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Antalya: The Capital City of Turkish Tourism

Antalya: The Capital City of Turkish Tourism

Antalya was founded in 158-138 BC by Attalus II, King of Pergamon. The city is named after this king who founded the city. The city was dominated by the Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans after the Romans.

Antalya is situated at south of Turkey and at the end of Antalia gulf. It has a clear blue sea, the best beaches of Turkey, many historical and natural beauties, and lush green vegetation.

Map of Touristic Places in Antalya

I prepared a map showing the sights (touristic places) of Antalya. On this map, you can see historical places, beaches, natural beauties and places for tourist attractions. I keep improving the map.

Holiday Paradise: Beaches and Hotels Of Antalya

Antalya is the most important and most popular around the world tourism destination and the tourist capital of Turkey. With ancient cities, trekking routes, and beautiful beaches, Antalya is a holiday paradise. You will find everything that you want for a perfect holiday: Clear blue sea, wonderful beaches, historical and natural beauties.

There are numerous five-star hotels, holiday villages, and entertainment establishments in Antalya.

Antalya has the best beaches of Turkey. For the best beaches of Antalya click here  

Must-See Historical Places Of Antalya Turkey

From the past to the present, remained under the rule of many states (for example Romans, The Byzantine Empire, The Ottoman Empire), Antalya has a great number of archaeological sites and ruins. These archaeological sites and ruins enhance their appeal. In these archaeological sites and ruins, there are wonderful works of art from different civilizations. Moreover, some of these archaeological cities are located at the seaside. Here are some archaeological cities located in Antalya.

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Demre (Myra)






Lymra Ancient City

Olympos and Chimaera


Antiochis Ad Cragum Ancient City

Touristic Attractions In Antalya

In Antalya, you can find many attractions. Some of them are listed below.

What can I do in Antalya: Daily Excursions

What could be more appealing than dreamlike landscapes, grand mountains, the magnificent colours of the sea and a rich variety of flora?

Add to that the lively holiday life with the quiet of ancient ruins and you have a perfect vacation. İn Antalya there are many possibilities for day trips. The Bey Dağları (Olympos) National Park, Topçam Beach and campgrounds, at the north end of the park, are perfect for a visit, and for enjoying a view of the strangely perpendicular Sıçan Island.

It is not possible to plan a holiday in Antalya for a few days. Therefore, we recommend that you plan your holiday by considering Antalya into a few regions.

The mountain resort of Saklıkent, 50 km from Antalya, is an ideal winter sports centre on the northern slopes of Bakırlı Mountain at an altitude of 1750-1900 m. March and April are the months when you can ski in the morning, then in the afternoon go to the marina for a lunch of fresh fish, and end the day sunbathing on the beach, swimming or windsurfing.

On the eastern side of Çan Mountain, 30 km from Antalya, is Karain Cave, dating from the Palaeolithic Age and the site of the oldest settlement in Turkey. The cave has a single entrance, lit by the morning sun, then moves into three large interconnecting chambers. The little museum at the entrance houses some of the remains, but most of the finds from this cave are scattered in various museums throughout Turkey.

In Duzlerçamı Park, 20 km north of Antalya, deer and mountain goats are protected species. The very interesting 119-metre-deep Giiver Canyon is 3 km south of the park.

Dim River (Dimcay) & Dim Cave Tour in Antalya-Turkey

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  1. Hi there! Such a nice short article, thank you!

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