Antalya is the capital and largest city of the fertile coastal in southwest Asia Minor. It is located in the extreme south of Turkey, in the Antalya bay on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Today, this area is known as the “Turkish Riviera”. In the hinterland of Antalya is Taurus mountains, covered with pine forests.
The town consists of two centers: modern – with attractive boulevards, numerous shopping centers, nightlife, walk under the palm trees and the old city Kaleici – which was built around the old port, with narrow cobbled streets, old wooden houses lined the city walls.
Cities forming region Antaliya are: Akseki, Aksu, Alanya, Demre, Döşemealtı, Elmali, Finike, Gazipaşa, Gündoğmuş, Ibradi, Kaş, Kemer, Kepez, Konyaalti, Korkuteli, Kumluca, Manavgat, Muratpaşa, Serik,
Magic Antalya: Location for which Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries in the world
Antalya Turkey’s main seaside resort in the Mediterranean, an attractive city with streets that cast its palm shadow. In picturesque old quarter Kaleici Antalya magic still find old wooden houses situated in the narrow streets resting on the city walls.
Lately, many foreigners who have visited one of Antalya decided to buy a home here for vacation or for pleasant days in retirement and therefore should not be surprised by the fact that it is a city full of strangers that here are not only tourists but also locals. So during the winter months the city has ‘only’ 2 million people, while in the summer months on doubles.
The city is in II. century BC founded Atal II. who was king of Pergamon, and through him, and the town got its name. Before the arrival of the Ottomans in the castle were successively ruled by the Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks. The elegant minaret Yivli minaret mosque in the city center was built in Seljuks sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century and from that moment the minaret is a recognizable symbol of Antalya.
Minaret is example of Seljuks masonry and stone art which are turned into works of art. But the best example of their art is located in Karatay Madrasah building that houses the Theological Seminary, which was built in the same period in which the mosque. Beside the mosque minaret in the city there are two major mosques. Murat Pasha mosque from the 16th century, which is famous for its tiles and decorations of Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque.
The region around Antalya is full of natural beauty, but also a stunning historical remains. So you can walk behind the falls, which is a thrilling experience, the magnificent Upper Duden waterfall which is located some 14 kilometers northeast of the city. On the way to the famous Lara Beach is located in Lower Duden waterfall that plunges into the sea. In its immediate vicinity there are many hotels which offer excellent views of the waterfall, but the most spectacular views of the one with the sea. So you can always hop on a boat that will lead you to the waterfall and give you a good insight into his power. On the other hand, only 18 kilometers from the town there are waterfalls and a lake Kurunlu Nulufer who top two places of natural beauty and one of the most beautiful places in Turkey.
Although the town itself is not no beach, just a few kilometers from the town there is a sandy beach Lara or Konyaalti gravel and offering views of the Taurus Mountains. If you want to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the province certainly take the opportunity to climb a nearby hill Tunektepe where there is a superb resort, which is not closed to outside visitors as most resorts in Turkey.
In the city center, just a few hundred meters from the sea, there is a big bazaar, which is spread over several city streets. Although not as big as it is the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the offer is also diverse. Among the many spices, teas and spices to the ubiquitous fake many special designers, market offers the opportunity to buy cheap souvenirs, and spices that will be hard to find here.
Antalya is a city that lives tourism, but also the production of goods follows the increasing demand for food. So you should not be surprised by the fact that he used every free square of land within the city in order to him or cultured vegetables or some kind of citrus.
Although this is a major tourist cities of Turkey, where the majority of vacationing tourists from Germany and Russia, this town is in many ways different from the rest of the country. City leverages its rich history to attract more tourists, but also slowly forgetting their culture and adapt to the customs and culture of foreigners who are increasingly visiting this city.