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Summary Information About Antalya

Antalya Province (Turkish: Antalya ili) is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-west Turkey, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

The province covers an area of 20,591 square miles. The southern border of the province is the Mediterranean Sea while the Taurus mountains draw the land border. From west to east the province is bordered by Muğla, Burdur, Isparta, Konya, Karaman and Mersin provinces. The land of the province is 77.8% mountainous, 10.2% plain and 12% uneven. Many of the peaks of the Taurus mountains are above 500–3000 metres.

 

Antalya Province is the centre of Turkey’s tourism industry, attracting 30% of foreign tourists visiting Turkey. Its capital city of the same name was the world’s third most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, displacing New York. Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort.

 

Antalya is the fastest-growing province in Turkey; with a 4.17% yearly population growth rate between years 1990–2000, compared with the national rate of 1.83%. This growth is due to a fast rate of urbanization, particularly driven by tourism and other service sectors on the coast.

 

The city and thus the province are named after Attalos II, king of Pergamon, who founded the city in the 2nd century BC

Population

2619832

Area

20591.00 km 2

Location

Districts

19

Municipalities

20

Towns

0

Villages

0

History of Antalya

Antalya has been settled since pre-historic times. Evidence of human habitation dating back to the early Paleolithic age (150,000-200,000) years has been discovered in the Karain cave, 30 km (19 mi) of the north of Antalya city.

 

Antalya was part of the Lydian kingdom from the 7th century BC until Lydia was defeated by the Achaemenid Empire during the Battle of Sardis in 546 BC.

 

During the mid-Byzantine era (the 5th and 6th centuries) the city of Antalya grew beyond the city walls.

 

In the late 11th and early 12th Century much of the area of the modern province fell to the Turks especially the Danishmends. From 1120 to March 1207, Antalya was again under the sovereignty of Byzantines

 

The area was conquered by the Seljuk Turks and recaptured by the Byzantines again and again from 1076 onwards as the Seljuks strove to establish a trading base on the Mediterranean

 

The area passed through many hands before its final occupation by the Ottoman Empire under Murad II during the Ottoman expansion into Europe in 1432. Antalya also was occupied by Kingdom of Cyprus between 1361 and 1373. Ottoman rule of the coast persisted until the empire’s collapse at the end of the First World War.

Districts of Antalya

  • Akseki
  • Aksu
  • Alanya
  • Demre
  • Döşemealtı
  • Elmalı
  • Finike
  • Gazipaşa
  • Gündoğmuş
  • İbradı
  • Kaş
  • Kemer
  • Kepez
  • Konyaaltı
  • Korkuteli
  • Kumluca
  • Manavgat
  • Muratpaşa
  • Serik

Point of Interests in Antalya

The highest point of the Taurus mountains is Akdağ at an altitude of 3025 metres. Located to the northwest of the city centre and at a distance of 50 km (31 mi) is the Saklıkent ski and recreation centre on Beydağları. Here one can ski and then go down to the shore and into the sea during the months of January–April. In Saklıkent there are two teleski and ski courses along with villas and accommodation facilities available in the area. Situated on Bakırlı Hill behind Saklıkent is the Antalya National Space Observatory.

It is possible to watch meteor showers and shooting stars on certain days of the year. In rivers rafting and canoeing sports and on the Taurus mountains jeep safari, hunting and trekking tours are organised

Alternatively, there is rock-climbing, bird watching tourism, photo-safari, mountain tourism, line fishing and health tourism at the thalasso and dialysis centres in Geyikbayırı

Holy tourism activities are organized in Myra and Patara where St Nicholas was born and lived. The eternal flames of Chimaera that was the inspiration for the Chimera myth is also located in Antalya. In the area of Belek, 30 km (19 mi). east of Antalya, there is a big potential for golf tourism with the bonus of the cultural, historical and natural sightseeing of the region. There are five golf facilities already operating in Belek. There are underwater diving centres on the coast, primarily in Kemer, Çamyuva, Olympos, Adrasan, Kaş, Kalkan, Üçağız, Kekova, Side and Alanya. In addition, yacht tours are organized from the port of Antalya to Düden Waterfall-Karpuzkaldıran and Kemer, from Side to Alanya, from Demre-Çayağzı to Kekova, from Kaş to Kekova, from Kemer to Çıralı-Olympos-Adrasan and Cape Gelidonya. There are also boat tours on Manavgat creek and canoe tours on Xanthos creek. In addition, Blue Cruise, which covers the southwestern Anatolian coast, ends in Antalya. There are ferryboat trips from Alanya to Cyprus and from Antalya to Italy. Antalya today is a tourism centre with touristic accommodation facilities, nature and historic sites

Let's see the cuisine of Antalya

  • ANTALYA PİYAZI
  • HİBEŞ
  • ANTALYA USULÜ KABAK TATLISI
  • BAĞ SALATASI (BAĞ ÇORBASI)
  • TARATOR SOSU
  • KOKOŞKA (YUFKALI TAVUK)
  • KABURGA DOLMASI (LABA)
  • YÖRÜK KEBABI
  • OROS SALATASI AL KÖZ-AL GÖZ
  • EKŞİLİ TAVUK DOLMASI
  • ALANYA GÜLÜKLÜ (HÜLÜKLÜ) ÇORBA
  • KEMAL PAŞA PELTESİ
  • CİLLİNCOP

–          GÜLGAS (GÖLEVEZ)

For more information about Antalya

https://www.kulturportali.gov.tr/turkiye/antalya/genelbilgiler

 

For more information, you may visit the official government website of ANTALYA

http://www.antalya.gov.tr/

 

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