Antalya Resort Turkey
Situated on the southern coastline of Turkey is the Mediterranean city of Antalya. Although it is thought that the cities origins date back as far as 150BC, as far as tourism is concerned, Antalya is a relative newcomer with the resort only becoming established in the last 1970s.
Antalya has a resident population of approaching 800,000 which swells in the summer months due to its popularity with foreign and Turkish holidaymakers. Antalya Airport is just 10km east of the city and for the first time in 2007, the number of international flights surpassed that of Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport - perhaps suggesting that Antalya is in fact the capital of Turkish tourism.
The area surrounding the city is enclosed on three sides by mountains and opens out onto the Mediterranean on the other. It's no surprise then that thanks to this geological arrangement, Antalya's climate can become quite hot. Temperatures are at their hottest during the summer months of August and September, reaching 30C on average. However it's not uncommon for temperatures to reach into the 40s during these months.
The Kaleiçi district is the historic town center of the city. Here you'll find narrow street populated by small hotels, inns, bars, restaurants and shops. Kaleiçi is also home to the cities old Roman harbour.
Activities in Antalya Turkey
Antalya Museum is one of Turkey's largest with 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. It features works of art and Archeological remains.
Hadrian's Gate is perhaps one of Antalya best preserved monuments and was built by the romans in honour of their deceased emperor Hadrian.
Visit one of Antalya's beaches such as nearby Konyaalti Beach to the west, a 7km long stretch of sand and shingle or sandy Lara beach to the east.
The old roman marina offers some nice photo opportunities including the Iskele Mosque which is nearby.
Excursions Antalya Turkey
Karain Cave is situated approximately 30km north of Antalya. Here you'll find a system of caves and chambers which are thought to have been inhabited for tens of thousands of years possible as far back as 200,000 years ago. There's a small museum at the site.
Duden Falls - There seem to be an usually large number of waterfalls around Antalya and Lower Duden Waterfalls is the closest. Here you can watch the river Duden empty into the Mediterranean. There is a park at the top of the cliff to view the waterfall but the spectacle is best seem from a boat at the foot of the waterfall. Trips can be arranged locally and springtime is when the waterfall is at it's most ferocious. There are other falls further inland, around 12km north of the city center, where you can even walk behind the falls.
Around 40km east of Antalya is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. The theatre was once part of the ancient city of Aspendos and seated around 7000 people. The structure is in excellent condition considering it was built in 155.
Termessos - one of the best preserved ancient cities of Turkey lies around 30 km to the north-west of Antalya. The site of an ancient Pisidian city built at an altitude of more than 1000m. Early mention of the site was made by Alexander the Great who likened it to an eagles nest - he fail to conquer it. It's now part of Termessos National Park which is home to a diverse variety of rare fauna and flora.