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 are all too happy to haggle you into buying a leather handbag, souvenir, or some jewelry. In contrast, the newer districts, such as the 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 B.C. 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 alike. 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 the well-expanded and busy resort town of Alanya, which is now almost a city in itself.
If you drive west from Antalya city and follow the D-400 highway, you will enjoy the stunning scenery of Konyaalti beach, then twist toward the mountains, enjoy the elevated route through pine forests all the way to the 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.
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 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!
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 the 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 the 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.