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For many, living in Belek is about pursuing a Mediterranean Turkish dream. As part of the larger Antalya region, the town presents newcomers with long beaches, a charming choice of shops, restaurants, bars and 300 days of sunshine a year.

In this article, we look at reasons why thousands of foreigners have made a move and now live all year round in Antalya. We also look at helpful hints, tips and advice from the people who have already done it.

As a group, the districts of Antalya form a large area on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The province is not to be underestimated because it is the second most popular holiday destination and expat retreat, and a major Turkish Riviera sailing hub.

Antalya is Turkey's second most visited destination and a city set to break tourism records this year with over 14 million visitors expected to grace its shores. Often referred to as Turkey's tourism capital, Antalya speaks for itself, it's a cosmopolitan city that needs little promotion.

Hiring a car in Kalkan is a great idea for curious travellers who want to explore the rest of Mediterranean Turkey. Get the car delivered to your holiday home or pick it up at the airport, and from there, enjoy a week or two of exploration to see stunning landscapes, and a wealth of touristic sites and attractions.

The 55th Antalya International Film Festival later this month promises to highlight Antalya as far more than simply a holiday destination. The event is sure to push Antalya to the forefront of Turkey's cultural and arts scene and the 2018 festival plugged to be even bigger and more impressive than previous years.

Turkey now ranks as the third most popular halal tourism destination in the world after Malaysia and Indonesia. It takes a 2% share of this rapidly growing $226 billion industry having quadrupled its halal tourist numbers in just 5 years.

Staying true to form, Antalya rocked in as one of the most popular destinations, with many nationalities including Middle Eastern and European looking to cash in on competitive prices.

In 2017, 10.5 million tourists arrived in Antalya, making it the second most visited destination in Turkey after Istanbul. Out of all Turkey’s tourists in 2017, nearly 30% specifically chose Antalya, many of whom were also repeat visitors, having already become die-hard fans previously.

Kaş is a popular tourist town. With a large variety of dives, from shipwrecks to caves, and reefs scattered with ancient pottery, Kaş has something to offer for every diver.

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