Antalya attracts millions of people with its beautiful nature and historical riches for visiting this city.The combination of the sun, deep blue sea, the mountain covered with trees cannot be seen easily all together everywhere.Antalya offers plenty of things to do for everyone.Here are some places to visit in Antalya.
Here Are Some Touristic Places in Antalya to Your Discovery
Kaleici (Old Town in Antalya)
Kaleici, also known as Old Antalya, is the small historic section at the center of the sprawling modern city which was the Roman town and the Byzantine, then the Seljuk Turkish, finally the Ottoman Turkish town.
Only the tower called “ Clock Tower “ has survived through the present day among the towers of the citadel surrounding the city of Antalya. In the past the total number of these towers was 80. In the period of the republic a beautiful Karaalioglu Park built on the cliffs.
The old harbor of Antalya is a small bay surrounded by the cliffs. In the period of Seljuks its breakwaters were constructed.Today it is used as a marina. All kinds of services are provided to the small boats and yachts here. From this marina to the places in the near and far vicinity, boat tours are organized.
This minaret is located adjacent to the kulliye ( a complex formed by numerous buildings ) which bears its name, having become the symbol of Antalya. Kulliye was made of seven different buildings.
Originally it was a Roman Temple and converted to Byzantine church with 5 naves in the form of a domed basilica in 5th century A.D. and was dedicated to Virgin Mary. Later it was made a mosque by Seyhzade ( Sultan’s Son ) Korkut in the first years of 16. century.
It is a monumental gate with three extended archways which was dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrianus. The two sides which have survived through the present day as undamaged lean against the walls of citadel. In 1960 it was restored.
This museum is one of the most important museums in Turkey and exhibits mainly the remains belonging to Antalya region, but there are also many monuments which were provided from the neighbor regions.
Caves & Waterfalls
Antalya has a rich geography in terms of cave formation. Taurus Mountains were formed mostly by lime stones in its main frame. Most of the caves in Antalya evolved in these limestone formations. Almost 500 caves were detected. One of the natural beauties of Antalya is amazing waterfalls which the rivers originating from the springs laying to the south of Taurus Mountains form in the locations where they pass through or while flowing to the sea.
This squat 14 m high cylindrical tower watches over the old harbour from high above on the edge of Karaalioglu Park. Built in the 2nd century no one is quite sure what its main function was, but most agree it acted as a watchtower or lighthouse over the busy port below. Now it’s a fantastic spot to watch sunset or get that all-important panoramic view over the old harbour area. The park itself is a tranquil, flower-filled spot to escape the city streets and prime picnicking territory.
Neither the Greeks nor the Romans managed to tame the war-like Pisidians who fiercely protected their independence from the mountain eyrie of Termessos. The well-preserved remains of this ancient city are scattered along a rugged hillside with jaw-dropping views across the surrounding countryside. Wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of water if you want to fully explore this site.
Perge’s vast and rubble-filled stadium, half destroyed temples and huge colonnaded agora are imbued with an atmosphere of past glory. This was once the capital of ancient Pamphylia, which blossomed first under Greek and then Roman rule. The ruins here are not as well preserved as other tourist attractions on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, but this also means it attracts fewer crowds, leaving visitors able to explore the long colonnaded streets and half-collapsed temples in peace. The Roman baths, Hellenistic Gate and Acropolis are all particularly interesting.
Olympus and the Chimaera
The near-twin villages of Olympus and Cirali sit on a piece of lovely coastline surrounded by the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Olympus. The famed attraction here is the chimaera – a naturally occurring eternal flame that flickers out of the rock cliff above. Olympus is popular with young backpackers and has a bit of a party-reputation while Cirali is more laid-back and all about chilling out on the beach. Both are perfect for anyone seeking a beach holiday well away from Turkey’s purposely built-up tourist resorts.
Karst Springs (Dudenbasi Waterfall)
The limestone countryside around Antalya is rich in karst springs, sinkholes and waterfalls. Lime deposits from these springs have built up over a period of 1.5 to 2 million years into vast travertine terraces similar to those at Pamukkale. Kirkgoz and Pinarbasi (located just to the northwest of Antalya) have springs and sinkholes while at Dudenbasi a cascade of waterfalls tumble down a narrow gorge. There are both upper falls and lower falls (Duden Cayi) to see.
The Karain Cave, near Dosemalti, was inhabited by prehistoric man and has yielded discoveries from both the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic eras. Excavated finds here include bones and teeth belonging to Neolithic man. Some of the artifacts are on show in the small, but remarkably comprehensive, on site museum.
The old Lydian port of Phaselis is where Alexander the Great set up his winter quarters in 334 BC. There are remains of a theatre, aqueduct, temples, and a Hadrian’s Arch Gate, erected in AD 114. There is a museum on site displaying excavated finds.