The Ultimate Antalya Travel Guide

Antalya is the pearl of Turkey and for all the right reasons the most popular tourist destination in Turkey. Antalya gets around 14 million tourists a year due to its lovely beaches, vibrant city, abundance of attractions and 300 days of sun. Regardless of your motivation to visit Antalya there is something for everyone. From world class golf courses to ancient remains of the Roman empire Antalya will forever stay in your heart after you leave. Read our ultimate Antalya travel guide and join millions of tourists and tens of thousands of international property investors who come here and buy properties here every year!

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Sandy beaches, amazing restaurants, ancient Roman remanings, concerts and festivals, Antalya has something for everyone regardless of their interests. Discover the attractions and secrets of Antalya through the eyes of Kingsman Estates Antalya. We have prepared a list of our all time favourites for you so you have the best time in Antalya.

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TOP 37 Attractions In Antalya

Antalya has something to offer for everyone. Food, nature, spots, culture, you name it Antalya has it. Check out the list of all the attractions in Antalya and build your bucket list before you come here.

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Antalya Old Town - Kaleici

Loaded with a completely different mystery. Houses with bay windows on one side of the Mediterranean and centuries-old lives intermingled with each other. Streets reigning between historical walls, historical mansions.

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Lower Duden Waterfalls

Witness one of the most fantastic geographical sites in Antalya where the Duden waterfall spills into the Mediterrean sea while feeling the droplets on your face.

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Perge Ancient City

Just over 18 kilometres east of Antalya city centre, Perge Ancient City was one of the most prosperous towns in the Roman Empire. One of Antalya’s must visit!

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Antalya Museum

After visiting the nearby ancient sites like Aspendos, visiting the Antalya Museum is a must. You will find all the artifacts thus giving you the big picture of the area.

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Kursunlu Waterfalls

Kursunlu Waterfall is a national park where you can take a break from the steaming hot weather of Antalya next to lots of green and cool water.

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Konyaalti Beach

West of Antalya, Konyaalti Beach is one of the top locations! You can enjoy the sea or go on a cycling tour alongside many restaurants and cafes overlooking Taurus Mountain.

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Termessos

Just off 34 kilometres of northwest Antalya, a Psidian city on the top of the tranquil mountains where you will witness one of the best preserved ancient sites in Turkey.

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Old City Marina

A special landmark of Antalya just underneath the Old Town is a crescent shaped port where you will find fishing boats and yachts. A must see!

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Tunektepe Cable Car

Take the cable lift to the top of the mountains where you will witness amazing views while you are enjoying the restaurants and cafes on top.

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Antalya Aquarium

Visit Antalya Aquarium to see the longest tunnel in the world with 131 metres length and 3 metres thickness where you will see jewels of the seaworld.

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TerraCity

Terracity is the best and most popular shopping mall in Antalya and it has all the brands you might be looking for as well as some amazing restaurants.

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Hadrian's Gate

You must absolutely visit Hadrian’s Gate! Built for the honor or Emperor Hadrian's visit to the city and it is incredibly well deserved!

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Mall of Antalya

Mall of Antalya is one of the malls in Antalya where you will be able to find loads of brands and good deals on clothes and other presents!

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Kaputas Beach

Kaputas beach is in Kas which is a resort town in Antalya region. One of the popular beaches in the region that gets worldwide attention and visitors.

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Lara Beach

Lara beach is the second most popular beach in Antalya after Konyaalti. 10 kilometre of sandy beaches are to die for. A must visit!

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Antalya Bazaar

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Karaalioglu Park

An urban park close to the Old Town where you will be able to enjoy various flowers alongside the restaurants and cafes overlooking the bay area.

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Antalya Migros Shopping Mall

Antalya Migros Shopping Mall is big and has everything you need from clothes to home items. One of the oldest yet popular malls of Antalya.

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Deepo Outlet Center

Deepo Outlet Center is a shopping mall slightly outside of Antalya city centre where you will find cheaper outlet stores for everything you need.

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Antalya Tram

Antalya has two tramlines called AntRay and the nostalgic one from the earlier times of the republic. Take a tour to feel the earlier vibes of the republic.

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Aqualand & Dolphinland

A fantastic place of big water slides where you can have an incredible time alongside the Dolphinland where you will witness the talented shows of the dolphins.

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MarkAntalya

MarkAntalya is a central shopping mall where you will find most of what you need. It is mostly for clothes including some restaurants and cafes.

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Antalya Zoo

Visit Antalya Zoo to witness all sorts of animals around the world. An educational place for your family and kids to enjoy during your stay in Antalya.

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Sandland

One of the biggest sand events in the world, Sandland is an open air sand art exhibition place where you will witness wonderful and inspiring artworks made out of sand.

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Yivli Minaret Mosque

A symbol of Antalya built in the 13th century by the Seljuk sultan Alaaddin Keykubat. This elegant mosque is a must visit in Antalya.

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Mermerli Beach

Situated right next to the marina in the old town, Mermerli Beach and the restaurants around it offers a great opportunity to cool off from the hot weather of Antalya.

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Ataturk Parkı

A famous vibrant park of Antalya city centre provides a wonderful walk and green space along the seaside. Walk in to cafes and restaurants and enjoy the view.

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Ataturk Boulevard

Ataturk Boulevard is the main street of Antalya where you will find plenty of shops alongside the palm trees. Worth a visit even for window shopping.

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Cirali Plaji

A clean beach among the mountains and plenty of green surrounding for you and your family to enjoy.

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Agora Antalya Shopping Center

A big shopping mall on the outskirts of Antalya with IKEA where most of our property clients furbish their home and many other shops including restaurants and cafes.

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Roman Fortress (Hidirlik Kalesi)

A historical monument of the Old Town in Antalya. This watchtower was used to observe the incoming ships in the old times. A must see!

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Antalya Clock Tower

A remarkable clock tower situated within the walls of the Old Town from the 19th century. One of the icons of Antalya!

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Olympos and the Chimaera

A mythical mountain where fire comes of the cracks of the stones due to the natural gas going through combustion at the ancient site of Olympus.

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Karst Springs

A famous part of Antalya countryside where the springs have limestone and caused wonderful scenes due to the water running due to centuries.

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Karain Cave (Karain Magarasi)

Biggest cave in Turkey which had inhabitants in it from the prehistoric times. Remains and the artifacts found in this cave can be found in the Antalya archaeological museum.

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Phaselis

An ancient city used both by the Greeks and the Romans, the area has lovely beaches and it is accessible by daily tours as well as by car.

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TOP 10 Activities In Antalya

There are activities in Antalya for everyone. Antalya has world famous ancient sites from the Romans and Greeks, amazing restaurants, award winning beaches, festivals and physical activities. Regardless of who you are and what sort of activities you are into, Antalya has something for everyone. 

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Rafting Tours In Antalya

Rafting Tours in Koprulu Kanyon is the ultimate way to cool off from the steaming hot weather of Antalya for your and your family!

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Diving in the Mediterranean sea

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Full Day Tours of Antalya

Take one of the professional tours to have an in-depth tour of Antalya. Learn all about the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and the modern Turkish lifestyle.

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Boat Tours in Antalya

There are plenty of boat tours both daily and longer. Amazing opportunity to get to hidden bays that are only accessible by water.

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Rent A Wooden Bungalow in Olympus

Rent a wooden bungalow in the Olympus mountains and become part of the mythical Greek stories by staying overnight in the oxygen filled forests.

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Quad Safari In Antalya

Quad safari in Antalya is a great opportunity to witness the lovely nature and geography of Antalya in a hands on way.

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Golf In Antalya

Golf in the Belek region of Antalya is very popular among tourists. Join the likes of Barack Obama and test your skills!

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Jeep Safari Antalya

Join the jeep safari tours in Antalya where you will be driven along the coastline with fresh air brushing on your face while you are enjoying the lovely scenery.

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Day Trip To Pamukkale

Take a day off from Antalya and go to the Pamukkale to witness a natural wonder where springs with limestone have created white travertines over the centuries.

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Tours to Ancient Roman Sites

Take a knowledgeable tour guide with you to all the ancient Roman sites and learn all about the history, culture of the Romans while admiring nature.

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Top 8 Festivals & Events in Antalya

Antalya has plenty of festivals for different interests for everyone’s enjoyment. Read our top festivals and events in Antalya posts to find out in detail what the city has prepared for you. When it comes to festivals, Antalya has something for everyone.

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Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival

The second most important film festival in Turkey, equivalent of Golden Globes. Where International an Turkish movies premier and get awards.

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Antalya International Piano Festival

Most important music festival in Turkey where international and Turkish musicians get together to bring listeners a wonderful time mainly in classical music.

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Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival

A leading sand sculpture open air exhibition where artists all around the world get together absolutely breathtaking sand sculptures for visitors to enjoy.

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Antalya International Theatre Festival

This festival is held once a year at the ancient Aspendos theatre and it is one of the important cultural events of the city and a major contributor to Antalya.

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Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

Aspendos opera and ballet festival is one of the leading festivals in the world in its own genre. Bringing international talents to the ancient Aspendos theatre.

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Kaleici Old Town Festival

A unique themed festival where one theme is picked every year from one country where their respective representatives come and share their culture.

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Exhibitions and Fashion Shows at Antalya Expo Center

A fashion show of Turkish and international designers. One of the highlights of the city life.

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Golf Championships

Belek is incredible for golf and every year there are various golf tournaments and championships for everyone to enjoy.

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Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

Government sponsored international cycling tour of Turkey where cyclists internationally come here to compete.

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10 Best Nightlife in Antalya

Antalya and Kemer have a fantastic choice of night clubs, pubs and bars available for different music genres. Not to mention the crown jewel ancient theater of Aspendos bringing in shows and live performances from all around the world. Take a look at our best nightlife in Antalya.

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Soho Club

Soho club is one of the biggest and famous clubs in Antalya located in the prime Lara part. Without a doubt you will have a great time!

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Club Ally Antalya

Club Ally is located in the Old Town in Antalya and is very popular among the tourists and locals who want to have a good night.

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Çello Café Bar

Another bar right at the heart of Old Town Kaleici in Antalya right next to the Yivli Minare. Reasonably priced place where you can listen to some live music.

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Sheffield Pub

A reasonably priced pub right at the heart of Kaleici. Great for having a drink after a long day of walking and exploring Old Town of Antalya.

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Up Shot Bar

This is where the hipster cool kids of Antalya chill out. Up Shot Bar is located in Old Town Kaleici for anyone looking for a different vibe.

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Club Aura

Definitely the most famous nightclub in Antalya, hosting local and global DJ’s throughout the year. Enjoy the rave atmosphere with light shows and dancers.

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Club Inferno

Located in Kemer Antalya, Club Inferno is one of the most popular clubs in the region with big and crowded parties.

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Jolly Joker

Jolly Joker is located in the Muratpasa district in Antalya and it is a national concert hall chain where you can find talented Turkish groups giving live performances.

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Antalya State Opera and Ballet at Aspendos

Antalya State Opera and Ballet hall at the ancient theatre of Aspendos hosts an incredible array of performers all around the world. A must see!

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Raven Pub Antalya

A live rock pub in the heart of Kaleici Old Town in Antalya, come here to listen to an array of live talented artists.

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THE 8 BEST Restaurants In Antalya

Antalya has an absolutely fantastic range of restaurants and places to eat for all budgets. In this restaurant in Antalya blog post we have listed our favorites and most famous for you to enjoy during your stay in Antalya. Come and take a tour of culinary wonders of Antalya.

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Club Arma

One of the most famous and established restaurants in Antalya with the most fantastic views of the marina where you will find a great range of Italian and Mediterrean dishes.

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Il Vicino Pizzeria

Try traditional Italian pizzas in the II Vicino Pizzeria in the heart of Old Town. This place is small but has a very eccentric design.

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Lara Balikevi

Lara Balikevi has the best reputation on selling the best seafood in Antalya. It is not easy to keep that title for a 19 year old restaurant.

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Vanilla Lounge

Ran by a British Chef and his Turkish wife, Vanilla lounge serves a fantastic range of contemporary cuisine along with traditional Ottoman architecture.

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Mermerli

Great fish and meat restaurant overlooking the sea and underneath stone arches.

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Patio Bistro & Restaurant

Located just outside the Old Town of Antalya this restaurant where you can find all sorts of fusion food around the world.

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Seraser Fine Dining

Seraser Fine Dining is the ultimate location of fine dining in Antalya situated in the Old Town in a 300 year old Traditional Turkish Mansion.

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Big Chefs Café and Restaurant

Over the last 10 years Big Chefs Cafe and Restaurants have become a big brand in Turkey. There are two of them in Antalya.

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Shopping in Antalya

Shopping in Antalya has everything from upper class brands as well as local boutique shops by local designers. Not to mention the cultural souvenirs you may purchase in Kaleici Old Town like spices, Turkish delights, carpets. We have prepared a list for shopping in Antalya for you to enjoy!

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TerraCity

Providing service in Lara, one of the favorite districts of Antalya, TerraCity AVM is the diamond and heart of Antalya, with its 48,000 square meter area, it has global brands, restaurants and cafes.

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Antalya Bazaar

A historic market place where you will find anything from spices, clothes, jewelry. Turkish delights and many other Turkish souvenirs to take back home.

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Mall of Antalya

Mall of Antalya is one of the malls in Antalya where you will be able to find loads of brands and good deals on clothes and other presents!

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Antalya Migros Shopping Mall

Antalya Migros Shopping Mall is big and has everything you need from clothes to home items. One of the oldest yet popular malls of Antalya.

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Deepo Outlet Center

Deepo Outlet Center is a shopping mall slightly outside of Antalya city centre where you will find cheaper outlet stores for everything you need.

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MarkAntalya

MarkAntalya is a central shopping mall where you will find most of what you need. It is mostly for clothes including some restaurants and cafes.

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Agora Antalya Shopping Center

A big shopping mall on the outskirts of Antalya with IKEA where most of our property clients furbish their home and many other shops including restaurants and cafes.

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Land of Legends Shopping Avenue

A shopping district in the five star Land of Legends Hotel. It has plenty of upper class brands.

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Kaleici

This is where you can find plenty of Turkish souvenirs as well as Turkish delights and carpets and many authentic stuff.

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Best Hotels & Places To Stay In Antalya

Have you made your vacation plans? If you still haven’t made a decision, this article is for you. Antalya attracts tourists from many countries of the world every year; Our city is very famous with its sea, sand, air and historical places as well as, of course, its hotels.

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The Land of Legends Kingdom Hotel

The Land of Legends Kingdom Hotel, which is approximately 30 km from the airport, 35 - 40 km from the city center and 15 - 20 km from the beach in Antalya, is located in the Lara region.

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Maxx Royal Kemer Resort

Located in the unique nature of Kemer, the hotel is 5-star, close to the Marina and Phaselis Museum.

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Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort

Located in the Antalya Belek region and shown among the best hotels in Antalya, this hotel is a 5-star hotel with a 512-room capacity and 30 villas.

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Lara Barut Collection

As the name suggests, Lara Barut Collection, located in the Antalya Lara region, is among the 5 most preferred hotels with the highest number of reservations recently.

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Voyage Belek Golf & Spa

Operating in Belek, Iskele, Voyage Belek Golf & Spa is intertwined with nature and offers unforgettable moments to its guests with its golf and Spa services.

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Delphin Imperial Hotel Lara

Considered among the best hotels in Antalya, this hotel, located in Lara Kemerağzı region, has 33 years of experience and a capacity of 10000 beds.

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Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek

It is a 5 star hotel operating in Antalya Serik. This hotel is more convenient than other 5-star hotels in Antalya, but it is a very comfortable hotel with all kinds of facilities.

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Asteria Kremlin Palace

It is known as the residence of the Russian Tsars. It attracts so many foreign tourists that words are inadequate. Asteria Kremlin Palace immediately stands out as a pearl among Antalya Lara's Kundu hotels.

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Regnum Carya

One of the most luxurious hotels in Turkey, it has hosted many important people from Guy Richie to Barack Obama.

History Of Antalya

Antalya, II. It was founded by Attalos. After the end of the Kingdom of Pergamon (133 BC), the city, which remained independent for a while, later passed into the hands of pirates. B.C. It was annexed by Commander Servilius Isauricus in 77 BC. It became a base for Pompeius’ navy in 67. A.C. The visit of Hadrianus to Attaleia in 130 A.C helped the development of the city. Attaleia, which was the episcopal center during the Byzantine rule, showed a great development after it was captured by the Turks.

The city of Antalya and its surroundings were called Pamphylia, which means “very fertile” in ancient times, and the western part was called Lycia. VIII before Christ. those who migrated here from the west coast of the Aegean Sea since the 19th century; They founded cities such as Aspendos and Side. II. King of Pergamum II, who ruled in the middle of the century. Attalos had surrounded Side. Approximately 75 km from Antalya. The king, who could not take Side to the east, came to the place where the current provincial center is and established a city. This place was called Attaleia, named after him. In time, some people called Atalia, Adalya. Antalya comes from his name.

The region was under the domination of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine name recognized by Turkey, joined in 1207 by the Seljuk Turkish territory. In the period of Anatolian Principalities, it came under the sovereignty of Hamitoğulları, a branch of Teke Tribe. During the time of the Ottomans, the center of the Teke sanjak, which is connected to the Anatolian province, was now the city center of Antalya and this place was called Teke sanjak. The current name of the province is actually a slightly changed form of its ancient name and was given in the Republic period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Antalya is the pearl of Turkey and one of most visited tourist destinations in the world. A must see!

Yes! Antalya is absolutely safe for tourists, the police presence is at top level in Antalya.

Antalya is great throughout the year for different reasons.

Antalya is known for its 300 days of sun in a year, lovely beaches and ancient sites.

Lara, Konyaalti and Kaleici are the best locations in Antalya.

Yes during the pandemic, you will require a HES code to enter most of the places.

Sea is very warm in Antalya, some people even swim during the winter.

It depends where you eat but 50-100 lira per person should be enough.

There are plenty of clubs and bars in Antalya.

The list is endless but 300 days of sun and amazing award winning beaches are to die for.

There are several shopping malls in Antalya as well as the souvenir shops in Kaleici.

You can get to most locations with a 20 minute drive from Antalya Airport.

Yes most places will speak English in Antalya.

Yes Lara beach has lovely sandy beaches.

You can use public transport or taxi to get around Antalya.

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