Antalya is one of the most popular cities in Turkey, which is preferred annually by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world. But few people know that Antalya is not only modern hotels, water parks, restaurants and an infinite number of shops, but also unique historical sights. Walking through the old center, you can come across interesting architectural buildings that have survived from the period BC. It is worth renting a car and traveling around all areas of the city or choosing several based on your preferences. Party lovers should visit the Lara region, those who want to plunge into the atmosphere of history - in Kaleichi. In Deshemealti there is the famous bazaar where you can buy lace, Turkish carpets, and other local products. Fans of natural attractions should go to Kepez:
Antalya Airport ( Antalya Airport then ) - download scheme
IATA code: AYT
Location: 10 km from Antalya
Official website: http://www.icfairports.com/
Information: +90 242 444 74 23
The following companies provide car rental services at Antalya Airport: National, Alamo, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Filo car rental, Au-tu car, Travelium Car Rental. Car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area. There are several parking zones near the airport. You can calculate the cost of services and reserve a place on the airport website.
Having rented a car, go see the Yivli minaret, built in the 13th century as a sign of the conquest of the coastal territories by the Sultan. This is a 38-meter-high structure that has a folded shape, and from afar it resembles sharpei skin. Entering inside, a spiral staircase of 90 steps immediately catches your eye, climbing up which you can get to the balcony. The attraction consists of 8 parts, each interior is decorated with mosaics. The minaret is visible from almost anywhere in the city, because it is from here that the muezzin called upon believers to pray. By the way, there is a mosque nearby, which is also worth visiting on an excursion.
In the southeast of Antalya there is a unique monument of Roman architecture, preserved from the II century AD. The Hydyrlyk tower is made of red-brown brick; from afar it resembles a huge drum. Once it was a lighthouse and a fortress that protected the city from enemies and showed the way. It is worth examining the old building from the outside, go inside and climb up the narrow stairs. An interesting fact: now the roof of the tower is flat, and earlier, according to historians, it was peaked. Probably, during the Byzantine Empire, some changes were made to the architecture of the building.
Dumlu Pınar Bulvarı Arapsuyu Mahallesi No: 502 Konyaaltı http://www.antalyaaquarium.com/
To diversify the excursion program, you can go to the Aquarium. It is considered one of the largest tunnel aquariums in the world, home to about 10,000 marine animals. During the tour you can see stingrays, sharks, living corals, lion fish, giant moray eels and octopuses. A zone with a tunnel will make a special impression. Finally, it is worth stopping at a souvenir shop and buying something as a keepsake.
Barbaros Mah. Kocatepe Sok. No: 25 Kaleici http://www.kaleicimuzesi.com/
By rental car, head to the Kaleici district, where you can see in miniature houses from around the world. The highlight of the place is that there are samples of churches, mosques, baths, preserved from the time of the Ottoman, Seljuk, Byzantine, Roman eras. Here you can take a walk even in the hottest weather: near each house there is a small garden where it will be pleasant to stay for a 10-minute rest. It is worth walking to the sea harbor to watch boats floating in the sea and view the landscape promenade with palm trees.
Bahcelievler, Konyaalti Cad. No: 88 http://www.antalyamuzesi.gov.tr/
You can get acquainted with the culture of the city and the country, as well as learn about the life of ancestors in the Museum of Antalya. In 13 halls, exhibits telling about the history of evolution are presented. You can see the first tools, fossils, dishes. Of particular note is the mosaic hall, which was nicknamed the symbol of Byzantine man-made art and the hall of antiquity, reflecting several eras: from Mycenaean to the Hellenistic period. Do not go past the hall with sculptures. Here you can see unique exhibits, including kitchen utensils, tombs with skeletons.
30 kilometers from Antalya is the city of Termessos, which, according to legend, was founded by the mythical hero Bellerophon. Historians have established that already in the VI century BC there was a small settlement, and after several centuries, about 150,000 people lived in the city. There was a period when Termessos was destroyed by an earthquake, and the locals gradually abandoned their lands. Today, it is worth a visit to see the ancient monuments of architecture, learn amazing facts and enjoy the local flora and fauna. First of all, you can go to the main square, where the Agora is located, surrounded by a colonnade (dated to the 2nd century BC). Nearby you can see several cisterns, where once the local stored water supplies. It is also worth visiting the gymnasium building (I century), the Roman amphitheater, a temple dedicated to Zeus and Artemis,
Hire a car and drive to the ancient city of Perge to see unique archaeological sites and attractions. The land here “remembers” the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the birth and decline of the Great Roman Empire, the legendary Trojan events. Perge is a city in which everything is at the junction of reality and myths, real history and legends. In Perga there is a whole complex of archaeological structures, the most ancient of which dates back to the 3rd century BC. The city can be reached through the Hellenistic Gate. If you stop and consider, you can notice the inscriptions in Greek. By the way, before the gate was supplemented with statues of emperors, gods. Some of them were found and stored in the Antalya Museum. The agora is interesting because it is decorated with curly mosaics dating from the period BC and numerous columns. Behind it begins the Arcadian - the widest and longest street. It is worth lingering at the amphitheater, the stage of which is decorated with numerous bas-reliefs and at the stadium, where inscriptions of merchants are preserved in niches of arches.
Duden Waterfalls are located in the national park. When you reach your destination, you can observe how from a height of 40 meters with a rapid speed tons of water break down, then at a rapid speed they go underground through the channels and again, making a circle, return to the “original” one. Observation platforms are equipped in the gorges of rocks, from where it is especially interesting to observe the natural phenomenon. Going inside the cliff you can get into the cave. In one of the rocks, ancient sarcophagi decorated with lions are even stored.
If you do not want to travel far outside the city, it is worth making a visit to the Tunektepe Mountain in your tourist route. If you can admire the peaks from anywhere in Antalya, then for unforgettable views it is worth to climb to the observation deck located on the mountain. In fine weather, you can clearly see the new highway and port, the city, in full view and the Mediterranean Sea to the horizon. At the top there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and dream a little while sitting with a glass of wine or a cup of tea.
Another destination where you can go on a one-day excursion to experience the atmosphere of antiquity is Aspendos. Built in the X century BC, the city played a significant role in trade relations with other countries, eventually fell into decay, and in the XIII century it completely ceased to exist. Later, the territory here again began to be actively occupied, and today Aspendos is especially attractive for tourists. The main pride is a theater dating back to the 2nd century. It has amazing acoustics, but in addition, the theater is still used for its intended purpose. Hippodrome, aqueduct, agora and basilica located nearby will cause no less interest and delight. It is worth considering that in the city there will be no place to stay at night, so it is better to get here by renting a car.
Mermerli Street. No: 15 Kaleici
For breakfast in Antalya, Patio Restaurant is perfect, where you can enjoy aromatic Turkish coffee and traditional Italian dishes in the cozy atmosphere of the establishment or on the terrace. The institution is located in the Ottoman mansion, which has retained its former charm. The menu offers a wide selection of seafood and meat dishes. The highlight of the place is the romantic atmosphere. There is a seaport nearby, several fireplaces are equipped in the courtyard, and lyric music plays in the background.
Kilincaslan Mah. Hidirlik Sok. No: 48 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Castle-Cafe-Bistro/266218110105940
For delicious food and beautiful views, head to Castle Cafe & Bistro. The institution is located in the old part of the city, near the fortress. Some come here to try Turkish cuisine, and some to enjoy a glass of wine and sea views. The attentive staff will be able to offer suitable dishes based on your gastronomic preferences. You will be served quickly and will not be prevented from admiring the picturesque landscapes.
Hasim Iscan Mahallesi, Recep Peker Caddesi https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rokka-Pizza-Falafel-Sandwich/201935386817288
If you want to diversify your diet, head to Rokka with a rental car. Fusion cuisine, dishes for vegetarians, vegans - this and much more can be offered to guests. It is worth trying hummus with chicken, falafel, homemade lemonade. Especially popular is pizza performed by the owner of the restaurant. The courteous staff will make sure that you have everything to your taste and want to come back again to try new dishes.
Tuzcular Mah. Karanlik sok. No: 9 | Kaleici http://piogastrobistro.com/
Real gastronomic pleasure can be experienced at the Pio Gastro Bar & Bistro. The highlight of the institution is the original presentation of dishes, from which every guest will be delighted. The menu offers a wide selection of cocktails and wines for every taste. The portions, albeit small, can be fully satisfied with one dish. On Fridays and Saturdays, musicians often play in the institution, so if you wish, you can spend evening leisure time here.
Selcuk Mah. Kaleici Yat limani Tuzkapisi Sokak http://aynalirestaurant.com/
Enjoy deliciously prepared seafood for dinner at Aynali Restaurant. The facility is located in the city center in the port, so it will not be difficult to get there, and it will be especially romantic to watch the sunset on the background of the bay with ships. Attentive staff as much as possible tries to please each guest and to serve as soon as possible. It is worth trying fish soup, jumbo shrimps, Turkish snacks and salads to choose from.
Sirinyali Mah. Eski Lara Yolu, 1537. Sokak No: 16
+90 242 323 89 00 http://www.laboutiquehotels.com.tr/ double room - from € 85
If you want to rent a car and spend an unforgettable vacation in a cozy hotel, opt for La Boutique Hotel Antalya. Staff will help you quickly check in and deliver suitcases to your room. The interior is done in bright colors, and the windows open the landscape of the sea and mountains. Hearty and varied breakfasts are organized on the top floor, on the terrace with beautiful views. The hotel is suitable for both honeymoon trips and family vacations.
Tuzcular Mah. Karanlyk Sok. No 18
+90 242 247 60 15 http://tuvanahotel.com/ double room - from € 114
In the center of the old town is the fabulous Tuvana Hotel. It is especially pleasant to have breakfast in the morning in a cozy courtyard surrounded by trees and shrubs, then swim a bit in the pool, and then go on excursions. The interior is made in a traditional style and complemented by original decor elements. The staff is extremely attentive and polite to each guest. The hotel will have a good rest with children or in the company of friends.
Barbaros Mah., Hesapcı Sok. 30, Kaleici
+90 242 247 56 76 http://www.alppasa.com/ double room - from € 46
As a budget accommodation option can be considered Alp Pasa Hotel. Each room is made in an original style and has its own special name. In the evenings, candles are lit and sometimes musicians play. A pleasant company, a cocktail and a romantic atmosphere will certainly make a good impression. The rooms are equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. In case of misunderstanding, contact qualified personnel.
Meltem Mah. Sakip Sabanci Bul. No: 12 | Muratpasa
+90 242 238 55 00 http://www.gridacity.com/ double room - from € 45
The advantage of the Grida City Hotel is its convenient location. Nearby is the archaeological museum, water park, shopping complex, oceanarium. The rooms are comfortable and functional. Friendly staff adequately welcomes guests and tries to please everyone as much as possible. The hotel offers a fitness center, tennis court, dry cleaning. Car rental guests can use the free parking.
Kilicarslan Mah. Tabakhane Sok. No: 31 | Genclik, Muratpasa
+90 242 247 11 47 http://www.minyonhotel.com/default.htm double room - from € 89
Minyon Boutique Hotel is located in a quiet area, so nothing will disturb your stay at the hotel. The rooms are small but comfortably decorated. After a delicious breakfast, you can go to explore the popular places of the city or travel around the area. In the evening it will be nice to spend time in the lobby by the fireplace with a glass of wine. The kind staff will make sure that you feel comfortable, in case of troubles, will help to deal with everything.
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