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Antalya-The Capital of Turkish Tourism

It is the capital city of the Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.(36°54'45¨N, 30°41'23¨E). The population of the city is 603,190 (2000 census) but reaches up to 2 million in summers. Situated on a steep cliff, Antalya is a picturesque city surrounded by mountains, forests, Mediterranean Sea and many ancient ruins; with its airport it is a gateway for Turkey's coastal resorts.

Combining history and culture it deserves the title of "the capital of Turkish tourism". Today the city of Antalya is reliving a golden age. It has been transformed into a cultural and touristic hub with thematic hotels. Kaleici, the rustic old town, where historic Turkish and Greek houses are under protection, is the most popular center in Antalya. It is situated between the yacht harbour and the main city. Old houses that are separated by narrow, cobble-stone roads are now hotels and tourism-related shops. Traces of Byzantine, Roman and Seljuks architecture and culture can still be seen.
Inside the city Yivli Minare and Kulliye, Karaalioglu park are places where Ottoman architecture can be seen. Konyaalti and Lara coasts are well known with their crystal clear waters. The prominent sites accesible by daily tours are Side, Perga, Manavgat and Alanya. Ancient cities like Phaselis, Olympos, Adrasan and Kekova can be reached from the sea by Blue voyagers.

Antalya is described by many travellers as Turkey’s most seductive coastal city. It is blessed with fine beaches, ancient sites, a superb panorama of plain and mountain and a near perfect climate for sun seekers. Three hundred day of sunshine a year are not uncommonly recorded and even the winters are mild due to the protection of the Taurus mountains to the north.
The Duden Waterfall, 12 km to the north of the city is a favourite resort for swimmers and picnickers.
In historical times, Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Seleucids, Seljuks and Ottomans have possessed the area and all have left their traces of some manner or another. For Antalya’s long historical records the Archaeological Museum recommended which can be found in Kenan Evren Avenue.
Aksu (Perge), Perge is the place from where the Alexander the Great entered Pamfilya. It s observed by the things found in excavations that Perge was a religious center of the Byzantium period. It became a part of the Ottoman in 1391. the theatre (15.000 people capacity), city walls, Agora, baths, column street, Acropolis are some of the historical places found in excavations.
Belkıs (Aspendos), Aspendos is located on the road of Alanya- Antalya which 48 km east of Antalya. In antiquity Aspendos was the richest city. The Aspendos Amphitheatre is the most imposing building of Aspendos. The first theatre festival in Turkey was organized in Aspendos Amphitheatre in 1959.
Olympos, In Lycian times the ancient port city of Olympos was one of the members of the Lycian Federation. Because of the wealth of Olympos, it had three (compared to less wealthy cities that had only one) seats in the federation. During this period the city was subject to raids by pirates. Later, the city was rescued by the Roman commander Isauricus. The city’s wealth was due to its strategic trading position – it benefited from Genoese and Venetian traders who took advantage of the city’s natural harbour. You can also see the legendary
Yanartaş Hill 7 km west of Olympos.