Antalya
About

Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast lying on the picturesque Gulf of Antalya. A bustling and growing city with a great historical heritage and traditional Turkish character, Antalya combines the contemporary with the classical and offers beautiful views to soak in, places to explore and things to do. Shielded by the blue-hued Taurus mountains on one side and the beautiful Turquoise Coast waters on the other, the area enjoys a hot Mediterranean climate with around 300 sunny days a year, which can be enjoyed on the city’s long beaches, palm-shaded boulevards or the gorgeous marina. There is also a vast array of activities on offer, including boat trips, an aqua park, good beaches and swimming spots.

Modern Antalya was built on the ancient city, but the walled historical district of Kaleiçi has structures from the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk eras and, predominantly, the medieval Ottoman era, enclosing a harbor dating back to the Roman era. You will also find architectural heritage dating back to the Hellenistic times as well as examples of local Greek architecture.

The surrounding area has some equally spectacular sights to offer, for instance, the gorgeous Upper and Lower Düden waterfalls, the magnificent Bey Dagi (Olympos) National Park and the ancient cities of Termessos and Perge.

Facts
  • Antalya is Turkey’s biggest sea resort
  • Antalya gets nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight per year
  • In the last 100 years the population of Antalya has grown from 25,000 to over 1 million
  • In 2015 Antalya Airport handled over 27.7 million passengers
Flights to Antalya
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Eat

Piyaz

Turkish salad made from dry beans with onion, tahini, garlic, walnuts, parsley and sumac. In Antalya it is prepared with sesame oil.

Shish Kofte

A popular kebab variant consisting of minced lamb, veal or beef mixed with herbs, often parsley and mint, on a skewer and grilled.
Drink

Raki

Also known as Lion’s Milk and a signature Turkish alcoholic drink. It is believed to be the best salve for a broken heart.

Turkish Coffee

Coffee prepared from roasted and finely ground coffee beans simmered in a pot and served in a cup, allowing the grounds to settle.
See

Aspendos

A magnificent Roman amphitheater so well-preserved, that it is still used today. Experience the magnificence and stunning sights!

Düden Waterfalls

Beautiful formations. Grab your camera for some great photos! The Lower Düden Fall drops straight into the sea – an exceptional sight!
Perfect for
Archeology Tours
Boat Rides
Culture
History
Museums
Oriental Landmarks
Sightseeing
Sunbathing
Swimming
Walks
Places to Visit

Kaleici

The picturesque old quarter Kaleici (meaning “within the castle”), is a must-see for anyone visiting Antalya – with its narrow, winding cobblestone streets and historical buildings of various eras, this is an invaluable testimony to the city’s past and just a pleasant place to walk around. Many of the buildings have been carefully restored to their former glory and converted to boutique hotels, shops and restaurants. The main square Kale Kapısı (Fortress Gate) is marked by an old stone clock tower and a statue of the city’s founder King Attalus II. Don’t miss a chance to see the truncated Kesik Minare, the bustling historical İki Kapılar Hanı bazaar dating back to the 15th century or the majestic Hadrian’s Gate, built in 130 AD for the Roman emperor’s visit to the city. Kaleici also houses the marvelous 16th century Murat Pasa Mosque and the 18th century Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque.

Termessos

The ruins of the great ancient city of Termessos lie 34 km northwest of Antalya and will require some means of transportation to get to, but the trip will be well worth it. There are two ways leading to the well-preserved ruins, and both have some great scenery en-route. The site includes the remains of several structures, including city walls, a gymnasium, a collonaded street, temples and baths. The main attraction, however, is the amphitheater, conveniently sitting on a hilltop and surrounded by a mountain range scenery – once there, the view will take your breath away.

Antalya Museum of Archeology

If in Antalya, don’t miss this museum, especially if you plan to visit some of the amazing historical sites like Aspendos, Termessos or Perge. One of Turkey’s top museums with 13 exhibition rooms and 5 000 artifacts on display, it is easily accessible, visitor-friendly and covers a lot of history from the Stone and Bronze Ages to Byzantium. The museum features items recovered from Aspendos, Patara, Pamphylia and other ancient cities in the region. You can marvel at the graceful statues of Olympian gods, most of which were found at the ancient site of Perge and are surprisingly well preserved. The second floor displays coins and gold items found in the surrounding sites.
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