Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is the capital city of Antalya Province. The city of Antalya corresponds to the lands of ancient Pamphylia to the east and Lycia to the west. Antalya has a hot climate. Situated on a cliff over the Mediterranean, Antalya is surrounded by mountains.


The city of Antalya is situated by the Gulf of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. The Taurus mountain range of southern Anatolia runs parallel to the Mediterranean in an east-west direction, resulting in the formation of narrow coastal plains, which are surrounded by mountains on three sides and open south to the Mediterranean sea. On some parts of the coast, the mountains plunge sharply into the sea, forming small natural bays and peninsulas.


Although many people come to Antalya just for the beaches and the fun associated with them, the city has lots more to offer; scuba diving, sailing, paragliding, rafting, mountain climbing, tracking and much more, seeing is believing. In May you can swim in the morning and skinning in the afternoon at Saklikent (at Bakirtepe) in Antalya and at night at the location you can visit TUBITAK’s observatory and enjoy the sky at top of 2500m Mt.

Thera are many excellent day trips to be made in and around Antalya. The ancient sites of Aspendos, Perge, Phaselis, Manavgat, Side and Termessos are all within a distance of 50 kilometers. Aspendos ampytheatre is the largest and better shaped of its kind. Every summers music festivals are being hold in the area, it has capacity of more than 20,000 people.

West of Antalya is called Kemer where the mountain is more than 1500m high subparallel to the narrow shore line. The east of Antalya has the best beaches and the shore line is very wide. Make sure you visit Manavgat water falls while in the area.

Antalya Museum: Prize winning archeology museum.

Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret): It was built by the Seljuks. Decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles, the minaret eventually became the symbol of the city.

Phaselis is an ancient Lycian city in the province of Antalya in Turkey. It is located between the Bey Mountains and the forests of Olympos National Park, 16 km west of the touristic town of Kemer and on the 57th kilometre of the AntalyaKumluca highway. Phaselis and other ancient towns around the shore can also be accessed from the sea by daily yacht tours.

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