If you're still doubting about planning a holiday to Turkey, that picture should set you straight.* But in fact the majority of tourists coming in and out of Antalya every summer will not really get to see it, as they tend to fly into the city's airport on all-in packages heading to resorts like Alanya which are nearby. And that's a shame, because Antalya is actually a very interesting city worth visiting in its own right. The good news for you is, that you can head over to Antalya without having to deal with them.
Antalya has three key ingredients that will instantly prove our point of it being worthy of a visit: history, beaches and fantastic natural surroundings. In terms of history, the city was founded in 200BC, and if you head into the labyrinth-esque Old Quarter (Kaleiçi) through Hadrian's Gate, you will see plenty of it on display. The walls surrounding this area hail from the Roman-era, while inside it Ottoman-style houses line the narrow winding streets. Besides plenty of quaint shops, galleries and restaurants, there are sights like a clock tower, the Korkut Mosque, the Yivli Minare and Kesik Minare as well as the Roman Hidirlik Fortress to look out for. This is an extremely charming area and on hot summer days you won't really want to leave the comfort of the shade, while in the evening you can come back for a dinner while being serenaded by live musicians.
Outside of town you find other even more amazing historical sights like the Aspendos, the best preserved Roman theatre in the world. The ancient city ruins of Termessos and Perge are equally worthy of a visit. Stunning nature can be found right inside of town at the Duden Waterfalls or further out at for instance the Koprulu Canyon. In terms of beaches finally, the long stretches at Konyaaltı Beach or Lara Beach are what you will want to check out. Note that the former consists mostly of pebbles.
* Or maybe not, we do know the colors aren't all that realistic! [Review by travelindicator]
- Antalya is a city in Turkey. It has a population of 1,068,099, is situated at an altitude of 174ft and the best airport to fly into is AYT (Antalya, Antalya)
- The main spoken language here is Turkish, and the average English skill is low
- Note: Antalya is a good point of entry for trips to Turkey as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY)
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You could check out the Turkey Travel Blog for some ideas on attractions here, or just head straight to the Antalya Wikitravel. This is a good list of six things to do, and maybe best of all is the guide of 14 things to do over at Planetware.
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