This Photo shows the 'Motorway' behind our Hotel. Thats was not so fine, and when you want to go to the next town you must cross these road!
It's a little bit crazy and dangerous!
Always when we crossed the road I must remember the game
Walking is the best way to tour around antalya, However there is a tram that runs inside the city center of Antalya..
The Tram runs Between Antalya Museum and Lara Beach.. the single tram line passes from the following locations.. (From west to east), After antalya Museum Konyaalti Beach, Sheraton and Falez Hotels, Main Boulevard, KaleKapisi and then the tram turns right to the Hadrians gate, Karaalioglu Park, talya otel and ends up at Lara Beach..
There are only two trams and one tramline.. the trams pass each other on the double tracked Kalekapisi area..
Trams leaves from the Terminis (First and Last stops) at each hour and half hours..
The Historical and Cultural...
The Historical and Cultural Items of Interest in the Area.
The City Walls
Besides the city walls, all that remains are a few bastions inside the city as well as the Hadrian Gate and its towers, the large tower facing the harbor and a few pieces of the harbor walls. One of the walls bounds the yacht harbor and the other the city. It is as if it is surrounded by a horseshoe. One of the towers that remains in the Castle Gate Square is now used as a clock tower. There are four gates in the city walls which give entrance to the city. Kaleiçi
Today the historical old city of
Antalya known as 'Kaleiçi' (the inner castle) is surrounded by two walls much of which have fallen down. The inner wall bounds the harbor in a half circle.
As a result of restoration efforts 'Kaleiçi' has turned into a bustling tourist center with bed and breakfast inns, bars and markets. The harbor has been turned into a yacht harbor. Because of the restoration work the Ministry of Tourism was awarded the Golden Apple (Tourism Oscar) on April 28 1984 by FIJET. Hadrian's Gate
The only city gate which has
survived up until the present day is the most beautiful gate of Pamphylia, Üçkapýlar also known as Hadrian's Gate guarded by two towers, one on either side. Built in honor of the emperor Hadrian's visit to the city in 130 AD, the whole gate, except for the columns, is made of pure white marble. The reliefs and carvings are extraordinary. Old Houses of Antalya
With its hot summers and mild winters, the houses in Antalya are designed to provide protection not against the chill of winter but against the merciless heat of summer. The stone overhangs and courtyards help provide air circulation. The houses in Antalya can be divided into three types based upon the design of the main hall which serves as a storage area as well. The three types are I halls, L halls and U halls. In the desgin of these houses great attention was paid to meeting the necessities of daily life while also providing harmony with nature and the environment.
Situated 18 km east of
Antalya, Perge is in the city limits of Aksu Bucaðý. Because of its location on the Cilicia - Pisidia road, its was a vital part of the province of Pamphylia. It was founded about the same time as the other cities of Pamphylia (7th century BC). It was an important city for Christians of Perge who had worshipped the mother goddess Artemis. St. Paul and Barnabas visited the city and wealthy benefactors like Magna Plancia had a number of important memorials built here.
The first excavations were begun in 1946 by Istanbul University and the following are the more important discoveries.
Theater: Consisting of 3 main parts: the cavea, orchestra and stage, it held 12,000 spectators. There are 19 rows of seats on the lower section and 23 on the top section. The stage is 52 meters long.
Stadium: It measure 34 x 34 m. There are 13 rows of seats on top of the vaults. The eastern and western sides have 30 vaults each and the northern side has 10. For every 3 vaults there is an entrance to the stadium. The other two were used as shops.
Agora: The commercial and political center of the city. There were shops all around the central courtyard. Some of these have mosaics on the floor. The agora measured 76 X 76 m. and has a circular structure in the center with a diameter of 13.40 meters.
Column-lined Boulevard: It lies between the Hellenistic Gate and the nympheum on the slopes of the acropolis. On both sides of the street are porticos, some up to 5 meters high and behind these are shops. The street is 20 meters wide. The 2 m wide water canal in the middle of the street divides it into two.
Other structures include the necropolis, city walls, gymnasium, Roman Baths, memorial fountain and the Greek and Roman gates. TERMESSOS
Termessus was founded by the Solymi people from the interior of Anatolia. Among the important remains are the 4200-seat theater and the Roman stele that Augustus had built at the beginning of the first century AD. The covered meeting hall, Odeon, has seating for 600 people. The five inter-connecting underground cisterns were used for the storage of water and olive oil.
Other important remains are the Agora, with its western side open and the other sides lined with columns, the heroic memorial of Hereon on top of a 6 m high platform, the Corinthian-style temple, the Temple of Zeus, the Lesser and Greater Temples of Artemis, the gymnasium and the watch towers. Beside a large number of lesser artifacts and more than 1200 rock tombs. OLYMPOS
It lies between Kemer and
Adrasan . On Antalya-Kumluca road after passing Phaselis, a signboard directs you to Olympos. Çýralý is an ancient harbour village nearby Olympos.The town,the history of which dates back to 2 B.C, was emptied in 6th century.Well-known battle of Bellerophontres-Chimera occured there. After Çýralý a walk rotating from a river basin towards a narrow path leads you to the unique beauty of Chimera. Chimera is known by the people as 'Yanartaþ(Burning Stone)' due to the everlasting light of the burning natural gas coming up from the mountain. ARIASSOS
Remaining from the ancient times, Ariassos is 1 km distant from the left turn of the 48th km of Antalya-Burdur motorway. Located on a slope of a hill, the ancient city is worth to see with its baths and rock tombs. PHASELIS
Phaselis is 1 km distant from
the left turn of the 57th km of Antalya-Kemer motorway. Founded by Rhodians in 7 B.C, the city knowned as the most important seaport of Eastern Likya. Having three piers, the ancient city has 20-24 m. wide road. On the western part of the city there is Hadrian gate,and shops and baths on right and left sides.The city can be reached both by highway and sea. LIMYRA
Believed to have been existed till 5th century, the city is on the 11th km of Kumluca-Finike road.Though resisted to the destructive earthquake that had occured 141 years ago, the city was emptied in 7th and 9th century after the invasions of the Arabians. The city composes of three main sections.Acropolis, areas of settlement and necropolis. ARYCANDA
It is 26 km distant from Turunçova point of Kumluca-Finike motorway. Controlling Akarçay valley,the city reveals no secrets of its uncertain past.Yet it is estimated due to the excavations that the city had existed during 5 B.C. Having experienced the destructive earthquake in 240 A.D ,the city maintained its livelyness till 11th century. The city's most important structure reaches to our times. DEMRE (MYRA)
25km to Finike, 48km to Kaþ,
Demre was one of the most important cities of Lycia civilization. A place of settlement in 5 B.C., Demre separeted from the sea due to geographical happenings. The city was deserted in 9 A.D after the invasionsof the Arabs. Rock tombs, theaters and St.Nicholas' church are worthy structures to see. SIMENA (KALE)
Receiving its beauty from its history, sea and sun, Simena can be accessible from Üçaðýz. The submerged city and the ancient remnants at the opposite Kekova island and under the charming blues of the Mediterranean are never worth to see.It is possible to encounter the traces of Roman and other civilizations in Simena, the history of which reaches back to Lycia civilization. The theater carved on rocks and Roman city walls are just among the several of the others. KEKOVA
It is between Kaþ-Demre. It is an ancient submerged city 500 m far from the Üçaðýz Village in Mediterranean. PATARA
It is on Kalkan-Fethiye
road,nearly 10 km before Kalkan and is located at the south.. The colorful ceramics in the center of the city reveal that the history of the city reaches back to 5 B.C. Besides its being the birth place of St. Nicholas,it was one of the most important seaports during the times of Alexander the Great. Three gated city walls,one of which leads to Patara, was constructed by the governor Modestus in 110 . One of the most important remnants is the theater currently buried under the crystal clear sandy beaches of Patara. XANTHOS
Founded on the Xanthos river
basin,Xanthos is the biggest and the most ancient city of Lycia. Having being remained independent till the invasions of the Persians in 4292 B.C,Xanthos tried hard to defend against the invasions;however, upon realizing the remote victory the people of Xanthos first murdered their women then commited suicide as a whole.Afterwards 80 family imigrating to the region refounded the city but approximately 100 years later the city was totally destroyed by a great fire. Reesatblished city thenceforth strengtened its connection with west and became an important center.Still the city can not be saved from misfortune. Upon resisting to the taxes of the Roman Brutus, the city was ruined and the people were dragged into war. And Xanthos became the city of catastrophe.
The city was founded around center of Lycia and outside it were the remnants of Roman city center. Roman theater and the findings at the west side of the theater still attracts the visitors. Harpy memorial on the rocks is one of the most important traces. Only the duplication of the work of art, the original of which is on exhibit in British Museum in England,can be seen in the region. KAÞ (ANTÝPHELLOS)
One of the Lycian towns,Kaþ took its name from the Greek word 'Phellos' meaning stony place. With its well preserved rock tombs and theater, Kaþ is a wonderful town on the Mediterranean coast.
The ancient city, traces of which are still standing on a large scale, is in Serik town on the 48th km of Antalya highway.
Mosques and Tombs
Important mosques in the area are Yivli
Minaret Complex, Kesik Minaret Mosque, Bali Bey Mosque, Muratpaþa Mosque, Ýskele Mosque, Karatay Religious School, Ahi Yusuf Mosque and Tomb.
Antalya Mosques and Churches
The first stopping point on the road leading north from Antalya is the Evdir Han. It is 1 km east of the modern day Antalya-Korkuteli highway and 18 km from Antalya proper. It is rectangular but looks almost like a square. It is made of cut stone and rubble. The most interesting feature is the sharply pointed portal. Keykavus I had the han built between 1210-1219 AD. Kýrkgöz Han
The second stopping place between Antalya and Afyon is Kýrkgöz Han. It is 30 km from Antalya at Pýnarbaþý. Extremely well-preserved, the han, though built by one of the sultans, departs from the style traditional used in the sultan's hans. It is made of cut stone and rubble.
National & Natural Parks
Beydaðlarý National Park
Güllük Mount National Park
Köprülü Canyon National Park
Altýnbeþik Cave National Park
Kurþunlu Natural Park
Alacadað Natural Protection Area
Çýðlýkara Natural Protection Area
Dibek Natural Protection Area
With an elevation of 1000 m or more, the
highlands of the Taurus Mountains are quite cool even in the summer and the people of Antalya and the nomadic Yörük people spend their summers up here. The primary highland villages are Bakýrlý, Fesleðen, Yeþil Yayla and Saklýkent.
Kumluca and the many coves between Antalya and Finike are home to some of the most famous holiday resorts in Turkey, for example Kemer, Çamyuva, Belek, Çýralý and Adrasan.
Saklýkent Ski Center Mountain Climbing
One of the extensions of the Taurus Mountains, the BeyDaðlar mountains are within the province of Antalya. With elevations ranging from 600 - 3086 m., these mountains have a variety of geological and typographical features and offer a wide range of climbing opportunities.
The important peaks are Tekedoruðu, Bakýrlý Dað, Tahtalýdað and Kýzlar Sivrisi. Climbers will pass through the cedar forests of Çamkuru Valley on their way to the top. The climbs can be completed in one day.
Beydað Mountains Rafting
Within the limits of Köprülü Canyon National Park, Köprüçay is among the most breathtaking rafting centers of our country. Manavagat Stream, rushes powerfully over the rocks within the limits of Manavgat District as one of the focus tourism centers of Antalya,embodies suitable courses for an adventure of rafting.
Köprüçay Manavgat Stream Underwater Diving
Various points of the tranquil shores of Antalya provides the opportunity to dive for those interested in underwater diving.
Underwater Diving Points inAntalya Hunting
Along the coasts and in the highlands there is an abundance of partridge, pheasant, pigeons, quail and turtledove. In the rocky crags and down on the plain there are wild pigeons, woodcocks, francolin and blackbirds.
The wild ducks and geese that live in the lakes and ponds come down to the coast in the winter time. In the forests along the coast are deer, fox, martin, roe deer, squirrels and mountain goats, while the mountains proper have bear and several species of wolf. Fishing
You can find almost any species of fish you are looking for in the waters around Antalya from sea bream to swordfish and they are all very delicious. In the semi-salty waters where the rivers run into the sea, there is sea bass and striped mullet. Pike, plaice, picarel, crayfish, crawfish and lobster can also be had here. Antalya is a paradise for trout fishermen. In the regions creeks in which trout can be found in abundance, it is also possible to catch bass, carp, mullet and eels. Youth Camps
There are Forest Camps at Kemer district of the Antalya province, where the young enjoy their holiday.
I liked Antalya, very interesting, a mix of old and new. I stayed in the Ninova Pension in Kaleici (the old city above the ancient harbor). I could see Hadrian's Gate from my window. But just a short walk away was an Internet cafe where I checked my e-mail daily. The weather in August, however, was *very* unpleasant. I was warned it would be hot and humid, but it was worse than anything I'd ever experienced, and I'm from the tropics. It amazed me how the Turks can tolerate that heat without short sleeves and short pants. So be warned if you plan to visit in the summer...you'll sweat like a pig...drink PLENTY of water...!