Friday, September 4, 2009

Main Sights in Antalya

Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It was the world's third most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, displacing New York. It is Turkey's biggest international sea resort. 
The first place to be seen in Antalya is the Old Town (in Turkish Kaleiçi). The name Kaleiçi means "Inside the Kale" or "Inner Kale" (Kale itself means castle or fortress).  It is the historic city center of Antalya.  It has structures dating from the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman and modern Turkish republican eras. The Kaleiçi area is located in the centre-eastern portion of the city along the Mediterranean coast fronted by the yacht harbor that dates to the Roman era. 
Old Town - Kaleici
Especially, people must see the Hadrian’s Gate, Roman Clock Tower, Hıdırlık Tower, The fluted (Yivli) minaret, Mermerli beach and the marina in the Old Town. Hadrian's Gate: constructed in the 2nd century by the Romans in honor of the Emperor Hadrian. 
Hıdırlık Tower
Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed that the ruling Roman Empire built this in the second century CE on a square plan. It has since been used as a fortification or a lighthouse. 
Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is Roman architecture. People are meeting under clock tower, it is like the symbol of Antalya. But the real symbol of the city is Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret) which is built by the Seljuks and decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles. 
Mermerli Beach
The famous Mermerli Beach is Antalya’s oldest beach. The little pebbly beach belongs to the Mermerli restaurant and is situated east to the marina. Deck-chairs and umbrellas must be paid. Its meaning is Marble Beach, and for good reason. It is all coral and marble at this tiny beach area, sometimes only accessible by steps and more steps going down 50 ft cliffs.
Saklıkent Ski Center
You’ve got to do a day trip to Saklıkent. The meaning of Saklıkent is hidden city. It is a winter resort in Antalya, 45 kilometers from Antalya and 60 kilometers from Antalya Airport. It is open for skiing from November to May. Because of its proximity to Antalya, one can ski and then one hour later swims in the Mediterranean Sea.

Hasan Subasi Cultural Park
Antalya will host EXPO 2016 which is the next scheduled A1 Horticultural Exposition. From 9,160 botanical species growing in Turkey about 3,300 are endemic. 630 of these 3,300 plants grow only at the Mediterranean Sea and 500 of those only grow in the province of Antalya. Hasan Subasi Cultural Park is located in the heart of Antalya's cultural and touristic area of the Konyaalti district. The park is my best relaxing place. Long walk in early morning when the city was sleeping is the best thing in Antalya. It is look like a paradise. You should see the great and fascinating view of Konyaalti beach and Toros Mountains from this park.

Konyaalti Beachpark is the Antalya’s new music and arts center. Here you always find an activity or live music concerts. Located in Antalya's breathtaking Konyaaltı coasts, surrounded by the natural green beauty... Close enough to liveliness of the city, yet far enough to get lost among the magic turquoise waters and glittering sun... Lots of thought has been given into even the tiniest details in BeachPark to meet the needs of those longing for a wonderful break-away to get rid of all city stressors. Whether you are just by yourself, with your family or friends, coming to BeachPark and picking one of a hundred leisurely activities is all it takes to spend an unforgettable day.

There are a number of caves in the city that you can visit, which include:
  • Altinbesik Dudensu Cave
  • Beldibi Cave
  • Damlatas Cave
  • Karain Cave
  • Kocain Cave

Each of these caves has a special appeal that makes it unique

Sites of interest in the city centre
  • Karpuzkaldıran
  • Tünek Hill
  • Karaalioglu Park
  • Arapsu Bridge
  • Lara Beach
  • Minicity
  • Antalya Aquarium
Moreover, you can visit ancient cities near Antalya such as AspendosOlimpos, Side, Selge, Perge, Phaselis, ve Termessos.


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