Antalya is the Mediterranean coast's principle city resort and tourist destination hosting over 10 million tourists a year. It’s not difficult to see why so many visit Antalya; it’s a large, attractive city boasting a fabulous climate, excellent shops and facilities, stunning views, beaches, a world class marina and a fascinating past. The Old Town (Kaleici) makes up the heart of Antalya City with its pretty walled interior a warren of cobbled alleys ideal for exploring. Fancy little shops, restaurants and boutiques are all waiting to be discovered, the locals too happy to haggle you into buying a leather handbag, souvenir, genuine fake or some jewellery. In contrast, the newer districts, such as Konyaalti beach area and Lara beach district, play home to modern day Antalya. Here you find fancy holiday apartments and condos, numerous 5 star hotels, shopping malls, government buildings and all inclusive resorts.
Antalya is a city as well as a province. The province of Antalya stretches from Alanya & Gazipasa to the far east of the province to Kalkan & Kas on the far west of the province bordering the province of Mugla. To drive from Alanya to Kalkan is some 5 hours - just to put in perspective how sizeable this sunny county of Antalya is.
Antalya was originally christened ancient Pamphylia, then again as Attaleai by King Attalos II in the second century BC. It has a vast history spanning many thousands of years with the Seljuks, Romans, Ottomans and Byzantines each playing their part.
The entire region of Antalya, including Kalkan, Kas, Side and Kemer, is popular with foreigners and Turks. Each area and resort has a charm and feel of its own with a strong ex-pat community happy to call Antalya their home.
The Turkish city of Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast of Southeast Turkey, an area also known as the Turkish Riviera. A popular tourist destination, it is Turkey's largest international sea resort with a world class marina and lies at the foot of the impressive Taurus Mountains.
If you drive east from Antalya city following the coastal route, you will pass by Lara coast, which is one of Antalya city's main holiday home destinations, then head toward Belek and thereafter Side and Manavgat. If you continue in the same easterly direction, approximately an hour from Side, you will reach well-expanded and busy resort town of Alanya, which is now almost a city in itself.
If you drive westerly from Antalya city and follow D400 carriage way, you will enjoy the stunning scenery of Konyaalti beach, then twist toward the mountains, enoy the elevated route through pine forests all the way to popular resort and marina town of Kemer some 30 minutes from Konyaalti. If you then continue on the same route, several hours later you will arrive at Kas and then Kalkan. If you cross Kalkan further west, then you will exit the providence of Antalya and drive into Mugla county, where its first popular resort town of Fethiye will meet you some 70 minutes after Kalkan.
Antalya is constantly growing. In 2010 it was reported that the resident population was 1,001,318, but many more have since relocated to the area. The Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry state that over a third of foreigners choosing to live in Turkey opt for Antalya. They also note that it is a particular favourite with the Germans, Russians and Scandinavians. Many ex-patriots have brought or rent property in the central districts, but areas such as Kalkan, Kemer, Side and Kas are also popular.
Antalya boasts over 300 sunny days a year. Visitors can enjoy long hot summers and mild, if sometimes rainy, winters. July and August are the hottest and busiest months reaching up to 38*C. The coolest months are January and February with highs of around 16*C during the day and an average night-time temperature of 6*C. Perhaps the nicest time to visit Antalya is during the spring and autumn when temperatures are not swelteringly hot, beaches not overly crowded, and you can still enjoy an evening stroll in a T-shirt.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Those looking to spend time in Antalya are in for a treat – the quality of life here is one of the best on the Turkish coast! The climate is ideally suited to year round living with long hot summers and mild winters. There are a great choice of shops, restaurants and nightlife throughout the city and transport links and medical facilities are excellent. Antalya is a popular destination for a reason – the average cost of living is considerably lower than that in the UK and many other foreign destinations!
WHY BUY PROPERTY IN ANTALYA?
Antalya is a very diverse city in the hub of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Ever expanding tourism and industry around the city of Antalya have attracted many families and ambitious young professionals to the area. Since late 1980's the population of the city grew from around 275,000 to currently around 1.2 million.
Unlike some parts of Turkey, growth in Antalya has been exceptionally well managed with efficient city planning and environmental awareness. Today, Antalya is one of Turkey's most affluent cities as per capita income. It controls and manages investment inflows and tourism in the wider region from Alanya to Kalkan. It benefits from Belek golf region, it provides summer as well as winter tourism opportunities. Above all, the city has a vibrant and cultured lifestyle that attracts more and more like-minded dwellers coming in search of Antalya real estate and professional jobs.
Property in Antalya gives you access to 300 days of sunshine as well as very high income potential. The city provides 'best of both worlds' - city life on the shores of blue flag beaches and within very easy reach of nature reserves, pine forests and ski resorts. Such is the demand for luxury homes in Antalya, that apartments in Lara and Konyaalti districts of Antalya hardly ever go rent-free.
THINGS TO DO IN ANTALYA
1. The sandy Konyaalti Beach guide in Antalya - everyone who visits Antalya must make a trip to the perfect sandy beaches at Konyaalti beach. Watersports, a marine animal park, and an waterpark all make Konyaalti Beach one of the most loved tourist attractions in Turkey.
2. Hadrian’s Gate and Antalya’s Old Town - The Queen of Sheba is said to have passed under these historic gates on her way to Aspendos, on her way to visit King Solomon.
3. Pamukkale, the cotton castle - The city of Pamukkale is well known for its gorgeous hot springs and lovely descending terraces of carbonate minerals formed by the flowing waters of thousands of years - a stunning site to witness and a must visit for anyone in the region.
4. Duden Falls: a natural beauty spot - The Duden River source is high in the Taurus mountains, and the flow winds all the way down to the Mediterranean. Duden Falls is the perfect day trip in Antalya.
5. Antalya Museum, where old meets new - This Amazing must see museum is one of Turkey’s largest and is located in Konyaalti, Antalya. It is a reminder of ancient times gone by and is a great source for information and historical lessons about the region.
6. Golf in Belek, Antalya - With over 17 Championship quality golf courses in the region, most designed by former Pros such as Colin Montgomerie, and Nick Faldo, any golf enthusiast will find themselves in paradise in Antalya.
7. Skiing in Antalya - Skiing? In Turkey? Yes that is not a typo, you can indeed head to some of Antalya's ski resorts before heading back to your luxury villa to lounge under the sunshine and even head to a beach all in the same day!
8. Rafting in Antalya - One for those who enjoy a little bit of adventure, rafting is increasingly popular in Antalya with some great spots in the region where those who enjoy the water head in and take on the rafting challenges of Antalya.