Antalya – The Heart of Tourism in Turkey

Antalya City in Turkey

Antalya is located in the southwestern part of Turkey, on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. It is recommended for people looking for a suitable destination to relax or enjoy the most beautiful beaches in Turkey and walk in nature.

The Turkish government managed to attract foreign tourists to this attractive city by establishing many touristic services and facilities. Till it became one of the most important tourist cities in Turkey.

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Tourism investment in Antalya

Investment began to develop the tourism industry in Antalya in the year 2000. Various hotels, water parks and entertainment centers were operated in the city, so much so that the main income of the inhabitants of Antalya today comes from foreign tourism.

Streets of Antalya

Of course, the people of Antalya also have great power in terms of the agricultural sector, and it can be said that they have become self-sufficient in producing products such as citrus, cotton, olives, fruits and vegetables, to the point that they don’t need other products in Turkish cities.

Statistics show that more than 65% of the vegetables consumed in this city are grown on farmland in this region.

In addition to tourism and agricultural industries, shipbuilding is also very popular in Antalya, where a variety of ships and yachts are produced, and we recommend not to miss the sailing experience around the Mediterranean during your trip.

The most famous tourist attractions in Antalya

Antalya is one of the most visited cities in Turkey, and this city is famous for its charming natural scenery and famous beaches. Where various entertainment means such as walking on the beach, hiking, boat rides, etc. are very popular, and some of the places that you must visit in Antalya are:

Aspendos Amphitheater
Aspendos Amphitheater

In eastern Antalya, there is a historical area called Serik, where the famous Aspendos Amphitheater is located. This amphitheater is located 7 km northeast of Sirik and tells you a lot about Turkish history. It is worth noting that the Aspendos Amphitheater and its surroundings is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most important historical monuments in Antalya.

Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian’s Gate

This gateway is known to the Turkish people as “Uç Kapılar” and it’s one of the most important historical monuments in Antalya. Hadrian’s Gate is actually part of a wall built around the city of Sirik. This wall is made of marble and has three beautiful arches. The Gate was built in honor of Roman Emperor Hadrian. And it is the only gate on the left of Serik Old City.

Duden Falls
Duden Falls

There are many waterfalls in Antalya, the most famous of which is Duden Waterfalls. It’s actually a number of waterfalls that are located next to each other, and to see it, you have to go about 12 km to the northeast of the city.

Land of Legends Water Park
Land of Legends Water Park

There are many water parks in Antalya, the most famous of which is the Land of Legends Water Park. This water park is part of the Land of Legends Hotel. If you are looking for the perfect water park in Antalya, Land of Legends will be your best choice.

Konyaalti Beach
Konyaalti Beach

As mentioned previously, there are many beaches in Antalya that you can choose from according to your desire. Among the small and large beaches in Antalya, Konyaalti is one of the most popular beaches in the city. Konyaalti Beach contains restaurants, entertainment centers, trees, parking, clean and romantic spaces, sun loungers, etc., And it’s also close to the city center.

Antalya Museum
Antalya Museum

It may be interesting to know that there are many museums in Antalya, and by visiting them, you can learn more about the history of this land. At the same time, the Antalya Museum is the most popular and attractive. This place is also known as the Antalya Archaeological Museum. It is a large museum with 13 different galleries.

Köprülü Canyon National Park
Köprülü Canyon National Park

This water park is located in Antalya Province and covers an area of ​​366 km2. Antalya has beautiful beaches and a variety of parks and forests, we advise you not to miss the Köprülü Canyon National Park. Also within the park, there is a stunning river with clear water, that is a great place for entertainment like kayaking and swimming.

General information about the city of Antalya

  • Official language: Turkish
  • Currency: Turkish lira
  • Urban power type: 230 V / 50 Hz
  • Country Code: +90
  • Emergency numbers: 112
  • International airports: Antalya Airport
  • Official religion: There is no official religion in Turkey and is considered secular, but most of its population are Muslims, and statistics show that about 65% of Turkey’s population is Muslim.
  • Health care system: The Western Mediterranean Development Agency (BAKA) is the health support for Antalya. It is possible to insure tourists in the country (with the tourist residence permit  in Turkey). There are also many public hospitals in the city that play an important role in improving the quality of healthcare in the city.
  • Economic situation: The main axis of the economy of Antalya depends on the tourism industry. Agriculture, Farming and shipbuilding are also among the common jobs in Antalya.
  • Education status: The largest university in Antalya is the International University, and it contains about 30% of the total number of students in the city. The university has 55 different languages, and hosts students from 90 different countries.
Antalya Streets

Security in Antalya

Antalya is one of the most famous tourist cities in Turkey, which welcomes many travelers every year. Of course, the fact that Antalya does not have the reputation of Istanbul has made it more safe and secure. Overall, Turkey ranks 145th in terms of global security indicators, which means that it is one of the safest countries in the world.

The best season to travel to Antalya

Antalya is characterized by cold winters and hot summers due to its location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists go to Antalya in all seasons, but most tourists choose Antalya in the spring and summer so that they can make the most of the entertainment on the beach.

Spring: Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Antalya. In the spring in this city we see mild weather with separate rain. All in all, it is the best time for you if you are going to go to Antalya for nature walks.

Antalya in Winter

Summer: The summer in Antalya is hot, dry and often sunny. The average summer temperature is around 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. This season is recommended for sunbathing, beach recreation and water parks.

Fall: We recommend people traveling to Antalya to check the weather forecast in advance so they don’t  be disturbed by rain.

Winter: Winter in Antalya is moderate and rainy and not too cold. Snowfall is very rare in the city, with an average winter temperature of 19 to 15 ° C and an average humidity of 64%.

Antalya Airports

Tourists wishing to visit Antalya can reach this city through two airports:

Antalya Airports
1- Antalya Airport

This airport is one of the largest and busiest in Turkey. It was opened in 1998 with two buildings in the northeast of the city. Statistics show that around 35 million passengers use this airport during the year.

2- Isparta Suleyman Demirel Airport

The airport was opened in 1997. Isparta is located 140 km away from Antalya, so travelers who plan to go to Antalya must take buses, taxis and other public transportation to reach their destination, which takes about 3 to 4 hours by bus.

Recommended Hotels in Antalya

Concorde De Luxe Resort
  • Concorde De Luxe Resort

This hotel is located in one of the best places in Antalya. The hotel has standard rooms and very elegant suites, with an open buffet offering a variety of options.

Phone number: +9024288147200


Address: Lara Turizm Yolu, 07119 Kemerağzı / Aksu / Antalya, Turkey

Lara Barut Hotel and Resort
  • Lara Barut Hotel and Resort

This hotel has a beautiful view of the blue sea waves and the green nature of the surrounding area. It is a great place to enjoy, explore nature, relax and spend time with family members. The rooms have large balconies with tables and chairs, and each room has a TV. In the restaurants of this hotel, you can try a variety of international dishes and you can enjoy your food outdoors.

Other facilities at the hotel include: spa, Turkish bath, sauna, beauty salon, cinema, shopping center, live music performance.

Phone number: +902423525200

Address: Güzeloba, Lara Barut Hotel Resorts Spa Suits, 07230 Muratpaşa / Antalya, Turkey

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Public Transportation in Antalya

Major cities in Turkey, including Istanbul and Antalya, have a good quality public transport system, so that tourists can easily reach their destinations.

In this city, you can use buses, taxis, boats, motorcycles, bicycles, rental cars, trams and more. To move around the city.

Turkish Kabab

Turkish Cuisine in Antalya

The cultural characteristics of the Ottoman Empire had a profound impact on Turkish cuisine.

Ottoman food heritage is the result of a variety of cooking methods and ingredients in Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Balkans, which has a multicultural structure.

Due to the high use of fresh vegetables, fish and olive oil, Turkish cuisine is considered one of the most famous and best in the world. The most commonly used ingredients in Turkish cuisine are meat, vegetables, legumes, and bread is also widely consumed in this country.

History of Antalya

The city of Antalya is said to have been built by Attalos II, king of the ancient city of Perimagon, 150 BC. The city was also called Atalia.

In 133 BC, the city of Antalya was part of the flourishing Roman Empire. According to some sources, in 133 BC, pirates invaded and took control of the city.

During the Byzantine period, Antalya was one of the most important cities in the world. The Hadrian Gate that is considered one of the most important tourist attractions in Antalya today, was built in 130 AD and you can still see its beauty and magnificence today.

History of Antalya

On all ancient travelers reminiscent of the distant past, such as the Ibn Battuta trip, Antalya is referred to as a green and prosperous city.

Between 1321 and 1423, the city of Antalya was recognized as the capital of the Seljuk dynasty.

During the Roman Empire, a variety of Antalya fruits were exported to Egypt. In the twentieth century, the Turks migrated from the Caucasus and the Balkans to Antalya, which led to an increase in the population of the city.

Old Antalya: In recent years, evidence has been found in a cave called Karen Cave in the city of Antalya, which indicates that life has been going on in this area since the Stone Age.

Antalya from the Middle Ages to the present day: This city was of great importance in the Middle Ages because it was part of the path of military forces to enter Palestine during the Crusades.

Since the Seljuks laid their feet in Antalya, the importance of this coastal city has increased day by day, and it has not been long since it became known as an important port city.

The Most Famous Shopping Centers in Antalya

Although shopping in Antalya is not the same as shopping in Istanbul, various shopping centers in Antalya will definitely impress you.

The most famous shopping centers in Antalya:

  • Antalya Grand Bazaar
  • Markantalya Mall
  • Antec Shopping Center
  • Shemall Shopping Center
  • TerraCity Shopping Mall

In short, Antalya is one of the most popular destinations for foreign tourists, it is a pleasant city that can not be overlooked if you decide to spend your vacation in Turkey, where you can enjoy the charming nature and famous beaches.