About Antalya

Why is Antalya So Popular ?

If you are one of many asking why is Antalya so popular, we can list hundreds of reasons. But let us start with some stats that prove its popularity. So far, in 2019, 15 million people visited the region. That is the same amount that visits Istanbul, Turkey’s top tourist destination. Such is the demand, airlines are looking at new flight schedules for next year, as they prepare for another record-breaking year.

The rising popularity also features among foreign home buyers. Antalya, Turkey’s second busiest housing market attracts many nationalities. They are interested in holiday homes, permanent residences, buy-to-let rental properties and making a wise real estate investment. Many foreigners looking to tap into Turkey’s citizenship by investment scheme also choose Antalya and the region’s thriving ex-pat community of thousands live here all year round.

It ranks at number 12 on London based Euromonitor list of the world’s most visited cities and is Europe’s fourth most visited destination. So millions of tourists and expats cannot be wrong in choosing to visit and live there. To be clear, when we talk about Antalya, we refer to the whole region comprising the main city centre, smaller coastal resorts, and inland villages. Covering most of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, let’s look at why people adore the region.

Accessibility by transport

Antalya’s popularity among international tourists and people moving to Turkey on a permanent basis is not only attained by its good climate, comfortable hotels and a friendly atmosphere, but also by how accessible it is by transport.

Antalya’s modern airport that accepts hundreds of flights and tens of thousands of tourists from around the world on a daily basis is also a very unique building in terms of architecture. Experts consider it one of the best international airports in Europe.

It operates all year round and is made up of 3 terminals: two international and one domestic.

This airport is located only 10 km away from the city centre and can be reached in minutes on various buses, high-speed trams or taxis.

30 minutes after landing and you’re already at home, isn’t it convenient?

Getting to Antalya from any part of the world is extremely easy and fast.

This way, when living in Antalya, you can still stay in touch with your friends and family living in other cities in Turkey or abroad.

For those who are purchasing an apartment in Antalya to use it for occasional vacations, Antalya can become an alternative to a summerhouse. In many cases, it takes people less time to reach Antalya than it would to travel to a vacation spot or a summerhouse in their own country.

The city’s public transport system is also very convenient.

Turkey’s Best Weather Climate

As a vast country, Turkey’s several climate zones differ immensely and if hot summers and mild winters are what you want, choose Antalya. While January and February, the rainy months hamper outdoor plans, other months offer an average of 300 days of sunshine. July and August, the hottest months see temperatures reach the mid-40s, emphasising its position as the ideal place for a holiday.


Turkey’s Best Beach Destination

The region covers 600 kilometres of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches, hidden coves, and secluded bays. Do not just assume they are any old beaches fronting the Mediterranean sea though. In Trip Advisor’s annual review of Turkey’s best beaches, Cleopatra’s, Konyaalti, Lara, Kaputas, and Patara often rank in the top ten. For ex-pats who dream of a life by the sea, Antalya presents many towns and villages to choose from.

Vibrant Shopping and Nightlife Scenes

So, what is there to do asides from beautiful beaches? Plenty, including the best nightlife and shopping scenes in the Mediterranean region. Shops range from traditional, weekly markets to buy fruit and vegetables, souvenirs, clothing, household goods and more to large shopping malls that outrival any in America. Likewise, nightlife ranges from quiet and serene to fast-paced as seen in sit down roof terrace bars, seaside dining restaurants and large nightclubs featuring famous DJs.

Visit Tourist Attractions and Historical Sites

Antalya’s vibrant history has left behind traces through ancient ruins like Aspendos, Phaselis, Myra, Alanya’s red tower and castle, Kekova sunken ruins and more. Places to visit include water parks, museums, green spaces, the famous Aquarium, and a cable car ride up to Mount Tahtali. Let us not forget the main attraction, Kaleici old town with its quaint collection of Ottoman houses, old mosques, domineering clock tower and landmark Hadrian’s gate.


Go Golfing in Belek

Ok, so we rarely name drop, but famous golfers have played in Belek, Turkey’s golfing capital. They include Tiger Woods and Barack Obama when Belek hosted the G20 summit. Famous names like Nick Faldo also designed Cornelia and other courses. Belek now ranks in among Spain and Portugal as top golfing destinations.

About Belek’s Real Estate Market

For foreign house sales, Belek grabs buyers’ attention with a modern real estate market consisting of apartments and villas for sale. Some foreigners purchased property and now live there all year round, while buy-to-let investors often look towards golf and spa tourism for rental income.

A big lure for golfing fans, is despite international fame, buying property is a fraction of the cost in other golfing hotspots like Spain and Portugal. Also, since Belek has only shot to prominence over the last decade, most homes for sale are new build featuring Turkish designed architecture.

Find out more about properties for sale by browsing our portfolio here, or if you are in the Antalya region and want to view homes for sale, use the chat messaging feature to arrange a viewing date and time.

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