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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Season: Best Time to Travel to Antalya

While other parts of Europe are still rain-sodden and windswept in spring, in Antalya things are already starting to heat up. This makes it the ideal city to make an early start on your summer. Think long walks along the beach, eating local cuisine, soaking up the sun, carousing at countless festivals on a warm evening as the sun sets.

Of course, the whole Mediterranean region is getting warmer at this time of year. As a result budget flights are starting to fill up all over the northern hemisphere, long weekends are being planned, and the quest for accessible sun begins. Despite this increasing competition from other destinations, Antalya remains unrivalled.

Antalya is Turkey’s most modern city, blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a colorful array of cultural delights and natural beauty. So it’s little wonder Antalya has become a year-round tourist destination. The best time to travel to Antalya depends on visitors’ preferences and priorities. It’s wise to keep several factors, including weather, crowds and events in mind when planning your trip.

Spring and early summer tend to boast some of Antalya’s finest weather, with mild to warm temperatures and frequently sunny skies. The weather in May tends to be warm and clear in Antalya, minus the humidity weighing down summer months. June is another warm, pleasant month in the tourism capital and an ideal time to visit, weather-wise. By the end of June, Mediterranean waters surrounding the city are warm enough for swimming. July and especially August can get disagreeably hot, with average temperatures in the 30s and plenty of humidity, even after nightfall.

All photos are taken by Antalya City Blog

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Runtalya Marathon is celebrating its new name as RUNATOLIA

Runtalya Marathon is celebrating its new name as RUNATOLIA and the 10th Anniversary in 2015.

The Runtalya Marathon was organized for the first time on 19th of March 2006 in cooperation with Holiday Plan and Öger Tours. For the past 9 years the event had a constant growth with the participation of National and International race enthusiasts. The 2014 Runtalya Marathon has been organized together with Öger Tours for the last time, because the cooperation between Holiday Plan and Öger Tours has ended in April 2014.

Runtalya Marathon is very essential  which has been taking place in our country for 9 years, introducing our country and our town to the world and conduce population self-health care as well as to establish an understanding how indispensable sport is. Holiday Plan still supports this marathon  with awareness of its beautiful course for running. 

Starting from the first day of The Marathon, Anadolu Hospital have kept their support and their belief for this organization of substantial contribution to our town and brand equity's importance. Anadolu Hospital and Holiday Plan decided to cooperate and organize this event with the name as RUNATOLIA that took place on the date of 1st of March, 2015. 

Say hello to the mascots of EXPO 2016 Antalya: Ece & Efe

Is there an Expo 2016 mascot? Of course: EXPO 2016 Antalya has its own official mascots, named Ece & Efe. It’s difficult to think about a more appropriate name, since the 2016 Universal Exhibition is dedicated to the topic of Flowers and Children, with the claim: “A green world for the next generations”.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Offices of the Ministry for EU Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened in Antalya

The official offices of the Ministry for EU Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey opened in Antalya.

The opening of Antalya Office of the Ministry for EU Affairs inaugurated in Antalya on 21 December with the participation of Volkan Bozkır, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator. The inauguration ceremony will be held at the new office building of Antalya Governorate at 12:00 pm.
Antalya Office, will serve to ensure harmonisation with the EU acquis at local level, and be guide for the right and effective implementation of the legislation, and for the preparation of projects that can evaluate the historical, cultural and geographical wealth of Antalya in terms of the EU accession perspective, and to benefit from the opportunities the EU accession process provides at local level.

Antalya is a trademark for Turkish tourism and is also becoming a trademark for the effective and successful utilisation of the EU financial assistance. Within this scope, nearly 43 billion Euros has been allocated to 767 projects that were held in Antalya between 2012-2014.

Antalya Office will be located within the new office building of the Antalya Governorate, and will work in close cooperation with the non-governmental organisations, municipalities and public institutions in all the local activities on the EU, including the efficient utilisation of the EU financial assistance.

Antalya to host G20 summit in 2015

In 2015, G20 leaders' summit will be held in Antalya, Turkey. 

The summit will be held in Antalya on November 15-16, 2015. Global economy, strengthened growth and job creation will be taken up at the summit in Turkey. The 2015 G-20 Turkey summit will be the tenth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. Turkey will assume the presidency of the G-20 in 2015.

What is G20?
The Group of Twenty (also known as the G-20 or G20) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The members, shown highlighted on the map at right, include 19 individual countries: ArgentinaAustraliaBrazilCanadaChinaFranceGermanyIndiaIndonesiaItalyJapanMexicoRussiaSaudi ArabiaSouth AfricaSouth KoreaTurkey, the United Kingdom and the United States—along with the European Union (EU). 

The G-20 was founded in 1999 with the aim of studying, reviewing, and promoting high-level discussion of policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability. It seeks to address issues that go beyond the responsibilities of any one organization. Collectively, the G-20 economies account for around 85% of the gross world product (GWP), 80% of world trade (or, if excluding EU intra-trade, 75%), and two-thirds of the world population. The G-20 heads of government or heads of state have periodically conferred at summits since their initial meeting in 2008.

Antalya will also host EXPO 2016.

Especially on behalf of Antalya area, we would like to take the opportunity of expressing our gratitude to Foreign Affairs Minister of Turkey Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu (born in Antalya) for this event, and also more.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Exploring the History in Atabey Ertokuş Madrasah

Antalya City Blog visited Ghazi Ertokuş Bey Madrasah in Atabey in Isparta.

Who is Ghazi Ertokuş Bey?

Once, stars, the sun and the moon were studied in the Madrasah. There were scientists studying medicine and besides rigious education mathematics, physics, philosophy and geography were teached as well. In the madrasah which was built upon the command of Seljukian uçbey (ruler) Atabey Ertokuş Gazi in 1224 many university professors were educated during the time of the Ottoman Empire.

The Seljuk Empire:

The Seljuq Empire was a medieval Turkic empire (1037–1194), originating from the Qynyq branch of Oghuz Turks. The Seljuq Empire controlled a vast area stretching from the Hindu Kush to eastern Anatolia and from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf. From their homelands near the Aral sea, the Seljuqs advanced first into Khorasan and then into mainland Persia before eventually conquering eastern Anatolia. A branch of the Seljuks established their own state in Anatolia (the sultanate of Konya or Rum, survived until it was conquered by the Mongols in 1243. Most of Anatolia permanently conquered by the Seljuq Turks.

Atabey Ertokuş Madrasah:

When you enter the crown gate of the madrasah which is a typical example of Seljukian architecture, you see an inner court. Around the court are the madrasah rooms and there is a little pool in the middle. The peace of mind created by the voice of the water with the dome’s acoustic was envisaged at the time of planning. Right opposite the enterance gate you will see a tomb room. Madrasah is in the centrum of Atabey town. Walking around the outer court and the garden of the madrasah, you will see “devşirme (folding)” stones pertaining to Roman and Byzantian times and also writings and reliefs on these stones. 

Columns and capitals brought from the ancient cities of Agrai and Seleukeia Sidera were also used during construction. This building restored by the Directorate of Funds in 1993 is visited as one of the hictorical and important values of Isparta.

How to get there? 

Madrasah is in Atabey. Atabey is a town and district of Isparta Province in the Mediterranean region of TurkeyThe museum is 150km away from Antalya airport, 45km from Isparta Airport, and 24 km from the city center of Isparta.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Süleyman Demirel Democracy and Development Museum

Antalya City Blog visited the Süleyman Demirel Democracy and Development Museum in the province of Isparta. 

Who is Süleyman Demirel? 
Süleyman Demirel (born 1 November 1924) is a Turkish politician and statesman, who served as Prime Minister of Turkey seven times between the years 1965–1993. He was the ninth President of Turkey from 1993 to 2000.

DemireHouse Museum (1920):

Demirel home of the family, are examples of Anatolia Residential Architecture. Was built in 1920. The house was used until 1979. Today has been restored according to the original, is used as an ethnographic museum.

The building’s eight domes are also symbolic, with seven of them representing his periods as prime minister and with the largest dome representing the veteran politician’s time as president.

First Lady: Nazmiye Demirel

Şehriban Hatun Mosque

Süleyman Demirel Library

The museum includes displays of 46,000 books, 7,000 gifts given to Demirel, 32,000 newspapers and magazines, 500 pieces of clothing and a total of 6 million documents. 

The Süleyman Demirel Democracy and Development Museum

The museum, built by the ninth president’s brother, businessman Şevket Demirel, covers an area of 17,000 square meters. The building’s construction started in 1994 and approximately 40 million Turkish Liras have been spent on the project.

The Süleyman Demirel Democracy and Development Museum is in his home İslamköy village in Isparta province. The museum is 150km away from Antalya airport, 45km from Isparta Airport, and 24 km from the city center of Isparta.