Antalya on the Turkish Riviera is a Mediterranean resort which in recent decades has grown greatly in fame and population. Home to roughly a million people and often surpassing Istanbul as Turkey's most visited city, the prospect of living in Antalya in an inviting one. A walk through the center of the city, Kaleiçi, feels like a walk through time as you pass monuments of the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman eras of the city. New arrivals to the city have plenty of exploring to do – there's the Roman Hıdırlık Tower, built in the second century, Hadrian's Gate and a grand Ottoman clock tower. The city also boasts a wonderful setting, with the Düden waterfalls dramatically cutting through the city and spilling into the Mediterranean Sea. An idyllic beach, sea-facing cliffs and the imposing backdrop of the Beydağları mountains all add further to the astonishing cityscape, and expats living in Antalya certainly won't be stuck for things to do at the weekend.
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As one of Turkey's most visited cities, Antalya is well served by a two-terminal international airport and a growing bus and train network. Work is also underway to modernize the city's infrastructure to cope with the rapid growth in both population and tourism, so there is plenty more on the way. Expats unfamiliar with Asia who are moving to Antalya need not worry, because the city is warm and welcoming. InterNations also offers a good collection of resources and, in the Expat Magazine, as many tips and articles as you could ask for on everything from expat finance and insurance to dealing with cross-cultural communication. You can also spend time on our discussion groups and forums, which have plenty more content from other members on the ups, downs and tricks of the trade of settling down in a new city.
As a popular tourist destination and a rapidly growing city, Antalya is a welcoming, exciting place for expatriates to work. Not only that, but the luxurious Mediterranean climate doesn't hurt either – summers are long and hot, with temperatures often in the thirties and blue skies the norm. Then there's the question of food, and Turkish cuisine is sublime. Locals will be keen to introduce you to their favorite local dishes and, with plenty to try, you can expect to spend a significant amount of your first few weeks in Antalya being introduced to some of the most delicious dishes you've tasted in a long, long time. When you find yourself ready to reach out to the expatriate community, InterNations can help you to get in touch with other expats and global minds. Our discussion groups, forums and private communications are, again, an easy way to do this – considering the fast growth of the city, it shouldn't be long before you've discovered the booming city's expat community and organized a first meet up.