Waterfalls. Glorious beaches. Magnificent sunshine.
With more than 2 million people, Antalya is the largest city on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Bordered by the Taurus Mountains, the city has been established in its current location since being settled by the Romans in 200 BC.
The coastline may be the signature attraction for Antalya, but the signature cuisine of the city is piyaz. Tirmis is another snack that is a specialty for the city, while cold Mediterranean dishes are quite popular.
There are several museums to tour throughout the city when the beach or the mountains are not calling your name. Ataturk’s House Museum is one of the best, situated in a replica tow-story house. It documents Ataturk’s visits to the city in 1930-1935 and includes commemorative coins, banknotes, and more. Two working rooms and a bedroom are included with the tour.
Additional museums include the Antalya Toy Museum, an ethnographic museum, and the kaleici Museum, which was opened in 2007 to provide support and research for Mediterranean civilizations.
In the historic city center, you’ll find Hadrian’s Gate, the old city walls, and a clock tower. The Triple Gate, built by the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century, was preserved for so long because the city walls enclosed the outside of the gate.
Kesik Minare Cami is another beautiful example of Roman architecture, built in the 2nd century as a temple. It was converted into a church in the 8th century, converted into a mosque, then reconverted into both several additional times, depending on who happened to be governing over the city.
Antalya is a beautiful fusion of a resort atmosphere, modern amenities, and the chance to explore important historical sites. Find your way here and it will make for the perfect holiday.