Antalya, also known as "paradise on earth", is a peaceful city at the slopes of the Taurus Mountains rich in scenic beauties and historical monuments. Antalya is dating back to 133 BC. Throughout Antalya’s history the Romans, Phoenicians, Byzantines, Seljukian, and Ottoman civilizations have contributed to the heritage of the city. Today the city shares this glorious history with tourists from across the globe. Antalya has always been the location of diverse cultures and peoples. In Antalya Province you will get carried away by the splendor of the stage of Aspenodos, the oldest antique theater of Africa and Asia, and behold the glorious stream of the world famous Manavgat waterfall. Antalya is the center of Turkey's tourism industry, attracting 30% of foreign tourists visiting Turkey. It was the world's third most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, displacing New York and ranking behind Paris and London, respectively. Antalya is Turkey's biggest international sea resort. Being hot and dry during the summer and mild and rainy during the winter the city always gives the feeling of a warm home.
Antalya has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild and rainy winters. Around 300 days of the year are sunny, with nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight per year. The mean sea temperature ranges between 16 °C in winter and 27 °C in summer. The highest record air temperature reached 45 °C in July which normally averages as high as 34.4 °C and the lowest record dropped to −4 °C in February, when the low average is as low as 6.1 °C.