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Antalya is a place that combines clear sea, sun and plenty of archaeological and historical sites. Also known as the "Turkish Riviera", the whole region preserves the mysticism and beauty of the its past.
The city of Antalya remains an important centre in the south coast of Turkey. The mythological city, which housed the Gods and Goddesses, now exhibits its secrets and marvels to mankind.
Antalya is situated in the west of the Mediterranean region. In ancient times it covered all Pamphylia that means "the land of all the tribes". Antalya throughout history has witnessed many successive civilizations. From the Pergamum king Attalus that established the city to the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuks and finally the Ottomans. Nowadays, it is an important port and a main tourist destination growing rapidly since 1960.
The climate of the area is typical Mediterranean: which means hot and dry in summers with mild winters and not too much of rain. Sunshine is granted from April to October. Antalya is really a heavenly place with the summer season lasting about 8-9 months.
Antalya has its own international airport that may connect you to all major cities. It is modern with all the necessary facilities including waiting rooms, restaurants, café bar, and a shopping centre.
Antalya city as well as its surrounding is an important and remarkable tourist centre on the Mediterranean coast with a perfect holiday climate and a unique harmony of archaeological, historical and natural beauties.
City Walls: Hadrian Arch and the Clock Tower dating back to Hellenistic era.
Kaleici: Also known as Old Antalya, it is a small historic section restored that has become one of the most attractive tourist centers with beautiful hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities. Kaleici preserves the original ancient archaeological characteristics. The marina in the port has been completely restored and is well worth visiting. The restoration activities in Kaleici won the Golden Apple Prize, the Oscar of tourism.
Antalya Museum: this is a prize-winning museum and one of the most notable worldwide including a children’s department that includes ancient exhibits appealing to children.
Kesik Minaret (Broken Minaret): the mosque used to be a Byzantine church for Panagia (st.Mary) before converted into a mosque – still preserving though its original character.
Hadrian's Gate: The Romans in honor of the Emperor Hadrian constructed this ornamental marble arch in 2nd century BC.
Yivli Minaret: The Seljuks built this minaret in 13th century. It is decorated with turquoise tiles and has become the symbol of Antalya.
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