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One of the fastest-growing cities in Turkey is among the most visited destinations in Europe – and you may not have even heard of it.
According to Euromonitor International’s annual Top 100 City Destinations ranking for 2017, which measures international tourist arrivals in 100 of the world’s leading cities, the first and second most visited places in the world (as of 2015) were London and Paris, with 18.5 million and 15 million international annual visitors respectively.
Turkey’s Istanbul came in third, with 12.4 million. But it was Antalya, a resort city on Turkey’s western Mediterranean coast with a pretty harbour and old town, that was the fourth most visited place in Europe, beating the likes of Berlin, Barcelona, and Rome.
It receives over 10 million visitors each year, according to the report, hitting 10.8 million in 2015.
And it’s not hard to see why. Antalya, known in ancient times as Lycia, belongs to the so-called Turkish Riviera, or Turquoise Coast. It also benefits from some of the most undeveloped coastline in the Mediterranean, according to The Telegraph Travel.
It has abundant Turkish culture, a preserved historic city of Kaleiçi, an idyllic harbour, and hazy-blue mountains as a backdrop to its stunning beaches, resembling Rio de Janeiro’s somewhat.