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KALEİÇİ MARINA
The unique historical and natural beauties of Antalya can be observed all at once at Kaleiçi Marina.
DÜDEN WATERFALLS
Düden Waterfall flowing into the sea with a great roar over the cliffs in Lara is a spectacular view for the visitors.
KAPUTAŞ BEACH
Antalya, the place that gave turquoise its name, will enchant you with its gorgeous colours and natural beaches.
ANTALYA AQUARIUM
Antalya Aquarium, which has the longest underwater tunnel in the world, is a true masterpiece with its rich fauna and esthetic appeal.
BELEK
BELEK

BELEK: THE GEM OF THE TURKISH RIVIERA

On the shores of the Mediterranean, 30 kilometres eastwards from Antalya, Belek is renowned as a tourist center at international standards. With a 17-kilometer-long coastline covered with pine trees, sand and pebbles, Belek hosts various luxury hotels. It is a leading touristic location in Turkey for quality “sea, sun and sand” holidays. The ancient Roman city of Perge and the Aspendos Antique Theatre are also located close to Belek. The Manavgat Waterfall and the antique town of Side are also located in the near vicinity.

Belek is an important example of the sea-sun-sand touristic concept perceived as a model for Turkish tourism at the beginning of the 90s and adopted by the southern and western coastal towns in Turkey. Currently, there are 47 5-star hotels, 5-star holiday villages and golf clubs in Belek.

Thanks to the warm climate on its shores, Belek is suitable for golf throughout the year. With its courses, luxury accommodation facilities nearby and the additional features of the area, Belek is the ideal choice for golfers. Consequently, the town is currently associated with Golf thanks to the increasing number of facilities within the last few years. There are 10 golf facilities and 14 golf courses in Belek. Belek has become a favourite of many foreign tourists with its international-quality golf courses and one of the major sources of income of Turkish tourism.

In addition, the district serves professional and amateur athletes with 50 football fields and over 200 tennis courts. Renowned for congress tourism, the hotels in Belek usually have integrated congress centres hosting international meetings.

Belek is not just a touristic holiday destination, it is also a special area that includes examples of the characteristic natural life of the Mediterranean region. There are various types of botanical species and rare animals living in this area. Belek is also the reproduction area of the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles which lay their eggs on the shores in this region.

ANTALYA
ANTALYA

“ANTALYA”

Attalos II, the King of Pergamon commanded his raiders to “discover the heaven on Earth.” Upon the order of their King, the raiders searched all around the country. When they finally arrived to the area where Antalya is located today, they realised that they have found the “heaven on earth,” in all its splendour and breathtaking natural beauty. The city founded on that day and named after Attalos the King, “Attalia,” still offers you a piece of heaven on Earth today.

Antalya and its vicinity are home to various ancient cities. Aspendos, Perge and Side (Pamphlyia) located on the Antalya highway are some of these cities. Antalya is also renowned for its waterfalls. Düden, Manavgat and Kurşunlu Waterfalls are some of the favourite sites of both locals and foreign tourists. Beydağları (Bey Mountains), suitable for tableland tourism and winter sports, and Saklıkent Valley are among other natural attractions in the region.

An arched gate – Hadrian’s Gate – has been built in the City Walls in honour of the Roman emperor, Hadrian, who visited the city in 130 A.D. Hadrian’s Gate has preserved its magnificence until today, making it one of the ancient monuments not to be missed in the region. With various sub-tropical plants, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Beydağları reaching out into the waters of Antalya Gulf at Atatürk and Karaalioğlu Parks that turn into a different shade of nature’s colours depending on the time of the day.

Those who set sail in the morning can rest in the serene environment of Antalya’s Marina. The ancient city walls illuminated at night would give a historical identity to the city. The Archaeology Museum displaying artefacts from all around the world since the Paleontal age reflects the rich history of the region. The Golden Orange Film Festival held in autumn in each year attracts various participants.

The Aspendos Theatre is the best preserved antique theatre surviving today in the region and has a seating capacity of 15.000. The corridors, stage ornaments and acoustics of the theatre, which is still the host of various ballets, operas and plays, proves the mastery of the architecture. There are ruins of a basilica, agora and the longest aqueduct of Anatolia close to the theatre. Antalya, where all these natural and historical beauties are gathered, is settled on one of the most fertile regions in Turkey. Throughout its history, the city it has been the host of culture, arts, architecture and mythology.

KALEİÇİ (OLD TOWN)

“KALEİÇİ”

Kaleiçi ( ‘inside the fortress’) is the region known as the heart of Antalya. It is called “the old town” since it’s the first settlement in the region. At the time it was used as a fortress, the area was still on the shore. While not all city walls have survived until this day, large ruins still preserve the historical atmosphere. The only remainder from the city walls is the entrance called Hadrian’s Gate. Several bastions, Hadrian’s Gate, the towers next to the gate, the large tower overlooking the port and some of the walls of the port are the only remainders that have reached our day. One of the city walls surround the marina, while the other wall surrounds the city in like a horseshoe. In the Fortress Gate Square, one of the remaining towers is used as a clock tower. The city walls have four gates allowing access to the city. The internal city walls surround the marina like a half circle. After the restoration, Kaleiçi has become an attractive touristic center with hotels, bars and shops. The port has been transformed into a marina. The Ministry of Tourism received the Golden Apple (Tourism Oscar) from FIJET on April 28, 1984 for the restoration of the Kaleiçi area. All the narrow streets inside Kaleiçi lead down to the historical port. Like a magnetic force pulling you to itself, this route will lead you all the way towards the sea, to the enchanting beauty of the ancient Roman Port or the marina.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
TERMESSOS

“TERMESSOS”

Located 34 kilometres from Antalya, Termessos lies on the cliffs of the Güllük Mountain, which is a natural park on top of a plateau at 1050 meters.

Termessos is one of the most important ancient sites in Turkey. With a theatre of for 4200 people and more than thousand relics, the city ruins are spread over a large area. This is a site worth visiting.

ARIASSOS

“ARIASSOS”

Located on the 48th kilometre of the Antalya-Burdur highway, the antique city of Ariassos lies 1 km westward of the Çubuk Pass. The city ruins can be reached over the turn leading to the Akkoç village. The region was called Psidiain antiquity .

Like all the cities in Psidia, the ancient city was built by the Scythians migrating from the north around 3000 B.C.. The city founded on the cliffs of a mountain is a must see with its public baths and rock tombs.

OLYMPOS

OLYMPOS

Olympos is located between Kemer and Arasan. After passing Phaselis, a signpost indicates the road to Olympos on the Antalya-Kumluca highway. Çıralı is an old portal town next to Olympos.

Founded in the 2nd century B.C., the city was abandoned in the 6th century B.C. This is also the site of the mythical battle between Bellerophontes and Chimera. After Çıralı, an hour-long hike on the narrow and rough slope that crosses a river bed will take you to the exquisite natural beauties of Chimera.

Chimera is called the “Flaming Stone” as there is a constant fire burning due to the natural gas seeping out of the mountain.

PHASELIS

“PHASELIS”

If you make a left-turn on the 57th kilometre of the Antalya-Kemer highway, you can reach Phaselis after a kilometre.

The city founded by the Rhodians in the 7th century B.C. is one of the most important port cities of Lycia. There is a 20-24-meter wide avenue within the city with 3 piers. Hadrian’s passage lies on the west end of the street and there are city baths and shops on both sides of the street. The city can be reached over the sea or from land.

 

LİMRA

“LİMRA”

Founded in the 5th Century B.C. the city lies on the 11th kilometre of the Kumluca-Finike highway. While the greatest part of the city was damaged in an earthquake in the year 141, it survived until the Arab invasions in the 7th and 9th centuries when it was completely ruined.

ARCYCANDA

“ARCYCANDA”

The city lies 26 kilometres from the Turunçova region of Kumluca-Finike highway. The date the city controlling the Akarçay river was found is still unknown.

According to the relics, the city exists since the 5th century B.C. Although it was damaged in the earthquake in 240, the city remained functional until the 11th century. Surviving the Byzantine era as well, various buildings in the city are well preserved until today.

DEMRE (MYRA)

“MYRA”

Within a 25 kilometre distance from Finike and 48 km from Kaş, Myra is one of the 6 largest cities of the Lycian civilizations. It became a settlement in 5th century B.C. for the first time. Although it was on the shore at first, alluvial deposits carried by the Demre river cut is connection to the sea.

The city was abandoned after it was raided by the Arabs in the 9th century A.D. The rock tombs, ancient theatre and the St. Nicholas Church are sites worth visiting. The Andriake Port, built by Hadrian and including a granary, can also be accessed from Demre.

ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH

“ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH

St. Nicholas – widely known as Santa Clause – was born in Patara, close to Fethiye, in 260 A.D and died in the year 343. The educated son of a wealthy family, St. Nicholas dedicated his life to helping kids and boatmen, which led to his fame

as Santa Claus, a legend that survives even today. As the priest of Demre, he gave both religious and social assistance to people. He was buried in Demre and a church was erected by the side of his grave. In 1080, Italian pirates robbed the grave and smuggled some of his bones to Bari, Italy. However, the remaining bones are displayed at Antalya museum today. The first Santa Claus Symposium was held in Dec. 5-7, 1983 and it is repeated each year with the participation of attendees from different religions and the world of education. In this symposium, a call for peace, friendship and solidarity is made by people from different orders and religions following the footsteps of St. Nicholas

SILLYON

SILLYON

Sillyon is located 8 kilometres northwards from the 35th kilometre of the Antalya-Alanya highway.

Located on a flat elliptic plain, Sillyon has one of the most breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. The city was founded in the 3rd century B.C. and continued to be an important city throughout the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods as well as the Seljuk era.

The stadium and the mosque built during the Seljuk era and the sports areas are among the most important ruins of the region. However, the theatre has sustained severe damages in the earthquakes over centuries.

SİMENA

“SİMENA”

St. Nicholas – widely known as Santa Clause – was born in Patara, close to Fethiye, in 260 A.D and died in the year 343. The educated son of a wealthy family, St. Nicholas dedicated his life to helping kids and boatmen, which led to his fame as Santa Claus, a legend that survives even today. As the priest of Demre, he gave both religious and social assistance to people. He was buried in Demre and a church was erected by the side of his grave. In 1080, Italian pirates robbed the grave and smuggled some of his bones to Bari, Italy. However, the remaining bones are displayed at Antalya museum today. The first Santa Claus Symposium was held in Dec. 5-7, 1983 and it is repeated each year with the participation of attendees from different religions and the world of education. In this symposium, a call for peace, friendship and solidarity is made by people from different orders and religions following the footsteps of St. Nicholas.

KAŞ

“KAŞ (ANTİPHELLOS)”

The name of the Lycian city Antiphellos (modern name: Kaş) derives from “phellos” meaning “stony area”. Kaş is a must-see coastal town with its rock tombs and antique theatre.

Kaş, the closest point on land to the Greek island of Megisti, has a high touristic potential with the historical sites and its natural beauty. Among the six caves in the vicinity of Kaş, the Blue Cave, Aşırlı Island Sea Cave and the Pigeon Cave known for its pigeons are the most famous ones.

With the increasing touristic activities, nature sports such as trekking, mountain climbing and rafting are currently on the rise. Yeşilgöl and Uçarsu Waterfalls in Gömbe are naturally beautiful sites attracting visitors. The tableland village at an altitude of 1220 meters close to Akdağ is 65 kilometres away from Gömbe, Kaş. The 3015-meter-high Akdağ is the highest peak of the West Taurus Mountains after Kızlar Sivrisi (source not cited).

The ancient city of Komba is located in Gömbe and the ancient city of Nisa lies 13 kilometres away. Also, the ancient city of Kandyba is located inside Kaş and historical city of Phellos lies 12 kilometres away from Kaş.

Kekova, the sunken city and one of the main attractions of Kaş, can be reached either by a boat or from Üçağız by car.

Scuba diving and paragliding are two of the most popular sports in the district. Kaş is renowned as the best diving town of Turkey.

 

SİDE

“SİDE”

If you turn right 3 kilometres before the Manavgat road, you will reach Side. The city is named after the fruit pomegranate and its actual date of foundation is unknown. Based on the ruins the history of Side is thought to date back to the Hittites.

The city, which is founded on a peninsula, was protected by walls against attacks during the Hellenistic and Roman times. Especially the aqueducts carrying water from the Taurus mountains have survived until today. The theatre with a capacity of 15.000 people are also one of the most important ruins. Contrary to Roman theatres, the theatre in Side is not built on a ridge. The two-story theatre is located on top of a series of channels 20 metres high. These channels under the theatre collect the rainwater. Further, there are a number of aqueducts, city baths, temples, and an agora in the city.

PATARA

PATARA

Ten kilometres and southwards of Kalkan, Patara is located on the Kalkan-Fethiye highway. The colourful ceramics at the city center indicate that the city dates back to the 5th century B.C. Besides being the birth place of St. Nicholas, Patara was also an important port town during the reign of Alexander the Great.

The city walls with three gates, one of which leads to Patara, were built by Modestus in 110 A.D. The most important ruin in the city is the theatre, which is buried under the sand today.

XANTHOS

XANTHOS

Founded on the valley of the Xanthos River, Xanthos is the oldest and largest city from the Lycian civilization. The city was autonomous until the attack of the Persians in 429 B.C.. The residents of the city fought honourably and defended their city courageously; but when they realised that defeat was inevitable, they have first set the women on fire and then burned themselves; committing a mass suicide.

After this incident, 80 families who have migrated to the region have re-established the city. However, the city was destroyed once more in a fire within a century. The rebuilt city had strengthened its relations with the west and became an important center, but their bad luck continued. When the city refused to pay taxes to the Roman ruler Brutus, the city was first ravaged and its citizens were dragged into a war, after which Xanthos was turned into a city of disasters.

The city was built around the Lycian center and is surrounded by the Roman city. The Roman theatre and the ruins lying on its west are a centre of attention even today. The Harpy statue on the rocks is one of the most important historical artefacts. The original statue is displayed at the British Museum while a copy has been placed in the ancient city.

LETOON

“LETOON”

Letoon is located 5 kilometres westwards from the Kınık-Fethiye highway. With close historical links to Xanthos, Letoon is one of the most important religious centres of Lycian civilization.

Due to the rising water levels, archaeological excavations at the site have been suspended. The ruins on the surface date back to the period between the 7th century B.C. and 6th century A.D. The most important archaeological finding is the Greek-style theatre.

PERGE

“PERGE”

The city founded between the rivers Aksu and Düden lies 18 kilometres eastwards from the city. Its inland location protected the city from the attacks of pirates and gave it the chance to develop.

After making a peace treaty with Alexander the Great in 322 B.C., Perge stayed out of conflicts and continued its existence during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. The 15.000-capacity Aphrodisias theatre built in the 2nd century A.D. is the best-preserved ruin. There are 30 rooms under the theatre, which were probably used as shops.

The artefacts excavated from the area are preserved and displayed at the Antalya Museum. There are also many city walls, agoras, churches and ancient roads in Perge.

ASPENDOS

“ASPENDOS”

The history of Aspendos, which lies 4 kilometres in north of the Antalya-Alanya highway, dates back to the 5th century B.C. The theatre was built in the 2nd century A.D. and was repaired by the Seljuks to be used as an in for the caravans. The theatre can host up to 17.000 people and an orchestra of 500 people with stairs that are built with half a meter distance in-between. The theatre is still used for concerts and festivals today.

Along with the agora and the churches around the theatre, the are also 15-kilometres of pressurised aqueducts, which are some of the most important examples of Roman architecture.

SELEUKIA

“SELEUKIA”

In order to reach Seleukia, you should turn left before you enter the city center of Manavgat coming from Side, reach Bucakşeyhler village 4 kilometres after the Manavgat Waterfalls and pass the dams.

The city is one of the nine cities established in honour of the Syrian King I. Seleucus Nicator (B.C. 321-280), one of the successors of Alexander the Great. The city is also known as Lyrbe.

Prof. Jale İnan and her team have excavated the area between 1972 and 1979 for Istanbul University and have renovated and restored the historical ruins. Thanks to these studies, the city can be visited and two Hellenistic mosaics can be viewed today.

Excavation works have been on going on Seleukia, which lies 23 km northeast of Side, since 1972. The district is especially famous for its beautiful views and pine forests.

ALANYA

“ALANYA”

Alanya is a historical city with an exquisite and rare beauty which has been home to pirates in the Ancient ages and to feudal lords during the Byzantine times and finally has even been a capital during the Anatolian Seljukian times.

The first known name of the city in history is Coracesium. It was invaded by the Persians in the 4th century B.C. Afterwards it became the shelter of pirates. The Seleuci king invaded the city in 139 B.C. and freed the city from the pirates. In 65 B.C., the Roman commander Magnus Pompeius conquered the city and made it a part of the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the city’s name was changed to “Kalonoros,” meaning “beautiful mountain” in Byzantine times.

The city was invaded by the Anatolian Seljukian Sultan, Alaaddin Keykubat in 1221. Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat married the daughter of the feudal lords, Kyr Vart, renovated the city and made it his winter capital. Subsequently, the name of the city was changed to Alaiye. The city’s brightest days were during Aladdin Keykubat’s reign. Most of the remaining ruins today including the castle, shipyard and other intact structures all remain from those times.

CARAVANSERAGLIOS
EVDİR INN

“EVDİR HAN”

Eighteen kilometres northwest of Antalya, the inn was built by the Seljukian Sultan İzzettin Keykavus in 1219. It has a yard surrounded by rooms and an engraved gate opening to the West.

KIRKGÖZ INN

“KIRKGÖZ INN

This inn is located 31 kilometres northwest of Antalya. It was built by the Seljukian king Gıyasettin Keyhüsrev II in 1247.

The inn survived until today. There are various rooms around the lounge in the middle of the inn. There is a fountain are the centre of the inn. A large hall lies in the north.

ALARA INN

“ALARA INN

This inn is located at a turn on the highway before you arrive in Alanya. It was built by the Seljukian Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat in 1231. There are reliefs and lion head figures on the gateway at the entry.

SERAPSU INN

“SERAPSU INN

This inn built by the Seljukian Sultan Gıyasettin Han is located 15 kilometres away from Alanya. Built on a large area (1236-1245), its ceiling is made of stone and has survived until today.

The main entrance of the building, which architecturally resembles a fortress, lies on the north side. There is also a mosque close by.

ALARA CASTLE

“ALARA CASTLE

It is unknown when the tower rising on high rock over the Alara stream has been built. However, it was captured and restored by the Seljuks in 1231. It was used by the Ottomans for a long time as well.

The top of the tower can be reached by a staircase inside a tunnel carved into the rock.

 

CAVES
KARAİN

“KARAİN CAVE”

The Karain Cave lies 31 kilometres away from Antalya. The natural cave, formed by limestone formation at the border of Yağcı village at the end of the Katran Mountain, has been a refuge for the people in the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras. The drawings on its outer surface and the ruins around also indicate that it was home to the Goddess of the Mountains.

The excavations have been ongoing since 1946. These excavations have shown that the settlement in the area goes 50,000 years back. Karain is the largest cave with a settlement in Turkey. The historical artefacts discovered are displayed at the small Karain Museum and the pre-historic section of the Antalya Museum.

BELDİBİ

“BELDİBİ CAVES”

Located 25 km northwest of Antalya on the coast, there are pre-historic findings in the cave, along with a mural.

KARATAŞ

“KARATAŞ CAVE

With numerous stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is said to have healing properties for people with respiratory illnesses. Humidity can go up to 90% in this cave located in Alanya.

DAMLATAŞ

“DAMLATAŞ CAVE

The temperature inside the cave, which has colourful stalactites and stalagmites, can reach up to 22-23 degrees and humidity is around 89%. It is believed to be good for chronic asthma and bronchitis patients.

PHOSPOROUS

PHOSPOROUS CAVE

BYou can reach these three caves by a boat from the port of Alanya. The Phosphorous Cave was named after the stones shimmering inside it, while the Bandits or Girls Cave was named after the girls kidnapped and imprisoned by the bandits, and the third cave is named as Lovers’ Cave as it is where Cleopatra used to take her famous beauty baths.

LOVERS

LOVERS’ CAVE

You can reach these three caves by a boat from the port of Alanya. The Phosphorous Cave was named after the stones shimmering inside it, while the Bandits or Girls Cave was named after the girls kidnapped and imprisoned by the bandits, and the third cave is named as Lovers’ Cave as it is where Cleopatra used to take her famous beauty baths.

BANDITS

BANDITS’ CAVE

You can reach these three caves by a boat from the port of Alanya. The Phosphorous Cave was named after the stones shimmering inside it, while the Bandits or Girls Cave was named after the girls kidnapped and imprisoned by the bandits, and the third cave is named as Lovers’ Cave as it is where Cleopatra used to take her famous beauty baths.

ALTINBEŞİK

“ALTINBEŞİK CAVE

It is hard to reach this cave close to the Ürünlü town. Since it has been proven that it is connected to the Beyşehir lake in the underground, the cave is scientifically important.

“WITHOUT A DOUBT, ANTALYA IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE ON EARTH” – MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK. 

Attalos II, the King of Pergamon commanded his raiders to “discover the heaven on Earth.” Upon the order of their King, the raiders searched all around the country. When they finally arrived to the area where Antalya is located today, they realised that they have found the “heaven on earth,” in all its splendour and breathtaking natural beauty.

Antalya, a city where you can find all shades of blue and green, is located on one of the most fertile lands in Anatolia. With a history of 2200 years, this city is one heavenly corner of the world. The fascinating city that is home to the heritage of various civilisations including the Roman, Phoenician, Seljukian and Ottoman civilisations continues to be a center of attraction even today. Antalya draws millions of tourists every year thanks to these riches.

The city founded on that day and named after Attalos the King, “Attalia,” still offers you a piece of heaven on Earth today. 

“With its history throughout 3.000 years and unrivalled natural beauty, Antalya has been the home of various civilizations over the years.”

– Susesi Luxury Resort

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