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Antalya City Information:

Antalya Hotels: 1.377

Antalya Tours: 20
Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-west Turkey, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Travel distance from Istanbul to Antalya is 710 km. Antalya is the capital city of the Antalya Province, located on the Gulf of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The population of the city is 603,190 (2000 census), reaching 2 million in summer at the height of the tourist season.

Situated on a steep cliff, Antalya is a picturesque city surrounded by mountains, forests, Mediterranean Sea and many ancient ruins. Thanks to its airport, Antalya is a gateway for Turkey's coastal resorts which have become known as ‘Turkish Riviera’ because of the natural and historical beauty. Combining history and culture it deserves the title of ’capital of Turkish tourism’. Today the city of Antalya is reliving a golden age. It has been transformed into a cultural and touristic hub with hotels featuring concepts such as ‘Venice’, ‘Topkapi Palace’ and Moscow Cathedrals. Kaleici, the rustic old town where historic Turkish and Greek houses are under protection, is the most popular center in Antalya.

It is situated between the yacht harbour and the main city. Old houses separated by narrow, cobble-stone roads are now hotels and tourism-related shops. Traces of Byzantine, Roman and Seljuks architecture and culture can still be seen. Antalya museums house finds belonging from historic ages of Anatolia. In the city, Ottoman architecture can be seen in places such as Yivli Minare, Kulliye and Karaalioglu Park. Konyaalti and Lara coasts are well known for their crystal clear waters. Famous sites accessible by daily tours are Side, Perga, Manavgat and Alanya. Ancient cities such as Phaselis, Olympos, Adrasan and Kekova can be reached by sea with Blue Voyagers.

Places To Visit;

Antalya is rich in history and art.

Kaleiçi, the old quarter 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 (Saat Kulesi) area- 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.

Konyaalti Beach (the west of the town)

Aqualand, which is a large complex of waterpark and beach park.
Antalya Aquarium - boasts the world's largest tunnel aquarium.
Aktur Lunapark Antalya - a fairground with various rides
Lara Beach (the east of the town)
Terra City - a huge shopping mall.

North of the City
Antalya Zoo and Nature Park - 400 acres of Zoo, accessible by taking the tram to the last stop.

Further out of town.

Perge ruins - (buses heading to Aksu can drop you off at the road leading to Perge) a fantastic Roman city ruins, with a hippodrome, theatre still intact. The South Bathhouses helps very well to create good imagination of what it looked like in the era.
Düden Falls - it is a waterfall off the cliffs southeast of the town. You can have the option to take a boat for TL25 for a two hours cruise to view the falls and swim, or take the dolmus №VC30 from Sarampol to the last stop.
Aspendos - a beautiful intact theatre from the Roman time. It is possible to take a ride with Serik Koop bus from the Otogar (TL6 - 2013) to Serik, where you will change buses to local bus number 10 for Aspendos which depart on the 55th minute of the hour. It is about 4 to 5 hours roundtrip. It definitely can be combined with a stop at Perge, which is on the same route.
Side - an ancient Roman city near Manavgat.
Termessos - an ancient city ruins in a nature setting (part of a nature park).
Demre/Myra - ancient Lycian ruins with tombs and Myra is also the home of St. Nicholas, or "Santa Claus."

İskele Mosque: A 19th century Mosque near the Marina.
Karatay Medrese: A Medrese (Islamic theological seminary) built in 1250 by Emir Celaleddin Karatay.
Kesik Minare (Broken Minaret) Mosque: Once a Roman temple then converted to a Byzantine Panaglia church and finally into a mosque.
Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque: An 18th-century Mosque built in honor of Tekeli Mehmet Paşa.

The Arapsu Bridge is a Roman bridge in Antalya. The well-preserved footbridge lies in the Arapsuyu district, 5–6 km west to the city center, at the foot of an ancient mound which is associated with the Greek colony of Olbia.

Antalya Districts:

Antalya Hotels: 1.377

Antalya Tours: 20

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