Antalya, in Turkey, offers visitors wonderful nights and richness of landscapes easily modeled by the sea shore. Antalya is a shopper's paradise, with bazaars, traditional markets and shops that lure you with various products and prices.
The main resort of the Mediterranean, is the city port of Antalya, which is an attractive spot, with shady boulevards lined with palm trees and an old square, the picturesque called Kaleici, which has narrow streets and houses near the old city walls.
The city symbol is Yivli Minare (grooved Minaret), built by Seljuks and decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles. Visit Hadrian's Gate, the Clock Tower Kalekapisi and the Republic Square, with the statue of Ataturk and admire the stunning panoramas of the Mediterranean coast and mountains Olympos. Going down the market, you will explore the narrow streets of historic Antalya (Kaleici), filled with houses and gardens from Ottoman era.
In Antalya there are held numerous events such as: "Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival" the biggest film festival in Turkey, "International Eurasia Film Festival" international film festival that takes place annually, "Mediterranean International Music Festival" in May October, lasts six days, and the "Flower Festival" in May.
The most important resorts of Antalya are Lara, Belek, Side, Alanya and Kemer.
Lara / Lara Kundu is situated about 12 km from the airport, is the longest sandy beach in Turkey, and most areas are belonging to hotels, entry into the water is quite steeply and here you have only hotels with restaurants beach and water, with no other recreational activities.
In Belek things are a little bit more different. Here are trees, parks and golf courses and an excellent beach and the most luxurious resorts of Antalya.
In Side there are the ruins of the old fortress, resorts with shops, bars, restaurants, terraces, a great sandy beach, but unfortunately in the water are some rocks….fact that is quite unpleasant.
Analya is one of my favourite places, even if it is a fairly large distance from the airport, at 2 hours distance, I like it because of its very good beaches, beautiful landscapes and especially because the resort seems quieter compared to other resorts crowded. At the west of the fortress at sea level is the Weeping Cave, with a special spelunking value with curtain of stalactites and stalagmites dating back 20 000 years, having curative effects of the cave, especially its effects in respiratory problems.
Opposite the Analya, is the resort of Kemer, which offers spectacular mountain scenery, combined with large stones, the mountain in the sea, the green merges with the blue, hotels are beautiful and the water clarity is overwhelming. If you get in Kemer, take a boat from the port and go to the coast of Lycia, with crystal clear water, and then make a visit to Phaselis, a charming old place but most amazing place of the Lycian coast, where are the Roman and Byzantine ruins.
At the west of the fortress at sea level is the Weeping Cave, with a special spelunking value with curtain of stalactites and stalagmites dating back 20 000 years, having curative effects of the cave, especially its effects in respiratory problems.
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