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Our first free day was in Antalya and we were given the choice of going out to sea by boat or exploring the town on our own. We opted to explore the town on our own rather in a relaxed manner. I sincerely hope that my tips will provide you the reader with a good insight into this lovely city.
Antalya is Turkey's principal holiday resort in the Mediterranean region . It is an attractive city with shady palm-lined boulevards, a prize-winning marina on the Mediterranean. In the picturesque old quarter, Kaleici, narrow winding streets and old wooden houses abut the ancient city walls. Lately, many foreigners have bought (and continue to buy) property in and around Antalya for their holidays or for the retirement. It became a popular area especially for the German and Russian nationals.

Since its founding in the second century B.C. by Attalus II, a king of Pergamon, who named the city Attaleai after himself, Antalya has been continuously inhabited. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks in turn occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule. The elegant fluted minaret of the Yivli Minareli Mosque in the center of the city built by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century has become the Antalya's symbol. The Karatay Medrese (theological college) in the Kaleici district, from the same period, exemplifies the best of Seljuk stone carvings. The two most important Ottoman mosques in the city are the 16th century Murat Pasa Mosque, remarkable for its tile decoration, the 18th century Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque. Neighboring the marina, the attractive late 19th century Iskele Mosque is built of cut stone and set on four pillars over a natural spring. The Hidirlik Kulesi (tower) was probably originally constructed as a lighthouse in the second century. Today a church, the Kesik Minaret Mosque attests to the city's long history in its succession of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman renovations.

  • Last visit to Antalya: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Julle het baie gesien, Sal graag die ander Turkye blaaie ook besoek!

  • cheezecake_deli's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    Love your Antalya page. Makes me wanna go there!

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    Nog 'n fantastiese blad. Nou moet ek eers hardloop vriendin, kos gaan aanbrand. Sal weer kom kuier. Laat weet as jy nog opgesit het.

  • morne's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 12:43 AM

    You have seen so much! Love the bellydancing outfits. Hope you bought one!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Hello, Mariana! You are right: we have a direct charter flight there in summer....

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Mariana, Eski Liman seems like a great tourist spot. I love the back roads and lanes of a town. Thanks for the tips. Larry


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