ANTALYA

The Jewel of the Mediterranean 

Modern and traditional resorts on a beautiful coastline. Ancient cities hidden among forests. A wide variety of sporting activities and many attractions. Antalya is the perfect holiday destination offering something for everyone.

Antalya is the name of a Province which extends from Patara in the west to beyond Alanya in the east. It is also the name of the capital city of the Province which sits at the top of the Gulf of Antalya. There is a world class international airport just outside the city. With its famous turquoise blue sea, luminous sky, the ever-changing hues of its mountains and lush green vegetation, the region is a festival of colours.

Antalya was founded in 158-138 BCE by Attalus II, King of Pergamon, who named the city Attaleia after himself. Having been inhabited continuously since then, it was encircled by strong protective walls in Roman times. The Byzantines and Seljuks successively occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule.

Antalya with its numerous five-star hotels, holiday villages and entertainment facilities is an extremely popular resort.  English, Russian, Dutch and German are widely spoken here.  It has many archaeological sites and ruins within a close proximity to visit. There are a number of beautiful tourists spots to visit along the coastline. Kemer, to the west of the city, is 42 km from Antalya through spectacular mountain scenery. Kemer Marina allows yachtsmen to enjoy the unspoiled bays and beaches on the south of the town. A beach promenade with its cafes and shops on the north of the marina leads directly to Kemer Beach which was awarded a Blue Flag. Other tourist centres to the north of Antalya are Kiziltepe, Goynuk and Beldibi.  To the south is Camyuva and Tekirova.

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