When you think of Antalya, you mostly think of summer, sun, beach, nice hotels and great food. Antalya is a large province that stretches east of Gazipasa along the coast to about 500 km west to Fethiye. A fertile plain that has more than 300 days of sunshine all year round and that attracts more and more people from year to year who like to spend their vacation here again and again. Many know that Turkey has a unique selection of excellent hotels and holiday clubs. The nature in southern Turkey is so extraordinarily beautiful and will remain in the memory of many vacationers for a long time.
The mountains of the Taurus Mountains reach the sea in many places. Some also know that throughout Turkey, and especially in the province of Antalya, there are many ancient places and sites that have written a lot of history. Evidence of the first human life dating back 50,000 years can be found in the caves of Karain, a small area north of the outskirts of Antalya.
The Taurus Mountains offer this city, which lies on a rocky plateau above the sea, a dreamlike backdrop and the long sandy beaches are ideal for a beach holiday.
Lara Beach, about 12 km east of the city, and Konyaalti Beach, which is west of Antalya, are particularly popular. This beautiful, kilometer-long sandy beach is about 2 kilometers west of Antalya. It can be easily reached with a dolmus or you can also take the tram from Antalya to its final stop in Isiklar Cad.
But hikers and active vacationers will also get their money’s worth here. Where else can you relax after skiing on a beach afterwards? Here the Taurus Mountains make it possible, where There are often good winter sports opportunities from February to April.
The most pleasant travel time for this region is spring, autumn and winter. In the summer months, even many locals “flee” to the mountains, because then it gets very, very hot in Antalya.
Antalya was founded in 159 BC. BC by Attalus II, King of Pergamon. This is why it was originally called Attaleia. One after the other it was conquered by Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks. Eventually, the city came to the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Murat I in the 14th century.
The so-called groove minaret of the Yivli Minareli mosque from the 13th century is the symbol of Antalya. A special highlight of Antalya is the beautiful old town district Kaleici, which borders the old port. There you can find a partially well-preserved city wall and many lovingly restored old Turkish houses.
Also worth seeing is the city’s Archaeological Museum (closed on Mondays) and Hadrian’s Gate (see photo on the left). It was built in AD 130 in honor of Emperor Hadrian, who visited the city.
Also beautiful is the old port of Antalya, from which you can take boat tours to numerous destinations in the area. Those who spend their vacation in Antalya in autumn can experience the “Golden Orange” film festival (Altin Portakal) in October, which takes place annually. The best domestic films are awarded.
The province of Antalya has many historical sights to offer. But the nature in this region is also impressive.
For example, you should not miss the beautiful Kurşunlu waterfalls (see picture on the right) and the Nilüfer lake, both of which are about 18 km north of Antalya. Further waterfalls can be found in the east from Antalya – the upper and lower – Düden waterfall. The latter falls spectacularly into the sea from a height of around 40 meters.
Boat trips to the area around Antalya are also popular. For example, you can take a tour to Kemer and Olympos or just to the Düden waterfalls. Another highlight are boat tours by moonlight – pure romance.