Welcome to Antalya, the paradise on earth, the pearl city of the Mediterranean, and the Turkish Riviera. Antalya is Turkey's 9th largest city that stands for professionalism, experience, diversity and quality.
Welcome to Antalya, the paradise on earth, the pearl city of the Mediterranean, and the Turkish Riviera. Antalya is Turkey's 9th largest city that stands for professionalism, experience, diversity and quality. With its history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local life style, the city hosts more than 11 million foreign guests, from all over the world on a yearly basis. As the fourth most visited city in the world, Antalya is one of the world's foremost tourism destinations, offers you a peerless experience.
Antalya, pearl of the Mediterranean region, second most charming city in Turkey, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Come and become a part of something bigger and magical.
Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast, welcomes 11 million foreign and 4 million local tourists per year. With this article we want to introduce to you our city Antalya and the surrounding region, weather and climate, culture, history and lifestyle.
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Antalya offers plenty of things to see for everyone. In Antalya, everywhere you turn there is going to be something bright and shiny that grabs your attention. See Antalya's must-dos to check off your list when planning a trip to city. Visit Antalya, the main city of the Mediterranean to see its charming old town, Kaleici, or play a round of golf at one of the superb courses at nearby Belek.
Antalya is a typical Mediterranean city, which combines ancient cities whispering tales of history, myth and legend, emerald green forests and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Antalya is the largest city on Turkey's Mediterranean coastline, classically beautiful and stylishly modern. This great city is full of places to go and world famous seaside towns to stay for local and international tourists.
Antalya is proud to host many international events throughout the year. Antalya's art filled festivals all make it a tourist destination that offers endless possibilities to its guests. Most of the participants in the festivities are foreign visitors. Every year, national and international congresses, remarkable cultural and arts festivals, sportive events, exhibitions and demonstrations take place in Antalya.
Today it is one of the world's best-loved tourist resorts, with numerous five-star hotels, holiday villages and entertainment establishments. Besides the chances Antalya offers for skiing on the mountains and then descending to the shore for a swim, the proximity of a great number of archaeological sites and ruins enhances its appeal. There are great works of art from different civilizations at every corner of the city. In the picturesque old quarter of Kaleiçi, narrow, winding streets and old wooden houses abut the ancient city walls. When Emperor Hadrian visited Phaselis in Antalya in 130 AD, a beautifully-decorated three arched gate with Corinthian columns was built into the city walls in his honour. It was the only entrance through the city walls. The two towers flanking the gate, as well as other sections of the walls, are standing near the marina. The clock tower in Kalekapısı Square was also part of the old city’s towers. The elegant, fluted minaret of the Yivli Minaret Mosque at the centre of the city, built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century, has become Antalya’s symbol. The Karatay Madrasah in the Kaleiçi district, from the same period, exemplifies the best of Seljuk stone carving.
The two most important Ottoman mosques in the city are the 16th-century Murat Paşa Mosque, remarkable for its tile decoration, and the 18th-century Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque. Neighbouring the marina, the attractive late 19th-century İskele Mosque is built of cut stone and set on four pillars over a natural spring. The Hıdırlık Kulesi (tower) was probably constructed as a lighthouse in the second century. The Kesik Minaret Mosque, which was previously a church, bears witness to the city’s long history. The major part of the southern coastline falls within the borders of the city of Antalya. With ancient cities hidden among the trees, lush-green plateaus and forests with oxygen-rich air, trekking routes and beautiful beaches, Antalya is a holiday paradise offering much more than one might expect.