Apollon Temple Side
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Antalya is the capital of the Mediterranean province. It is located at the
south-western coast of the Mediterranean sea and it is the most wellknown
tourism area of Turkey. About 1.6 million people live in Antalya. The City is
located in front of the tall mountains of Taurus and on a steep slope down rock
plain to the sea.
The history of Antalya comes up to the 2nd century B.C., when Attalus II,
king of pergamon, founded this town named "Atteleia" - today it is
called Antalya. In the following time Antalya was ruled by the Romans,
Byzantinians, Seldshukians and the Osmans. Throughout in Antalya You can
find the relicts of these times. A visit in the Antalya museeum is very
Only in the last 10 years Antalya became wellknown because of its tourism.
Today it is a modern metropolis. Here You can find everything that belong to a
big City: high rises and tower blocks, shopping centres, but also the native
bazaars, a modern congress centre and aquaparks, where not only the local people
relax. Also there are banks, restaurants, bars - and of course the usual traffic
jam. Antalya connects antiquity and modern lifestyle in a special way. The large
parks, the streets lined by palm trees and the many historical buildings will
fill You with enthusiasm.
You can find two large beaches at the border of Antalya. In direction to
west there is the pebbled beach of Konyaaltı. Especially on the weekends in
the hot summer time thousands of visitors have their picnic here. In direction
to east You will find the sandy beach of Lara. Nearby both beaches there are a
lot of good hotels in all categories up to international luxury hotels.
Famous tourist villages like Akzu, Belek, Side, Manavgat, Incekum, Avsallar
and Alanya in the east and Beldibi, Göynük, Kemer, Kiris, Camyuva and Tekirova
in the west belong to the tourism region of Antalya. In the above mentioned
villages You will find the most modern hotels of the Mediterranean region. You
have the choice between hundreds of hotels in all price classes.
In Antalya You will find a lot of worth seeing historical things:
- The old rampart of the town (with Hadrian's gate and the