Myra ruins in Antalya

Travel Trivia: Guess the top 3 most-visited cities by international tourists

Travel Trivia Challenge:  Can you name the top 3 most visited cities by international tourist arrivals in 2011?

I think you’ll guess the top 2 right away, but the 3rd may stump you. I wouldn’t have guessed it with 50 guesses!

The two most visited cities are…Paris and London. Guess which is next?  I never would have guessed, but according to Wikipedia, this place has more international tourists than New York City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Dubai (those were #4-8).

Hint: This city is in Turkey (that sounds like a giveaway hint, but the answer is not Istanbul).

Answer: Antalya, a city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Surprising!  It’s apparently a hotspot as a gateway city to the ‘Turkish Riviera’.  There’s ancient architecture and ruins, combined with beautiful beaches and stunning views. After hearing about my friends’ trip and looking at some photos, I want to visit!

Myra ruins in Antalya

Jumping photo of Noe in Pammukale, hot spring terraces

Hot Spring Terraces of Pamukale, in Antalya, Turkey. Jumping photo of my friend Noe. Great shot Estefania! 
The Duden waterfall in Antalya, Turkey
The Duden waterfall in Antalya, Turkey
Antalya Beach, with impressive mountains, in Antalya, Turkey
Antalya Beach, in Antalya, Turkey
Impressive Duden waterfall in Antalya, Turkey
Duden waterfall, in Antalya, Turkey

Perge reminds me of my trip to Jerash, Jordan (ancient Gerasa). It’s one my first posts on this site when I first learning.

Perge - ruins of Antalya, Turkey
Perge ruins in Turkey

Full chart from wikipedia is below:

Most-visited cities by international tourist arrivals:

Top 10 most visited cities by estimated number of international visitors by selected year
Rank City Country UNWTO
Region
International
visitors
(millions)
Year Notes
1 Paris  France Europe 15.6 2011 Extrapolation, excluding outer suburbs visitors[16]
2 London  United Kingdom Europe 15.2 2011 [17]
3 Antalya  Turkey Europe 10.5 2011 May include same-day visitors[18]
4 New York City  United States North America 10.3 2011 Projection, may include same-day visitors[19]
5 Singapore  Singapore Asia 9.2 2010 Excluding Malaysian citizens arriving by land[3]
6 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Asia 9.0 2011 Only hotel guests[20]
7 Hong Kong  Hong Kong (China) Asia 8.7 2011 Excluding Mainland Chinese visitors[21]
8 Dubai  United Arab Emirates Middle East 8.1 2011 Only hotel and hotel apartment guests[22]
9 Istanbul  Turkey Europe 8.1 2011 May include same-day visitors[18]
10 Bangkok  Thailand Asia 7.2 2010 [23]

Chart comes directly from Wikipedia

More info can be found at the official Antalya site, the Lonely Planet section on Antalya, and an article on the “Six things you must do in Antalya“.

This is the first of a new series of posts of places I haven’t visited yet but would like to. As I learn about it, you will too. I’m calling it “I want to visit!

See more Travel Trivia posts here.

Thanks to Noe and Estefania for inspiring this post – enjoy the rest of your Turkey trip!

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