Because of the archaeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is also known as the Turkish Riviera. The sun, sea, nature and history combine to form a very popular resort, highlighted by some of the cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean. The 630km shoreline of the province is liberally scattered with ancient cities, harbours, memorial tombs and beaches, secluded coves and lush forests, many of which are easily accessible from the city.

With its palm-lined boulevard, internationally-acclaimed marina, and old castle with traditional architecture, all set amidst a modern city, Antalya is a major tourist centre in Turkey. In addition to the wide selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, the city also plays host to a number of sporting events throughout the year, like international beach volleyball, triathlon, golf tournaments, archery, tennis and canoeing competitions. The Cultural Centre, which opened in 1995, hosts cultural and art events in the fields of music, theatre, and creative arts. The main area of interest in the city is central old quarter within the Roman walls, known as Kaleici, and there are many good museums.

Places to visit

DUDEN WATERFALLS

Duden Waterfall, consists of two beautiful waterfalls, is one of the most beautiful places in Antalya. It is divided into two branches, Upper Duden and Lower Duden.

Upper Duden: Upper Duden is located 8 km away from the city center. It is poured into a very large natural pool from about 22 meters. Also known as a corner from heaven, the waterfall is one of the attraction centers with its cave, roaring waters and different beauties.

Lower Duden: Lower Duden is located 8 km away from the city center, near Lara. The waterfall is poured from the cliffs at 50 m in height in Lara with a great noise and mixes into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the iconic natural beauties of Antalya.

KALEICI - INNER CASTLE

Start your visit to Antalya in the historical city centre 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 kilometer. You can cover all this on foot, which is a good thing as cars are banned on certain streets.

Kaleici can be visited at all hours of the day but the best time is towards evening. Many of the historical houses and mansions of Kaleici have been restored and a large number of them are being used as hotels, pensions, bars and shops.

Antalya is not a city with just sun, sea and sand. It has a great history especially in the Kaleici district.

HADRIAN’S GATE

Hadrian’s Gate is a famous tourist landmark, located in Kaleici, Antalya. It stands out between two towers of the city walls.

Hadrian’s Gate, commonly known as Three Gates, is one of the most beautiful ancient works of art in Antalya. The gate was built in honour of Roman Emperor Hadrian. With its breathtaking decorations which connects the city to the outer world, this antique gate has rich reliefs as glamorous as the ones in Rome.

The gate is different from the other ones in Anatolia, because of its amazing bass reliefs and column heads decorated with flowers. These reliefs fascinate the visitors even today.

ASPENDOS

Situated in Serik town of Antalya province, Aspendos impresses visitors with its elegant amphitheatre and other ancient remains. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the most magnificent and well preserved buildings in the world built by the Romans. Near the theatre there is a basilica, an agora and the ruins of Anatolia’s longest aqueduct.

PERGE

Perge, which is located to the east of Antalya, was an important city of Pamphylia. Artifacts from various parts of the ancient city are being exhibited on the road to stadium. Do not forget to see the entrance to the city with its two towers, the colonnaded long road with shops on its two sides and which was once covered with mosaics, the vast agora and public baths

SIDE

Side is among the best known ancient cities in Turkey. Side was a port in ancient times and its name means pomegranate. The amphitheatre built on colonnaded arches is the biggest in the area. Among the other ruins there are the agora, a gymnasium, the Apollo Temple on the seaside, fountains and the necropolis.

Activities

RAFTING ON THE RIVER

A vacation in Antalya is not complete without a day of rafting on the Koprucay River in Beskonak. Every year 80% of the visitors go on an exciting journey on the 14 km track intertwined with nature. The wide river of Koprucay flows through the magnificent landscape of Koprulu Canyon National Park. Rafting starts 100 m below Oluk Bridge where the river is calm and offers a side pocket. Amateurs row in the counter direction to familiarize themselves with the technique and arrive at the bridge.

OLYMPOS CABLE CAR TOUR

Mountain in Tahtali located in Antalya-Kemer, with its height of 2365 m is the mountain closest to the sea on the southern coastline of Turkey. Tahtali embraces the view that surround Kemer, adored as a sea and vacation region, which is near the tourism metropolis, Antalya. Olympos is second highest of the Beydağları National Park and sits on a throne as if a king between Antalya and Finike and is the most dominant mountain of the Beydağları mountain range.

QUAD SAFARI

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to meeting point. Our meeting point is located in Lara Beach. There you receive an introduction and information from the quad guide. First you make a trial drive  and then will start your way in pine tree forest. Incredible  feelings by fast driving on the stony pass ways; dust, fun and unforgettable experiences are waiting you.   Adventure and action are only the words! After 1,5 hours of joy driving you will be taken back to hotel.

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