Antalya, also known as the Turkish Riviera, where the pine-clad Toros (Taurus) Mountains sweep down to the sparkling clear sea, is the tourism capital of Turkey. The region, bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year, is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming and water sports, yachting, trekking, mountaineering and golf. If you come to Antalya in March or April, you can even ski at Saklıkent in the mornings and in the afternoons swim in the warm water of the Mediterranean.
Antalya is a jewel of a city sitting in the tiara of a coastline arcing from beaches to mountains. Set in ancient lands and ornamented by natural wonders, the weather in Antalya is bathed in sunshine. It is a modern holiday resort and these enticing shores embrace the ever-changing blue of the Mediterranean. Antalya’s historical Old Town area known as the Kaleici offers beautiful harbor views and is surrounded by medieval fortified walls, which date back before both the Roman and Byzantine periods and have been restored many times.
The Antalya Museum (Antalya Muzesi) really does stand out and offers an insight into the city’s Roman and Ottoman past. Another good bet is the Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, while close by, further museums await in the neighboring seaside resort city of Alanya.
There is a truly extraordinary selection of tourist attractions situated on the outskirts of Antalya, including spectacular Roman remains, picturesque stretches of coastline and national parks. For the most impressive ruins, a day trip to either Patara or Termessos won’t disappoint. Antalya is also within reach of the port town of Bodrum, the Turkish capital of Ankara, and the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, as well as popular tourist destinations such as Aspendos, Izmir, Kemer, Olimpos (Olympos) and Demre – the home town of the world-famous Saint Nicholas of Myra, who to most is perhaps best known as simply Santa Claus.