Plan Your Holiday in antalya city centre

Plan Your Holiday in antalya city centre

If you have planned to have a holiday, you can prefer antalya city centre during your holiday. Because antalya city centre is a heaven for holiday. When people visit a place firt time, they think about what are the favorite things here. Let’s see what famous things are there in antalya city centre.

Try Traditional Foods of antalya city centre

If you enjoy eating something traditional, you have so many options for traditional food in antalya city centre. You should try fish menus in antalya city centre, because the taste of fishes are cery different and delicious in antalya city centre.

If you think that I am not interested in traditional food in antalya city centre, we recommend you to see the natural beauties of antalya city centre. Called the city of waterfalls antalya city centre has Düden, Manavgat and Kurşunlu waterfalls and they are really worth to see. Dim, Damlataş and Karain Caves are some of the natural beauties of antalya city centre.

You can also visit National Parks of antalya city centre. Olympos Beydağları and Kanyon National Parks are some of the natural beauties of antalya city centre. You can store your one year long oxigen needs and return your home from antalya city centre.

Experience Kaleiçi Streets of antalya city centre

If you want to walk around historical streets, Kaleiçi of antalya city centre will be a perfect choice for you. You can feel just like in a period serial in antalya city centre.

Although antalya city centre is known for tourism sector, we can say that the historical places of antalya city centre are proverbial. Here are some historical places of antalya city centre which will probably enchant you.

Alara Castle in antalya city centre

If you want to see a magnificent building, you should visit Alara Castle when you are in antalya city centre. This castle is located 7 km inside of sea in antalya city centre.

Antalya Saint Nicolas (Santa Claus) Church in antalya city centre

The legend of Santa Claus has lived in antalya city centre is among the worldly known legends. When Saint Nicolas died, this church was built in antalya city centre and still is used as a museum.

Where to go in antalya city centre

Where to go in antalya city centre

You have so many options to visit in antalya city centre and there are very kinds of worth seeing places in antalya city centre which you will not be regretful about them. Here, we introduce the worth seeing places of antalya city centre for you. Do not forget to visit historical structures of antalya city centre while enjoying sea, sand and sun during your antalya city centre vacation. Let’s  look at the some historical places of antalya city centre.

Yivli Minare (The Grooved Minaret) in antalya city centre

This structure is one of the symbols of antalya city centre. Yivli Minare in antalya city centre dates back 13. Century and Seljuq Empire. In the period in which this building was built in antalya city centre, it was used as a Byzantium Church in antalya city centre. Yivli Minare can be seen from all corner of antalya city centre. And this structure takes part in all antalya city centre photos. Yivli Minare should be one part of your antalya city centre visit. This minaret is located in Kaleiçi which is called the old town of antalya city centre.

Karatay Madrasah in antalya city centre

Located in Kaleiçi of antalya city centre Karatay Madrasah was built in 1250  A.D. It is recommended to see this madrasah during your antalya city centre holiday. It is a historical and worth seeing building for the visitors of antalya city centre. Transportation is so easy because of being in antalya city centre.

Mermerli Beach in antalya city centre

Mermerli beach is the only beach which is lying on the both sides of the marina of antalya city centre. This beach was the first beach of antalya city centre. Actually, this beach is the home of thousand years old history with the fortification walls and towers of antalya city centre. Mermerli beach has also magnificent view of Antalya bay and Mediterranean Sea. You had better see this beach while having holiday in antalya city centre.

Historical Clock Tower in antalya city centre

located in antalya city centre this clock tower is in Castle Gate of antalya city centre. Historical clock tower of antalya city centre was built in 1901 A.D. This clock tower is just one of the historical structures of antalya city centre.

 

How to go to konyaalti beach ?

How to go to konyaalti beach ?

Located in 3 km West of Antalya, the konyaalti beach is worldwide known because of long and sandy beach. Most people prefer to come this beach because of its clear water and long strand of pebbles. It is preferred mostly during summer months by foreign tourists and it can be very crowded. However you can find an empty place for sunbathing and enjoy the amazing view of the blue. Because this beach has very long coastline. The konyaalti beach is closer to city center of Antalya than the other famous beach Lara beach. You can use nostalgic tram to reach the konyalti beach. Take the tram from Kalekapısı region of city center Antalya. At tha eastern end of konyaalti beach you will see Antalya Beach Park. There are lots of services for the visitors in Antalya Beach Park. When you go to the beach, after sunbathing and swimming you can use the shade trees, restaurants, cafes and bars, snack stands and showers. Also you can rent beach chairs and sun umbrellas from the Antalya Beach Park. If you reach there by your own car, you can use a big parking lot for the visitors behind the beach.

You know that blue flag on the beach means that this beach has clean and safe water for swimming all over the World. The Blue Flag also means that the beach has met the high cleanliness standarts of European Union for both sand and swimming water. There are approximately 400 beaches which has the Blue Flag and provide the standarts of cleanliness. And this number places them in the high level in European countries about clean beaches. Be sure that when you come to konyaalti beach you will see a clean beach and water.

Do not worry about the accommodation when you think about visiting konyaalti beach. Because you have numerous opportunies to stay and have a wonderful holiday. There are lots of hotels with 5 star along the konyaalti beach and its nearby. If you want to stay in the Antalya city center, you can come here from the city center for swimming and sunbathing for a day. Do not forget that the whole Antalya region is crowded during summer times. It is beneficial for you to book your hotel and ticket in advance. İt makes your holiday cheaper.

Arts & Events, Antalya

Arts & Events, Antalya

Arts and culture have always been an integral part of the Antalya region and there is no doubt that they draw their strength and dynamism from their thousands of years of history.

Surrounded by Kaş in the West, Gazipaşa in the east, Elmalı, Korkuteli and Akseki in the North, Antalya is flanked by the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and has been witness to a remarkable past.

This area has witnessed several civilisations and has been a centre of culture, art, mythology and architecture throughout history. This distinction has continued until the present day.

Dazzling Ancient Theatres

Ancient theatres are found almost every 25 kilometres throughout the region. Aspendos has been standing since the 5th century B.C. and has a dazzling history of 2500 years. The ancient theatre, with its superior acoustic quality, is host to festival that has been held every year since 1994 and today has become a World-renowned event. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival is visual feast that brings together artists and spectators from all over the World.

Recognised among the world’s most foremost cultural festivals, this prestigious event features 10 spectacular shows which are spread from June until the middle of September. The founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, greatly admired by the Turkish people, came to the Aspendos theatre on his first visit to Antalya in 1930. Impressed by what he saw he gave the advice not to lock the Gates of the theatre but to use it for shows, concerts and wrestling competitions. The citizens of Antalya heeded the advice of Atatürk and beginning in 1950, theatre productions and concerts were held in the Aspendos Ancient Theatre every spring.

The people of Antalya brought delicious food prepared at home hours before the start of the events turning the place almost into a picnic area. Thus the first foundations of the country’s most prestigious film festival, the Golden Orange was laid a festival which has continued nearly half century.

The Orange Symbolising the City and Cinema

The seeds of the Golden Orange Film Festival were first sown in the romantic atmosphere of the Aspendos Ancient Theatre. This festival is organised by the Antalya Culture and Arts Foundation(AKSAV) with the support of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality. The Golden Orange Film Festival which gained international status in 2007, has been vital in the support of the arts in our country and has proudly carried on this mission for more than half a century.

This gilded festival, which adopted the orange as its symbol, has encouraged many young filmmakers and has also provided independent filmmakers with financial grants. It has become one of the foremost driving forces of the country’s film industry. As a result of this, in the first week of October the streets of Antalya are filled with the excitement of cinema besides the aroma of the city’s flora. The festival attracts more than two thousand local and international filmmakers, making a festive occasion for the citizens of Antalya and visitors during the entire week.

The Golden Orange begins with a parade featuring famous film artists, and entraptures the city with the magic of cinema throughout its duration. The traditional location of the festival is the Atatürk Cultural Park Complex. The galas of Turkish and international films competing in the festival are held in the Aspendos Hall of the Atatürk Culturel Centre (AKM). Alongside the films in competition, films of World cinema status are shown, particularly those that have received awards in other festivals. Here you may be able to see a premiere of a film, and witness the hustle and büstle of moviegoers as they go from one session to another. Filmmakers from Turkish and international cinema participate in panel discussions, meetings and workshops that highlight the reputation of the festival.

The Antalya Culture and Arts Foundation(AKSAV), which organised this cherished festival, also gives out the annual Turkish Television Awards every April. These awards are judged by an esteemed jury.

Concerts in the Charming Atmosphere of Ancient Theatres

Another festival is held at Side, another ancient theatre some 70 kilometres east of Antalya.

This ancient theatre was built at the narrowest point of the ancient city of Side, situated next to Manavgat district. It almost embraces its guests by meeting them at the entrance of the town.

The ancient theatre has a captivating glory, and findings reveal that it has always been used fort he same purpose as it is today. We know that it was built during the middle of the 2nd century.

This valuable structure now hosts the Side International Culture and Art Festival, welcoming orchestras from all over the World. The festival is organised by Side Municipality where more than ten concerts are held free of charge for attendees every year. Alongside the ancient theatre, the Temple of Apollo, situated east of the harbour at the tip of the peninsula, rises into the sky in all its glory. This site also hosts various events.

Many famous ensembles and soloists have participated in these series of concerts, notably the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra and Antalya State Opera and Ballet. The Side International Culture and Art Festival was accepted into the European Festivals Association in 2010. To date, the festival has welcomed the Berlin Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Marphe String Quartet and the ‘Ten of the Best Trumpets’ ensemble, as well as many others.

While the Sounds of Classical Music are echoed in Side and Phaselis, Alanya summons Jazz Enthusiasts

The Alanya Jazz Days were first held in 2003 in the district well-known for its historical and natural features. The most famous Turkish and international jazz musicians offer unforgettable nights filled with music to their audience.

The ‘International Alanya Jazz Days’ Festival is one of the most important and prestigious events in the region. It is organised by Alanya Municipality and sponsored by the Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry(ALTSO),

Alanya Touristic Hoteliers Associations(ALTİD), and Alanya Tourism Promotion Foundation(ALTAV). The festival is noteworthy for gathering famous Turkish jazz musicians such as Ayhan Sicimoglu, Kerem Görsev Trio, Nilüfer Verdi Quartet,Kürşat Başar and İlhan Erşahin. During the month of September, jazz lovers meet in the magical atmosphere of the Red Tower.

Another Festival which emphasises Friendship!

The town of Kaş, where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean, was established on the Lycian town of Antiphellos. Known for its vibrant bougainvillea, it has hosted the Lycian Culture and Arts Festival since 1995. The performers of the Antalya State Opera and Ballet hold dance performances and other acts in the month of June each year in the magical atmosphere of the ancient theatre, delivering its international and local audience an unforgettable experince. The ancient theatre of Antiphellos, which was built in the 1st century B.C. and looks toward the sea, is used as the staging location of the festival.

The festival, which honours the name of Lycia, also includes the participation of the inhabitants of the Greek island of Megisti just across from Kaş. This makes the event much more special and meaningful in the name of good neighbourliness and friendship between the two nations.

Opera, Ballet, Concerts and Theatre

Three of Turkey’s most important cultural institutions, all under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, are represented in Antalya. The Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Antalya State Opera and Ballet, and Antalya State Theatre provide an invaluable contribution to the cultural scene of the city and the region, and takes on an important role in the arts scene.

Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

The Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, which also serves as the accompanying orchestra fort he Antalya Piano Festival, offers a varied programme for their audience every Friday at 20:00 between the months of October and May. The concerts are held at the Antalya Cultural Centre or AKM during the season. The orchestra hosts many soloists and conductors from Turkey and abroad and organises concerts in the city squares for the enthusiastic masses during spring and summer. The concert held at the city square of Muratpaşa last summer is fondly remembered in Antalya.

Haşim İşcan Culture Centre

The Antalya State Opera and Ballet was founded in 1999 and has a substantial place in the cultural and artistic scene of the city.

The Antalya State Opera and Bellet first lifted its curtains with a performance of the Cs’ard’as Princess by Emmerich Kalman. The performances are held in the Haşim İşcan Cultural Centre. This institution has one of the largest and most dedicated troupes in the city and consists of 180 soloists, chorists, an orchestra and ballet dancers.

The Haşim İşcan Cultural Centre has a distinguished place in the cultural life of Antalya and accommodates the Antalya State Theatre and the Antalya State Opera and Ballet. It is possible to watch opera and ballet performances or mati’ee and soir’ee plays between the months of October and May.

The address of Turkish Classical and Folk Music in Antalya is the İsmail Baha Sürelsan Conservatoire. This institution offers regular concerts in the Antalya Cultural Centre throughout the year and is a place that trains future musicians.

Another activity of note in this field is the

ATSO-Turkish Classical Music Days. In 2014 the ninth ATSO-Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tukish Classical Music Day will be held.This event lasts for a week and takes place around the 3rd of April each year, which is the date of the establishment of the Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the preceding year a series of concerts by 36 groups was held in the ATSO Conference Hall.

The Antalya International Theatre Festival was held fort he fifth time in May 2014 and hosted numerous international theatre plays of the highest quality for a duration of one week. In 2012 the plays “Uncle Vanya” by the Russian Vakhtangov Theatre, “Moeders” of the Dutch Ro Theatre and another nine plays were received with great acclaim by the Antalya audience.

The ABT Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Theatre Group, established in 1983, stages plays in their own theatre, located at the entrance of the Karaalioğlu Park. The same group also organises a theatre festival open to high school theatre groups every May and June.

Another theatre group is the Kepez Municipality Theatre(KBT) which takes stage at the Erdem Bayazıt Cultural Centre and offers many enjoyable moments to Antalya’s theatregoers.

 

The History & Culture of ANTALYA: Antalya, Turkey

The History & Culture of ANTALYA: Antalya, Turkey

The concept of culture has many definitions. The easiest valid definition that comes to mind is:

“Whereas natural forces create, culture is created by man.” Another interesting definition of culture is: “Culture is to man, what water is to fish” In this sense, culture is life itself. Life is dependent on what man produces. Whenever man creates, he then lives accordingly. As cities and villages differ in their modes of production, so do their cultures and lifestyles. Initially production was fully dependent on natüre, but with the increasing weight of technology in production, this dependency has been reduced.

History and sociology tell us that progress in production techniques has also altered culture and hence our lifestyle. Antalya has a unique geographical location that is surrounded by mountains to the North and the sea to the South .

THESE two areas are adjacent to each other, but completely different in terms of production. Two cultures based on sea and land emerged here in ancient times and have evolved to this day.

Since the mode of production in the mountains is different from that of the coast, the way of life and culture of their inhabitants also differs.

 

Kaleiçi- Oldtown

Antalya was established in the second century BC by the King of Pergamon Attalos II on the northernmost edge of the Gulf of Pamphylia, at the bay where todays harbour is situated. The harbour was chosen because it didn’t accumulate silt and because of the freshwater resources nearby. The city was encircled with walls in the century following its establishment. There are many Gates built along the city walls leading to the harbour. The most imposing gate was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited Antalya in the 2ndcentury. The gate still stands today.

The area within the city walls was divided into living and production areas. Harbour structures, residences, streets connecting the different quarters, shrines, bath, fountains, agoras, administrative and military buildings and breakwaters to secure the harbour were built. With the beginning of Seljuk rule in the 13th century, two separate inner walls were built due to security concerns. Thus it was divided into three different living quarters connected to each other through several Gates. According to historical sources, the city began to grow beyond the city walls, and with an increasein the dense settlements around it, began to be known as Kaleiçi(Inner Castle).

Aksu – Kundu

Aksu is one of Antalya’s newest districts. It is one of four districts which lie within the boundaries of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality. Its name comes from the Aksu(Kestros) River which is delineated by its boundary with Serik district to the east. Surrounded by the Taurus Mountains in the North and the Mediterranean Sea in the southit is traditional settling place of Turkmen tribes.

The ruins of the renowned Pamphylian city of Perge are also located in Aksu. The luxurious facilities in the vicinity of Kundu village have made the region one of the most exclusive tourist destinations of Turkey. What used to be a traditional farming district is becoming more and more recognised, thanks to its historical and touristic attractions. This modern tourist area had a positive influence on the whole area, which was once an important roadside settlement. The steady flow of investments has helped transform it into a modern city.

Alanya

Alanya which is host to many foreign citizens today, is situated on the eastern edge of the Gulf of Antalya and actually established as a prite town. When the audacious prite Tryphon decided to build a castle that would serve him as refuge in times of duress, he saw that the rocky peninsula where today’s Alanya Castle is located was the most strategic place for such a building.

He immediately embarked on the construction of the castle. The rampant piracy threatened the hegemony of Rome in the region and by the middle of the 1st century BC this coluld be stemmed by the forceful actions of Roman commanders. Following Alanya’s conquest in the 13th century by the Seljuks, the city was used as a capital where Seljuk Sultans used to spend the winter months. Alanya was a majör centre of timber production in ancient times and was especially renowned for its cedars high up in the Taurus Mountains. It became a wealthy city, whose wealth was channelled into the beautification of the city. Today it has become a well-developed city with modern amenities.

A quarter of the city’s population is composed of foreigners who have purchased summer residances, making it a truly cosmopolitan centre.

CASTLE: The famed Pompeius struck a heavy blow against the domination of pirates along the Mediterranean coast. He also had the city walls once built by the pirate Tryphon, demolished. The castle was used in later centuries and underwent minör repairs. Most of the castle was built in the beginning of the 13th century on the remnants of earlier fortifications during the are of Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I who conquered the city. The castle consists of three parts which are separated from each other with inner ramparts. The Sultans’ living quarters are situated on a higher elevation in the smaller part of the castle. Northwest of the castle at a lower elevation are the remnants of the palace cisterns, chapel and dungeon. THE Bedesten, situated in the citadel of Alanya Castle has been recently restored and is used today as a shopping and recreational area. Built by the first military user of the citadel, Akşebe Sultan, it is one of the most visited places along with Sülaymaniye Mosque and the Alanya House, restored by Alanya Municipality.

One of the notable structures in the castle are the cisterns. Besides the many cisterns that are located on the bastions of the defensive walls there are also remnants of cisterns which were used to meet the needs of the population living within the walls. The Kızıl Kule(Red Tower) on the eastern side of the Castle is a unique example of Seljuk architecture. To the South of Kızıl Kule lies the dockyard with its five docks and was built around the same time as the tower. The Castle is one of the most important historical beauties which have to be seen.

Demre(Myra)

Myra, which is surrounded by high mountain ranges, owed its wealth to the Elmalı Valley situated to its North and to the existence of good quality timber trees. This wealth rested on the high production capacity of the region and the imperial grain silos of Andriake.

If the region had not enjoyed this production capacity, neither Myra nor Andriake, where one of the three imperial grain silos was built, could have attained their splendour. It also explains the presence of Myra’s striking theatre and rock tombs that leave visitors spellbound. If a geographical location is recognised for its productivity and wealth, its patron saints will also be acknowledged and respected. Once Apollo, the God of Ligh and the protector of ancient seafarers fell from grace, sailors began to espouse Saint Nicholas as their patron Saint instead and refused to set sail without attaching his icon to their ship’s Wheel. It was these sailors who spread the cult of Saint Nicholas and made him a worldwide phenomenon. A few nautical miles West of Demre are Kekova Island known for its submerged ruins and the ancient settlements of Theimiussa(Üçağız) and Simena(Kale) nearby.

These are among the sites that must be seen by local and foreign tourists.

Gazipaşa

Gazipaşa on the eastern edge of the Gulf of Antalya is rich in historical and geopraphical attractions. The district of Gazipaşa lies three km inwards on an alluvial plain and was the renowned harbour of Selinus in antiquity. When Roman Emperor Trajan fell during his expedition to the eastern realms of the empire he died in Selinus on his return trip to Rome. The city was therefore referred to as Traianapolis for a certain period. The ancient city of Selinus was established on a high rocky outcrop east of the harbour where one can find the remnants of city Wall and other structures. The remnants of the bath, agora and church where the Hacımusa(Selinus) stream meets the sea are of great interest.

The harbour of ancient Selinus, extending east and West along the coast, received Merchant ships carrying Cargo and passengers from places such as Cyprus to Egypt. The remnants of this harbour serve as a testimony to the rich past of this city.

Gazipaşa is also noteworthy for its caves. The stalactite and stalagmite formations of the Yalandünya Cave, one of the largest caves in Anatolia, are highly impressive. This cave is growing in reputation as it is frequented by those who suffer from respiratory problems.

The Pirate Cave, which can only be reached by the sea, is one of the most visited locations by tourists.

Gazipaşa Airport has been receiving an increasing number of flights since the day of its opening and will be a great boost for tourism in the region. Gazipaşa with its long, beautiful beaches, marina, natural and historical attractions is an ideal holiday destination that will become even more popüler in the near future.

Kaş

One of the most prominent tourist centres along the Gulf of Antalyai situated on its western shores, is Kaş. It lies prominently on the Teke peninsula and was known as Antiphellos in ancient times. Antiphellos means “Opposite of Phellos”. Antiphellos was a small harbour town tucked between the rising mountains and the sea. Know today as Kaş, it is a leading holiday destination that welcomes thousands of tourists from all over the World. Lying between Central and Western Lycia, Kaş is centrally located between Antalya and Muğla and is linked to Central Anatolia through Elmalı and Korkuteli, Once again the coastal road offers stunning views of the Mediterranean.

The imposing natural setting of Kaş, bordered by mountains and overlooking the island of Megisti and other islets strewn across the bay, is the most compelling reason why it is widely visited by local and foreign holidaymakers. Kaş and the surrounding areas, Kalkan to its West in particular, are one of the most popüler places where foreigners in recent years have preferred to buy properties and settle down. A daytrip or a two-hour short trip will be enough to visit the surroundings. The Saklıkent Canyon, a national park straddling the border of Muğla province, is a natural attraction highly popüler with tourists.

The canyon is situated at the foot of the Akdağ Mountain, where the headwater of the ancient Xanthos River, known as the Kınık River today, springs forth.

İbradı

The authentic architecture and traditional culture of town of Ormana(Erymna) a few kilometers South complements İbradı. The Avlasun Road(Yaylaalan) which runs along the western shores of the Manavgat River and links the region to Manavgat/Side, passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the mountains and the sea. Ürünlü Village(Unulla) situated on this road is one of the most popüler attractions because of its traditional architectural fabric.

Another popüler site is Altınbeşik Cave after which the national park is named.

Kemer

The beautiful coastral town of Kemer, at the foot of the majestic Taurus Mountains, lies to the southwest of Antalya. It is at the centre of the South Antalya Tourism Region, where prominent holiday destinations like Beldibi, Göynük, Kemer, Kiriş and Tekirova are situated.

Kemer and other destinations in the district have played a very important part in tourism in Turkey. The hotels of the region have a total bed capacity of more than one hundred thousand and provide a very high standard.

Like other tourism centres around Antalya, Kemer consists not only of sun, sea and beach tourism. It encompasses the ruins of Phaselis with its three harbours, the eternal flames of Chimera and the ancient city of Olympos, which was used as a base by the famed pirate Zeniketes. The bay of Adrasan can be reached through a winding road by exiting the Antalya-Muğla highway, which offers picturesque views along the way. Cape Gelidonya, to the West of the bay, separates it from the Bay of Finike. The numerous ancient cities in the area such as Rhodiapolis in Kumluca, Limyra in Finike and Arykanda to the North enable visitors the experience of an  extraordinary ancient geography, as well as visual beauty. The South Antalya Tourism Region extending from Antalya to Muğla province in the West has become one of the foremost holiday destinations in the World thanks to the highquality infrastructure investments made over the years. The tunnels built on the highway near Kemer and connecting these two provinces have significantly improved road safety and reduced distances.

The beaches in Kemer are noted for their cleanliness and have been bestowed the Blue Flag Award.

The Tahtalı Aerial Cableway uniquely combines two classic holiday destinations-the sea and the mountains. Mount Tahtalı, at 2,365 meters above sea level, offers breath-taking views over the whole Gulf of Antalya and peaks of the Taurus Mountains surrounding it.

Kumluca-Finike

Kumluca and Finike was notable cult center of the ancient Greek God Apollo and one of the most revered saints of Christianity, St.Nicholas lived and died in the region. Elmalı is the location of the place of worship of Abdal Musa, who was a highly respected figüre in Bektashism, a branch of Islam.

The alluvial plain where the two districts of Finike and Kumluca are located, host the rivers of Alakıri Acıçay, Tatlıçay and Aykırçay, rivers that do not even dry up in summer. Thanks to these rivers, Finike is internationally renowned for its citrus fruits and Kumluca has become a majör exporting center of greenhouse farming products. In the mountains region of Aykırçay a number of small restaurants serve trout and other local dishes.

The wealth of Finike and Kumluca can be attributed to the pine, juniper and cedar forests on the mountains encircling the plain. Wood from the mountains was transported to the port of Finike by way of the rivers mentioned above and was exported to faraway locations. The ancient cities of Rhodiapolis, Limyra, Arykanda close to Finike and Kumluca owed their affluence to the generosity of natüre.

Serik – Belek

Serik is one of the closest districts to the centre of Antalya. Thanks to its natural and historical environment around a thriving tourism area, it has become a shining star of the region. The tourist region of Belek is situated along a long stretch of sandy beach and shaded by lush pine forest. The accommodation facilities harmoniously surrounded with natüre makes Belek an ideal location for holidays. Thanks to the sport of golf in Belek, which is intertwined with natüre, it has become one of majör centres of the sport where World-famous celebrities take part in tournaments.

Belek is surrounded by Aspendos a few kilometers to the east, Sillyum to the West and Selge to the North. It offers a rich historic environment that greatly enhances the holiday experience of visitors. However, the region is not only known for its historical richness. One of Turkey’s foremost rafting waterways, Köprüçay is a majör tourist attraction. Dozens of rafting companies provide a pleasurable experience for visitors. This sporting activity enables tourists to see the natural landscape first-hand.

The Turkmen nomads, who use the area around Serik as their traditional winter quarters, have only recently become sedentary. This can also explain the long-lasting relationship between the Turkmens and the highlands. Serik and its surroundings are among the most important regions where tourists interested in culture, rather than just leisure and entertainment, can witness the traditional lifestyles of the villages and highlands.

Side-Manavgat

Side was not only the most important harbour of Pamphylia in ancient times, but also of the Mediterranean region.

Established on a peninsula, its magnificent theatre, agora(market area), a monumental fountain, and the remains of baths used as a museum today, parts of city walls and the colonnaded Street are still quite well preserved. Located at the southeastern end of the peninsula, the Apollo Temple was restored by clearing the surrounding area and by lifting up a few of its columns. Nowadays this monument is a preferred venue for hosting cultural events. And of course 30 kilometres away from the city, parts of the huge aqueduct carrying water from the springs of Melas(Manavgat River) remain standing today.

The harbour of Side often silted up making shipping very difficult, and required continual dredging to keep it open-so much so that in ancient times the Roman phrase’a harbour of Side’ was used to refer to a job that is never done.

Side could not offer resistance against Alexander the Great, who entered the region in the second half of the 4th century BC and whose inhabitants gave in to all the demands of this powerful king.

According to sources, Alexander turned towards Aspendos when he learned that the people of Side had yielded to his demands.

In 190 BC, the people of Side witnessed the naval battle and defeat Carthaginian general Hannibal against the navy of the city state of Rhodes, who were allied with the Romans. The symbol of the city was the “pomegranate” which was prominently inscribed on coins and monuments.

Manavgat River is one of the majör rivers of the Mediterranean coast and divides Manavgat district into two. The first bridge in Manavgat was built during the Republican era and the river also affected the allocation of village plateaus. The Pamphylian town of Side is enclosed by long sandy beaches on both sides. With numerous lined along Sorgun to itse ast and Ilıca and Kumköy to its West, the region has been transformed into one of the majör tourism centres of the Mediterranean.

The beaches seem endless to the visitor and the extraordinary mountain/highland geography emphasise this feeling. The river symbolises dynamism that adds to the vitality of the region and where people’s lives are directly interwined with it. Manavgat is a boon for those interested in culture and leisure.

 

 

Arriving in Antalya

By Air:

Antalya International Airport(AYT): The airport is situated northwest of Antalya’s city center and is connected to the city by the D-400 highway. The journey by car from the city center takes around 20 minutes. Please be sure to follow the direction towards Alanya when driving to Antalya Airport. Once you reach the airport you will come across the international Terminal 1, Domestic Terminal and the CIP Terminal buildings respectively. This is followed by the International Terminal 2 building. To reach the city center from the airport you should follow the same D-400 highway, but this time in opposite direction.

The HAVAŞ Shuttle Bus service offers transportation between the airport and several points in the city. Fort he routes and timeable please check the website:

www.havas.net/tr/Hizmetlerimiz/OtobusHizmetleriVeOtopark/OtobusServisNoktalari/Pages/Antalya.aspx

You can also call +90 242 330 38 00 for more information.

There are two inner-city public bus lines 600(Otogar) and 600A(Konyaaltı), which run 24 hours a day.

There are taxis at the airport and in the city center 24 hours a day and you can also get in touch with private shuttle or transfer services.

Gazipaşa Airport: Gazipaşa Airport is situated in the district of Alanya and is 180 km from the city center of Antalya. The airport can be reached by taxi, HAVAŞ Shuttle Bus and private shuttle service.

 

By Road:

Antalya Intercity Bus Terminal: The Bus Terminal is in the city’s Kepez district. It is situated in an area that can be easily reached from the airport and from the city center by public transport.

Bus services to all corners of Turkey are available at this terminal. In addition, transportation to all the dictricts east and West of Antalya is also possible from this terminal.

 

By Sea:

Port Akdeniz: The international port lies on the western outskirts of the city and serves both cruise ships and maritime trade. The Port of Antalya is an important stopover on the itinerary of majör international cruise lines. This way, visitors can opt for day trips and get to know the city first hand.

Foreword, Antalya, Turkey

Foreword, Antalya, Turkey

Welcome to Antalya, a city of many facettes, countless contrast, a rich historical and cultural background – surrounded by and inmid amazing natüre. Antalya fisrt came to the limelight with the discovery of the Karain Cave, one of the oldest human settlements in the World. It hosted many civilisations from near and far thanks to its favourable climate and abundant plant and animal life. Located in soutwest Anatolia, the Gulf of Antalya was known as the Gulf of Pamphylia in ancient times. Even though Antalya was established much later than other cities on the Gulf like Side, Aspendos, Perge and Phaselis, it grew at a rapid pace due to its natural harbour and its mountain passes which enabled Access to the interior regions.

While these prominent cities of the past were abandoned over time, Antalya not only continued to exist, but flourished and is today one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean region. In the second half of the 20th century, strides made in the tourism sector bore fruit in a very short time. With its natural environment, historical attractions and World-class facilities Antalya has become one of the most important tourist centres in the World.

In addition to the tourism sector, the city’s agriculture, trade and industrial capacity is also striking

WE hope that you will enjoy your experience in Antalyai one of Turkey’s most treasured cities…

Demre, Antalya (Cavern of Antalya), Turkey

Demre, Antalya (Cavern of Antalya), Turkey

 

 

Demre(Myra), also know as Kale, in Antalya, is famous for being the place where Santa Claus had lived and it is important city in terms of faith tourism. Demre, 25 km. away from Finike and 48 km. far from Kaş, is one of the 6 cities of Lycian civilization.

Rock tombs, St Nicholas Church and the theatre places worth seeing.

Andrieke harbour, which was built by Hadrian and has a granary inside, has a connection with Demre.

Widely known as Santa Claus, St. Nicholas had devoted his life to helping people, especially kids and sailors.

This fame provided by his helpfulness became to be known as Santa Claus myth and has been kept up-to-date.

Demre
Demre

Çamlıca Cave

Situated in Kapaklı Village in Demre, Çamlica Cave is horizontal cave 80 m. wide and 25 m. high and it is 200 m. North of the sea, 25 m. above the sea level. Sea transportation is available and the cave can be reached after a short walk from the coast. IT attracts few visitors as it is above the sea level and there is no land transportation. It generally draws attention of hikers and mountain climbers.

The cave diverges into several passages. Advancing downwards, the cave descends to the sea level and therefore there are two separate small ponds and the water of the ponds is salty.

There has been a collapse above the pond on the right.

The water can only be seen throught the rocks. The one on the left is much deeper when looked from outside. It has been determined that the passage to the left which is 3 m. wide and descending down may be suitable for cave diving.

The walls of the visually most appealing passage that is to the east, are covered with dripstones. Apart from the ponds, the cave is dry and available for touristic purposes.

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NoeL Baba, Demre

Korsan Cave

Korsan (Pirate) Cave is situated in Üçağız Village which is a natürel harbour for those on The Blue Voyage. It is a beautiful cave formed in limestone in the region between Çayağzı Marina – Demre and Kekova- üçağız Village. Despite the spaciousness of the cave, there happens to be no karstic structure and the walls have smooth outlines and thus arises the impression of a corrosional cave.

It is assumed that the cave had been used for hiding by pirates in the past centuries. Therefore called the “Pirate” Cave is one of the most appealing places for domestic and foreign tourist on boat tours. Tours departing from Çayağazı Marina, take one of their breaks at Korsan Cave. The Cave which was formed by the sea aroding the calcareous rocks, is 10 m. high and 50 m. wide and can be visited upon will after reaching by swimming. Small fishing boats can easily enter the cave.  

 

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

 

 

Alanya is beautiful holiday center with its beautiful sandy beaches, modern hotels and motels, as well as numerous fish restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars. On the peninsula stands Alanya Castle, a Seljuk era citadel dating from 1226. Apart from the remarkable castle, monumentally beautiful octagonal Red Tower and unique dockyard are worth seeing. The cafes that ring the harbour are popular gathering places for tourists and locals. From the towns lovely park, the road runs along the coast to the harbour, lined with many small shops that offer handicrafts, leather clothes, jewelry, handbags and the amusing painted gourds that are unique to the area. You can also visit the Damlataş Cave. Near the cave is the Ethnography Museum. The sea all around Alanya is excellent for swimming. Alanya is a paradise of sun, sea and sand.

Damlataş Cave

Damlataş Cave was discovered during quarrying for stone to be used at a harbour construction in 1948. The cave is on the West coast of the historical peninsula. There is a 50 m. long passage at the entrance of the cave.

You come to a cylindrical room after this passage which has a height of 15 m. You can reach the bedrock from there. The stalactite and stalagmites of the cave which is situated in crystallized limestone, have formed in 15 thousand years. The cave is named Damlataş(dripstone) fort he water drops that still continue to trip down the stalactites and stalagmites.

damlataş cave
damlataş cave

Besides its marvelous vision, the cave is extremely beneficial for asthmatic patients. There are patients who apply a 21 day treatment under the supervision of a doctor just by sitting for a certain period of time in the cave. The atmosphere of the cave doesn’t change throughout the year; it has 22 C of temperature, 95% humidity and constant pressure of 760mm. The air in the cave contains 71% nitrogen, 20.5% oxygen, 0,025% carbon dioxide and little bit of radioactivity and some ions. Entrance is fee charged. There is a small bazaar near it and a beach in front of it.

Dim Cavern

It is located on the slopes of 1,649m high Cebel-i Reis Mountain 12 km. east of Alanya. The height of the cave based from sea level is 232 m. It was opened to visit in 1998. It is the second biggest that is opened to visit. It is estimated to be 1 million years old. Advancing from two passages through the mountain, the length of the passages are 50 m. and 360 m. There is a small pond at the bottom of the cave which consists of stalactites and stalagmites. The ambiance of the cave that can be roamed with the help of ladders, resembles a fantastic movie decoration.

Likewise, you can hike up to the cave from the picnic areas near Dim Stream. There is panoramic scenery of Alanya Castle on the same slop. There are shuttles from the city centre to the cave. Entrance is fee charged.

 

Kadıini Cave

 

Situated about 15 km. North-east of Alanya, at a place called Çatak. There are stalagmites and stalactites three times bigger than the ones in Damlataş Cave. In the researches carried out in 1957 scientists found some human skeletons and fossils. They also discovered that these findings belonged to the time of 20 thousand years ago and the first settlement in Alanya had been here. There are picnic areas in the vicinity. The cave has not been introduced to visitors yet.

 

Hasbahçe Cave

 

Situated in Inişdibi, Hasbahçe, the cave is 4 km. away from the city center. It’s four times bigger than Damlataş Cave. The cave can be descended down on a 60 or 70 slope by holding on the side walls. The entrance is blocked at present because of the fillings in the gaps of the rocks. No study has been carried out as it hasn’t been open to visit. Due to cool air inside the cave, it was desired to be used in preserving citrus fruits but the goods rotted in 1-2 months because of the sulphur. Again due to the sulphur density in the cave, it causes dizziness.

Depending on the narration of the explorers who have been to the cave, it is endowed with stalagmites and stalactites.

 

Korsanlar (Pirates) Cave

It is sea cave situated under the historical peninsula where Alanya Castle is present. You can go there by boat. It is the first stop to be seen on the sightseeing boat tours around the peninsula. It has an entrance 6 m. high and 10 m wide. You can enter the cave by small boats.

It is a location suitable for both experinced divers and educative dives.

Korsan cave is a spacious and big cave. There is no real danger. The entrance to the cave starts a 12 m. depth. There is a really old millstone with 1m diameter right at the entrance. Starting from the entrance, all the Stones in the cave resemble a riot of colours. At the inner spaces of the cave, divers can surface and see bats with the help of flashlights.

You can still swim to the cave during a sightseeing boat ride. According to a myth, there is a secret passage from inside the cave to the castle and that the pirates of the ancient times carried their booty up this passage. The scenery of the Stones at the bottom of the sea, create a mysterious ambiance.

Âşıklar Cave

Aşıklar (Lovers’) Cave is 15 minutes away  from the Alanya Harbour. It is on the slope of the historical peninsula close to the sea. You can enter the cave by climbing up the escarpment after a boat ride towards Cilvarda promontory. It takes a few steps to get to the lower entrance. The cave is 75 m long.

You occasionally have to crouch due to the low ceiling of the cave. The opening of the cave in Damlataş’s way is 8 m. high and it is possible to jump into the water from here.

The depth of the place changes from 10 m. to 34m. It is suitable for Professional divers and also for educative dives. The bottom surface is rocky. It is a rich place in terms of underwater living creatures. There is an old anchor of a ship 21 m. deep down.

According to myth, pirates of the ancient times used to hide their booty and women prisoners here.

It is presumed that the cave was named after the lovers who wanted to be alone together without being noticed.

Fosforlu Cave

It is cave on the Damlataş side slope of the historical peninsula. The distance to the harbour is 20 minutes boat ride. You can enter the cave with small boats. The depth is between 8 m. and 33m. It is a rich place in terms of underwater living creatures. The place is available for licensed and trainee divers for all types of diving. It is also suitable for night diving. Resulting from the geological structure of the cave, the bedrock glares like phosphor thanks to the moonlight reflection. The glare can be noticed during day time too. The tour boats take a short break in front of the cave as well for swimming.

The Rambo Cave

Rambo Cave is farthest to the harbour amongst the diving spots in Alanya. It is maybe the most beloved diving spot and it is close to Cleopatra Beach. It is 25 minutes boat ride from the harbour. You end up in the cave half filled with air after swimming through a passage wide enough for 4-5 divers to fit in that is 6-7 m. long and 13 m. deep. The height of the air space above the sea level is about 8-10m. There are stalactites and stalagmites in the cave. IT resembles the Damlataş Cave amongst the caves in Alanya.

Orta Cave

Orta Cave is 12 minutes away from the Alanya HArbour. The entrance of the cave is 15 m deep. The place is suitable for experienced drivers and deep-sea diving. The base structure is rocky. Grouper, octopus, meager, moray(eel), bream are amongst the fish that can be seen here.

Akseki, Antalya, TURKEY

Akseki, Antalya, TURKEY

The oldest dictrict after Alanya, Akseki has a rugged and mountainous Outlook pursuant to the disposition of Taurus Mountains. Domestic and foreign tourists visit the district to see the galanhus flower in winter. Giden Gelmez Mountains, chamois protection and hunting area-  a paid area where hunters can continually hunt, Göktepe Plateau, Çimi Plateau, Irmak Valley, 340 m. deep Bucakalan Cave which is recently discovered and Ulu Mosque and Madrasah in the town center are places worth seeing.

Düdencik Cave( Land Cave) , Akseki, ANTALYA

Düdencik Cave is located on the Bayşekir- Akseki route, 3800 m. West of Cevizli and next to the forest road.

Water fills through the vertically descending mouth of the cave on rainy days. The water disappearing in the cave that is serving as a sinkhole which is filled in during winter months, pours via the karstic sources into the Manavgat River at the Upper Manavgat Basin.

It is found during the hydrogeological and karstic studies in 1996. A group of English ,French and Turkish speleologists were the first people to go down the cave in August 1967. They reached – 330 m. deep in the cave which starts with a 60 m. vertical shaft. The cave remained to be the deepest cave of Turkey until 1989. The cave has been explored and the depth was determined to be 325 m. in a joint activity of Spanish speleologists and Bogaziçi University Spelology Club(BÜMAK)

Bağırcak Cave(Land Cave), Akseki, ANTALYA

Also known as Kartal Cave, the Bağırcak Cave is located in Kuyucak town in Akseki district and it is has a width of 5-9 m. The ceiling height differs from 3 to 8 metres. The main gallery bedrock of the cave is covered with talus, thick culture and solutional tailing soil.

Stalactites, stalagmites and dripstones appear in different parts of the cave.

Due to the fact that it has been used as a shelter and chapel, the stalactites and the stalagmites have blackened to a great extent. The cave has also been ruined to a great extent because of the unauthorized diggings of treasure hunters.

Archeologically distinctive and important Bağırcak Cave belongs to Roman and Byzantine period. There are cervings and at the entrance.

It has been officially registered as archeologically protected area in the first degree by Culturel and Natural Heritage Preservation Regional Board of Antalya in 2004. Regardless of the transportation inconveniences, the 129 metre long cave draws attention by the structures in front of it as well.

In history, the cave has been used as a church. There are two different church ruins belonging to Roman and Byzantine period.

Suini Cave(Land Cave), Akseki, ANTALYA

There is an underground stream in the Suini cave, located in Kuyucak town in Akseki district, that is forming ponds and waterfalls. And dripstone formations are also common in the cave. There are three ponds in the cave. These ponds are three metres wide and three metres long. The cave, drawing attention with its stalactites and stalagmites, is the starting  point of Manavgat River and it is one of the main nourishing sources of the river.

The length of the cave is between 390 and 400 m. The cave has been furnished with an 80m. long electrical wiring, yet only 50-60 m. portion at the entrance can be accessed. Under the circumstances, 40-50 visitors come every day and being a stamping ground of asthma patients, it is predicted to host much more visitors if the rest of the cave was to be illuminated.

The cave is like a cold storage house. In the old times, tulum cheese(bryndza) and oil were kept here. The cheese keptin the cave is tastier than the cheese kept in a cold storage room.

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