Even at the time of the powerful ancient Greek king Attalus II, Antalya was considered the most beautiful place on Earth. The memory of the ruler has long remained in legends, and the city, founded by him a century and a half before the birth of Christ, is known throughout the world to this day. Excellent climate, amazing nature, rich in historical sights surroundings and good tourist infrastructure turn the city into a favorite resort on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Modern Antalya is the heart of the Turkish Riviera and the administrative center of the province of the same name, located in close proximity to the airport and already numbering almost 2 million inhabitants. It can be accessed from anywhere in the world during both the “low” and “high” season, which runs from early May to November.
The Antalya travel guide also describes the modern part of the region's rapidly developing capital. It has everything you need for a great holiday: a hotel chain that includes both luxurious five-star all inclusive hotels and unique boutique hotels furnished in the spirit of antiquity, restaurants and coffee shops, water parks and theme parks. In the shops and shopping centers of Antalya, you can find products from well-known manufacturers, and quality items from inexpensive Turkish brands.
The old city center has preserved monuments from all periods of its rich history. There are sights related to the times of pagan, Christian and Muslim domination, fragments of ancient Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman cultures. The historical core, the Kaleici area, is an open-air museum woven from a maze of old streets. It is forbidden to complete and rebuild architectural monuments, so most of the buildings have retained their original appearance. Yachts sailing from Kaleici harbor are sailing.
Within the city limits, there is a unique waterfall that flows into the sea - Lower Duden - and several green recreation areas full of shade during the heat of summer, such as Karaalioglu, Ataturk and Mermerli.
Those who don't like just lying on the shore or shopping can go rafting on the rapids of the Kepru and Dalaman rivers, go on a jeep safari, take diving or horse riding courses, jump with a parachute or see Turkey from a height, taking up into the sky paragliding.
In 2018, Turkey received about 40 million tourists. Almost a third of them chose Antalya as a vacation spot.