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Holidays to Antalya

Holidays in Antalya are a wonderful experience as you relax alongside the peaceful waters of the Mediterranean and enjoy the excitement of this ancient city. The area is crammed full of tourist destinations, interesting sites, natural wonders and places of historical interest. The city’s old Kaleici quarter, where the Roman and Ottoman residents lived, has been restored to its former glory; you can still marvel at the original Roman harbour and the cobbled streets and alleyways, full of interesting shops, restaurants and galleries laid out for visitors to explore.

The city is also full of historic attractions including sections of the old city walls that are still standing, Hadrian’s Gate, the Hidirlik Tower and the clock tower. The Antalya Museum, with its prize winning exhibition of Greek gods, is well worth a visit. There is also the Kaleici Museum, which shows off the history of the area and the delights of the old city centre. The town’s energetic market bazaar is another must visit location with plenty of colour, fragrances and shopping opportunities providing visitors on Antalya holidays with the chance to bargain.

The city is sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Taurus mountain range, giving it a moderate climate sheltered from the colder north winds and damp weather. The mountains are also the source of many crystal clear springs that tumble down towards the coast, leading to many lovely natural locations. Karaalioglu, Antalya’s urban park, offers superb panoramic views across the sea, exotic plants and flowers, and has plenty of shaded places to rest and take in the landscape.

Travel about two kilometres inland and you will discover the interesting cave complex of Karain Magarassi, which dates back in time to the Palaeolithic period and was the location of some interesting archaeological finds. Further along the coast you can find the Duden, Manavgat and Kursunlu waterfalls and take in the sight of the cascading water as it crashes directly into the sea. For some of the best beaches travel west along the coast; Fethiye, Butterfly Valley and Oludeniz are glorious places to visit.

Another breathtaking natural location to travel to while on holidays in Antalya is the calcium travertine rock formations of Hierapolis and Pamukkale. The tour starts with the ancient roman baths and Cleopatra’s Pool, complete with natural hot springs. Alternatively you can go climbing over the ruins of Pumukkale, with its cemetery and amphitheatre where plays and concerts are still held.

Antalya holidays will give you a chance to sample Turkey’s history and culture to the fullest, enjoy delicious meals in one of the many classy restaurants and wander around the lesser visited tourist spots discovering the fabulous natural delights the area has to offer. Whether you are walking around the 2,000 year old Termessos ruins or taking a dawn balloon flight, Antalya will leave you with memories that will last for years to come.


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