Founded in 1922 by a teacher, Süleyman Fikri Erten, the Antalya Museum hosts an important part of the history of Lycia, Pamphylia and Psidia, one of the three ancient cultural regions within the boundaries of the Antalya Region, which is itself one of the most historically rich areas of Anatolia.
The Museum was originally established to protect artefacts recovered from the post-World War II occupying forces in the region. It consists of 13 exhibition halls, a children’s section and an open-air galleries. The Museum was first situated in the Alaaddin Mosque in Kaleiçi, and then in the Yivli Mosque. It began life in its present building in 1972.
The Antalya Museum features a collection from Anatolia’s oldest settlement, dating from the Lower Palaeolithic Age to the Roman Period, and a collection of ethnographies reflecting the Ottoman era in Anatolia. With diverse and important collections that cover the region’s natural and historical history, all the items are from the region, including sculptures of deities and royalty, coins, mosaics, icons and ethnographic works, as well as exhibits related to grave cults. The Museum, recognized in 1988 with the Special Award of the Council of Europe, is also qualified as a regional museum.
Aspendos Ancient Theatre Dating Back to 2000 Years Ago
Aspendos Ancient City is not only an important ancient city, but also one of the must-sea locations with the magnificent ancient aqueducts, which transported water to the city, and the Eurymedon Bridge which is a complement to the city, and it is also one of the most ancient examples which could preserve its stage to date among the Roman theatres in Anatolia.
Located 8 kilometers away from the district of Serik where the Koprucayi reaches plane area after running through the mountainous area, Aspendos was built on the plain arches with a small part of it leaned towards the slope, reflecting the Roman period architecture.
Evoking admiration with its feature of transmitting even the lowest sound to the highest section of the theatre, Aspendos currently hosts many concerts. Well known for its acoustic orchestra, this theatre is one of the few structures of the Roman theatre examples which could preserve its stage to date.
Aspendos Ancient City is different from the other ancient cities with its social structure and cultural features of the then-period. Because, many social structures of the ancient city provides historical information about the social life of the then-period. The agora, theatre, stadium, bath, cistern and shops inside the Aspendos ancient city are just a few of such social and cultural areas.
Known to have been built by the Roman Zenon in the 2nd century A.D., Aspendos Ancient Theatre is one of the rarest ancient theatres that could preserve its structure to date, and therefore, it attracts the attention of both domestic and international tourists.
Antalya has a highly rich position with its historical and cultural properties, and so the year of 2019 is announced and celebrated as the “Year of Aspendos” under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Antalya to provide a contribution to publicity of the city.
The most important remains after Aspendos Ancient City are, undoubtedly, the aqueducts of the city. These aqueducts, bringing water to the city from the mountains on the North, run approximately 1 km along the city. With a great part of it preserved to date, this structure reveals the engineering capabilities of the then-period.
Organized by the Directorate General of State Opera and Ballet to provide substantial contributions to cultural tourism, the “Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival” will be staged for the 26th time this year between September 1 – 18, 2019 at the historical atmosphere of the Aspendos Ancient Theatre.
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival, one of the important art activity organized by the Directorate General of State Opera and Ballet, acquired an international fame five years after its start, and turned into a festival with the most important bands of the world queued up to participate thanks to its ever-increasing artistic quality.
Recognized by the European Festivals Association, one of the reputable organizations of the Europe, the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival became one of the global prestigious festivals.
We recommend you to not to miss out any of these great shows to be performed by the State Opera and Ballet under the lights of the ancient theatre dating back to 2000 years ago.
Are You Ready to Discover the Magical Underwater World?
There is a stunning and attractive rich environment under the sea that builds a passion in us to discover it. Although we frequently dream of diving into the deep blue waters, we either fail to build up our courage or find it difficult to learn. This sports branch, which takes the fanciers to the world of dreams virtually, is a safe activity that can be taken up by healthy persons of all ages if the international rules and training standards are observed.
In fact, everyone has different reasons to take up scuba diving. Some people dive because of their passion for natural life while some people dive as they are in search of overcoming their fears. Because the underwater silence and peace is intertwined with entertainment and adventure. While diving, we head to discover a world which is completely different than the one we’re living in. We see that the life cycle continues underwater, as well, and feel the power of nature. Above all, we notice how valuable every breath we take is.
If you’re ready to meet the eye-popping beauties of the underwater world like us, let’s head to Kas to discover the stunning underwater world. Kas, one of the most important diving centers of Turkey, is one of the unique locations with its 38 diving points you can dive for the entire year. The replica of the shipwreck Uluburun, determined to have submerged in 1300 B.C., and an Italian airplane, which crashed during the 2nd World War, are among the leading points. Kas Underwater Eco Park, created upon submersion of the D-47 freighter, which was deregistered from the inventory of the Turkish Air Force in 2009 off the coast of Kas, is another important diving point.
The coral reefs that come to the mind of persons, who have dived here before, when someone talks about Kas are the Flying Fish, Canyon and Oasis. If you dive into the coral reef named Flying Fish where a 3-propeller Italian fighter aircraft sank during the 2nd World War, you’ll have the chance to observe both the giant endangered groupers and shoal of two banded breams. This stunning coral reef is a mecca for not only divers but also the underwater photographers due to its clear water. Flying Fish, offering a highly pleasant diving environment which is rich in many terms to enable divers of all levels to dive at any time during a year, should definitely be your first choice to dive.
Canyon diving point is another famous locations to dive in Kas. Extending between two islands and passing through a narrow strait, this diving point has two steep walls starting at the 20th kilometer. There is a dark and quite small cave at the foot of the canyon which is densely populated by the crustaceans such as sponges, tube forms, anemone and crabs.
The diving point of Oasis, located on the north of the Canyon, is a considerably quiet location covered with thin seagrass. When you dive to discover the Oasis, which has become a great attraction point that draws many marine species especially when the water gets warmer, you can encounter with fish species like Grouper and White Grouper, as well as giant oysters and longspine snipefish.
Please don’t forget that diving is a critical sports branch even if you’re on holiday, and that you should act cautiously to abstain from accidents while diving.
Shining Star of the Mediterranean Region: Davraz
Davraz, the shining star of the Mediterranean region, is located on one of the highest summits of the Taurus Mountains as one of the leading centers for your winter sports activities such as skiing, snowboard, touring skiing and mountain climbing. Davraz, one of the highest mountains of the Mediterranean region with its highest altitude of 2635 m, is located between the Lakes of Egirdir and Kovada on the Lakes Regions across the Mediterranean Region.
Enjoying its advantage of not only being close to Antalya, but also being convenient for development, Davraz Ski Center allows for the other outdoor sports, besides skiing, thanks to its geographically-convenient features. Being convenient for mountain cycling, trekking, paragliding and jeep safari, and especially mountain climbing, Davraz’s ski centers, which have been on the rise in recent years, draw a great deal of attention thanks to their easily-accessible locations.
Davraz Ski Center is equipped with both safe tracks for amateur skiers and unique tracks with an average length of 8 to 19 km for professional skiers thanks to the soft texture of the natural setting and excellent snow quality. The altitudes of the ski centers range from 1650 to 2344 m, which are accessible by means of the existing mechanic facilities. Moreover, there is not any risk of avalanche blast or getting lost, which is a great advantage for skiers. The ski center is equipped with a total of 12 ski-tracks with different features. The total length of these 12 tracks is 23,500 m2.
Surrounded by juniper, cedar and pine trees, Davraz Mountain has an amazing natural beauty with its highly-oxygenated air and breath-taking nature. Davraz Ski Center, located on the Davraz Mountain, is flooded with visitors throughout the year thanks to its convenience for both winter and outdoor sports.
If you enjoy skiing against the amazing view of the Lake of Egirdir and feel yourself privileged, we recommend you to steer toward Davraz. Please rest assured that unique natural beauties with both its air and rich vegetation are waiting for you at Davraz.
An Ancient Time Beauty: Myra
Can you ever imagine that a town, which was established back in the 5th century BC, is still remembered with its ancient beauties and rich history? Myra, meaning the “Place of The Great Mother Goddess!”, is located on the hills of today’s rock tombs, and has enjoyed its most developed years especially during the Roman period.
Myra, one of the most important 6 towns of the Lycian civilization and dating back to the 5th century BC, is surrounded by the mountains on three sides and one of the most important holiday attractions of Turkey thanks to its history and natural beauties. Located on the west of Antalya Gulf and the south of Teke peninsula with its untouched beaches and ancient texture, Myra is surrounded by Finike (Phoenix) on the east and north, and Kas on the west, and also the Mediterranean Sea on the south.
Becoming a center of attraction thanks to its historical past and geographical location, this small town includes Myra Ancient City and Theatre, Andreake Ancient City, Rock Tombs and Simena Ancient City.
Especially the Church of St. Nicholas, just 5 minutes away from Myra Ancient City and containing the tomb of the Saint Nicholas who is recognized as the Santa Claus around the world, is also considered as a destination of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. This church was initiated to be constructed in the Byzantine Period, and the construction process continued up until the 11th century due to the earthquakes.
The Saint Nicholas, globally known as the Santa Claus, is a man of God who lived in Anatolia. His importance up to being the patron saint of the Sicily and Napoli of Italia, and Frieburg of Germany, and even the New York city of the USA is reinforced even further with the memorial services held for him on December 6 every year.
Known for protecting all needy children and persons, Santa Claus has turned into a sympathetic character who appears especially in the Christmas nights and brings gifts for children. Even if it is contrary to the facts of the real life, Santa Claus continues to live as a lovely person who is awaited excitedly especially by children.
THE GATEWAY TO ANTALYA’S PAST KALEİÇİ
Kaleiçi, the gateway to Antalya’s past, takes travellers on a journey through history via the Hadrianus Gate, the Yivli Minaret, the Kesik Minaret and the Mevlevihane, as well as the museums, old houses and narrow streets of this picturesque city section.
Welcoming visitors at Hadrian’s Gate, believed to have been built in 130 AD, Kaleiçi is also home to many historical ruins and the marina. Tourists approaching Kaleiçi from the port of the castle at the marina are greeted by the Yivli Minaret and the 650-year-old Mevlevihane, as well as the Kesik Minaret – known as the first mosque in the city – and the Hadrianus Gate, a triumphal arch that was once part of the city walls.
Picturesque houses feature traces of neoclassical influences, including figures of lions, eagles and angels, along with religious or hospitable Arabic inscriptions. These days, Kaleiçi is known as a major centre of entertainment: many of the area’s old houses have been transformed into upscale boutique hotels and restaurants. There are also bars, cafes and shopping areas, in addition to hostels and apartments.
As you wander the narrow, cobbled streets of Kaleiçi, shops, cafes and scenic settings will catch your interest. During your stroll, you may come across Yaz Dükkan. Offering the products of Turkish designers, Ebru Uçar Er, the owner of Yaz Dükkan, has won the appreciation of visitors from ages 7 to 70 with her charming concept shop. For Ebru Uçar Er, Kaleiçi is one of the city’s most special areas – lined with palm trees, bordered by Atatürk Street and featuring Turkey’s most beautiful park, Karaalioğlu Park, and a unique Clock Tower, Kaleiçi opens onto the sea through cliffs and harbours a historical port inside.
‘’It would take hours to walk around every part of this historical centre’’, Ebru Uçar Er says. She adds that ‘’Kaleiçi is one of the best preserved places in Antalya. With its narrow streets, small squares, city walls, bastions, mosques and churches, it creates an atmosphere that will take you back a century. Kaleiçi is a tranquil, quiet and green oasis in the heart of a bustling and vibrant city like Antalya.’’
Rather than propose special points for first-time visitors to Kaleiçi, Ebru Uçar Er suggests a stroll around the narrow streets where the bay windows of ancient houses nearly touch each other. She says, “When they go down to the marina from Mermerli and spend a day in Kaleiçi, local and foreign guests will encounter wonderful beauties.“ She also invites visitors passing Kaleiçi to stop in and drink a coffee at Yaz Dükkan.
Kaleiçi, which was taken under protection as a natural site area in 1972 due to its original texture, attracts significant attention with its charming architecture.
Sand Sculptures Make a Debut under “Marine Legends” Theme
Staged for the 14th time this year in Antalya, the ‘International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival’ was opened under “Marine Legends” theme. Following the last year’s theme “Legends”, the festival will remain open for 12 months.
Theme of the festival is determined as ‘Marine Legends” this year at the festival exhibiting nearly 200 works under 45 different sub themes created by 15 sand sculpture artists from different countries using sand of nearly 10 thousand tons. Encompassing many legendary places, figures and characters such as the Scottish Legend Finfolk, Geouksean from Korea, Kraken from the Northern Europe, as well as Leviathan, Aquaman, Nixie, Sirens – the Island of Turtles -, Poseidon, Europa, Atlantis, etc., the festival employs a special lighting and music system that enables spectators to view the works during night time.
Cem Karaca, the director of the festival held at the Lara Public Beach in Antalya, said that they could make much more durable sculptures compared to last years, thanks to the sculpting techniques they improved leveraging on years of experience here. Karaca remarked: “The art of sand sculpting, which has become popular in the recent years, has made the region more lively and attracting a great deal of attention, has the ear of people of all sections, especially tourists thanks to participation of the worldwide-known sand sculpture artists in this festival held in Antalya. Our aim is to bring a new breath into Antalya with an interesting and different activity in touristic terms during the winter season, and to provide a contribution to spread the touristic attractions across 12 months. This is why our festival remains open during the year.”
You can visit the sand sculpture festival, to remain open for 12 months, between 09:00 – 23:00.
Its Power Is Hidden in Its History: The Ancient City of Perge
Antalya; a city where green embraces blue, a city that is redolent of history – and the most beautiful city in the world, according to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. This paradise, renowned as a holiday destination to soak up the sun, the sea and the sand, is worth visiting at any time of the year. The snow-covered highlands are ideal for winter sports, while sun-warmed beaches await you at the foot of the mountains, along with ancient cities and magnificent archaeological sites.
The year 2018 was declared the ‘Year of Perge’ and rightfully so: the ancient city of Perge is one of the world’s most extensive and important surviving ancient cities. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit this beautiful site with its peaceful ambiance, keep reading for a taste of what you’ll find there.
Set 18 km from Antalya city centre, the ancient city of Perge is located within the boundaries of the Aksu River; Perge owes much of its geographical importance and development to this river, which played an important role in providing access and transportation in the city.
While the ancient city of Perge dates back to the Bronze Age, it is also important in planning terms in the context of the Late Classical, Hellenistic and predominantly Roman Empire periods. Meanwhile, an inscription on a bronze plate found in the Hattushash excavations reveals the importance of the city of Perge for the Hittite Empire.
Now on the UNESCO Temporary List of World Heritage sites, the ancient city of Perge was first excavated in the 1950s, with 25 percent of the excavations complete at the present time; these give us a sense of the city’s magnificence, as well as its historical assets and size.
NOW IS THE TIME TO GO RAFTING
For those seeking to escape the city for an adventurous weekend, we have one question: Are you ready to take your weekend to a new height with rafting?
An indispensable activity for modern adrenaline enthusiasts, rafting is a river sport that involves boats, water, obstacles – and teamwork. Rafting along high rivers and navigating obstacles – including rocks – with oars, and without overturning the craft, is a challenge in any situation. In rafting, teams of six to eight people are in a craft and the team must act as one to successfully negotiate the course.
Starting from the Taurus Mountains and passing through canyons created by the water running from the south of Serik into the Mediterranean Sea, Köprüçay is one of Turkey’s most important rafting routes. Köprüçay is fed by underground springs and the canyon features steep sides that are almost impossible to climb. Also one of Turkey’s most beautiful natural recreation areas, the spot is a favourite for local and foreign tourists who come for rafting sports and stay to see the historical beauties of Köprülü Canyon National Park, located in the town of Beşkonak in the Manavgat province.
Rafting conditions at Köprüçay are ideal for about eight months, and the site appeals to adventure lovers of a wide age range with its safe tracks, as well as its variable nature. In terms of the sport, the streams are classified in six segments according to their difficulty, with a sixth-degree course being the most challenging and a first-degree course the easiest. So, before you go rafting in Köprüçay, do consider the challenges of the course. It should also be noted that the easier segment, for rafting novices, starts a hundred meters below the Oluk Bridge and ends at the Concrete Bridge next to Beşkonak.
Offering many convenient areas for rafting, due to its geographical location, Turkey has other rafting rivers in Antalya, including the Alara Stream, on the road to Alanya – Güzelbağ; the Manavgat Stream; the Dim Stream, located six kilometres east of Alanya; and the Düden Stream, located in the Antalya city centre.
April and May are the best months for rafting in Köprülü Canyon, which has become an important area for Antalya tourism, especially during the summer season.
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THE CITY THAT BRINGS PAST INTO PRESENT: SAGALASSOS
With a history dating from the third millennium, Sagalassos entered the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List in 2009. The city offers its visitors a historical journey through five thousand-year-old streets. One of Turkey’s most well-preserved ancient cities, Sagalassos is 109 km from Antalya and just 7 km north of Ağlasun. Today, visitors to Sagalassos can observe numerous monumental structures restored in the city’s Upper Agora, including 13 meter-tall honorary columns, two arched doors, and the remains of the buildings surrounding the Agora.
The Roman Emperor, Hadrian, gave Sagalassos its name. As the first city of the Pisidia province between 117 and 138 AD, the largest monuments were built here, paving the way for the city to. This to step into a new golden age. While plagues and earthquakes in the early 600s caused the collapse of much of the city, life continued there until the 13th century.
One of the most important structures in this ancient city is the Antonine Fountain. Built by the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, the Fountain features seven different colours and stone types. One of the most impressive structures is a heroon monument depicting 14 dancing girls holding each other’s shawls. Approximately 14 meters in height, the work was composed to honour those who demonstrated heroism for the city of Sagalassos.
The ancient city also has an enormous Roman bath, a library and an urban mansion, as well as a delicate fountain flowing with spring water. As well, there is a theatre with a 9,000-person capacity, along with many other works that reveal the city’s deep history. Findings recovered from excavations and the world-famous statues are now exhibited in the Burdur Museum.
ARE YOU READY TO EXPERIENCE SUMMER AND WINTER ON THE SAME DAY?
Just 90 minutes from the warm breezes of sunny Antalya, the Saklıkent Ski Centre opens the door to a unique holiday! Unlike other ski resorts, Saklıkent offers an affordable skiing experience. If you’re looking for something new, enjoy the privilege of discovering Saklıkent Ski Centre this winter – and fit four seasons into a single day!
Set in the on the northern slope of Bakırlıdağı in the Bey Mountains section of the Taurus Range, Saklıkent’s mild climate makes it our country’s warmest ski resort. The resort provides teleski services to 340 people per hour with ski runs ranging from 400 to 2000 meters. Saklıkent Ski Centre, where you can ‘ski in the morning and sea in the afternoon’, particularly in February and March, is just 45 kilometres from the Antalya city centre.
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