Antalya is known for its unique and fascinating green nature, in addition to its historical and cultural beauty. It contains ancient monuments and caves, which tourists feel enthusiastic about visiting during their trip to Turkey. The great interest and effort the Turkish government pays to Antalya, in terms of infrastructure and public utilities, makes it a very modern and vibrant city. It is a wonderful mixture of Bedouin and modern oriental culture, in addition to its history and warm climate in winter, which makes it a tourist and investment destination throughout the year.
Location of Antalya:
Antalya is located in the southwest of Turkey on the slopes of the Mediterranean coast, which makes it include the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, such as Konyaalti Beach and Lara Beach.
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Distance to Istanbul:
The distance between Istanbul and Antalya is about 700 km, according to Google Maps. It takes about 8 and a half hours by car. Yet, it takes an hour and ten minutes, only, by plane, while by train it takes about 5 hours.
Distance to Ankara, the capital city:
The distance between Ankara and Antalya is about 480 km. You can travel from Ankara to Antalya by car, which takes about 6 hours, while traveling by plane takes an hour and 10 minutes.
Climate of Antalya:
The climate of Antalya is the climate of the Mediterranean; winter is mild and rainy; summer is hot and dry. The temperature ranges between 15 and 28 degrees. The sea and the northern winds help make the rise in temperature acceptable and pleasant.
Life in Antalya:
There are 2 lifestyles in Antalya:
- When Turks first came, they immediately settled by establishing villages, towns, and cities.
- On the other hand, part of the inhabitants of the city continue the Bedouin lifestyle as it was before the Turks came to Anatolia. There are at least 15-20 families linked together; they live in thick-haired tents, go up to the mountains in summer, and go down to the warm plains in winter.
They even raise animals such as camels and sheep and make their living by exchanging or selling the products they produce with others. They produce meat, milk, oil, woven tents, and natural fluffy carpets. In fact, the Turkish carpets that adorn the most important museums in
today are handmade by these people.
Culture of Antalya:
A very large part of today's folk music culture is inherited from the nomads; the greatest poets of Turkish folk music and poetry such as Karacaoğlan and Dadaloğlu are taken from culture.
Those who have lived a stable life in rural villages for a long time also describe themselves with terms such as "citizen, peasant". However, they all have the same roots and are original Turks; they don't look at each other differently and consider this as pride. Today, there are a few small nomadic groups that remain true to their culture; their number does not exceed a few hundred, while nothing left of this lifestyle except camels.
Worth to be mentioned, people decorate camels that carry tourists, with bells. This can be found in Belek, Manavgat, and Alanya during summer. There are also Yoruk tents in Kemer and on the Antalya-Kumluca Road, which carry local and foreign tourists. The tents in those areas look like a museum, you can eat unique pancakes and drink ayran in Yorks.
People of the region also celebrate a tradition that is a memory of their ancestors, during which the locals of Antalya go to the highlands such as Gömbe, Sütlegen and Alanya when they get the chance. In some regions such as Alanya, people extract snow stored in the wells of the Taurus Mountains in winter to the city center, in August, then turn it into sherbet and sell it by hawkers, which is an ancient tradition of nomads.
The basis of the Bedouin's diet is food obtained from livestock and wheat. They also grow a small amount of fresh vegetables on the coast, where wheat and dried vegetables are majors in the area.
You can find all the world's cuisines in Antalya in hotels and restaurants, but the unique local dishes in the region are: tandoori kebabs, choli (wheat, beans, chickpeas, and bean soup), tomato juice, hibesh, arabachi.
Transportation and infrastructure:
You can travel to Antalya by land, air, and sea. Antalya Airport is open to international air traffic. There are camels decorated with bells to carry tourists in Belek, Manavgat, and Alanya during summer.
The most important tourist areas in Antalya:
Old houses of Antalya: The construction of old houses, in Antalya, depends on the importance of keeping sunlight and providing warmth rather than coldness. Shaded gardens and courtyards are features that facilitate air flow. The houses were built on 3 floors with an entrance used as a storeroom and a hall.
Yivli Minaret: It is the first Turkish building in Antalya; in the center near the port. According to the inscription written on it, it was built in (1219-1236). The brick structure consists of eight semicircles.
Karatay School: It is one of the important Turkish-Islamic buildings in the city center. It was built in the thirteenth century.
Kırkgöz Inn: It is located at the second stop on the old Antalya-Afyon Road, "Kırkgöz Inn". Kırkgöz Han Hotel is 30 km from the city of Antalya.
Kursunlu Waterfall: It is one of the natural wonders of the region and is one of the most visited places. It is located in a deep green valley. The entire surrounding area can be visited by walking for about half an hour. A large number of fish live in its waters where ponds are formed in some places.
Lara Beach: It is on the western coast of the center of Antalya and is 10 km from the center of Antalya towards the east. It is one of the most beautiful coasts of the city.
Perge: Perge is located 18 km east of Antalya near the district of Aksu. It is an important city in Pamphylia as it is located on the trade route between Cilicia and Pisidia. Perge was an important city for Christians. The remains of the city were found, including, a theater, a stadium, a colonnade street, and an agora.
Karin Cave: It is 27 km from the city center of Antalya. The ruins found in Karin Cave within the borders of Bagcilar go back to the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
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