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The city of Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast in the south west of Turkey. A popular holiday resort, the city boasts a huge variety of accommodation, which ranges from luxury spa resort complexes to more basic hostel-style accommodation.
Antalya has a great atmosphere and its many cafés and restaurants are situated on broad streets lined with palm trees...
The old centre of the city has been restored to preserve much of its history, which contrasts sharply with the city's modern marina. There are golden beaches, such as those at the Lara and Konyaalti Beach Parks nearby. Lara has one of the longest beaches in Turkey and the area is home to several luxury hotels as well as restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs and sports facilities.
Visitors can enjoy sights within the city, such as Hadrian's Gate and the Yivli Minare Mosque (Ulu camii), as well as venturing further afield to see places such as Alaynya Castle and the Taurus Mountains.
Other Antalya resorts which are outside the city but still close enough for you to visit and experience include Belek, Aksu, Side, Manavgat, Konakli, Beldibi, Goynuk, Kemer, Kiris and Tekirova, any of which would provide the perfect base to visit some of the attractions further afield. This region of Turkey is full of contrasts so you can see everything from pine forests to cliffs, hollows and caves. It is even possible to ski here, as the winter resort of Saklikent is only 45 kilometres from Antalya and is open from November to May.
There is no shortage of history, with many ancient sites and monuments such as Olympos National Park and Perge, where you can see the ruins of both a theatre and acropolis. Another attraction is the famous hot springs at Pamukkale, a World Heritage Site. Other landmarks in the area include the sunken city of Kekova and the Karain cave as well as the towns of Side, Aspendos and Demre/Myra.
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