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Located on Turkey’s southern coast, the ancient city of Antalya offers a captivating blend of old and new – where the historic old-city district of Kaleiçi (translated as 'within the castle') intersects with striking contemporary architecture. Well positioned between the Mersin, Istanbuland the capital Ankara, Antalya is the ideal springboard for exploring Turkey.
With a history stretching back to 200 BC, the city boasts two striking natural landscapes – stunning beaches bordering the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the astounding Taurus Mountains, which provide a breathtaking backdrop to the city. Also a thriving hub of cultural activity, Antalya plays host to a range of festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from opera and ballet to film. A Antalya will help you unlock this vibrant city’s delights, rendering the area’s two stunning beaches within easy reach, as well as nearby cities such as Antalya">Konya.
Arrive at Antalya’s international airport and the city centre is within easy reach, just a 20-minute drive down the D400 highway
With a Antalya, you can easily access a range of spectacular locations in and around the city, from Konyaaltı Plajı – a pebble-stone beach 20 minutes’ drive west from the centre of town, to Lara Plaji – a sandier beach half an hour’s drive south of Antalya. Mount Güllük-Termessos National Park is also a 40-minute drive, containing the ruins of an ancient settlement as well as a host of remarkable wildlife, from endangered red deer to king eagles and lynxes.
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Antalya is packed full of cultural landmarks, from the Yivli Minare erected in the 13th century to an astounding 19th century Yenikapi Greek church, which boasts exquisite interiors decorated with frescoes and hand-carved embellishment. A 10-minute drive towards the coast brings you to the imposing Hadrian’s Gate, erected in honour of the visit of the Roman emperor in AD 130, while further afield, 40 minutes’ drive away is Kemer, where you can catch a cable car to the top of the stunning Tahtalı Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views across the Beydaglari mountains below and the coastline beyond.
It is worth packing a map, as not all inner-city roads have street signs. Don’t be concerned if you are pulled over by the police – they have designated stop and search zones where cars are stopped frequently, and it is simply a routine operation.
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