Antalya

Antalya, the paradise on earth, the pearl city of the Mediterranean, and the Turkish Riviera. Antalya is Turkey’s 9th largest city that stands for professionalism, experience, diversity and quality. With its history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local life style, the city hosts more than 11 million foreign guests, from all over the world on a yearly basis. As the fourth most visited city in the world, Antalya is one of the world’s foremost tourism destinations, offers you a peerless experience

Antalya is the eighth-most populous city in Turkey and the capital of Antalya Province. Located on Anatolia’s southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean

The city that is now Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian’s Gate, and the proliferation of neighboring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Seljuk Sultanate in 1207 and an expanding Ottoman Empire in 1391 Ottoman rule brought relative peace and stability for the next five hundred years. The city was transferred to Italian suzerainty in the aftermath of World War I, but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence.

Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. Large-scale development and governmental funding has promoted tourism. A record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

Around April, when you can perfectly get a suntan and the weather is much more bearable than summer months, is one of the best times to visit the city.

Kaleiçi The old quarter

Kaleiçi, has narrow, winding streets enclosed in ancient city walls, which now protect the peaceful quarter from the noise of the concrete metropolis of a million people. The northern part (Selçuk and Tuzcular sections) of Kaleiçi is mostly touristy shops and restaurants lining the narrow mazelike streets. The Kilinçarslan section is a little more quiet and still charming. Although there are other entrances, it is best to enter and exit the old quarter from charming Hadrianus Gate, built by the Roman emperor Hadrianus as the entrance arch to the city. Hadrian Gate will lead you to Kilinçarslan district.

  • Fluted Minaret Yivli Minare – In this area, you can see the famous 125 feet tall fluted minaret and the mosque. Nearby is an old market building with an interesting entrance, and a ruined gate or two.
  • Clock Tower area Saat Kulesi – Ottoman-era clock tower and 18th century Paşa Camii mosque.
  • Fortified Roman port Yat Limanı – A beautiful harbour surrounded by town walls built during the Roman Era. Nearby is the İskele Camii mosque.
  • Broken Mınaret Mosque Kesik Minare – beautiful ruins of an old Roman temple, which eventually was converted into a Christian church and finally a mosque.
  • Hıdırlık Tower Hıdırlık Kulesi – a tower on the edge of the town walls with scenic views of the marina and the harbour.
  • Atatürk’s Home Atatürk Evi (just outside the Kilinçarslan district, walk to Karaalioglu Park along Atatürk Cd.) – house where the first president of Turkey stayed at during his visits in Antalya.

Konyaaltı Beach (West of town)

  • Aqualand, which is a large complex of waterpark and beach park. (2013-08-08: Opening hours where 10:00-17:00 and entrance fee 47 TL for adults, information that they don’t display on their homepage)
  • Migros MMM – a large shopping centre with a traditional American-style mall food court lined with American fast food chain restaurants as well as some Turkish restaurants.
  • Antalya Aquarium – boasts the world’s largest tunnel aquarium.
  • Aktur Lunapark Antalya – a fairground with various rides

Lara Beach (East of Town)

  • TerraCity – a huge shopping mall.

North of city

  • Antalya Zoo and Nature Park – 400 acres of Zoo, accessible by taking the tram to the last stop.
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