Antalya is a resort destination in Turkey and gateway to its southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. During the Roman era Antalya was a major port city; today a modern metropolis surrounds ancient fortifications. Beaches are flanked by large hotels, and popular outdoor activities include golfing, diving and hiking the 500km Lycian Way footpath.
Antalya is the eighth most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its eponymous province. Located on Anatolia’s flourishing southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over one million people in its metropolitan area. Antalya Province, which includes the city, is home to almost two million people and is the fastest-growing province in the country.
Turkey’s industrialization and modernization has seen a complete revival of Antalya’s socioeconomic and political landscape. Large-scale development and governmental funding has seen the city become a world tourism hub, hosting a record 12.5 million tourists in 2014. Symbolic of the city’s rapidly developing tourism economy, Antalya will host the 2015 G-20 summit.