Antalya is located on the southwest coast of Turkey, and is quickly becoming popular for its ancient history and modern life-style. The town has quickly become a hot spot for tourists, seeking a sunny Mediterranean climate. It’s not only the warm temperature which draws in the tourists, the well preserved Roman-Ottoman quarter of Kaleici offers an amazing view of the surrounding mountains, as well as the Roman style harbour. Antalya( also known as the Turkish Riviera, where the pine-clad Taurus Mountains stretch down to the sparkling clear sea), is the tourism capital of Turkey. The region, where the sun shines for 300 days of the year, is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming, water sports, yachting, trekking, mountaineering and golf. The modern tourism sector activities in the region of Antalya started in the early 1960s, and they were first confined mainly to the domestic market, for which Public holiday camps and holiday homes were opened. But it was in the mid 1980s that the fledgling international tourism sector started to take off.
Today we are confident that Antalya will offer you every opportunity you need to enjoy a quality lifestyle. Antalya is one of those few places which offer good value for money, high standards of accommodation and services, a warm and sunny climate and a huge range of leisure activities.
The people are friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, shopping malls appeal to every style in terms of diversity of products, and a rich culture and fascinating history are waiting for you to be explored.
Local Foods: The Yoruk people mainly consume meat and wheat products. While vegetables are grown in the coastal regions to a certain extent, wheat is the main crop in the inner regions. Antalya has great hotels and restaurants which offer a great range of food from different world cuisines. Local food is extremely delicious, too. “Sac kavurması” (dried lamb fried on an iron plate), “tandır kebabı” (tandoor kebab), kölle (stewed wheat, beans, peas and horse beans), domates civesi (a meal with tomato), hibeş (a spread of tahin, cumin, red pepper flakes and lemon juice), piyaz (white beans with tahini), and Arapaşı soup are Antalya regional specialties worth trying.
Climate: Antalya has a Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild and rainy, and summers are hot and dry.
Transportation: Antalya has an effective public transportation system. Highways and maritime lines are available. Antalya Airport is open to international air traffic.
Source: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism - Antalya Promotion Foundation