If someone asked you to the name some of the, we’d hazard a guess that the likes of London, Paris and Rome would come up first…
But what about the Turkish city of Antalya? Would that one spring to mind? Nope, we didn’t think so.
Well, you might be surprised to hear that this little-known resort is not only one of Europe’s most popular destinations, but also the world’s, Business Insider reports. At least if you look at the number of international tourists touching down there.
According to Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017, which is compiled using data on international tourist arrivals, Antalya is actually the fourth most-visited in Europe, receiving over 10 million visitors every year.
This ancient city, which is located on Turkey’s picturesque Turquoise Coast is known as a popular beach resort, and described by Trip Advisor as one of the country’s fast-growing areas.
It follows London, Paris and Istanbul to come in fourth in, even overtaking the likes of Rome, Prague and Barcelona in the list.
As for the number one most-visited city on the planet? That honour goes to Hong Kong, which receives over 26 million tourists every year, according to the latest stats.
The Foreign Commonwealth Office advises that British tourists travelling to Turkey should not visit areas within 10km of the Syrian border. To read more advice on travel to Turkey, visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website website website.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK