Alanya

Alanya

The  magical city of Alanya

Kaleiçi

Museum

Cities of Antiquity

Beaches

Diving

Congress Centres

Festivals

The turquoise shores of Antalya combine ancient cities whispering tales of history, myth and legend, met on either side by tranquil, emerald-green forests and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.

 

This is the perfect choice for a vacation surrounded by sea, sun, sand and more. Along with a cultural heritage deeply rooted in history, Antalya’s coves and higlands of unique beauty, pristine beaches, comfortable hotels and marinas, colourful entertainment venues, and art-filled festivals all make it a tourist destination that offers endless possibilities ti its guests. These include the pleasure of sunbathing from sunrise to sunset; the natural thrill of outdoor sports in the grip of mother nature; the excitement of discovering national parks with their rich flora and fauna, ancient cities, museums and Kaleiçi; the mystery of the mountains and the peaceful Mediterranean coves drawing you away; the romance of watching an opera outdoors under the stars at night; sampling the unique delicacies of Turkis cuisine and enjoying the party scene. Meeting the hospitable people of Antalya is just another part of the pleasant holiday experience.

KALEİÇİ

Kaleiçi (Citadel), the old city centre of Antalya, combines the aesthetics of old and new, its charms surrounded inside and out by fortified walls. These walls, some of which have survived to this day, were built by the  various civilizations that inhabited the city over a 2000-year period and there are 80 towers rising on them. Within the walls, the narros streets that lead to the port are lined with traditional dwellings. The two or three- storey houses that face the street on one side and gardens on the other, perfectly reflect the atmosphere of old Antalya.

The ancient port of Kaleiçi in now used as a modern yacht harbour. The yacht harbour and old city together make a splendid view which has inspired numerous painters, writers and poets. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism was awarded the Golden Apple Tourism Oscar by FIJET ( World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers) in 1984 for the restoration project undertaken in Kaleiçi which is protected area today. It is also the heart of Antalya and one of its most frequented areas with its historic buildings now converted into dining, accomodation and entertainment facilities, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and bars. A walking tour takes you to all the historic buildings. There are also shops that sell local products, souvenirs and gift items, ideal mementos and presents for friends back home.

  • Hıdırlık Tower

     

    The Hıdırlık Tower, built on square foundations with a cylindrical top, stands at the southernmost tip pf the land walls. The large square mass in the middle of the tower has contributed to theories speculating

    that the structure was used for defence or for communication as

  • Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque

     

    Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque is situated just behing the Clock Tower, and it was built towards the end of 16th century during the period of Ottoman Empire. It has a nearly square plan, covered with a large

    central dome, with three smaller domes arranged linearly. The mosque was built with rubble and cut stonesi and has been repaired several times

  • Kesik Minaret Mosque

     

    This structure dating to antiquity was used as a mosque by Şehzade (Prince) Korkut, son of the Ottoman Sultan Beyazıt II, with the addition of minaret. The wooden upper portion of the minaret

    was damaged in a fire in the 19th century, and since the the remaining portion has been known as “Kesik (Truncated) Minaret”. The Kesik Minaret Mosque provides the visitors with the opportunity of seeing the architectural features of Antiquity, Ottoman and Seljuk periods altogether.

  • Karatay Madrasah

     

    The madrasah, commissioned in 1250 by Celaleddin Karatay, Vizier of the Seljuks, is situated at Karadayı Street ovelooking the yacht horbour. It is in the group of double-iwan (vaulted room) madrasahs.

    The building has mosque-like features and its mihrab is decorated with the rich geometric figures of Seljuk stone carving.

MUSEUMS

Alanya Castle is a magnificent Seljuk ruin which sits atop a 250-metre high peninsular overlooking the Mediterranean sea. With walls stretching over 6km, Alanya Castle – sometimes called Alanya Fortress – encloses a number of fascinating sites and structures which are well worth exploring today.

  • Antalya Museum

     

    Its unique collection of artefacts shedding light on  the entire history of the region renders the Antalya Museum one of the leading museums of the world. It was acknowladged as a specially commended

    museum by the Council of Europe in 1988 and granted with an award. Antalya Museum contains many distinguished works of art enlightening the history of the whole region. The museum’s chronologically and thematically ordered exhibition halls display the cultural history of the region in detial. There are numerous masterpieces on display which will attract your interest as they are the finest examples of their period. The museum’s exhibition halls display pre-historic finds, statues of emperors, mosaics and icons, marble portraits, sarcophagi, ceramics, coins, and various ethnographic items from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. The Natural History and Pre-history Hall displays artefacts ranging from the fossils of extinct life forms from diverse geological ages to the findings of excavations carried out at Bronze Age archaeological sites such as Karain, Hacılar, Bademağacı, Karataş-Semahöyük. The burial pot exhibited with the burial gifts would be very attractive to those discerning visitors. The burial pot, where the body laid in the foetal position, is considered indicative of the belief system of the era. The Hall of Emperors displays the statues of Trajan, Hadrian and Septimus Severus, famous Roman Emperors of the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. These magnificent statues were found during the excavations at Perge, and they are believed to habe been sculpted in local workshops during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. The museum also houses the copies of earlier statues, belonging to the Roman Period. During Antiquity various cities such as Perge and Side, which are close to the present day Antalya, were renowned fortheir highly developed artistry in sculpture making. Admiration of the masterpieces of bygone ages led to the production of copies especially during the Roman Period. In any case the differing art styles are quite apparent to discern. While some of the female and male portraits were in a realist mode, where the features of particular individuals are stressed, others were sculpted in a more idealised style. The different types of sarcophagi, grave steles and thier fragments displayed in the museum expose the burial traditions and aesthetics of Anatolian and Mediterranean cultures. While most of them were crafted locally, the marble was brought from high quality quarries of Marmara Island as well as İscehisar quarry near Afyonkarahisar. The blocks of stones were elaborately carved, seeming to create in intricate lace. The mosaics displayed at Antalya Museum are also notewothy. One of them is known as the “Mosaic of Philosophers” which was found at the agore of the ancient city of Seleucia. The borders of the mosaic contain the depictions of famous orators, philosophers and mathematicians of Antiquity. The museum also displays coins, artefacts found under water, icons, treasures and jewellery, ranging in date from Archaic Age to Ottoman Period. Furthermore, bone fragments believed to be the relics of St. Nicholas have always been the focus of attention for a large number of visitors. The Antalya Museum is also very rich in regards to Ottoman art, and the examples of master calligraphy such as hilye (an illuminated page with a written description of the physical features of Prophet Mohammed), naat (an illuminated page containing one of the famous poems written to honour the Prophet Mohammed), icazet (an illuminated certificate of master craftsman issued by his master on completion of apprenticeship), and katığ (a collage of cuts of marbled paper and illuminated calligraphy), as well as other artefacts from religious orders and locally woven carpets, make a visit more than worthwhile.

  • Antalya Museum

     

    Its unique collection of artefacts shedding light on  the entire history of the region renders the Antalya Museum one of the leading museums of the world. It was acknowladged as a specially commended

    museum by the Council of Europe in 1988 and granted with an award. Antalya Museum contains many distinguished works of art enlightening the history of the whole region. The museum’s chronologically and thematically ordered exhibition halls display the cultural history of the region in detial. There are numerous masterpieces on display which will attract your interest as they are the finest examples of their period. The museum’s exhibition halls display pre-historic finds, statues of emperors, mosaics and icons, marble portraits, sarcophagi, ceramics, coins, and various ethnographic items from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. The Natural History and Pre-history Hall displays artefacts ranging from the fossils of extinct life forms from diverse geological ages to the findings of excavations carried out at Bronze Age archaeological sites such as Karain, Hacılar, Bademağacı, Karataş-Semahöyük. The burial pot exhibited with the burial gifts would be very attractive to those discerning visitors. The burial pot, where the body laid in the foetal position, is considered indicative of the belief system of the era. The Hall of Emperors displays the statues of Trajan, Hadrian and Septimus Severus, famous Roman Emperors of the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. These magnificent statues were found during the excavations at Perge, and they are believed to habe been sculpted in local workshops during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. The museum also houses the copies of earlier statues, belonging to the Roman Period. During Antiquity various cities such as Perge and Side, which are close to the present day Antalya, were renowned fortheir highly developed artistry in sculpture making. Admiration of the masterpieces of bygone ages led to the production of copies especially during the Roman Period. In any case the differing art styles are quite apparent to discern. While some of the female and male portraits were in a realist mode, where the features of particular individuals are stressed, others were sculpted in a more idealised style. The different types of sarcophagi, grave steles and thier fragments displayed in the museum expose the burial traditions and aesthetics of Anatolian and Mediterranean cultures. While most of them were crafted locally, the marble was brought from high quality quarries of Marmara Island as well as İscehisar quarry near Afyonkarahisar. The blocks of stones were elaborately carved, seeming to create in intricate lace. The mosaics displayed at Antalya Museum are also notewothy. One of them is known as the “Mosaic of Philosophers” which was found at the agore of the ancient city of Seleucia. The borders of the mosaic contain the depictions of famous orators, philosophers and mathematicians of Antiquity. The museum also displays coins, artefacts found under water, icons, treasures and jewellery, ranging in date from Archaic Age to Ottoman Period. Furthermore, bone fragments believed to be the relics of St. Nicholas have always been the focus of attention for a large number of visitors. The Antalya Museum is also very rich in regards to Ottoman art, and the examples of master calligraphy such as hilye (an illuminated page with a written description of the physical features of Prophet Mohammed), naat (an illuminated page containing one of the famous poems written to honour the Prophet Mohammed), icazet (an illuminated certificate of master craftsman issued by his master on completion of apprenticeship), and katığ (a collage of cuts of marbled paper and illuminated calligraphy), as well as other artefacts from religious orders and locally woven carpets, make a visit more than worthwhile.

  • Atatürk’s House Museum

     

    The madrasah, commissioned in 1250 by Celaleddin Karatay, Vizier of the Seljuks, is situated at Karadayı Street ovelooking the yacht horbour. It is in the group of double-iwan (vaulted room) madrasahs.

    The building has mosque-like features and its mihrab is decorated with the rich geometric figures of Seljuk stone carving.

  • Atatürk’s House Museum

     

    The madrasah, commissioned in 1250 by Celaleddin Karatay, Vizier of the Seljuks, is situated at Karadayı Street ovelooking the yacht horbour. It is in the group of double-iwan (vaulted room) madrasahs.

    The building has mosque-like features and its mihrab is decorated with the rich geometric figures of Seljuk stone carving.

CITIES OF ANTIQUITY

Antalya is a paradise of ancient cities. Wherever you are in the province you can be sure that you are never far from ancient settlements. Therefore it is the most important stop in Anatolia for visitors who are keen on archaeology and history. To have a well rounded cultural tour, you should organise your trip beforehand with pre-planned priorities. If your holiday-time is limited, you shoul select the most well known settlements of antiquity and those closer to city. Of course you could also opt to participate in organised cultural tours.

  • Güllük Mountain

     

    On the road from Antalya to Korkuteli, turn left at the junction at the 24th kilometre and follow the road climbing to Güllük Mountain. Atan altitude of 1050 metres you reach the remains at Güllük Mountain

    (Termessos) National Park. The ancient city was built on a steep hillside clad with pine forest, which has helped it reach the present day intact and well-preserved, and become a tourist attraction.

  • Aksu (Perge)

     

    Ancient city of Perge is situated within the boundaries of Aksu, a town 17 kilometres east of the Antalya city centre. The city believed to be in existence during the Hittite Period and known as

    “Parha” became one of the most orderly cities of Anatolia during the Roman Period. The city became famous for its architecture and marble sculpting, and the statues unearthed during the excavation of the ancient city have rendered the Antalya Museum oneo of the most important collections of its type in the world.  The basis of the city plan Perge is two main roads, one extending ina an east-west directon, and the other in a north-south direction. The 15.000-seat theatre is quite well preserved. The two storey elaborately decorated stage building across the cavea was built during the 2nd century AD. The artefacts found found there are today on permanent display at the “Hall of Perge Theatre” in the Antalya Museum. The excellence of those sculptures reflects the unique style of the Perge ecole of sculpting.

  • Aspendos Theatre

     

    The Aspendos Theatre, praised by the famous travellers cited above, amongst others, is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved buildings in the world, and it is the best surviving example of the

    theatres built by the Romans in Asia and Africa. According to its inscription, it was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180) by the architect Zenoi son of Theodoros. The scene building, stone paved orchestra, and the cavea with a seating capacity of approximately 15-20,000 spectators are the main components of the theatre. The top of cavea was lined with an arched portico. The building is one of the pinnacles of ancient architecture, and it has excellent plan and superb acoustics. The building has an introverted appearance, and even the slightest tune touched in the orchestra can be heard loud and clear in every part of the cavea, even in the upper galleries. That feature found its way into the legend of the building of the theatre:

     

    Once upon a time the king of the region decided to give his daughter as a bride to the citizen who had done the most beneficial deed for the country. Many asked for the princess’ hand in marriage, but only two of them passed the discerning criteria of the king. One of them had built an aqueduct that brought water to the city from far away, and the other had built a magnificent theatre for the city. The king first thought to give his daughter’s hand to the man who had built the aqueducts. However, his daughter who mos probably fell in love with other man asked his father to visit the theatre once more before making up his mind. Father and daughter went together to the theatre, and climbed to the upper gallery. At the same time the architect was pacing the orchestra, oblivious to their presence, hands clasped behind his back and head bowed, while murmuring to himself, “The daughter of the king must be mine”. Despite his very low voice, his words were clearly heard by the king, who was so impressed by the fantastic acoustics of the theatre that he gave the hand of his daughter to the architect. The couple’s marriage ceremony was also held in the theatre.

     

    At present the theatre is the venue of the annual “ Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival”. There şs not much more that can be said about the Aspendos Theatre. It is a magnificent building unlike anything you have seen before.

  • Lower Düden Waterfall

     

    The lower waterfall, just 8km from the city centre of Antalya, is also known as “Karpuzkaldıran” ( lit. Watermelon lifter). The waterfall is situated on the road to Lara, where the Düden River reaches the sea

    and its drop height is greater than the upper fall, dropping from a height almost 40 metres to create a gigantic water spray and cloud of mist over the sea. Gençlik Parkı ( Youth Park) is just nearby and forms the ideal vantage point. If you have a chance, we advise you to watch the falling waters from boat out at sea.

  • Kepezaltı and kepezüstü

     

    Kepezaltı and kepezüstü are located 8-10km from the centre of Antalya, and both feature the green wonders of nature organised to accommodate daily trips for recreation and picnics. There is an

    interesting zoo at Kepezaltı, and fish and duch breeding facilities near the Kepezüstü picnic area. The most impressive feature of Kepezüstü is its magnificent vista. From the viewing platform , the whole city of Antalya and its environs are literally rolled out as an intricately designed carpet under your feet.

  • Ancient City of Termessos

     

    The first ruins visible are the remnants of the city wall that can be seen on the road from Antalya to Korkuteli near Yenicekahve. The ruins extend to the summit of Güllük Mountain The principal structures

    are the agora, temples, theatre, cisterns, necropolis, column lined street, bouleuterion (council assembly hall) and the gymnasium. The most remarkable structure is the theatre. The well preserved cavea of the theatre with a capacity of 4200 spectators, provides a beautiful vista. The National Park covering a large forested area is an important eco-tourism centre in the region with its clean air, and rich flora and fauna.

  • Belkıs (Aspendos)

     

    Located about 48 km east of Antalya, within the boundaries of Serik County, Aspendos is renowned for its architectural structures such as aquaeducts, temples, and the stadium. It was also renowned

    during Antiquity for its manufacture of decorative items and furniture, as well as for horse breeding and trading. Today Aspendos’ name is mostly associated with its world famous Aspendos Theatre.

  • Upper Düden Waterfall

     

    Your visit to Antalya’s magnificent landscape must include a trip to one of its resplendent waterfalls, each of which is a natural wonder. The upper Düden Waterfall, which is located on the Düden River,

    10 km north of the city centre, is almost a part of heaven. The waters spring drops from the Kırkgöz locality and the stream drops down from 20 metres height. At the lower level the stream forms a pool amid the magnificent green scenery, a pool used by generations as a recreation and picnic area.

    Legend has it that Alexander the Great visited the region and watered his horses in this waterfall’s pool. Therefore some call the waterfall the “Alexander Waterfall”. There are many large and small facilities providing services to visitors to the waterfall, which can be reached by public transport vehicles, such as buses and minibuses as well as by private vehicles.

  • Kurşunlu Waterfall

     

    Kurşunlu Waterfall is a unique place where a cascade connecting seven ponds falls over an 18 metre height against a backdrop of green nature. The rich flora and fauna of its environs make it the

    prime location for eco-tourism activities such as nature walking, and plant and animal life observation. Walking at Kurşunlu, amidst the unique atmosphere scented with blackberries, wild roses and the aromas of many other plants might lead to a chance of encountering with rabbits, squirrels, woodpeckers, tortoises or other small animals. Pristine air and enchanting scenery compel many visitors to the nature park for daily trips of recration and picnics. There are viewing terraces, playgrounds, car park and other amenities available for visitors.

BEACHES

Antalya is a paradise of ancient cities. Wherever you are in the province you can be sure that you are never far from ancient settlements. Therefore it is the most important stop in Anatolia for visitors who are keen on archaeology and history. To have a well rounded cultural tour, you should organise your trip beforehand with pre-planned priorities. If your holiday-time is limited, you shoul select the most well known settlements of antiquity and those closer to city. Of course you could also opt to participate in organised cultural tours.

  • Konyaaltı

     

    Located about 3 km west of Antalya the Konyaaltı Beach is regularly visited by sun and sea loving domestic and foriegn visitors. There are public beaches along the coast, and there are also beaches

    along the coast, and there are also beaches operated by private companies that provide catering, shopping, accomodation, water sports, and entertainment services.

  • Topçam

     

    One of the most famous beaches of Antalya is Topçam, which is also used as a recreation and picnic are. It is located to the west of the city centre, and can be reached by road in approximately 10 to

    15 minutes. Also situated along a forested coast, the beach lies just opposite the Sıçan Island, and there are suitable diving spot in the vicinity.

     

  • Lara

     

    Located about 12km east of Antalya, this fine beach is draped in front of a pine forest. Like Konyaaltı, there are public beaches as well as many facilities providingcatering and entertainment services.

     

  • Mermerli and Adalar Beaches

     

    These are smaller and quieter beaches than Konyaaltı and Lara. Adalar Beach is near Karaalioğlu Park and has a rock coast while Mermerli Beach is just below the Mermerli Park. Both beaches have

     several facilities serving their visitors.

DIVING

Antalya is a paradise of ancient cities. Wherever you are in the province you can be sure that you are never far from ancient settlements. Therefore it is the most important stop in Anatolia for visitors who are keen on archaeology and history. To have a well rounded cultural tour, you should organise your trip beforehand with pre-planned priorities. If your holiday-time is limited, you shoul select the most well known settlements of antiquity and those closer to city. Of course you could also opt to participate in organised cultural tours.

  • Cliffs

     

    The cliffs with the most suitable diving spots lie along the coast between the Konyaaltı and Lara beaches. With depths varying between 15 and 25 metres these natural wonders provide attractive

    diving spots. One of the renowned spots is just under the hairpin descent towards Konyaaltı Beach. Easy access to the cliffs, which continue underwater as a vertical wall, makes it an ideal d,v,ng spot from which the enchanting marine life can also be viewed.

  • Sıçan Island

     

    This small island laying 1 km offshore of Topçam Beach also attracts the attention of divers. While the bottom of shore facing Topçam Beach is sandy and shallow, the other shore’s bottom is quite steep and

    shallow, the other shore’s bottom is quite steep and rocky. That shore is attractive to divers who relish the opportunity to explore the mysterious underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea. There is a small cave in the east side of the Island. Wind occasionally causes quite strong wave action at Sıçan Island, and it is quite popular for daily boat trips. Consequently, there is busy boat traffic around the island.

CONGRESS CENTRES

There are several congress centres in Antalya, most attached to resort or large hotels, fully equipped with excellent facilities providing complete service for large scale meetings such as congresses, conferencess, and fairs throughout the year. These centres offer gigantic halls that can be used as exhibition or fair halls as well as smaller multi-purpose halls. They offer fully staffed lighting, audio, music, projection, video wall, mutli-vision and broadcasting systemsas well as information and aimultaneous translation services. Cam Piramit Sabancı Congress and Exhibition Center, Antalya Expo Center and Antalya Cultural Centre are the principal venues for congresses and exhibitions. In addition, there are many luxurious hotels providing specially designed halls for large scale meetings which are fully equipped with the latest technologies meeting all possible needs. Antalya with its modern facilities is the most important regional centre for international conferences year round.

 

  • Cliffs

     

    The cliffs with the most suitable diving spots lie along the coast between the Konyaaltı and Lara beaches. With depths varying between 15 and 25 metres these natural wonders provide attractive

    diving spots. One of the renowned spots is just under the hairpin descent towards Konyaaltı Beach. Easy access to the cliffs, which continue underwater as a vertical wall, makes it an ideal d,v,ng spot from which the enchanting marine life can also be viewed.

  • Sıçan Island

     

    This small island laying 1 km offshore of Topçam Beach also attracts the attention of divers. While the bottom of shore facing Topçam Beach is sandy and shallow, the other shore’s bottom is quite steep and

    shallow, the other shore’s bottom is quite steep and rocky. That shore is attractive to divers who relish the opportunity to explore the mysterious underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea. There is a small cave in the east side of the Island. Wind occasionally causes quite strong wave action at Sıçan Island, and it is quite popular for daily boat trips. Consequently, there is busy boat traffic around the island.

FESTIVALS

In Antalya, festivalsmerge tourism with cultural activities. Most of the participants in the festivities are foreign visitors. Among all the internationally renowned festivals of Antalya, the “Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival” and “Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival” are the most prominent ones.

 

  • Aspendos International Opera &Ballet Festival

     

    The main venue of the festival is the archaeological site of the theatre, and the mystical atmosphere of the venue brings together thousands of enthusiasts, the majority of whom are foreign visitors. Since 1998

    the festival has acquired an international character and is known as one of the best opera festival are world-renowned artists. The importance and effectiveness of the festival is due to the fact that it brings together diverse cultures under the universal language of art, and no little part is played by the historical grandeur of its venue. The Aspendos Theatre is a gigantic structure which was built two millennia ago for plays and other artistic activities. The present day festival might not boast that long history, but the majestic beauty of the historical materpiece inherited from Antiquity adds a special meaning to the artistic activities performed there.

DID YOU KNOW?

This small island laying 1 km offshore of Topçam Beach also attracts the attention of divers. While the bottom of shore facing Topçam Beach is sandy and shallow, the other shore’s bottom is quite steep and rocky. That shore is attractive to divers who relish the opportunity to explore the mysterious underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea. There is a small cave in the east side of the Island. Wind occasionally causes quite strong wave action at Sıçan Island, and it is quite popular for daily boat trips. Consequently, there is busy boat traffic around the island.

 

DO NOT LEAVE ANTALYA UNLESS

You have visited the old city centre, Kaleiçi (Citadel), and Antalya Museum,

You have visited Aspendos Theatre, Hadrian’s Gate, Yivli Minaret, Karain Cave, Düden and Kurşunlu waterfalls,

 

You have enjoyed the panoramic view of Antalya and Mediterranean from Kepezüstü,

 

You have taken part in a boat trip,

 

You have enjoyed one of the water parks,

 

You have tasted the local cuisine,

 

And you have shopped for authentich souvenirs for your loved ones at Kaleiçi.

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