- the Turkish-European city


Living in Mahmutlar
Mahmutlar Culture Friends
We cannot describe it all, you better can come and see for yourself! 

Mahmutlar has 30.000 permanent inhabitants. And all together 60.000
– including the holiday residents - in the summer-period. The infra-structure is based on European standards  - pipes and electrical systems, as well as the sewer-system. In 2004/2005 the shops on Barbaros Blvd. where changed from the traditional Turkish ones to the European standard. However, if you prefer the Turkish traditions – you will find what you are looking for on the Atatürk street. And at the Saturday market in the centre – or the Tuesday market in the eastern end of Barbaros. In the past people had to go to Alanya for certain things (shopping, bank, paying bills etc.). Today Mahmutlar has everything. And most people prefer to shop and eat in these quiet environments where no one “drags” you into the place or hangs over you when you look at the products. In Mahmutlar it is well-known that Europeans do not like to be “bugged” while shopping or eating.
Banks: 2 in the centre – TEB and Garanti. 1 further east - Işbank. And more banks are coming. There are at least 5-6 ATMs in the centre.
Post Office: 50 m east of the centre, on Barbaros Blvd.
Shops, restaurants, bars, small kind of discos (hotels), one large disco, car-rentals, handy-crafts, hairdressers and, of course, Turkish Baths.
For children we have many small parks, equipped for playing. And, after a walk, you can rest on a bench, in the sun,  in one of the many small green parks, When we feel warm in the summer, maybe too warm - there are two good options:

The beach.
The place for relaxation. The place for enjoying a cold beer. The place for games and activities. Maybe lunch. A place to meet. All this can be done while a nice sea-breeze cools us down.

The mountain.
The largest group of foreigners here are the Dutch people. The fastest growing group now, is the Norwegian one. Dutch people go to Norway for one main reason. The nature.
And Norwegians stay in their country for one good reason. The nature. Take a good look at the photo. This, too, is Mahmutlar. No wonder why so many people from these two countries choose exactly this place when they decide to buy their second home.

Life is good in Mahmutlar!


Every Tuesday the east end of Barbaros street changes to a big market place. In this market the main products are clothes and bags. But also plenty of vegetables. And nuts. And sweets. A paradise for small children, and of course - for the female members of the family.
Every Saturday another market takes place in the centre of Mahmutlar. This market has more food, but of course also clothes and bags. Our tradition here is also "a better dinner on Sunday". Therefore Saturday is a very important shopping-day for food. After buying all the fresh, nice vegetables at the market, the next stop is one of the many butchers.
Normal shops are mostly like we know them in Europe. You can still manage to get the prices lower than the tag says. But the big bargaining is reserved for the markets. Mahmutlar has so many shops that there are only very special things we have to go to Alanya or Antalya to get. And more and more is coming, you can be sure!

Sporting and games.
As in the rest of Turkey, football is number one here. Mahmutlar has really nice football-fields, and a lot of people are playing. Maybe therefore it is nice to show a photo from another popular sport.
If you are more the quiet type, you can better join all the men sitting around everywhere playing cards, backgammon and other lively games.

Turkeyis a republic, based on the same governmental system as all European countries. Mahmutlar is a town, and is run exactly like a town should be run according to this system. The difference is that this town has so many Europeans that their culture is taken in consideration as well.. The mayor has the goal to make this town the most popular one for Europeans
– now and in the future.

If you have a second home in Mahmutlar, better learn this word right now: Belediye.
This is the place to get your Iskan (approval of the apartment as possible to live in), electricity and water connections. It is also the place to pay water-bills and the yearly property-tax. If you need to know more about this, please send us an e-mail.
This is also the place that gives most of the approvals needed to run a business in Mahmutlar. And due to the great expansion here, you can imagine just how busy life is in this building.
You can read more about Belediye and common life in Mahmutlar on Belediye's own web-site:

Mahmutlar Belediyesi