Antalya, the Turkish
Riviera is the most stunning part of Turkey's Mediterranean coast. It is typical
of Turkey, a thriving modern city, with a historic heart in the centre of
Kaleiçi within the old city walls. This area has seen something of a
renaissance in recent years, with many of the wooden Ottoman mansions being
restored and turned into boutique hotels. No cars are allowed in the narrow
streets of the old town so it is a good place to soak up the atmosphere around
the charming harbour. The symbol of Antalya is the fluted minaret or Yivli
Minare built by the Seljuks in the 13th century. There are plenty of
interesting pieces in the Archaeological Museum, from the Palaeolithic Age
right through to Ottoman times.
a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery, and the city is set high on cliffs,
with many of its grandest hotels overlooking the sea on the outskirts of the
town. The beach area of Lara, approximately 12 km to the east is home to the
best beach in the area, known for its golden sand, which is rapidly becoming a
resort in its own right. To the west, the long pebble beach of Konyaaltı is
also popular. Heading up into the mountains, you can make the most of the
beautiful scenery by visiting the spectacular Düden or Kurşunlu waterfalls. At
Saklıkent, just 50 km away from the city centre, you can even ski, where they
usually have snow on the slopes until early April.
The Altın Portakal (Golden
Orange) film festival is held annually in the autumn. Antalya has a large
number of 5 star hotels, many of which have meetings facilities, and this,
together with the Pyramid Congress Centre which can hold up to 3000 delegates
make it a popular venue for conferences.
There are many holiday
resorts like Alanya, Belek, Kalkan, Kaş, Kekova, Kemer, Olympos, Patara, Side
within the borders of Antalya region.
The most popular Historic Sites of
Aspendos: Just 50 km east of Antalya, Aspendos was
an important centre of trade during Roman times. Today, the most impressive
aspect of Aspendos is her stunning theatre, which was built in approx. 162 AD.
It seats 15,000 and has been beautifully preserved. Each year it hosts the
Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival which takes place in June and July and gives
you the opportunity to see performances of classics in a magnificent setting.
The aqueduct, which supplied water to the city is also still relatively intact
and is an impressive sight.
three harbours of this Lycian port city were once a major commercial centre. In
the shelter of Mount Tahtalı, it is a popular stopping off point for yachts,
and its clear waters and sandy beaches are popular with sun-seekers. The
remains are mostly Roman and include a theatre, baths, aqueducts, Hadrian's
Gate, an agora and an acropolis.
18 kms from Antalya, Perge was an important city in Pamphylia and was visited
by St.Paul during his missionary journeys. Today, the city gate flanked by
lofty towers, theatre and baths are of interest.
Demre: Also known as Kale, the ancient city of
Myra, is mostly famous for its connection with St. Nicholas, who was bishop
here in the 4th century. His church is the focus of the annual ceremony which
takes place to commemorate him on or around his feast day of 6th December. It
is well worth seeing the Roman theatre which remains here, overlooked by
spectacular rock tombs, dating from the 4th century BC.