Working in Turkey as a digital nomad

Updated 2020-05-26 12:42

A mix of Middle Eastern mysticism and European tradition, Turkey is a well-established tourist hotspot. Offering its visitors a glance back into history framed with picturesque mountaintops and Mediterranean beaches, it is a great place for vacation, but what is it like for work?

Why Turkey

While all those working remotely have their own personal preferences when it comes to picking a destination, most are on the lookout for the magic three: warm climate, beautiful beaches and the Internet. Turkey offers just that and adds vibrant lively cities and one of the world's best cuisines into the mix. Working here will never get boring: from stunning historical locations to wondrous landscapes to admire, your free time in the country will be filled to the brim with new experiences.

The best Turkish cities to work from

Istanbul is Turkey's former capital, largest city and a popular gateway for exploring the rest of the country. It has a long history going back almost 3000 years. The population of Istanbul is close to 16 million people and the city is Turkey's cultural and financial centre. Naturally, it's also the place where you will find the best infrastructure for setting up a remote working camp. Rich in history, nightlife and home to some of the biggest markets and best restaurants in the country, Istanbul is a popular choice not only among tourists but also among those looking for a convenient and exciting spot to work from.

Izmir is Turkey's third-largest city and one of the most popular nomad destinations in the country. This picturesque city of about 4 million owes its popularity to the liveliness and energy generated by Izmir's young inhabitants: close to half of the city's population are under 30. It contains one of the best beaches in the country and draws thousands of tourists during the summer.

Those looking to work in a resort-like setting tend to choose Antalya, the largest city on Turkey's southern coast of the Mediterranean. Large resorts line the city's coastline, offering all sorts of holiday entertainment and facilities while the deeper parts of Antalya hide stunning historical ruins framed by green, lush mountains.

The internet and coworking spaces in Turkey

As a popular travel destination, Turkey has all the necessary facilities to accommodate its international guests as well as those who have chosen it as a remote work spot. You will have no trouble finding a spot to work from, whether it's an international resort or a small local coffee shop.

The average Internet download speed in Turkey is 14.51 Mbps and the average upload speed is 4.04 Mbps. Free WIFI is available in most coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and other public areas.

Coworking spaces in Istanbul

Kolektif House Levent, Esentepe Mahallesi, Talatpaşa Cd. No:5

Habita, Yeşilce Mahallesi, Ulubaş Cd. No:23

Beyond Ofis, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Halil Paşa Sokak, Ömer Abed Han, Kat 4 No. 10 Karaköy

Coworking spaces in Izmir

Originn Coworking, Kazım Dirik Mahallesi, 374/1. Sk. No.1

Imperium Offices, Konak Mahallesi, Kıbrıs Şehitleri Caddesi No. 20, Kazmirci İş Merkezi Kat 5 Alsancak

Leisure in Turkey

As one of the world's most popular travel destinations, Turkey has no shortage of leisure activities to offer its visitors. From beautiful beaches and evergreen mountain tops to one of the world's best cuisines, wineries and plenty of ancient ruins to discover, the country is a touristic hotspot for a reason. You can ski at the finest resorts up north, and enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate almost in the same season. Some of Turkey's key attractions include the Bosphorus waterway, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and many more. Note that the country also offers many archaeological sites ranging from Gobeklitepe to Ephesus to visitors.

What to know before arriving?

Citizens of 78 countries can travel to Turkey visa-free. On top of that, residents of 42 countries and territories are eligible for an e-visa on arrival. Unless you come from the visa-exempt countries, you will need to apply for a visa to Turkey in advance from the nearest Embassy or Consulate. You can also obtain your visa online from the e-visa website.

 Useful links:

Tourism and Travel Guide to Turkey
Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Turkey

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