Favorite thing: Some of the beaches are sandy and some have stones. I liked Lara Beach and Topcam Beach the best, but check them all out. I was a little saddened at the number of condominiums and apartments built in the Lara Beach and Lower Duden Waterfalls area. This area has been transformed where orange and lemon trees once stood to a concrete jungle.
Favorite thing: It is easy to take an inexpensive trip to most of the sights in and around Antalya. About 14 km northeast of Antalya, check out the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls. The natural beauty here is fabulous. Walk to the rest area for an unbelievable view of the falls. The Lower Duden Waterfalls plunge straight into the sea, where the view of the falls is a 10 on a 10 scale.
Favorite thing: The Archeological Museum has artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to Ottoman times and gives you a perspective of this area. Ataturk, the Founder of the Turkish Republic, has a museum named after him with some of his belongings.
Go on day trips. We went on two different one. Perge/Aspendos/Side was one and Myra/Kekova was the other.
Perge is the second best ruins in Turkey (and there are literally a thousand)behind Efes. Aspendos is a Roman Theater that is still in use today and one that has acoustics that allow someone to stand on the stage and talk and be heard anywhere in the theater (try it, it is does work--the picture shows Jackie asking if we could hear her. We could, but she couldn't hear our answer).
Myra is the home of St. Nicolas with a wonderful church and some spectacular tombs. The drive to Myra is along the coast and is beautiful. Kekova is a sunken city. You take a boat trip as part of the trip to see it. Great day!
Fondest memory: Everything. The weather was perfect in early May. Antalya has many parks and the Turkish people love to walk in them. The Turkish people are warm, honest, and like Americans. Don't miss it.
Maldan Bar & Restaurant Kale Yamaci Mevkii
Ottoman House Damlatas Ca
fish and seafoodName Address
Bistro Bellman Harbor Front
Bistro Floyd Ataturk Cad. 266
Blue Bar Banana Hotel Beach
Garden Restaurant Keykubat Cad. 5
Guven Lokantasi Ataturk Caddesi yasar Bank Yani
Janus Restaurant Café Bar Rihtim Girisi, on the way to the harbor
Odeon Damlatas Cad. 32
Pasanin Yeri Ataturk Cad. Metro Market Karsisi
Dimcayi Regulator Golu Dundar Yildiz
Fish House Hayate Hanim Cad.
Iskele Bar & Restaurant Iskele Cad.
La Luna Gazipasa Cad.
Yakamoz Fish Restaurant Iskele Cad. 39
Go to a Turkish bath, go to the local food market. Go to the old town and walk around.Go to one of the other smaller towns on the coast outside the city.Go off season to avoid all the idiot tourists.Go up into the mountains and enjoy the view.Scoff yourself silly on the great Turkish food.
Fondest memory: Being up in the remains of this old city dating back to 333 B.C. in the mountains above Antalya on Christmas Day!
I have been to Antalya and around several times. It is a fabulous location for summer; sea + sun + sand + entartainment vacation.
This summer we have been to Club Med Palmiye with my 4 months old son Demir.
Please keep on visiting my Antalya site I will upload lots of pictures very soon !!
Fondest memory: the moment we entered the restaurant, we were shocked with the amount of food that was served in the open buffet and the amazement of where to start and what to eat and how we laughed at ourselves as if it was the first times we saw food:)))))
the most romantic dinner i ever had in my entire life with my wife in the topkapi resaturant which is located in the middle of the holiday village where there was an artificial lake with swans swimming inside.
wine, music, candels...
Favorite thing: Antalya is the chief city on Turkey's central Mediterranean coast. As well as several km of pebble beaches and a historic Roman-Ottoman core, Antalya is a good base from which to explore the quieter beach towns and more spectacular ancient cities of the region. Side, 75km (47mi) east of Antalya, is the increasingly popular beach town once chosen by Mark Antony and Cleopatra for a romantic tryst. Alanya, 115km (71mi) east of Antalya, is another sea-sun-n-sand joint with a mini-Miami feel. Patara is a party town a few hundred km south-west of Antalya. The beach here is a simply splendid 20km (12mi) long and there are Roman ruins in amongst the dunes. You'll have to do your sunset-watching elsewhere, however, as the beach closes at dusk to give sea turtles access to their nests. The towns along the Mediterranean coast are all linked by bus and dolmus services (especially frequent in summer).
Visit waterfalls (in Turkish - duden. It seems so much fun for me).
I have seen three waterfalls:
1. Waterfall in Antalya, which is near airport.
2. Manavgat duden. Not so big as the first one, but a very strong and with a very straight rapids.
I sailed 3 times and I liked it very much.
My fist trip was to Side. It is a wonderful town. This town was ex-Greek colony.
Now you can see there an antic theatre, Venus temple and Apollo Temple. It was
the first time I have ridden a camel among sand and ancient ruins.
During my second trip I went inside different caves. The entrances to these caves were from the sea. I have been in Pirate Cave, Phosphorous Cave, and Devil Cave (there was no devil inside this cave, just the small lake with cold water. :). The most difficult was to get to Lover Cave. It is a very narrow hole through the cape. The entrance and the exit from this cave are located at a height of 10 meters above sea (of course, I was scratched by rocks, but I have vivid recollections now :)). I swam and dove a lot, saw dolphins and even made their picture.
The last trip was to Gazipasa. Population is growing bananas. I tasted - they are very delicious. They are small, but very sweet and appetizing. In this part of Turkey there were no tourist at all. The sea was very clean. There were many ancient ruins.
I spent in Alanya very nice and pleasant time!
Antalya-Kaleici (Old Town) and Aspendos - one of the well - preserved theatre of the Ancient times. Worth to see...dont miss!
Fondest memory: Brilliant sunshine... Breathtaking sunsets...Impossing mountains...Captivating towns... Are many of the attractions to be found in the Antalya region.
Favorite thing: You will offer excursion called MIRA-KEKOVA.you'll visit very interesting places:st.Nickolas church and rocky coffins and Amphitheater.The picture is of St.Nickolas Church.(In this church it is possible to think of desires, I once think - and have come true!)
I was not really located in Antalya but in Belek, around
30 minutes from Antalya. My Hotel was the Meritt Arcadia,
a 4 stars hotel.
What I appreciate is, compared to other in - development
countries is the proud that people has for its country and
the efforts that they made to give a good impression.