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Attaleia (Attalos), which was founded by Pergamum king Attalos II in 159 B.C. in Kaleiçi site, was called Adayla, then Antalya after passing into the hands of the Turks. It remained independent for a while after the withdrawal of Pergamum Kingdom (133 B.C.) from the stage of history, then passed into the hands of pirates. It was added to Roman territory by Servilius Isauricus in 77 B.C.
Antalya is Turkey’s most famous tourism center. Kaleiçi built over the remains of the ancient city behind the marina contains a very rich historical heritage. In this region where ethnic diversity has lived for centuries, houses that reflecting the old way of life is important. The area under protection was converted into an accommodation-resort-entertainment center after various restorations.
Mediterranean climate providing appropriate sea water temperatures and natural beaches with find sand make Antalya the center of sea tourism. Sand and gravel are mixed in Konyaaltı Beach which is 1,5 km long just 3 km away west of Antalya. Beaches such as Lara, Karpuzkaldıran, and Kundu consist of fine sand are aligned 12 km away from Antalya in the eastern coastline. Lara-Kundu region is a tourism area where touristic facilities concentrated.
Alternative entertainment varieties and activities can be experienced in Beach Park established in Konyaaltı beaches. You can enjoy the water in waterfall pools, slides consist of open and closed types in Aqua Land inside the Beach Park that all kind of needs can be met; you can watch dolphin shows in Dolphin Land
Antalya as a holiday center has a high accommodation capacity with holiday villages, hotels, motels and hostels. Rich ancient cities such as Perge, Aspendos, and Side in the vicinity increase the appeal of the region. Karain Cave located in Yağca Village 30 km away from Antalya shows that it witnessed the settlement movement starting from Paleolithic period to Prehistoric period. This cave was used as a worship and sacrifice place in Hellenistic and Roman periods. Finds gathered in here are exhibited in Antalya Museum and in the small museum in front of the cave.
In Antalya where Seljuk works are also important, Karatay Madrasah built by Seljuk Vizier Jalaleddin in Kaleiçi in 1250 is in type of two wains. Evdir Han (18 km) near Korkuteli road, Kırgız Han (30 km) on Burdur Road is the 13th century Seljuk works bearing rich motives of stone labor.
Antalya Airport 10 km east of the city is open to international air traffic.
Old Antalya houses of Kaleiçi, Fluted Minaret, Antalya Museum, the Karain Cave, Düden and Kurşunlu Falls.
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Food: Diced lamb fried on iron plate, Tandoori, Kebab, Shish Meat Balls, Salad, Dessert of the Arabs, Burn Cream, Jam.
Trips: Ancient cities such as Termessos, Perge and Aspendos around Antalya can be visited.
Entertainment: Konyaaltı and Lara Beaches are the most famous beaches of Antalya. Various activities can be performed in Beach Park.
Activities: Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, October 1-5. Konyaaltı Carnival and Summer Festival, the first week of August
When is the best period to visit Antalya?
March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn) is the best time to visit Antalya. Owning to its Mediterranean climate, the region has hot, dry summers and wet, humid winters. Hence spring and Autumn months, although the shoulder season, is an ideal time to visit Antalya
Where about in Turkey is Antalya?
Antalya lies on the Mediterranean Sea at the southwestern border of Turkey. It is bordered by the Taurus Mountains to the west and south and Anatolia to the southeast.
Is it safe in Antalya Turkey ?
With all of the political news that is coming out of Turkey, travelers have expressed concern over whether they will be safe if they visit Antalya. Low risk. Overall Antalya is a safe place to visit with over 10 million visiting tourists from all over the world each year. Antalya is not located near any war zones nor is it a politically relevant city in Turkey. Antalya is considered the tourism capital of Turkey whereas Ankara is its political and Istanbul its commercial capital. However, there can be no guarantee of complete safety, anywhere in the world, for any individual traveler that nothing unpleasant will ever happen. Too many individual factors come into play.
Is Antalya worth visiting?
Absolutely! So many historical events took place in this region that yielded historical sites such as Hadrian’s Gate, Kaleici and Perge City among other interesting places. Antalya is known as one of the top two tourist attractions in Turkey and is visited by tourists from all over the world.
How many days should you spend in Antalya ?
We have done a survey on people who visited Antalya Before . The result is 4 days .
Is Antalya good for nightlife?
Antalya’s night life is rich and diverse with over 50 bars and clubs. You can definitely “get your party” on”. The night is “bumping” with incredible DJs, light shows and professional dancers. Some places are so “alive”, like the Jolly Joker, that you might need to make a reservation to get a “spot”. Some of the places are loud and rowdy but lower key than cities like Bodrum. There are restaurants that have live, more subdued, music in the evening, and you won’t lose your hearing.
Is Antalya good for families?
There are many “kid or family friendly” sites in Antalya, including several resorts. Your children will not be bored while visiting the local aquarium, water parks, and there is even a toy museum . In conclusion, you should plan to set your sights on Antalya. It has an interesting mixture of contemporary and history. You can go learn about the history of the various eras in Kaleici, Perge, Kaleici and Hadrian’s Gate, and then go see the fishes at the Aquarium. Go to the mall to get your “shop” on and then end the evening, if you have energy left, at the various bars and restaurants. You have the best of the mountains to the west and south and then you have the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The views are incredible! You have so many choices and there is something for everyone, including the kiddies. The people in Antalya are so warm that they make tourists feel like fellow residents. The population consists of native born residents as well as expats who just fell in love with the area. It has a low crime rate and you will feel safe. It’s a “win-win-win-win” situation. As you can see, there is nonstop action in Antalya and it gives a good history lesson, too! Let’s go!