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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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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