Antalya: The Pearl of Mediterranean, and The Turkish Riviera
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Old Town “Kaleiçi”.
Antalya is not just a sunny city with the sea and beaches. You definitely have to visit Kaleici – the historical and very famous district in Antalya, which takes in Hadrian’s Gate, Hidirlik Tower, Yivli Minaret, Kesik Minaret, and Kaleici with its narrow streets and historical houses and the ancient port. All are within an area of one square kilometre, which you can walk on foot through.
You can visit Kaleici at all hours of the day, but the best time of visit is towards the evening. Many of the historical houses and mansions of Kaleici have been restored and a lot of them are being used as hotels, pensions, bars and shops.
The old town of Antalya, which has witnessed the history since ancient times, takes travellers to the past with its houses, narrow streets, with traces of Greek, Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. Antalya’s historical cove, Kaleici is encircled by two fortified walls and crowned by a yacht harbour in the shape of a half-circle.
The streets of Kaleiçi are full of shops with different souvenirs, handmade products, Turkish delights where you will be always welcomed.
Plenty of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs here are always ready to provide for their visitors famous ‘’Turkish hospitality’’ and high-class service.
There are also many cafeterias, bars and restaurants where, except for delicious food and drinks, you can enjoy a beautiful sea view.
Life in the nighttime doesn’t stop here either. You can get carried away by the music emanating from the side streets, enjoy a drink or dance in bars and restaurants with live music and they are all open until late.
Everybody in Antalya knows about Kaleiçi, so you can easily reach this lovely place very easy: by the local bus or by taxi.
Ancient city of Perge
Perga or Perge was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia, once the capital of Pamphylia Secunda, now in Antalya Province. Today, it is a large site of ancient ruins 15 kilometres east of Antalya on the coastal plain. An acropolis located there dates back to the Bronze Age.
Ancient Perge is famous for the fact that when Saint Paul started his journeys, he visited Perge in 46 AD. and preached his first sermon here. That is why it became an important city for Christians during the Byzantine period.
ll the remains of the city can be seen in this area. Social and cultural buildings reflecting the majesty of the Perge Ancient City are the necropolis, theatre, city walls, stadium, gymnasium, Roman baths, rectangular planned agora, high towers, monumental fountains, column lined streets, Greek and Roman gates.
Archaeological Site of Perge, which was included on the UNESCO Tentative List in 2009, is one of the outstanding universal values of Turkey.
‘’Tünektepe’’ Cable Car
‘’Tünektepe’’ cable car is one more enjoyable thing in Antalya, whose visitors will be at an altitude of 605 m. You can enjoy an amazing Antalya panorama as in the cable car’s waggon, also already being on the top. The cable car is open every day except Mondays. It consists of a total of 36 wagons, can reach 1,706 meters, from Sarısu to Tünektepe. It also can carry 1,200 people per hour.
On the top point, you can have some drink or snack, you can relax in the shadow and enjoy the unforgettable view of Antalya city by looking at the sea from the one side and the mountains from the other.
The Antalya Museum is one of the largest museums in Turkey, located in Konyaaltı, Antalya. It includes 13 exhibition halls and an open-air gallery. It covers an area of 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) and 5000 works of art are exhibited. In addition, a further 25,000–30,000 artefacts which cannot be displayed are in storage. As a museum exhibiting examples of works, which illuminate the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions in Anatolia, Antalya Museum is one of the most important of Turkey’s museums. The Museum won the “European Council Special Prize” in 1988.
Beaches of Antalya
Antalya is well-known as tourist place with thousand of hotels from pension to 5 stars hotels, and of course beaches with crystal clear water.
Two of the most famous and long beaches in Antalya city are Lara Beach and Konyalti beach, which are public and located in different parts of Antalya.
This public pebble beach with a length of around 7 km and a width of 70 meters. There are paid and free sections on the beach. Moreover, there is a park just near the beach with an area for some sports activities. There are also cafes in the parking zone.
Many hotels in Antalya are located on Lara Beach – the most popular coastal resort. The long coastline 3500 m long and up to 30 m wide is located 18 km from the city centre.
The non-hotel area of sandy Lara Beach is public with plenty of beach clubs, located not far from each other.
It is very easy to get there by local bus.
Except for these two huge beaches, there are many other public beaches with a free entrance with some additional charges for sunbeds and umbrellas or other services.
Most of them are built between cliffs.
İnciralti Public Beach
Erenkuş Public Beach
Mermerli Public Beach
Konserve Koyu Public Beach
As one of the biggest aquarium complexes of the world, Antalya Aquarium offers inspiration, entertainment and education all at once. After touring the 40 thematic aquariums, you will come across the biggest tunnel aquarium of the world with a length of 131 meters and a width of 3 meters.
Shopping in Antalya
Whether you’re looking for great souvenirs or a new outfit, Antalya is a great place for shopping. With its many malls, shopping centers and bazaars you are assured to find what you are looking for.
Best shopping malls in Antalya:
- Terra City,
- Migros 5M,
- Mall of Antalya and Deepo Outlet,
The markets in Antalya are also very popular and are visited not only by local people but also by a lot of tourists. You can buy here not only good and fresh fruits or vegetables, milk products or fish, nuts or grains. A lot of clothes you can find here as well, especially on the Saturday market (Lara Cumartesi Pazarı), which is located in the Lara district.
Düden Waterfalls are a group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya. The waterfalls, formed by the recycle station water, are located 12 kilometres northeast of Antalya. They end where the waters of the Lower Düden Falls drop off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea.
A group of Düden Waterfalls consists of two waterfalls, Upper Düden Waterfalls and Lower Düden Waterfalls.
Upper Düden Waterfalls
The Upper Düden Waterfall is located in the Kepez area (a district in Antalya).
Just 10 kilometres from Antalya city centre, the Upper Duden Waterfalls sit inside a nature park that breaks up the urban landscape. The park is filled with lush grass and vibrant plants, picnic benches are dotted about on one side of the falls while on the opposite bank wooden seats occupy the shade of large leafy trees. On weekends it is a popular picnic spot for local families. The waterfall is worth seeing through the caves beneath. Public buses and minibuses are the transport means.
Address: Düdenbaşı Mah. 21. Cad. Kepez / Antalya
The lower Düden Waterfall is located in the Düden park in Lara district – a popular and very visited area of Antalya. Its drop height is greater than the upper waterfall. It falls about 40 m into the sea.
Kursunlu Waterfall is on a terrain rich in flora amongst the pine trees 7 km ahead when turned to the left at the 24th km of the Antalya – Mersin road. It falls from about 18 m and forms a small pool where freshwater tortoises, crabs and fish live in. A small mill restored during the environmental arrangements is located in the west side of the area. Walking at Kursunlu Nature Park, amidst the unique atmosphere scented with blackberries, wild roses, and the aromas of many other plants might lead to a chance of encountering rabbits, squirrels, woodpeckers, tortoises or other small animals.
Antalya is always happy to welcome new and constant guests! So enjoy your stay in this beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast, full of excellent hospitality, beautiful views, the spirit of history, fresh and tasty fruits, and, of course, the sun!