Antalya: Journey to the Pearl of Turkey

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Welcome to Antalya, a seaside resort on the shores of the Mediterranean, an earthly paradise and the capital of the Turkish Riviera. The 9th largest city in Turkey has a rich history, natural beauty, intense topography, and it is no coincidence that it hosts over 11 million visitors from around the world annually. As the fourth most popular city in the world, Antalya is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world that offers you a unique experience.

The largest city on the shores of the western Mediterranean of Turkey, located right on the Gulf of Antalya (Antalya Körfezi), is classic and steeply modern. The beautifully preserved Kaleiçi Old Town district (literally "Inside the castle") is at its core, which offers atmospheric accommodation in beautifully renovated Ottoman houses and picturesque baths. The Old Town is surrounded by a magnificent port of the Roman era, overlooking the top of the mountain, while just outside the central city, there are two beaches and one of the best museums in Turkey. In short, its advantageous geographical location has made it the hottest and most picturesque resort in Turkey. Like any old town, Antalya offers wonderful beaches and a great variety of excursions.

What Antalya invites you to experience

With one foot in the east and the other in the west, the visitor is clearly dazzled by the modern face and the ancient history. Antalya is an all weather destination for history buffs and adventure addicts. While most explore the intricately decorated mosques and bustling markets of Istanbul, the coastal city of Antalya requires less walking. Initially, you will feel familiar as you walk through the well-preserved picturesque alleys of the old town, you will taste the huge selection of accommodation among countless idyllic hotels along the coast that offer generous relaxation and you will admire the ancient Russian sights in close distance.

On the outskirts of the city, you will discover beautiful and historical monuments, the exploration of which should be at the top of the list of things you can do in Antalya. The ruins of Perge, the capital of Pamphylia, are an incredible example of Russian architecture that still thrives in the area. Most come to see the majestic theatre, the triumphal arch and the citadel walls. About 40 km from Antalya, the ruins of the ancient city of Aspendos are another remarkable attraction. What impresses is its ancient theatre, which is considered one of the best-preserved ancient Greek theatres in the world.

Waterfalls, Kaleici and rafting

Do not forget to visit the most popular natural attraction in the area, which you can visit by boat or by road: the Duden waterfalls that are "fed" by a river that starts from Mount Taurus and ends in the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a day of relaxation in the incredible wonders of nature while in the green environment that attracts visitors from Turkey and abroad, you can enjoy a picnic. If you still want an extremely relaxing afternoon, then all you have to do is walk to the well-preserved old town, Kaleici.

Nature lovers will love Antalya. Apart from Duden Waterfalls, about 90 km away from Antalya, one of the top rafting spots is Canyon Koprulu National Park. Aside from the fact that it is the most immense gorge in the country, you will discover rafting here and one of the top things to do in Antalya. Of course, to get to all these magical places, you have to own your own vehicle. So you can turn to the sure option of renting a car, to safely and comfortably cross the thousands of kilometres required to visit the above-mentioned places. Trust Enjoy Travel and choose one of the dozens of vehicles available at excellent prices.

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