Discover the natural wonders of Antalya
Antalya, a picture-perfect city enclosed by the sea, mountains, forests and ancient ruins. Antalya is renowned as Turkey's Tourism capital with an abundance of high-class facilities and much to see. During the 1st century BCE, King Attalos II of Pergamum commanded that "heaven on earth" be found - the most attractive tract of land on the planet. Eventually, his men discovered this place. The king established the city calling it Attaleia which became Antalya.
Antaltya is truly an eclectic blend of ancient and modern. In Kaleici, the old town, Greek and Turkish houses that date back many years are carefully preserved and cared for. Old houses have now been turned into lovely hotels, restaurants, clubs and boutiques. Evidence of Byzantine, Seljuks and Roman architecture is seen all around. Whilst strolling through the narrow roadways you will come across the Antalya Museum, one of the world's best archaeological museums.
You will be in awe of the City Walls with the Clock Tower and Hadrian Arch (marble) from the Hellenistic era. Kesik Minare was originally a Byzantine Panaglia church but was made into a mosque. Yivli Minare is beautifully decorated with turquouise and dark blue tiles. Numerous other ancient attractions can be seen throughout the city.
At night, Antalya pulls you out of the past with a bang. The nightlife is wild! With stacks of bars and clubs you will be partying until the early hours of the morning. Many of Antalya's hotels feature floor shows, mostly with belly-dancing, keeping tourists entertained.
Throughout the year Antalya holds a variety of fun-filled festivals. The famous Anatalya Golden Orange Film Festival is held in September each year. Other festivals you may enjoy include the Mediterranean International Music Festival, Antalya Honey Festival, International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, Antalya Piano Festival and the Beachpark Rock Festival.
There are many 5-star hotels in Antalya offering the ultimate in luxury. If you're looking for something a little less lavish there are vast numbers of hotels in Antalya catering for different budgets and you are certain to find one to suit you. Flights to Antalya Airport can be arranged through your travel agent. Cheap flights to Antalya can be found online. Antalya is considered the gateway to the Turkish "Riviera" so consider car hire in Antalya so that you can visit surrounding towns and attractions. Find out about car hire in Antalya online.
Antalya - Heaven on Earth, need we say more.