Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya’s time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views.
The clifftop fortress neighborhood of Kaleiçi is the site of Yivli Minare, a 38m-high brick minaret, and narrow streets lined with centuries-old restored Ottoman homes. Antalya Museum houses a vast collection dating to early antiquity. Popular Konyaalti Beach is a long, pebbly stretch, while sandy Lara Beach is known for themed hotels and nearby Düden Waterfalls. Beyond the city lie ruins such as Aspendos’ preserved theater and Perge’s massive Greco-Roman stadium. Popular outdoor activities include golfing, diving and hiking the 500km Lycian Way footpath.
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