Antalya Travel Blog

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The first settlement in Antalya is dated back to 159 BC. The king of Pergamum Attalos II sent his special army to find the most beautiful place on earth. Having wandered for a long time, they arrived in Antalya and agreed that they have found it. When Attalos saw the place he also liked it so much that he ordered for a new city to be founded and gave the city his own name. The city was called Attaleia. Then came the Lydians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and the Ottomans. They also left traces of their civilisations in the city. You can find two monuments lying next to each other but in fact there are hundreds of years between their building dates. Yivli Minare Camii (the Fluted Minaret Mosque) was built by Alaeddin Kai Qubat in the 13th century.
Still up standing Hadrian’s Gate was built by Hadrian in 130 AD.

These are only two of important historic monuments in Antalya. Amongst the rest we can mention The Clock Tower, Nigar Hanım Türbesi (Miss Nigar’s Tomb), Kesik Minare Camii -the mosque with a cut off minaret, which was originally a church- and Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Camii. Evdir Han - 18 kilometres West - and Kırkgöz Hanı - 30 kilometres North- are two large caravanserais which reflect the city’s importance in the ancient trade.

Kaleiçi gives a perfect picture about the beauty of Ottoman cities. And it is one of the best-preserved old quarters in Turkey. Near the old neighbourhood lies the modern marina, another restoration and renewal project that was awarded by many world organizations.

Antalya did not only attract the people of antiquity, even the Neolithic man liked this beautiful location.
Karain Cave provides much evidence for the studies of mankind. This cave is open to public and quite busy during the summer. Christians on the other hand used Kocain Cave in the Byzantine Era. This cave is located near the village of Ahırtas and it’s 50 kilometres north of Antalya. The most enjoyable way to arrive this cave is to walk from the village but make sure that you start your walk early in the morning.

The surrounding ancient sites are Olympus, Perge and Termessus. We suggest that you reserve a day for each of these sites. If you are a lover of nature then try the national parks in these locations. Beydagları Sahil National Park is near Olympus. Güllük National Park includes the site of Termessus as well. Köprülü Kanyon National Park is in Manavgat.

Beaches in Antalya are so well known all over the world that you may even meet a Hollywood star in Phaselis or Adrasan Bay.

There are some magnificent waterfalls near Antalya, which are not to be missed. Düden, Manavgat and Kurşunlu Waterfalls are exceptionally beautiful sights. You can easily reach these spots by dolmuş - shared taxi services with a regular tariff-. All three have many facilities where you can have a delicious lunch.

In Antalya you are one of the luckiest people in the Mediterranean. Olympus the gods’ mountain, Saklıkent a ski resort, Aspendos a real monument of Roman Architecture and Perge, all these impressive ancient sites are within a hand’s reach. Antalya is no wonder the “visitor capital of Turkey...”
dodge says:
I already put this place in my itinery to Turkey next year :D Views are so breath taking. Is it too far from Istanbul? Or should I just take a day trip there?
Posted on: Dec 05, 2007
dodge says:
BTW, really great story indeed!!
Posted on: Jan 05, 2007
dodge says:
I'm totally convinced that this is the most beautiful place on earth. I feel so grateful for the king of Pergamum Attalos :)
Posted on: Jan 05, 2007
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