Saint Tropez comes to the Turkish Aegean

International marina operator Camper & Nicholson have announced the 2010 opening of a new 400-berth marina in the Turkish Aegean resort of Cesme. Located in the shadow of an imposing Genoese fort that dominates the sleepy seaside town, the new marina development will include a sophisticated waterfront arcade, designed by Atelier Xavier Bohl, creators of the world-famous Port Grimaud in St Tropez.

”The marina should breathe new life into the town’s waterfront, while promoting Cesme to a wider international audience of holidaymakers and property buyers,” says Dominic Whiting, editor of the Buying in Turkey guide ( ).
The opening of the Cesme marina comes hot on the heels of the inauguration of the $70 million, 600-berth D-Marin marina in the Turkish resort of Didim in May, 2009. There is also speculation that work on a long-stalled marina in Dalaman will commence next year.
These new marinas are part of the Turkish government’s ambitious strategy to increase marina capacity along the country’s beautiful Aegean and Mediterranean coastline from 25,000 berths to over 50,000 berths by the year 2023.
“The ultimate aim is to double the country’s share of the lucrative Mediterranean yacht tourism market from its present 5 percent to 10 percent,” explains Dominic Whiting, editor of the Buying in Turkey guide ( ).
Located outside the eurozone, Turkey is attracting boat owners with its lower mooring fees and cheaper cost of living, as well as its beautiful unspoilt coastline – factors that have been attracting foreign property buyers for some time. Indeed, property close to Turkish marinas is available at a fraction of what it would cost in France, Spain or Portugal. For example, 2 bedroom apartments in Altinkum, close to the D-Marin Didim marina start from only £45,000. Or a fully furnished 3-bedroom apartment on a small complex with swimming pool just a 5 minute’s stroll from the new Cesme marina for £87,750. It is still possible to find a bargain within 15 minute’s drive of the country’s most upmarket yachting resort, Gocek, with three-bedroom villas in the beautiful Akkaya valley from £138,000.
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