Antalya is the tourist center of Turkey. Mediterranean pearl whose offer is far greater than the beaches and luxury hotels. If you are…
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Antalya, a town on the Mediterranean waterfront of Southwestern Turkey, is the great global sea resort of Turkey and is situated on the Turkish Riviera. For the favorable situation created by Antalya to enhance tourism, in 2012, it proved itself to be the most looked forward town in the world.
The Taurus summit of southern Antalya extends collateral to the Mediterranean in the east-west direction, which consequences the emergence of narrow littoral plains encircled by lofty mountains from three sides, sea forming the fourth side. Geographically, Antalya is located on a plain where the mountains retreat from the seashore, which comprises of twin flat zones, composed of travertine stone (35m high).
The region around Antalya is full of natural beauty.Here are some of the best places to visit near Antalya. Duden Waterfalls Visit the majesty of Upper Duden waterfall which is located some 14 kilometers northeast of the city. On the way to the famous Lara beach there is Lower Duden waterfall which plunges directly into the sea. In its immediate vicinity there are many hotels with a great view of the waterfall, but still the most spectacular view is from the sea. So at any time you can jump on a boat that will take you to the waterfall itself and give you a good insight into its power. Opposite the Duden waterfalls only 18 kilometers from the city are the Kurunlu waterfalls and Lake Nulufer which are two places of supreme natural beauty and one of the most beautiful places in Turkey. Manavgat Waterfalls After all your excitements and sightseeing, relax at the tea gardens and on the Manavgat Waterfalls. You shall get your feet off and for your delight; the souvenir stores are open every time Kursunlu Waterfalls Kursunlu Waterfalls is located in the Aksu district. It is a destination ideal for family trips known for its large selection of entertainment and beaches Karain Cave The Karain Cave, near Dösemaltı, was inhabited by prehistoric man. Bones and teeth belonging to Neolithic man have been excavated here. If you want to relax from the city, this cave is ideal for you. It is recommended that you visit it when it is a working day and when you are less busy. Gulluk Dagi National park Moreover, explore the Gulluk Dagi National park. You will need few hours to scrutinize the entire park, so import some of your time. Also be ready with your best cameras to get marvelous clicks of some out of the world scenery and landscapes. Chimera Mountain At the top of the mountain, a fire comes out of the ground. This phenomenon is known as the eternal flame of Chimaera, and it is the fire that has been burning since ancient times. Local legend says it is a fire that comes from a monster, partly a goat, a snake and a lion. Today, however, it is known that it is a gas that comes from the depths of this mountain, but not from fossil fuels, but from a chemical reaction in the rocks.
Other things to see and doFestivals If you are visiting Antalya in summer, don’t miss the sand festival, where skilled artists creates life size diagrams to impress, so make yourself ready with your camera. Buy a ticket to Aspendos Ballet and Opera fiesta, which is played in the middle of June and July, in the Roman theatre in Antalya’s Belek region. Food culture in Antalya Since Antalya is a tourist region, you can find almost all kinds of world cuisine in restaurants. But if you opt for a local dish, iskender, tandoor kebab, meat stew, hibes and arapasi can be recommended. Tandir kebab made from lamb, thyme, salt and butter. A tandoor is a type of furnace made by digging holes and covering them with stones on the sides. Since the meat was baked in this oven, the name of the dish was "tandir", which means Tandoori. Today, however, they cook meat in different ways. Meat stew It contains diced lamb or veal, tomato, paprika, onion, salt, pepper, chili pepper and thyme. The meat stew is cooked in a clay pot and then the top is covered to keep out the heat. Antalya is famous for its famous fresh fish and seafood specialties. Some of the best can be tasted in the Arma restaurant, located in the marina in the old town of Kaleiçi. Wide white terraces decorated with pink flowers are located just above the dark blue sea 7 Mehmet, the restaurant has nurtured its tradition since 1937. The restaurant offers on its menu almost 650 types of modern Mediterranean dishes and traditional Turkish cuisine, all in a beautiful courtyard by the sea, while sitting surrounded by palm trees and white umbrellas. Shopping and souvenirs Popular souvenirs are carpet rugs, eye charms (Nazar), leather products, ceramics and glass products, shoes, aromatic herbs. On the coast there are many shops with replicas of famous brands. When buying, we recommend bargaining. Negotiation can sometimes reduce the cost of goods by 40-50%. One large modern shopping center TerraCity is located on the road to Lara (resort area 10 km east of Antalya), the other called MarkAntalya is located not far from the old town. Not far from TerraCity are the smaller Laura and Shimall shopping malls. In each shopping center you will find cafes and restaurants for every taste. In addition to the large shopping malls in the Lara area, there are also many boutiques of well-known brands of clothing, footwear and accessories. Branches of large retail chains Migros, Kipa, Carrefour, Macro are located in all districts. Not far from the shopping center Laura every Saturday since early morning there is a bazaar that spreads over several city streets. Although not as big as the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the offer is just as varied. There is a very large selection of clothing on the market at extremely affordable prices. In addition to vegetables and fruits, there are also cheap clothes and shoes of good quality, textiles, household items, bags and wallets, sunglasses and jewelry. The Güzeloba area also has markets on Fridays and Sundays.
A different view of vacationA creative refreshment from luxury accommodation is Olympos Bay, a bay where young people from all over the world come to rest in wooden houses they have built themselves. Probably the most famous complex of such houses are Kadir’s Tree Houses, where you can realize a child’s dream of sleeping in a tree house. Relaxation and a kind of hippie way of life are unsurpassed here, you can spend the day barefoot, lounging in hammocks or churning in natural river and sea pools. The resort is surrounded by a white pebble beach overlooking the magnificent Olympos. The top, at 2365 meters, can be reached by cable car. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and the panoramic view from the gondola to the whole of Antalya, the surrounding nature and the sea is unforgettable. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, you can embark on an adventure called bungee jumping at over 2000 meters. A little over an hour’s drive takes you to arrive in a whole new setting. This is another treat for adrenaline lovers. Rafting on the river Koprulu is something you really have to experience. Driving towards the starting point of rafting, you will see a fast and wavy river through the window.
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