Kaleici - Old Town, Antalya

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    The life in flourishing in Antalya these...
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    The Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    Serving coffee

    In a restored Ottoman house in Kaleici is the Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum. On the upper floor the rooms has an ethnographic exhibition, showing life in the second half of the 19th century. Important events shown are the serving of coffee, the bride’s henna night and shaving of the bridegroom.
    Across the courtyard is a restored Orthodox church. Here there is an exhibition of ceramics.
    There is also a bookstore in the museum.
    Entrance fee is 1 000 000 TL (July 2004).

    When I was there I was the only visitor. It was in the morning so I hope more people find their way there later during the day. It is centrally located in Kaleici.

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    Kaleici - the old town

    by MalenaN Updated Nov 25, 2004

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    Street in Kaleici

    Kaleici is full of old restored Ottoman houses now turned into pensions, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Some tourists stay here, but many come just on a quick guided tour with a group – Kaleici deserves more time than that. Do not only walk the main roads, but take your time to discover the small back streets as well.

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    The beach

    by MalenaN Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    The beach

    The beach, Konyaalti Plaji, is to the west. It is a pebbled beach about 3 km long. Several hotels are built along the beach, but if you are staying in Kaleici you can take the tram to the end station Müze and then walk a few hundred metres down to the beach.

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    Antalya houses

    by marsistanbul Updated Jul 6, 2008

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    The formation of traditional Antalya houses is based on the following principles;regard to life,nature and environment,importance to function rather than style.Sincerity,wisdom,flexibility and practicality,as well as these,the concept of the rooms conform to the traditional Turkish house.Antalya summers are very hot and winters are cool.The main onjective in the houses is to avoid the heat and to provide cool air rather than cold.To benefit from the gentle breeze which wafts from sea to land during the day and land to sea during the evenings is the subject of daily conversation and is the pride of traditional Antalya houses.For this reason shadowy paved courtyards,high ceilinged rooms,and courtyards are specific features of Kaleici houses..

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    The city walls of Antalya

    by marsistanbul Updated Jun 15, 2008

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    The history of the city walls surrounding Kaleici,the ancient nucleus of the city of Antalya,a district which cannot fail to remind the visitor of a cultural garden of a thousand flowers adorned with the choicest buildings from the Roman,Byzantine,Seljuk,Ottoman and Republican periods,is in effect,identical with the history of the city itself.
    An examination of the defence walls reveals the whole historical development of the city and the opening up of the city and the opening up of the coastal cities to the outside,while at the same time it allows one to breathe an atmosphere of freedom.These walls,provide the sources for the history of Antalya,and it is by examining the stones,touching the mortar and reading the inscriptions,that you can get to know the cultural and historical identity of the city..
    "the history of the city walls is the history of Kaleici and even of the city of Antalya itself"

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    Kaleici..Old Quarter(citadel)

    by marsistanbul Written May 30, 2008

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    Kaleici can be called the center of Antalya.It is one of the liveliest parts in the city with its hotels,pensions,restaurants and entertainment facilities,
    The streets of Kaleici extend to the old harbor,which is used as an international yacht marina today.

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    ANTALYA

    by olja1234 Updated Feb 17, 2008

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    Blocks of flats

    When driving to the town of Antalya and also in suberb of it , it's noticeable many new built residential quarters. On their roofs, there are sort of water heaters. We were told, that there are 300 sunny days a year in Turkey. Therefore...

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    Boat tour at Antalya

    by Erkmen Written Jul 25, 2003

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    Antalya Marina

    When you are walking inside the kaleici (Inside the castle), you will soon start walking down and will find yourself at the Marina where private sailboats are anchored..

    Boat tours are a favourite thing at Antalya, however you should choose very carefully.. Some tours are making loud music broadcasting and could make your tour terrible..

    Boat shall take you around Antalya and will showyou the wonderful Falezes of Antalya.. the city also looks verynice from the sea and you should try once..

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    Visit "Kaleiçi"..

    by Erkmen Written May 17, 2003

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    Kaleici and the carpet sellers

    Kaleici is inside the fortress and Antalya has a very nive Kaleici.. Old Antalya houses, some are very old, some are being restorated.. But they all represent a way of life.. Touring along the kaleici will take you to a different environment, You should spare almost one hour to travel all around.. But it will worth to see..

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    Kaleici - old town

    by mvtouring Written Oct 16, 2009

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    I loved walking around the Kaleici area, which is filled with old restored Ottoman houses that now serves as pensions, hotels, restaurants or souvenir shops. Many tourists stay here, but we were staying way off on the other side of town so just came here for a tour by ourselves which we enjoyed tremendously. The best thing for me was to discover the little back streets and see where they lead and what they have to offer. You always discover interesting things when you get lost, but somehow one always finds your way back to the main streets.

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    Hadrianus Arch

    by piglet44 Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    As you walk around Antalya town you come to many fascinating monuments. The most famous is the Arch of Hadrianus. It is very impressive and interesting. I am not much of a history buff but if you look up info on this arch I am sure you will find it here...

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    Kaleici (Old Antalya)

    by June.b Updated May 14, 2012

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    Kaleici cobbled street at  night.
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    Probably the top reason why I made a stop-over in Antalya is to see the Kaleici. That's why I booked a pension within the Kaleici for my stay. I like the charm of any old city's old or historical part. Between modern high-rise hotels along the coastline versus pension houses in Kaleici -- I would definitely go for the old town.

    Kaleici is 2 words combined which means "inside the castle" or fortress, because in olden times, Antalya is confined within the walls of Kaleici.

    Walking along the cobbled street, getting lost amongst it's narrow alleys - in fact I got lost the first night I was looking for a ministore to buy a bottle of water - is really fascinating.

    There are a lot of things to see - old mosques, churches, historical hammams, seemingly haunted mansions, dilapidated wooden houses, bazaars, curio shops, the neighborhood clay-toy maker, the quaint cafes at night, the dramatic yellow lightings along dark alleys, the parks overlooking the marina, old medrese, etc.

    Walking tour of the Kaleici starts at the clock tower beside the Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque going down the cobbled street lined with shops, or the Hadrian's Gate.

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    Walk around Kaleici

    by piglet44 Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    View on the way to Kaleici from Konyaalti
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    The old city of Kaleici and the Marina area are beautiful and it was nice to be there in off season (March) when it was not crowded or hot to stroll there. I can imagine it is packed in the summer... There are lots of boat trips you can take from the Marina ,(we didn't) if you have enough time. But just walking and looking was fine for us.

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  • advices for antalya

    by ozguray Written Jun 13, 2010

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    olympos (history 4*, forest 4*, beach 5*, night life 5*) (70 km west of antalya)
    kemer (beach *3, night life 4*) (45km west of antalya)
    gokbuk karstic canyon (amazing natural virgin beauty) (110 km west of antalya, when you come to finike, you can go to north 15 km for coming gokbuk small town)

    i lived more than 20 years in antalya, and absolutely know every meter squere..
    finaly i can say
    west of antalya is the best
    east of the antalya is disappointment..
    i think, don't prefer east (for ex. alanya)
    prefer west for stay (kemer, olympos, cirali, kas...)
    if u need to first class hotel, u can stay realy first class in kemer..
    but u prefer warm and active trip, absolutely i suggest olympos tree house.. olmpos have fantastic beach & history & night life & forest & nature.. and cheapest hotels (you can stay 15-30 dolars per night in tree house - tree house is very romantic and comfortable.)

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    Places to sleep

    by sascha9230 Written Aug 25, 2012

    August 2011 we stayed in "The Alp Pasa Hotel" for 16 days. Although it is a pretty place, with old decoration, we can´t give the Hotel any good caracters, then the old owner of The Hotel was treating his staff like they were all slaves under the worst circumstances. He was angry with them all day long, it was terrible to watch. The poor staff worked so hard and long, they deserved better!
    Our doubleroom was very tiny, 8m2, did not at all look like on the photos online, very dark, and the aircondition and the noise from the rest of the place was very loud. The pool was in the middle of the Hotel, a very crovded tiny place, then the restaurant was the same place. Being in the Pool made us feel like a bird in a cooking Pot.
    Instead, we this year look forward to stay in one of the many pensions in Kaleici, much cheaper, still pretty and with pools, and hopefully with a much more kind owner.

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