About Antalya

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HELLO TO ANTALYA!

Antalya was founded by Attalos the 2nd, a King of Pergamum in 159 B.C., who ordered his men to find him a paradise, and the city was also named Attaleia after him.

 

This city is a cross-road of ancient Pamphilia, Psidia and Lycia and was established in the most fertile geography of Anatolia. Antalya has been the centre of culture, art, architecture and mythology throughout its history. With it’s nature made up of dark blue seas, spectacular Taurus mountains, fervent waterfalls, boulevards lined with palm trees, award winning marina and world known holiday villages is what makes Antalya the capital of Tourism. Every year millions of tourists from all over the world visiting Antalya for its beauty also benefit from the Antalya Airport with its modern building, latest technology and service provided. Antalya, with its faultless beautiful beaches is and their main attraction by the millions of tourists that visit every year. The clean and beautiful beaches of Antalya, where natures colours blue and green unite, is what makes the areas beaches blue flag. 

 

Besides all these natural beauties, Belek, with its International standard Golf courses is well on the way in becoming Europe’s biggest golf centre. Another reason which has made Antalya the centre of attention in world tourism is its climate, high quality standards in hotels and the fast increase in football tourism. The football fields in the Belek, Kundu, Manavgat and Kemer regions host over a 1000 national and international football teams who come here for camp. Antalya is also host to congresses and conferences held by many famous companies in different fields from all over the world. In addition Anfaş is one of the known exhibition centers both Turkey and Europe with successfully organized national and international activities. With its traditional architecture the picturesque old city of Kaleiçi, with its narrow winding streets and wooden houses abut the ancient city walls.

 

PLACES TO VISIT

 

OLD HARBOR: The old harbor of Antalya is a small bay surrounded by the cliffs. In the period of Seljuks its breakwaters were constructed. Today it is used as a marina. All kinds of services are provided to the small boats and yachts here. From this marina to the places in the near and far vicinity, boat tours are organized. Inside of the citadel surrounding this harbour were restored. Today, it serves its visitors with its pubs, cafes, restaurants, discos and numerous shops within an ambiance of 150 years before.

 

OLD TOWN (KALEİÇİ): The old harbor of Antalya is a small bay surrounded by the cliffs. In the period of Seljuks its breakwaters were constructed. Today it is used as a marina. All kinds of services are provided to the small boats and yachts here. From this marina to the places in the near and far vicinity, boat tours are organized. Inside of the citadel surrounding this harbour were restored. Today, it serves its visitors with its pubs, cafes, restaurants, discos and numerous shops within an ambiance of 150 years before.

 

CLOCK TOWER: Only the tower called “ Clock Tower “ has survived through the present day among the towers of the citadel surrounding the city of Antalya. In the past the total number of these towers was 80. In the period of the republic a beautiful Karaalioglu Park built on the cliffs. Next to the Karaalioglu Park , Hidirlik tower is situated on the cliffs. It is a two storied structure. While the upper floor has a circular plan, its lower floor has a square plan. This tower’s function was serving for has not been able to be understood. It is claimed to be lighthouse or mausoleum and dates back 2ndcentury A.D.

 

HIDIRLIK TOWER: The Hıdırlık Tower constructed in the 2nd century A.D., the Kesik Minaret Mosque and the Hadrians Gate which was built in the honor of Emperor Hadrian 130 A.D. is still today with all it’s beauty a main attraction. 

 

YIVLI MINARET: This fluted minaret of 13th century was built by the Selcuks. Decorated with dark blue and turquouise tiles, the minaret eventually became the symbol of the city. Karatay Medresesi, Hidirlik Tower, Ahi Yusuf Mescidi, Iskele Mosque, Murat Pasa Mosque, Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Balibey Mosque, Musellim Mosque, Seyh Sinan Efendi Mosque and Osman Efendi Mosque are other places worth visiting and easily accesible on short walking distances.

 

HADRIAN'S GATE: It is a monumental gate with three extended archways which was dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrianus. The two sides which have survived through the present day as undamaged lean against the walls of citadel. In 1960 it was restored. 

 

DUDEN WATERFALLS & DUDENSUYU CAVE: You must first come to Ibradi over Manavgat – Akseki to reach this cave. And from here Urunlu village, 7 km far , is reached. Altinbesik Dudensu cave is 2 km distant from the village. There are two underground lakes in this cave, one of which is situated at the entrance ( 125 m long ), large galleries and natural bridges. This cave whic is 1600 m long hosts rock formations bearing interesting shapes.

 

ASPENDOS: One of the most important Pamphilian cities. It is situated on the point where the Kopru River meets the sea. Once an important port and a commercal centre. It is now hosting concerts of all kind in a historical spirit. This theatre is the most ancient and solid sample of the Roman Theatres in Anatolia. On an epitaph on the south parados it is written that the theatre was built by the architect Zeno, the son of an Aspendian called Theodoros in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AC).

 

DEMRE MYRA: Myra  was an ancient Greek town in Lycia where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today, in present day Antalya, Province of Turkey. It was located on the river Myros (Demre Çay), in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range and the Aegean Sea.

 

THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO, SİDE: Side is located in the region of Pamphylia in Antalya. One of the first things you notice on arrival at the site is that modern Side is a tourist town. However, it is also one of the best preserved classical sites in Turkey. The ancient city of Side is found on a small peninsula measuring about 1 km by 400 m. The Temple of Apollo is located at the end of Side's peninsula.

 

OLYMPOS: It was situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Çıralı in the Kumluca  district of Antalya Province, Turkey. Together with the sites of the ancient cities Phaselis and Idyros, it is part of the Olympos Beydaglari National Park The perpetual gas fires at Yanartaş are found a few kilometers to the northwest of the site.

 

SHOPPING AT ANTALYA

 

There is a wealth of handicrafts available to the discerning shopper. Traditional items such as the world famous hand made kilim rugs in bold colours, beautifully hand-painted ceramics, copper and brassware and ornate Meerschaum pipes make charming souvenirs and gifts. Carpets and rugs are very much part of the Turkish tradition. The Yörüks, who are semi nomadic, live throughout the winter on the plains. They hand produced carpets using vegetable dyes and wool from their own sheep. The design and patterns used in the carpets reflect their nomadic culture and is expressed in the harmonious use of blues, dark greens and reds. This traditional style of carpet making is concentrated in the villages around Antalya and is called “Döşemealtı”.

Excellent quality gold, silver and leather goods are to be had at prices considerably less than abroad. Busy street and area markets are packed full of stallholders jostling to sell you their best tasting fruit and freshest vegetables. Aromatic spices and herbs such as cinnamon, saffron, paprika and mint entice the senses. 

The boutiques of Antalya can offer excellent quality fashion clothes and accessories for a fraction of the price in Europe. Have a walk along the beautiful Atatürk Street, Konyaaltı Street or the pedestrian area of Şarampol or visit the ultra modern shopping malls which are located in all areas of the city. All major Turk and international brands are available.

 

CLIMATE & CLOTHING

 

The area is shielded from the northerly winds by the Taurus Mountains. Antalya has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild and rainy winters. Around 300 days of the year are sunny. Antalya has over 3000 hours of sunlight per year. The sea temperature ranges between 15 °C (59 °F) during winter and 28 °C (82 °F) during summer. The air temperature reached a record high of 45 °C (113 °F) in July and a record low of −4 °C (25 °F) in February. The average air temperature ranges between the low-to-mid 30 °C (86 °F). Click Here: Turkish State Meteorological Service

 

LOCAL TIME

 

In Antalya, the local time zone is GMT + 2 and time is always used on 24 hours.

 

 

CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS

 

Official currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TL). ATM's are widely available throughout Antalya and you should have no problem if you land in the city with nothing but a credit card. Credit cards, however, are usually not accepted by most government agencies, public museums or other historic places run by the government. VISA, MasterCard and AMEX credit cards are accepted by almost every merchant, shops, or café and restaurant. (There is a rare chance that AMEX is not accepted in some places, so it is advisable to carry a Visa or MasterCard with you in case). Almost all banks' provide the option of making withdrawals in multiple types of currencies such as US Dollar, Euro or Turkish Lira.

 

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

 

Exchanging money is possible almost everywhere in Istanbul. You can change currency and get cash in Turkish Lira at the airport, through banks or exchange bureaus, or directly from any ATM. Exchange bureaus are very popular, especially in touristic areas and are generally easy to spot. Exchanging almost every currency is possible, and bureaus charge no commission while the exchange rates may slightly differ from one another.

 

 

INSURANCE

 

Proper travel and health insurance are strongly recommended to all conference participants.



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