Introduction to City of Antalya
Antalya, the city of Turkey, is located on the sun-drenched South Western coast of the country. With every year, Antalya is becoming an ever-growing destination for travelers worldwide by popularity. Due to its importance as a tourist destination of Turkey, the city received the title of “The Capital of Turkish tourism”. Antalya is one of the most attractive cities for tourist destinations when compared with the rest of the world.
In the second century B.C the city was founded by the King of Pergamon, who named the city Attaleai. After the Romans, Seljuks and Byzantines conquered the city. Finally, Antalya was occupied by Ottoman Empire then evolved into the Turkish Republic. Thus, there are many cultural and archaeological remains left by those civilizations all around the city.
The Lara beach and the Konyaalti beach are ideal for swimming; there, you can find private and public beaches. Besides these beaches, there are also two water parks in Antalya in which various water games are played for families with children and young couples.
Other interesting places in the outskirts of Antalya that can be visited are the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls, and Kursunlu Falls; Saklikent, which hosts winter sports due to its being the center for winter sports. Gulluk Mountain National Park is another choice for tourists to visit due to being a famous ancient city of Termessos and Karain Cave. Additionally, Kemer is situated on the coast to the west of the city of Antalya and that is among the most beautiful holiday centers in the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, Phaselis which is located in the south of Kemer is a historic port. The ancient city of Olympos welcomes all comers to allow them to witness the historical ruins.
Due to its geographic location, Antalya is fortunate to have the Taurus mountain which ranges to protects it from Northerly winds and project a natural backdrop worth to see for the city and its population during the day.
Traditional Cuisine of Antalya
While visiting Antalya, you will notice many traditional dishes, and no doubt that you will get yourself familiarized with many of the delicious local dishes that are offered for all comers. As you walk through the old town, you will often get attracted by the lovely aromas that travel through the streets from the many restaurants which prepare local food and beverages.
Some of the local dishes are listed for you to explore below:
Domates Civesi: The ingredients of this dish are onion, tomato, eggplant, pepper that is put in a pot with oil, rice, and salt. It is cooked by frying. Locals put garlic, mint, and basil when it is removed from the heat on to the plate to give the dish flavor. It is served hot.
Grida: Girda is a commonly found type of fish that is available on many of the menus in the local restaurants and bars for your taste.
Piyaz: The dish is prepared by putting the boiled beans on a flat serving plate. After that, it is poured over the sauce ingredients while mixing. These ingredients are Boiled eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, onion, parsley, red pepper, black pepper, and salt. It is served on a warm plate.
Shakshuka: Saksuka is consumed as an appetizer, and it consists of different ingredients. For instance, onion, courgette, peppers, potato… But the main ingredients are tomatoes, garlic and finally eggplant.
Sis köfte: Traditionally prepared and cooked meatballs on a skewer.
Tandır kebap: Locals way of preparing and cooking the lamb and serving as a type of kebab
Tirmis: These Lupin yellow legume seeds and are eaten as a snack
Night Life in Antalya
After it gets dark in Antalya, it certainly becomes more of a lively place. You will not be disappointed with the entertainment on offer if you would like to party until the early hours of the morning.
Antalya has an enormous reputation for being one of the best locations for nightlife on the south coast of Turkey with a wide variety of bars and clubs to choose from.
Most of the bars in Antalya does not close until the early hours of the morning and many of the bars are turned into a disco by late at night. You will find that many of the beach bars also turn into lively nightspots after it’s getting dark.
Shopping in Antalya
In addition to many traditional shops that are offering craftsmanship in the old town, Antalya has become well known for its many shops in especially Konyaaltı and Isıklar Caddesi. These shops attract all comers throughout the whole year.
Antalya has a typical Mediterranean climate. This means it has hot summers with mild winter. Tourists and locals can enjoy around 300 days of sunchine in the whole year in Antalya. Besides, in Antalya, you can enjoy all four seasons!Antalya Airport (AYT Airport)
It is the primary airport that is proving service in Antalya, being the third popular airport in Turkey. The mentioned airport above can be found north of Antalya City Center by 13 km (8.1 miles).