An Antalya trip is sought after by many as a good introduction to what some call the “Turkish Riviera”. Being located on the Gulf of Antalya, the city has quickly developed into something of a centre for ancient history as well as modern Turkish culture, because it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Sun-worshippers from all over the globe have been flocking to this relatively unknown city till about a decade or so ago, and reveling in the great weather and the many Mediterranean resorts. Actually the demand for accommodation was so high that the guesthouse industry doubled over the past decade, according to Turkish tourism officials.
The city features a wonderfully well-preserved Roman-Ottoman quarter called Kaleici which offers a great view of the Bey Mountains, as well as a clear path to the Roman harbor located at the base of the quarter.
Even though Antalya hasn’t reached the same level of urban sophistication that Istanbul or Ankara have, the city still features some of the entire country’s finest restaurants as well as one of its most impressive archaeological museums, not to mention the preserved Roman and Ottoman architecture.
The Antalya Museum is one of the most comprehensive that you’ll find on Turkish soil, featuring exhibitions in a dozen large halls which cover history from the Stone Age to Byzantium – make sure you carve out a decent chunk of time to visit it. A few halls that you should not miss are the Hall of Regional Excavations and the Marble Portraits Hall – it’s truly incredible how incredibly realistic the expressions and emotions of those sculptures are.
The earlier mentioned Kaleici historical zone is now protected from modern development and wandering through it will provide you with a wonderful jump into the past, the many old Ottoman houses having been restored and then converted for a variety of activities.
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