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Antalya: gateway to the Turkish Riviera

 

The Antalya region has it all: sandy beaches, turquoise seas, old-world charm, modern resorts and world-class golf courses. It’s no wonder so many overseas property buyers have fallen in love with its sun-drenched resorts, towns and villages. 

 

Record numbers of holidaymakers – including five million Russians – have flown into Antalya this summer as Turkey continues to works its magic.
 
Each year a percentage of these tourists are so taken with the area that they become property owners or investors. Leaving Antalya behind only Istanbul when it comes to transactions by overseas property buyers 
 
Let’s take a look at Antalya and popular areas around this resort city, which serves as a gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region.
 
Antalya combines a classically beautiful old-city district and Roman-era harbour, with a stylishly modern buzz.
 
Antalya
 
Located on the Gulf of Antalya (Antalya Körfezi), Antalya is the largest city on Turkey's western Mediterranean coastline. Backed by imposing mountains, this port city combines a classically beautiful old-city district called Kaleiçi and Roman-era harbour, with a stylishly modern buzz. Head just outside the city centre and you will find two sun-drenched sandy beaches and plenty of scuba diving opportunities. 
 
A mix of European and a smattering of Asian buyers ensure Antalya is a popular destination for foreign property investment. You could buy a two-bed apartment for as little as £50,000 around here or you could splash out around £450,000 for something slightly more luxurious. 
 
Alanya
 
Less than two hours drive from Antalya Airport, Alanya retains some of the charms of a Turkish seaside town, despite booming into tourist hot spot in recent years. The nightlife is vibrant and hotels aren’t in short supply, but escape the energy of the modern downtown area and you will discover a fine 12th century castle, ancient ruins and winding alleys rimmed by traditional red-tile-roofed houses that climb the hillside. 
 
Throw in some fantastic beaches, as well as local attractions such as Damlates Cave and the fabled Cleopatra Beach, and Alanya could just be the resort for those wanting something on a smaller scale than Antalya.
 
Side
 
Strictly touristy in its approach, and home to a collection of five-star hotels that have been the playground of German holidaymakers for many a year, Side is still a small yet bustling resort. 
 
Anyone looking for golf heaven can find it just 35 minutes’ drive from Antalya airport in Belek.
 
Despite tourism spreading its tentacles in Side, it’s still home to a 2nd-century theatre that proudly sits atop the old town's hill, an agora that provides space for a busy market and a pretty harbour complete with a re-created colonnade of the Temple of Athena – all of which combines to ensure it retains a lot of old-world charm. Property buyers typically head to the outskirts and the nearby town of Manavgat, which is home to a fabulous market and a stunning waterfall.
 
Belek
 
Anyone looking for golf heaven can find it just 35 minutes’ drive from Antalya airport in Belek. The local golf courses are among the finest in Turkey, and many of them are world-renowned. After a day spent trudging up and down the fairways in the baking sun, why not relax on one of the towns beaches or in the thermal spas it is also famous for.