The Alexander waterfall is one of the few that cascades right into the sea - a spectacular sight. We were happy to visit here again in 2009 although it took us a while to find it - its not very well signposted..
Known in acient times as Attalia, the natural ancient harbor eventually won out over other towns in the region when the Ottomans turned to the city to make it the primary town of the region. Tourism boom of recent years has the town not looking back. The little harbor here is full of mostly tourist gulyets used for day cruises, but there are actually a few working fishing boats, as well. The harbor is below the old town and Republic Square.
The old part of Antalya is a pretty walking tour during the day time and most tourists do that. But it's a different dramatic atmosphere if you will try wandering around the kaleici at night.
The photos are mostly shades of yellow because it is really yellow in-person. Yellow street lamps illuminates dark streets and narrow alleyways at night. It's safe I think I think to wander around kaleici at night, there are few people mostly on the way to bars or clubs but most small alleys are empty.
I think all cities in Turkey have their own Ataturk Cadessi (street) and Antalya have that same street or avenue named after the founder of the republic, and most of the time these streets are main thouroughfares.
The Ataturk Caddesi is Antalya main street where most of the sights are located or at least near it. This main street is teeming with activities, it's perhaps the version of Istiklal Caddesi of Istanbul, although of course the latter is a pedestrian street.
The historical tram also runs along this street, so many shops, restaurants, cafes, parks, squares, the tourist info office, and government buildings.
Don't confuse this with the more popular Yivli Mosque aka Alaadin Mosque (Antalya's icon).
Sultan Alaadin Mosque is located within Kaleici also few walk from the Kesik (truncated) Minare. Just at the end of Kurtulus Sokak and very near the pension house I was staying (Erkal).
Built in 1834 as a church of the very large Greek community of Antalya. The church was converted to a mosque during the population exchange in 1922.
The minaret was built in 1937.
Antalya centre has several parks located almost beside each other. There Tophane Park, Recep Bilgin Park, both beside each other and a little few steps down the main road is one of the most popular among them - the Yavuz Ozcan Park.
Located within Antalya's city centre, Yavuz Ozcan park is vast planted with several trees and plants, some ponds, colorful lighted fountains at night and a waterfalls on the edge of the ocean.
Just beside the waterfalls are restaurants and cafes that lets you enjoy the oceanview whiloe sipping a hote bev or enjoying your meals.
Antalya's life line since the 2nd century, the Eski Liman or Roman Harbor was and still the center of Antalya. The Kaleici's sprawling old mansions were built around from the harbor. There are several restaurants up the stairs from the marina.
Several yachts and boats are anchored on the marina offering hourly cruises. There's a long narrow breakwater with a watchtower at the end. A small waterfalls is visible from the distance.
On the left just after descending on the stairs, there's a small swimming beach area just below the restaurants.
There are traces of Roman architectures on the facade of the hill enclave of the marina.
Also known as The Korkut (truncate minaret) Mosque, Kesik Minare is located inside the historical part of Antalya (Kaleici). The small coumpound is closed and looking in you'll notice plants, weeds and grasses are growing on the remaining structure and aroound it. Since the gate is locked, you'll just have the small opportunity to see it from the metal railings outside.
At the main gate, it says on the info:
"... it bears the traces of a long history from antique to ottoman. On the foundations of a 2nd century AD temple, which was knocked down in the 6th century AD, a large church was built. During the 7th century Arab invasion it suffered great damage and it was repaired in the 9th century.
It was converted to a mosque during the Selcuk period but in 1361 when Antalya fell to the Cyprus King Peter I, it was converted to a church. It again began to be used as a mosque during the reign Sultan Beyazid II's son - Prince Korkut - (1470 - 1509). The mosque continued to be used as a place of worship until 1896, when it was largely destroyed by fire. Known previously as he Korkut mosque as well as the Friday mosque. After the fie destroyed it upper section, it was called the truncated mosque."
Just beside the clock tower of Antalya, the Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque probably is the first one that draws attention from tourists starting their tour of the Kaleici at the clock tower as it is along the street that goes down to the historical part.
It isn't as huge as those ottoman mosques in Istanbul or other cities but this 18th century mosque is one of the most important ottoman mosque in Antalya. It has a tall single minaret.
I paid £10 for this 'Shoppers Delight' tour in Antalya through my rep from Thomsons at my welcome meeting.
I was very disapointed with the morning.
I was picked up at my hotel at 8 am and transfered to a Thomsons coach with all of the other people who had booked on the same trip.
It took about 1 hour to get to our first destination (including transfer from hotel). This was a leather shop. It sold leather coats for 1000 euros and up. The highest price I saw was 5510 euros. They did put on a little fashion show for us which was enjoyable, but we were given an hour in the shop. Not one person bought anything as we were all completely out-priced. Everybody was back on the coach after 20 minutes but couldn't carry until the hour was through.
Next we were taken to a large jewellery shop. We were given a talk about the jewellery and again, given an hour to spend here. Once again, the prices were very high and not one of our coach party bought anything. Again, everybody was on the coach before the hour was up and we couldn't go.
Then we were taken to a factory that produced Turkish Delight and jams. The place was tiny. There was a factory shop where nearly everybody bought something. We were all back on the coach within 15 minutes and ended up waiting until the tour guide said we could go after half an hour.
We were then taken to see a waterfall, which was nice, but the general consensus was that everybody was hungry (as it was now around 1pm) and we all wanted to go shopping in Antalya to experience the markets, bazzars and local shops aswell as the town itself.
We eventually got 'free time' in Antalya which ended up being for 2 hours. We spent half an hour getting lunch, then we only had 1 and a half hours to explore.
It wasn't long enough.
But, I did throughly enjoy the hour and a half we had there.
In the centre of Antalya, there is a Tourist Information Centre (pictured). It is near the town monument. Here, you can get information about what Antalya has to offer from museums, shopping areas and the local Irish bar!
Hasan Subasi Cultural Park,located in the heart of Antalya's cultural and touristic area of the Konyaalti district,houses the Antalya Cultural Center,the Glass Pyramid Sabanci Congress and Exhibition Center,semi-covered and open air exhibition areas,an Amphitheatre for seating capacity 1000 persons and recreational areas.The park is 12 km from the airport and walking distance of the three 5 star hotel(Falez-Sheraton-Hillside Su).2 outdoor parking areas accommodate 750 cars.
Park was my best relaxing place when I lived Antalya,I lived all seasons there,long walk early morning when the city was sleeping..she is look like a paradise but early morning:-) you may see great and fascinating view of Konyaalti beach and Toros Mountains..
Positioned opposite to the Taurus Mountains,the glass jewel,that was inagurated 1 october 1997 is located in the Hasan Subasi Cultural Park and houses 3 meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology including a videowall in the Toros hall,covered with light and heat protective glass and 4 portable simultaneous translation boots in the Meltem Hll,video projection and 3 stable simultaneous translation boots in the Düden Hall,an Art Gallery and an elegang Foyer,all with climate control.
Congress,exhibitions,fairs,fashion shows,receptions,dinners,concerts,conferences can successfully be held at the Sabanci Congress and Exhibition Center.
Karaalioglu Park marks the entrance to a scenic waterfront walk along the edge of Antalya's old port. Within the park there are a number of monuments and statues. Inside, you will find Hidirlik Tower, rising fourteen metres high in it's round circular form. There are lots of cafes and restaurants nearby, with scenic views of the sea. Walking along the waterfront is popular in the late afternoon and early evening, and thus many street performers and vendors can be found along the route as well. If you're looking to spend a lazy evening in Antalya, walking along the marina is an excellent choice.
Hierapolis is the modern Pamukkale which name means "Sacred City" because of the large number of temples it contained. It is located less then 100 miles away from Antalya. A lot of travel agencies offer bus tours to this place.
I think Pamukkale is too crowded by tourists and does not reall worth a visit but Hierapolis itself does!
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