When one thinks of the Mediterranean coast of southwest Turkey, the picturesque image of tranquil white beaches, bright blue oceans and lush green hillsides instantly spring to mind. Turkey is a lovely country, rife with an extensive historical and cultural background. Due to this very reason, people from all over the world flock to experience the beauty that this country has to offer. If you are planning on taking some time away from the hustle and bustle of the world, then Antalya is both easily accessible from most major European cities like Germany, Spain and London through flythomascook and affordable due to frequent flights straight to Antalya Airport. Let the fun and relaxation begin with some of Turkey’s must-see places to experience in and around Antalya.
Probably one of the most iconic structures of the town, and a perfect place to start your walking tour, Hadrian’s Gate is without a doubt one of the most beautiful, and architecturally aesthetic places to visit. Built in honour of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit in the year 130 A.D., this three-arched gate has history written all over it. Legend even says that Sultan Belkis, the Queen of Sheba, passed through the gates on her journey to visit King Solomon, enjoying a wonderful day in the palace. Now you too can feel like
Visit Myra, the resting place of Santa Claus
This may surprise you somewhat, surely if you want to visit Santa, the correct place to visit would be the North Pole? All I know is that white beaches are much more relaxing than white snow. Block the children’s ears and discover that St. Nicholas was in actual fact the bishop of Myra. He would dress in a red costume and hat, dropping gifts down the chimneys of the poor, making it possible for their daughters to provide a dowry upon marriage.
If Santa isn’t quite your thing, the sheer brilliance of this ancient town will have you instantly hooked. Make sure to visit the magnificently constructed rock-cut tombs, carved into the vertical faces of the cliffs, as well as the breath-taking stone theatre.
Just in case you weren’t a hundred percent convinced about the utopian-like nature of Antalya, you will be pleased to know that the area is blessed with a total of twelve different waterfalls. The Düden waterfalls, located in the DSI State Park on the outskirts of Antalya, form a perfect place to relax, soak in the sun and enjoy a family picnic. For the more adventurous, there are a number of ancient graves nearby the waterfalls, making it the perfect place to explore.
Kaleici is often referred to as the centre of Antalya, filled with a large number of hotels, restaurants and numerous entertainment facilities. Thanks to this, Kaleici is definitely one of the liveliest parts of the city. The quaint streets extend towards the harbour, a beautiful place to enjoy a day of fun. There is no denying that the best way to experience Antalya’s coastline is by boat and at this harbour you will find many boat trips available that make it possible for you to experience the beauty first had. Swim in unspoiled coves and feast on freshly caught and grilled fish.