the required backing of two-thirds of MPs in parliament. These amendments include:
The abolition of the post of prime minister. The president will appoint the cabinet and will have a number of vice-presidents. 
The president will no longer have to be neutral, enabling him to maintain ties to his political party. Under current rules the president is prohibited from having an affiliation with his party once elected.
The number of MPs will be increased from 550 to 600 and their minimum age lowered to 18.
The president won’t be protected from being impeached by parliament. Currently he could only be prosecuted by the legislature if he committed treason.
The abolition of military courts.
The president will be granted the right to appoint four out of 13 judges to the highest judicial board in the country.

Here is last year's news:

swimming competition april 2016

Diana, Jenny and Frances in the crowd watching



Dalyan had its first “International Open Sea Swimming Competition”   Click here to see article

Free boats were provided to the beach between 08:30 and 09:30 and returning at 14:30. Prize giving took place at the square by the mosque and after that there was  a band playing.

This is the first international swimming competition in Dalyan.  The swim is 2140 metres.  Look at the videos: one before the event; and the other during.


News on the dogs and grownup puppies

The two girl puppies are at Kings Villas with the dad. All looking healthy. Yusef has rehoused the two boys. I couldn't see the mummy but think she is living near KingFisher

mum dog kingfisher with labrador     mum dog when feeding puppies oct 2015

   mum dog kingfisher look at markings

  This definately looks like the mummy. 
  Only the daddy and two daughters are at Kings Villas

  Her left paw is a thicker white one as can be seen in the feeding
  mummy and the dog walking.




2015 - Puppies born at King Villas

puppy nov


puppy nov


puppy nov


puppy nov


The puppies now - beginning of November  curtesy of Sertac



Some puppies were born last month with the mum being a stray dog which had made a home at King Villas and was good at getting other dogs to leave the area

puppies puppies

Happy re-union of school friends with Myra, Les and Huseyin


reunion 2015

News  re stopping development on Iztuzu beach.  Go to

Guardian article  25 September 2014 Re Oruc a Turkish/British company of carpet merchants and property developers to ruin Iztuzu beach

bc spa


Arrow shows the pool at King Villas from the mountain above the ampitheatre of Kaunos.  Details re getting the rowing boat and where Kaunos tours is
location of BC Spa Hotel to have a lovely massage


Come to Dalyan Sinem by the pool relaxing 

and enjoy the peace of Rosanna location together with the bustle of Dalyan centre teaming with many excursions and an abundance of restaurants offering delicious food.


Here‘s how to contact us.

email or call on my mobile 07443471277


If you go to and look at flexible dates you can usually find bargain flights.




This current 5 day weather report is for Dalyan