Fondly called the pearl of the Mediterranean, Antalya is a fast expanding city in Turkey. Also known as a resort city, Antalya is a cluster of some stunning beaches and bobbing yachts at anchor. Its Turquoise coast with glistening blue water, ancient ruins, and culture are a major attraction for the tourists. A haven for tourists Antalya, is one of the most beautiful province of Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast in the South of Anatolia.
OLD HARBOR: The atmosphere of the Old Harbor with its picturesque surrounding cliffs is a always a welcome sight. This peaceful and pleasant harbor was once the major economic hub of Antalya which brought trade and prosperity to the region. The Old Harbor is now a leisure destination with exotic Mediterranean excursions on boats. The citadel surrounding the Old Harbor attracts the maximum number of footfall as it provides a breathtaking view of the harbor with lots of other amenities like shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, discos to choose from.
OLD HARBOR (image courtesy pamarys.kvk.it)
KONYAALTI BEACH: An immensely popular beach among the tourists visiting Antalya, the Konyaalti Beach is located on the western side of the city stretching for 7 kms from the cliffs to the Beydaglan mountains. Preferred by tourists for sunbathing and a rejuvenating dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea the Konyaalti Beach is patrolled by life guards and offers free changing rooms and shower areas. It has a blue flag status signifying that the water is clean and safe for swimming The authorities have chipped in some interesting watersports activities for fun and adventure to make your trip memorable.
KONYAALTI BEACH (image courtesy propertyturkey.com)
DUDEN WATERFALLS: One of the most captivating natural wonder in Antalya, the Duden Waterfalls is a mesmerizing landscape of cascading waterfalls. Existing in two different locations in Antalya, the Duden Waterfalls share the same underground river.
* THE UPPER DUDEN WATERFALLS – 10 kms from the city of Antalya on the Duden River lies the mesmerizing Upper Duden Waterfalls also called the Alexander Falls. Located in a place where the river has carved a deep gorge, the waterfall with its picturesque surrounding is a sight to marvel. The Upper Duden Waterfalls is a perfect place for picnickers with a penchant for photography.
UPPER DUDEN WATERFALLS (image courtesy dreamstime.com)
* LOWER DUDEN WATERFALLS – Located in the Old Town in the suburb of Lara, the Lower Duden Waterfalls can be best experienced from a cruise. Falling from around 40 m drop height into the sea, the Lower Duden Waterfalls give a panoramic view of the crashing waters.
LOWER DUDEN WATERFALLS (image courtesy tripadvisor.com.tr)
ANTALYA MUSEUM: Covering an area of 7,000 m there are around 5,000 works exhibited in the Antalya Museum or the Antalya Archaeological Museum. Portraying the rich archaeological history of Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast, the Antalya Museum is a treasure house with some of the finest collection of artifacts from the alluring history of Antalya. Comprising of 13 exhibition halls and an open art gallery it has won the prestigious “European Council Special Prize” in 1988.
Storing some of the priceless exhibits from the Neolithe, Calcolithic, and Bronze Age, with some earthenware, wine bowls, and figurines it showcases Mythological statues dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century gracing the exhibition halls. One can just go on praising the grandeur of the exhibits at the Antalya Museum but words fall short.
ANTALYA MUSEUM (image courtesy expedia.ca)
ASPENDOS THEATER: An absolute contrast from the fast growing modern economy of Antalya, Turkey, is the ever-impressive Aspendos Theatre.
Holding a capacity of around 15,000 spectators the majestic amphitheater was mainly used for gladiator and wild and wild animal shows, which was the main highlight of the social life of the people from Aspendos. The iconic Aspendos Theatre was built by the Romans in the ancient city of Aspendos, located 49 kms west of Antalya.
One of the most well preserved theatre, it was built by local architect Zenon, the massive theatre was presented to the emperor and the Roman gods.