Photos of Antalya, Gateway to the Turkish Mediterranean Turquoise Coast
The largest coastal city in Turkey, Antalya is more than just a hub of the Turkish Riviera.
| Published: January 11, 2018 8:34 PM IST
Published: January 11, 2018 8:34 PM IST | Updated: January 11, 2018 8:34 PM IST
The city of Antalya is one of Turkey’s largest and oldest cities, built along the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded in 150 BC as Attalia, after its founding king, Attalos II of Pergamon. Over the centuries, this port city became a hub for travelers and seafarers and traders. Travelers like Ibn Battuta and Paul the Apostle found their way to the city, which soon became melting pot of cultures; Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in this coastal city, surrounded by beautiful beaches and majestic mountains. Today, the scenic vistas are the same, the rich multicultural heritage of Antalya is visible in its ancient ruins and monuments. ALSO READ: Top 10 Cheapest Holiday Destinations in 2018 Revealed in New Study
View of Hadrian’s Gate in the old city part of Antalya, with the Duden waterfall
Aerial view of Lower Duden waterfall, with water cascading 40 meters into the Mediterranean sea
Kizil Kule (Red Tower) in Alanya, Antalya
Another view of Antalya’s landscape, with the marina and Red tower visible
The picturesque Old town (Kaleici) in Antalya
People walking near the Clock Tower, Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque and Yivli Minare Mosque or Alaaddin Mosque in Kaleici
Seaview sunset at the golden hour, with the ancient Apollon Temple
The streets of old town Kaleici in Antalya
The monument of Attalos II, Philadelphos king of Pergamon and founder of Antalya in Kaleici district
Beach of Cleopatra with the sea and rocks of the Alanya peninsula
While Antalya today is a major tourist hotspot, you’ll find many parts relatively unexplored. Most might be tempted by the luxurious beach resorts that promise a taste of the Turquoise Coast for a few days, but there is much more to see in the old town (Kaleiçi) and its streets. The city lies along the Antalya Gulf and boasts of a modern cityscape that blends right with the classical old town district and its Ottoman houses and lanes and Roman-era harbor.