Antalya is a beautiful city which is located on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. This city attracted 10.5 million tourists in the year 2011. More number of tourists visited Antalya than New York City in 2011.
Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort. The metropolis of Greater Antalya comprises five boroughs. They are: Muratpasa, Kepez, Konyaalti, Aksu and Dosemealti. Antalya has a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild and rainy winters.
Here is a brief overview of some popular tourist attractions of Antalya.
This picturesque beach is attracts tourists from all parts of the globe. The water here is cooler than that in other beaches in Antalya. This is due to an underground creek flowing into the sea.
Also known as Hadrianus Gate, this triumphal arch was built in the name of Roman emperor Hadrian. He is believed to have visited Antalya in the year 130. It is considered as the most beautiful gate in Pamphylia.
This historic city center of Antalya has buildings belonging to Ottoman, modern Turkish republican, Byzantine, Roman and Stljuk eras. Clock tower, Yacht harbor, Hadrian’s Gate and Mermerli Park are some popular landmarks in Kaleici.
Located 18 kilometers east of Antalya, Perga is a large site of ancient ruins. Here you can find an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. It is a major archeological site. You will also find a theater, a temple of Artemis and two churches.
This large museum is located in Konyaalti. It comprises an open air gallery and 13 exhibition halls. You will find more than 5000 works of art in this beautiful museum. You will love this museum if you are interested in the history of the Pamphylia and the Mediterranean regions in Antalya.
This hill (618 meters) is located towards the west of the city of Antalya. It is well-known for its rotating night club, Doner Gazino. The club usually serves private parties. You can enjoy a stunning view of the Gulf of Antalya from here.
Chimaera and Olympos
Located towards the west of Antalya, the Olimpos Beydaglari Milli Park is a site of one of nature’s wonders, the eternal flame of Chimaera. This flame is fed by natural gas escaping from some holes and crevices in the rocks.
Antalya is a beautiful city. Visit to the above-mentioned tourist attractions in Antalya is sure to be an enriching and a refreshing experience.
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