Antalya is the capital city of the Antalya Province, located on
the Gulf of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The population
of the city is 603,190 (2000 census) but reaches up to 2 million
in summers at the height of the tourist season. Situated on a steep
cliff, Antalya is a picturesque city surrounded by mountains, forests,
mediterranean sea and many ancient ruins; with one notable archaeological
museum. With its airport it is a gateway for Turkey's coastal resorts
which took the name Turkish riviera because of the natural and historical
beauties of it.
and culture it deserves the title of "the capital of Turkish tourism".
Today the city of Antalya is reliving a golden age. It has been
transformed into a cultural and touristic hub with thematic hotels
with concepts like Venice, Topkapř Palace, and cathedrals in Moscow.
Kaleici, the rustic old town where historic Turkish and Greek houses
are under protection, is the most popular center in Antalya. It
is situated between the yacht harbour and the main city. Old houses
that are separated by narrow, cobble-stone roads are now hotels
and tourism-related shops. Traces of Byzantine, Roman and Seljuks
architecture and culture can still be seen. Also Antalya museums
house the finds belonging to historic ages of Anatolia.
Inside the city
Yivli Minare and Kulliye, Karaalioglu park are places where Ottoman
architecture can be seen. Konyaalti and Lara coasts are well known
with their crystal clear waters. The prominent sites accessible
by daily tours are Side, Perga, Manavgat and Alanya. Ancient cities
like Phaselis, Olympos, Adrasan and Kekova can be reached from the
sea by Blue voyagers.