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ANTALYA ....story 1....Antalya is a holiday paradise in a lovely natural setting. The pine-clad Toros Mountains sweep down to the crystal clear sea forming an irregular coastline of rocky headlands and secluded caves. Desing and photos by prof.Dr Darko Petkovic


The principal holiday resort of the Mediterranean is the lovely region of Antalya with a majestic coastline of beaches and rocky coves where the towering Toros (Taurus) Mountains provide a magnificent backdrop. Antalya is an attractive city, at an altitude of only about 50 meters, with shady, palm-line boulevards, a prize-winning marina and a picturesque old quarter called Kaleci which has narrow, winding streets and quaint, old wooden houses next to the city walls. Since its founding in the 2nd century B.C. by Attalus II, a king of Pergamon who named the city Attaleia after himself, it has had a continuous history. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY....MUSEUMS Archeology Museum: With remains from the Paleolithic Age to Ottoman Times, this is one of the most important museums in the Mediterranean region. (Open daily except Mondays.) Ataturk Museum: This museum displays objects used by Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. (Open daily except Mondays.) Suna-Inan Kirac Museum: This museum is connected to the Research Institute for Mediterranean Cultures.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... HISTORICAL SITES AND MONUMENTS Anicent City Walls: Since its founding in the 2nd century B.C. Antalya has had a continuous history. The ancient walls surround the city and other sections of the walls are still standing near the marina. Clock Tower: Situated by the ancient city walls, it was part of the old city fortifications in the Kalekapis Square. Hadrians´s Gate: The beautifully decorated, three-arched gate was built in honor of Hadrian when he visited the city in 130 A.D. Hidirlik Tower: This tower was probably first built as a lighthouse in the 2nd century.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... HISTORICAL SITES AND MONUMENTS Karatay Medrese: This theological school dates from the 13th century and is situated in the Kaleici neighborhood. The stone carvings on the portal and mihrap (prayer niche) are fine examples of Seljud art. Ataturk Monuments: One of the largest and most interesting monuments is located in Cumhuriyet Square within the city centre. The other one is in the center of Vatan Square. Kaleici Quarter: This quaint area surrounding the Kaleici Marina is full of small hotels, pensions and restaurants as well as restored houses that all help to create the atmosphere for which the city is famous.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... MOSQUES Yivli Minareli Complex: It was built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century. Its elegant, fluted minaret has become the symbol of the city. Kesik Minaret Complex: A memorial to the mixed history of Antalya is the Kesik (truncated) Minaret Mosque. Formerly a church, it has seen Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman modifications. Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque: An important 18th-century Ottoman mosque situated in the Kalekapisi district, inside the city walls. Iskele Mosque: This attractive little mosque built in the 19th century is situated beside the marina. It was constructed of set stone and built on four pillars over a spring.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... PARKS AND NATURAL BEAUTY Karalioglu: A magnificent view of Antalya awaits visitors here with colorful exotic, flowers, vivid in the sunlight with the shimmering water of the bay and the mountains in the background. Mermerli: Situated just above the marina at the southeast corner of the Kaleic district, this park is the best place for relaxation with a wonderful view of the mountains. Ataturk: This park also has a wonderful view of the city, displaying gorgeous flowers and an incredible scenic view. Genclik: Situated on a peninsula, en route to LaraBeach you can see Duden Waterfalls from this vantage point, a most breathtaking view of the falls as they cascade into the sea.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... PARKS AND NATURAL BEAUTY Yavuz Ozcan: A peaceful respite within Antalya´s city centre. This park is delightful with its pools, miniature waterfalls and beautiful fountains which display colorful lights in the evening. Recep Bilgin: This park, located not far from Yavuz Ozcan Park is situated within the city center and is worth a visit to see its architectural design. Konyaalti Woods: Situated behind Konyaalti Beach, this park provides a nice, shady, peaceful place for rest and relaxation outside the city. The Upper Duden Waterfalls, 14 km to the northeast, are unique because your can walk behind the cascade. On the way to Lara Beach, 10 km to the east, are the Lowe Duden Waterfalls that plunge straight into the sea. The nearby rest area offers an excellent view of the falls but the view is most spectacular from the sea. Kursunlu Waterfalls and Nilufer Lake, both 18 km from Antalya, are two more places where nature displays her beauty.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... BEACHES Lara: This sandy beach is about 12 km to the east of Antalya city centre. Adalar: Situated on the lower side of Kaalioglu Park, there are steps leading down to the beach which consists of little rocky islands. Beach facilities are available. Mermerli: Situated near the Antalya Marina in the Kaleici district and located adjacent to Mermerli Park. Konyaalti: This long, pebbled beach lives west of Antalya, where a breathtaking view of the mountains can clearly be seen. Topcam: This beautiful beach is situated at Olympus National Park, across from Sican Island.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... ART, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT Antalya is full of exciting cultural activities and entertainment possibilities. The annual Altin Portakal Film and Art Festival held in the autumn and Antalya´s annual jewelry festival are just a few of the manuy events available. Antalya´s Fine Arts Gallery offers performance exhibitions. The Aspendos Open Air Theater is a wonderful place to see international opera, ballet and symphony orchestras. Every year special classical performances are held there as well as performances by the most popular Turkish entertainer. For evening entertainment, Antalya´s Kaleici Marina and Leisure Centre is the best place in the city with many beautiful restaurants, cafes, bars, parks and discos in this area. Near Setur Marina, dining is available of floating seafood restaurant in an unpretentious and nautical atmosphere. For a panoramic view of the area there is a holiday complex and revolving restaurant, 15 km from Antalya, on top of Tunektepe Hill. One can also have a good time at the two water recreation parks Aqualand and Aquapark near the Culture Park. A Culture, Exhibition and Congress Center was opened in 1996 in the Konyaalti Quarter. The Congress hall itself is in a glass pyramid.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... SHOPPING Some of the best shopping may be found in the Kaleic district, near the city walls. Meander down through the side streets in the old quarters where it's possible to find anything your heart desires.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... SHOPPING Old Turkish kilims, original gold jewelry, leather products, natural cotton clothing, handmade wood items as well as raditional Turkish handicrafts abound here. Ataturk, Cumhuriyet and Isiklarare the three other shopping avenues. Don't miss the colorful open air vegetable and fruit market, the place for food shopping as well as a great place for capturing that perfect picture.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... MARINAS The Turban Kaleici Marina has won several awards and is considered one of the loveliest marinas in Turkey with an extraordinary blend of ancient and modern environmental design together with numerous shrubs, trees and exotic flowers. A peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle is Setur Marina located 10 km west of Analya, offering all types of yacht services.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... GOLF Golf lovers will not want to miss The National Golf Club in Belek which is one of the top modern holiday centers in Turkey. Belek is located 40 km west of Antalya and offers a championship 18-hole golf course as well as a 9-hole course and an academic course. This golf area is among shady pine forests not far from some of the nicest beach areas in the region. AntalyaTat Golf Club(18 Holes and 9 Holes) Gloria Golf Club(18 Holes and 9 Holes) National Golf Club(18 Holes and 9 Holes)  Nobilis Golf Club(18 Holes and 9 Holes)


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... DAILY EXCURSIONS What could be more appealing than dreamlike landscapes, grand mountains, the magnificent colors of the sea and a rich variety of flora. Add to that the lively holiday life with the quiet of ancient ruins and you have a perfect vacation. From Antalya there are many possibilities for day trips. The Bey Daglari (Olympus) National Park, Topcam Beach and camp grounds, at the north end of the park, are perfect for a visit and for enjoying a view of the strangely perpendicular >Sican Island. The mountain resort of Saklikent, 50 km from Antalya, is and ideal winter sports center on the northern slopes of Bakirli Mountain at an altitude of 1750-1900 m. March and April are the months when you can ski in the morning, then in the afternoon go to the marina for a lunch of fresh fish, and end the day sunbathing on the beach, swimming or windsurfing.


PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE CITY.... DAILY EXCURSIONS On the eastern side of Can Mountain, 30 km from Antalya, is Karain Cave, dating from the Paleolithic Age and the site of the oldest settlement in Turkey. The cave has a single entrance, lit by the morning sun, then moves into three large interconnecting chambers. The little museum at the entrance houses some of the remains, but most of the finds from this cave are scattered in various museums throughout Turkey. In Duzlercami Park, 20 km north of Antalya, the deer and mountain goats are protected species. The very interesting 115-meter-deep Guver Canyon is 3 km south of the park.


And... for the end of the story 1...useful information: HOW TO GET THERE By plane to Antalya, then transfer to holiday areas. By bus service from all over Turkey to holiday areas. By sea-chartered and private yachts, cruises from all over the Mediterranean. CLIMATE Typical Mediterranean climate with sunny summers and mild winters Swimming April-November. Average daytime temperature in summer is 28 C and the water is 27 C. AVERAGE AIR AND WATER TEMPERATURES Jan Feb Mar Apr May June Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Air 10 11 13 16 20 25 28 28 25 20 15 12 Sea 17 17 18 21 22 24 27 28 27 25 22 19

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