They say that Antalya is the fastest growing city in Turkey, and looking at the population growth this seems to be true!
The city is also rated as one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting around 10.5 million visitors in 2011 when it was the fourth most visited city destination.
So what is it about Antalya that makes the city so popular? Why has the population grown from less than 400,000 in 1990, to around 1 million today?
Well, Antalya is usually the last stop on a Blue Cruise around the south western coastline of Turkey so there are thousands of travellers coming here by luxury gulet or luxury yacht.
But, this is just a small proportion of the 10 million or so who come here every year. Most of the tourists come for a week or two, attracted by the good weather, the stunning scenery and beaches, the ancient history, and the not-so-ancient history.
The culture and cuisine are tempting factors too, and Antalya appeals to many markets of visitors, from all over the world and in all budgets with its superb range of accommodation.
Luxury Hotels by the beach and in the city
For the discerning traveller there are over a dozen luxury hotels in Antalya, some by the beach, and some closer to the city centre, depending on your tastes.
Several of the 5 star hotels are close to one of the top beaches of Antalya, Konyaalti, which reaches for miles.
View from Hotel SU
The Sealife Family Resort Hotel is one example, as is the stunning Hotel Su. Club Hotel Sera is on Lara Beach, another popular spot in the city.
Those who prefer to be more in the heart of the city may like the location of the Ramada Plaza Antalya that is set on the seafront.