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Yivli ("Fluted") Minaret

Yivli ("Fluted") Minaret

Greg Wolfe

Although many people come to Antalya just for the beaches and the fun associated with them, the city has lots more to offer; scuba  diving, sailing, paragliding, rafting, mountain climbing, tracking and much more, seeing is beliving. In May you can swim in the morning and skining in the afternon at Saklıkent (at Bakırtepe) in Antalya and at nigth  at  the location you  can  visit  TUBITAK's  observatory and enjoy  the sky at top of 2500m Mt.

Like many other Turkish cities, the  city of  Antalya dates back to Greek and Roman times and there are many sites  to prove it. The Kale, the Ottoman citadel, is the nicest part of town. Narrow alleys, old timbered houses, stone archways, and private gardens. The old harbour (Yat Limani) is now a marina with modern yachts and very nice to spend a evening outside, having a meal or a drink next to the sea.

Due to the fact that Antalya is a real tourist center, there is a great infrastructue, many restaurants, shops, disco's etc. There is no need to get bored here. The old harbour is also the place for many open air events and concerts during the summer.

Thera are many excellent daytrips to be made in and around Antalya. The ancient sites of Aspendos,  Perge, Phaselis, Manavgat, Side and Termessos are all within a distance of 50 kilometers. Aspendos ampytheatre is the largest and better shaped of its kind. Every summers music festivals are being hold in the area, it has capasity of more than 20,000 people.

West of Antalya is called  Kemer where the mountain is more than 1500m high subparallel to the narrow shore line. The east of Antalya  has the best beaches and  the shore line is very wide. Make sure you visit Manavgat water falls while in the area.

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