Because of the archeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is called the Turkish Riviera. The sea and sun, nature and history all come together in magical harmony here where the best and cleanest beaches on the Mediterranean are found. The 630 km shoreline of the province is literally strewn with ancient cities and harbors, memorial tombs and golden beaches and it is laced with charming little coves, lush forests and streams.With its palm-lined boulevards, its internationally acclaimed marina and the charming castle with its traditional architecture set amidst the bustle of a modern city, Antalya is center of tourism in Turkey. Antalya hosts are wide range of sporting events: International Beach Volleyball, the Triathlon, Golf Tournaments, Archery, Tennis, Canoeing competitions and many more. The Cultural Center of Antalya, which opened in 1995 host cultural and art events like plastic art, music, theater and a number of exhibitions.

Pergamum King Attalos II ordered his soilders to discover the retreat of heaven on earth.Upon this command, the soilders had wondered around it till they came to the place of Antalya and exclaimed " This is heaven". Then founded city “Attaleia" today enables you to feel like you are in heaven. Stretching out along the coastline of Antalya, Alanya, Manavgat-Side, Kemer, Kaş, Finike, Serik, Demre and many other destinations expect you for a holiday never to be forgotten...

Because of the archaeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is also known as the Turkish Riviera. The sun, sea, nature and history combine to form a very popular resort, highlighted by some of the cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean. The 630km shoreline of the province is liberally scattered with ancient cities, harbours, memorial tombs and beaches, secluded coves and lush forests, many of which are easily accessible from the city.

With it’s palm-lined boulevard, internationally-acclaimed marina, and old castle with traditional architecture, all set amidst a modern city, Antalya is a major tourist centre in Turkey. In addition to the wide selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, the city also plays host to a number of sporting events throughout the year, like international beach volleyball, triathlon, golf tournaments, archery, tennis and canoeing competitions. The Cultural Centre, which opened in 1995, hosts cultural and art events in the fields of music, theatre, and creative arts. The main area of interest in the city is central old quarter within the Roman walls, known as Kaleici, and there are many good museums.

Districts: Akseki, Alanya, Elmali, Finike, Gazipasa, Gundogmus, Ibradi, Kale, Kas, Kemer, Korkutali, Kumluca, Manavgat and Serik are all towns in the province of Antalya.

After Alanya, Akseki is the oldest district in the province of Antalya, and has an appearance that befits its location in the rugged Taurus mountains, in a forested and very rocky area. The area is well known for the snowdrop flower, and every years sees local and foreign visitors coming every winter to see these flowers breaking through the snow, as the first sign of spring.
In the Giden Gelmez Mountains, goats are protected and limited hunting is available around the year with the purchase of a license. Another spot frequented by visitors is the trout farming facilities in the villages of Sinan hoca and Gumusdamla. The primary game in the area is mountain goat, rabbit, bear and fox.
Other areas worth visiting are the Goktepe Highland, Giden Gelmez Mountains, Cimi Highland, Irmak Valley and the 340-metre deep Bucaklan Cave, which has only recently been discovered. Buildings of interest are the Ulu Camii and medreses.

The exact founding date of Elmali, which is located within the borders of ancient Lycia, is unknown. Excavations to the east at Karatas near the village of Semahoyuk, and to the west in the village of Beyler indicate that the area has been inhabited seen the Bronze Age.
Tumuluses: There are several tumuluses in nearby villages. The first is west of the city in the village of Mugren, on top of which sits a small fortress dating back to the Roman era. Surface-level archaeological research indicates that the area was inhabited in the Bronze Age by various civilisations. Another village in the west, Semahoyuk, has a tumulus but due to the fact that an Ottoman cemetery is located on top of it, no research has been done. The third and largest tumulus is in Beyler, south of the city on the Elmali - Kas road. Excavations conducted here, show that the area has been continuously inhabited from the Bronze Age right up to the present time. The items unearthed in the excavations are exhibited in the Antalya Museum.
At the east of the city 6 km from the village of Elmali near the village of Bayindir, there are several tumuluses side by side. Artifacts dating back to the 7th century BC were unearthed during the excavations. Now on display in a special section of the Antalya Museum, these findings represent a cross-section of life during that era. A statuette of pure silver and two of ivory bear witness to the fact that the art of sculpture in ancient Anatolia had reached a level of some sophistication.

Memorial Tombs: There are tombs in Karaburun and Kizilbel. The walls of the King's Tomb in Karaburun, on the Antalya - Elmali road, is decorated with frescoes of scenes of hunting and war. The tomb in Kizilbel is west of the city on the Elmali - Yuvayol road, and is a single room made of limestone blocks.
Define Described as the Treasure of the Century, this was discovered in 1984, just on the north of Antalya - Elmali road between the King's Tomb and the village of Gokpinar.
Mosques The most interesting mosques in the area include Selcuklu Camii, Kutuk Camii, Sinan-i Ummi Camii, Omer Pasa Camii and medrese.

Located 67 km from Antalya, Korkuteli is surrounded by Antalya on the east, Burdur on the north, Mugla on the southwest and Elmali and Kumluca on the south.
The Alaaddin Mosque 3 km in the west of Korkuteli, only the door of which is still standing. In the same area is the Seljuk religious school which bears the name of its founder and was built by El Emin Sinaeddin of the Hamidogullari dynasty in 1319.

There are numerous ruins of ancient cities in the district of Gundogmus, which is 182 km from Antalya. The important ruins are those of Hagiasophia city, 7 km north of Guzel Bag Bucagi, but no excavations have been conducted here. There are also the ruins of Asar at Sumene (7 km from the city centre), Kese (2 km east of the village of Senir) and Gedfi (11 km southwest of Gundogmus).
Other places to visit in the area include; Cem Pasa Camii; ruins on top of Sinek Mountain, 15 km east of the city centre between Gundogmus and Pembelik; and the ruins of Kazayir at Tasagir, on the Gundogmus - Antalya highway.

Situated 180 km from Antalya, Gazipasa is a charming little town with a beach 10 km long, beautiful forests and turquoise blue coves. Iskele, the site of the Koru and Kahyalar beaches, is an important breeding ground of the caretta caretta turtles.
Antiocheia Ad Cragum 18 km east of Gazipasa, and within the village of Guney, these ruins gets its name from the Commagene King Antiochus IV, and are found on the three hills that stretch out towards the sea.
Adanda (Lamos) This ancient city is located 15 km northeast of Gazipasa, and was founded 2 km north of the present-day village of Adanda, on the top of a high and steep hill. It is a walled city with a large tower south of the city gate, and among the ruins are a fountain carved into the living rock and two temples.These remains are a good representation of the culture and art of the mountainous Cilician region.
Nephelis This ancient ruin can be reached by going through the village of Muzkent 12 km out on the Gazipasa-Anamur road and taking the gravel road south for about 5 km. The only standing structures date back to the Roman and Byzantine periods and include a Medieval Castle, a temple, a musical hall, irrigation system and the necropolis.
Selinus Located on the slopes in southwest of Hacimusa Creek by Gazipasa Beach, the ancient city of Selinus is one of the most important cities in the mountainous Cilician region On the top of the hill is the acropolis as well as the walls and towers of a medieval castle, which are fairly well preserved. In the Acropolis, a church and cistern have survived the ravages of time. The other buildings of Selinus are near the beach and on the slopes, among which are the baths, agora, Islami Yapi (mansion), aqueducts and the necropolis. Most of the bones in the Alanya Museum were brought from the Necropolis and allow the workshop in the museum to exist.

Situated on the plane formed by the silt carried down from the mountains by Alakir Creek and Gavur Brook, Kumluca is surrounded by the towns of Finike and Elmali. In the upper reaches of Alakir Creek fed by the springs coming from Onemli Mountains and the Beydaglar Mountains, there are trout and striped mullet.



Lâra, Karpuzkaldıran, Side, Konyaaltı, İncekum and Kaş beaches, Çıralı recreation area, Düden and Manavgat water falls, Antalya coastal water falls, Düzler pine forest, Demre mineral springs, Damlataş, Kadini and Karain caves, Köprülü Kanyon, Sahil and Termessos National Parks, Aspendos, Perge, Side, Olympos, Xanthos, Termessos and Myra antique cities, Athena Temple, Fluted Minaret, Korkud, Murad Pasha and Kale Mosques, Karatay Complex, Evdür, Alara Şarapsa inns, Antalya and Alanya castles, Antalya Regional Museum, Lykia rock graves at Kalkan, Kaş and Demre regions.


Antalya Museum Detailed Information Address: Konyaaltı Cad. Antalya
Tel: (242) 243 16 04 Fax: (242) 241 48 67
Side Museum Address: Selimiye Village Manavgat - Antalya
Tel: (242)753 10 06 Fax: (242) 753 27 49
Alanya Museum Address: Hilmi Bağcı Cad. Alanya - Antalya Tel: (242) 513 12 28
Dim Cavern

Antalya Museum :The museum consists of 12 exhibition rooms, gardens and open galleries. In these halls the history of Antalya is given in chronological order, starting with fossils, through the Stone and Bronze ages, then through the classical and Hellenistic periods. There are mosaics, the Gallery of the Gods, Phrygian ornaments, and a room with Christian art that includes pieces of the skull and jawbone of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus. The ethnography section has a collection of Iznik ceramics, household implements and weapons.
Kaleici : Kaleici has turned into a major tourist centre with guest-houses, bars, shops and restaurants, and the Roman harbour has been turned into a modern, well-equipped marina.
The City Walls : What remained today, is a few bastions inside the city as well as Hadrian's Gate and its towers, the large tower facing the harbour and a few pieces of the harbour walls.
Hadrian's Gate : The only city gate to have survived until the present day is the most attractive of the Pamphylia: Uckapilar (Three Gates), also known as Hadrian's Gate, which is guarded by one tower on either side.
Old Houses of Antalya : The houses in Antalya can be divided into three types based upon the design of the main hall, which also serves as a storage area. The three types are I halls, L halls and U halls. In the design of these houses, great attention was paid to meeting the necessities of daily life, while also providing harmony with nature and the environment.
Perge : Situated 18 km east of Antalya, Perge is in the city limits of Aksu Bucagi.
The Agora was the commercial and political centre of the city, with shops surrounding the central courtyard, some of which have mosaics on the floor.
Other structures include the necropolis, city walls, gymnasium, Roman Baths, memorial fountain and the Greek and Roman gates.
Termessos : The ruined city of Termessos, lying 34km west of Antalya in a rugged mountain valley. Other important remains include the Agora, with an open western side and other sides colonnaded; the heroic memorial of Hereon on top of a 6-metre high platform; the Corinthian-style temple, the Temple of Zeus, the Lesser and Greater Temples of Artemis, the gymnasium and the watch towers. In addition, there are more than 1200 rock tombs.
Olympos : Lying between Kemer and Adrasan is the ancient harbour village of Cirali, the ruins of Olympos and the site of the Chimaera. . Apart from the ruins, Olympos is well known for its simple treehouse camps, where most tourists stay, and a natural environment thanks to forests and vineyards near to a beautiful beach.
Ariassos : The ancient remains of Ariassos, around 50km from Antalya, are located on a slope and contain baths and rock tombs.
Phaselis : On the west of the city is Hadrian's Gate, with shops and baths on either side.
Limyra : The city, which is 11km south, composes of three section; the acropolis, areas of settlement, and necropolis.
Arycanda : Excavations of this city reveal that it probably existed from the 5th century BC, and controlled much of the Arycanda valley. Having survived a destructive earthquake in 240 AD, the city maintained its prominence until the 11th century, and its most important structures still survive today.
Demre (Myra) :Rock tombs, theatres and the Church of St. Nicholas (said to be the original Santa Claus) are the most interesting sites in the town today.
Simena (Kale) :There is a small theatre carved into the rock, and Roman city walls.
Side: Manavgat-Side
Aspendos: The ancient city, 48km east of Antalya, is most famous for its theatre, probably the best preserved in Asia Minor. It is still in use today, and stages the annual Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival every summer.
Opening hours: Summer 08.00 - 19.00; Winter 08.00 - 17.30.

Serik İlçesi-Aspendos
Kekova : It is between Kaş-Demre. It is an ancient submerged city 500 m far from the Üçağız Village in Mediterranean.
Patara : Its being the birth place of St. Nicholas,it was one of the most important seaports during the times of Alexander the Great.
Xanthos: Roman theater and the findings at the west side of the theater still attracts the visitors. Harpy memorial on the rocks is one of the most important traces. Only the duplication of the work of art, the original of which is on exhibit in British Museum in England,can be seen in the region.
Kaş (Antiphellos) : With its well preserved rock tombs and theater, Kaş is a wonderful town on the Mediterranean coast.

Antalya Museum

Perge - Aksu / Aspendos - Serik
Silliyon - Serik/Yanköy - Termessos - Yukarıkaraman
Karain Cave - Yeniköy / Phaselis - Kemer/Tekirova
Olympos - Kumluca / Corydalla-Rhodapolis - Kumluca
Aya Nikola Church- Kale (Demre) / Myra - Kale (Demre)
Teimiusa - Üçağız / Apollonia - Üçağız
Simina - Kekova / Limyra - Finike
Fellos - Antifellos / Andriake - Sure - Apallai - Kale
Artykanda - Finike / Poğla - Korkuteli
Ariassos - Da Nahiyesi / Gagae - Kumluca
Xanthos - Kınık / Patara - Galemiş Village
Kyneai - Kaş / Yavu Village / Cormus - Acaliasos - Kumluca
İdebessos - Kumluca / Seyamük - Kızılbel - Elmalı
Karaburun - Elmalı / Hysa - Istloda-Ilysa - Üçağız
Beldibi Cave- Beldibi / Trebema - Melanippe - Finike / Idyros - Kemer
Alanya Museum
Alanya Ruins / Alanya Castle - Center
Auges - Konaklı Settlement / Hamaxia - Elikesik Village
Alarahan Castle - Çakallar Village / Ptolemais - Fiğla/Konaklı
Justiniapolis - Okurcalar Settlement / Laertas - Gözüküçüklü Village
Syedras - Seki Village / Naula - Mahmutlar Settlement
Iotepe - Uğrak Village / Kızılcaşehir Castle - Kızılcaşehir
Kızılgüney - Gazipaşa/Kızılgüney Village / İnceğiz - Gazipaşa/İnceğiz Village
Nepelis - Gazipaşa/Muzkent Village / Selinus - Gazipaşa/Center
Antoch Ad Gragum - Gazipaşa/Güney Village / Adanda-Lamus - Gazipaşa/Çile Village
Cestrus - Gazipaşa/Macar Village / Bıçkıcı - Gazipaşa/Center
Halil Port - Gazipaşa/Kahyalar Village / Cybira Minör - Gündoğmuş/Güney Village
Colybrassus - Gündoğmuş/Güzelbağbelde / Taşahir - Gündoğmuş/Taşahir Mevkii
Casae - Gündoğmuş/Karadere Village / Tol - Gündoğmuş/Güneycik Village
Side Museum
Side - Manavgat/Side settlement / Selge - Manavgat/Altınköy
Seleukeia - Manavgat/Bucakşeyhler Village / Düzpüren - Manavgat/Kısalar and Gündoğdu
Hisar - Manavgat/Aşağıhisar Ward / Saylısu - Manavgat/Taşağıl-Karaevli Village
Irmak and Kocaoluk - İbrade / Kalelibelen - Manavgat Hacıobası Village
Etanna - Manavgat Sırt Village / Kale - Akseki/Sinanhoca Village
The Historical and Cultural Items of Interest in the Area : The City Walls, Kaleiçi,
Hadrian's Gate, Old Houses of Antalya
Ancient Cities : Perge, Termessos, Olympos, Ariassos, Phaselis, Limyra, Arycanda,
Demre (Myra), Simena (Kale), Kekova, Patara, Xanthos, Kaş (Antiphellos), Side, Aspendos
Mosques and Tombs : Yivli Minaret (alaaddin Mosque, Center),Kesik Minare Mosque (korkut Mosque - Cami - i Kebir, Center), Kale Mosque (sultan Süleyman Mosque, Alanya), Saint Nicholas Church (( kale(Demre), Aya Yorgi Church (alanya), Bali Bey Camii, Muratpasa Camii, Iskele Camii, Karatay Medrese, and Ahi Yusuf Camii and Tomb.
Hans : Evdir Han, Kırkgöz Han
Caves :

Geyikbayırı Cavern
Location: Antalya
The cavern is at the Geyikbayırı village which is 26 km to Antalya.
Properties: The deepest point of the cave with a total length of 120 m is 6.5 meters in respect to the entrance. The cavern was found precious enough for cave tourism and the studies are still progressing. The cavern displays generally dry characteristics but it is sometimes in the kind of active cavern. It is completely dry in summer months. In precipitant seasons, as the floor water level rises, the floor of the cavern is flooded. The temperature inside the cavern is mostly cool according to the open air in summer. In Autumn, the temperature displays equivalence with the open air temperature.

Karain Cavern 
Location: Antalya
The cave is found inside the borders of Yağca Village which is at 5 - 6 km. distance to the old Antalya - Burdur highway, 30 km northwest of Antalya.
Properties: The Karain cave which is one of the greatest natural caves of Turkey, is 150 m high from the travertine valley in front, ve430-450 m. high from the sea.
The cave stands in the period of the beginning of the history of the mankind, as the cavern was continuously accommodated by early humans during the prehistoric and classic periods starting from lower Paleolithic, medium and high Paleolithic, Neolithic, Calcolithic and Ancient Bronze stages. As a natural result of this, the cavern contains a thick cultural layer which can be 11 meters. But the longest and most important accommodation period of the cave is relevant with the Paleolithic period.

Kocain Cave 
Location: Antalya
The cave is on the 45th km. from north of Antalya at Indag Mountain.
Properties: The cave contains the widest entrance and one section largest gallery of Turkey. There are 50-60 m. high pillars and a cistern from the Roman period inside the cavern. The cave was formed from two extremely large saloons and the entrance is 35x70 meters wide.

Konakaltı Cave
Location: Antalya
The cave is at the falezli coast of Atatürk Park in Antalya.

Küçükdipsiz Cave
Location: Antalya
It is at the southern slope of Alakaya Hill (661m.), which is the continuance of Tünek Tepe (618m.) towards southwest.
Properties: The kind of the cave is dry and horizontal and the total length of the cave is 74 m, and the deepest point of the cave in respect to the entrance is 27.5 m. After a narrow entrance, the cave continues towards northwest with an approximate inclination of 25º. Towards to the end of the cave, the frequency of travertine stalactites and stalagmites are increased. As the karstic floor waters stay at higher parts, the cave is always dry. The cave is chilly when compared with the open air. When the temperature of the open air is 20ºC, it is 17ºC at the end of the cave.

Papazyakası Cave 
Location: Antalya
It is at the sideways of the stairs descending to the sea from the rear garden of the Antalya City Club.
Properties: The cave is in the middle of the travertine step descending towards the sea, at 20 m. height from the sea. The total length of the cave is 149 meters. There is no water or pond inside the cave. The development of the cave had been halted. The cave floor had become rough ground with climbs and downwards and sometimes becomes very narrow because of the rock blocks falling from the ceiling of the cave. The number of the stalactite and stalagmites are at very low numbers. There is no air current.
The Papazkayası cave is totally formed among a crack in the direction of north - south. Antalya travertine, are related completely with Cuaterner, possibly Pleistocene periods with their average thickness of 250-300 m. The cave is located below the shore cliff of 40 m. height.

Yerköprü Cavern 
Location: Antalya
Properties: The cave, with the total length of 110 m. has the deepest point at 27 meters in respect to the cave entrance. The development of the cave had been halted. Because of the connection with the sea, the cave could be called as "marine cave" The cave is dry. The floor of the saloon having the connection with the sea is partially covered with sea water. The temperature of the cave is relationally chilly when compared with the open air.
The Yerköprü Cave is formed by the collapsing of a cave with initial minimum length of 150 meters among the east - west direction totally inside Antalya travertine.
It is planned to be utilized as cafeteria, casino or restaurant because of its size.

Altınbeşik Cave
Location: Antalya, Akseki
The cave is located at the western slope of the deep and very steep Manavgat Valley which is to the east of Ürdünlü village of Akseki District. It takes about one hour of walking to the cave from the village.
Properties: The cave, with the total length of 2500 m. has the highest point at +101 meters in respect to the cave entrance. It is a horizontal and partially active cavern. As the lower and medium parts of the cavern are sometimes active, small lakes are formed at the dry seasons most of the time. The upper level is always dry. The air of the cave is very humid and the average temperature is around 16-18ºC. No animal groups drawing attention are encountered.
Altınbeşik Cave is one of the most beautiful caves of Turkey. The karstic topography of the environment and the pine forests exhibit a marvellous spectacle. The cave is at the exit end of a very long and big underground system.

Gürleyik Cave 
Location: Antalya, Akseki District
The cave is located near the Eynir Polje, which is approximately at a distance of 12-13 km. to Aydınkent (İbradi) in northwest.
Properties: After entering the cave, in the first course, a descend from a mouth at 25 m width by stairs is necessary. Especially in spring, it is hard and dangerous to proceed forward with boat because of the high amount of water inside and because of the presence of the sharp and pointed limestone tips at the cave surface. In August, the water level falls and small lakes are formed.

Kocadüden Cave 
Location: Antalya, Akseki District
The cave is located at the southwest edge of the Akseki Polje. The track separated from the Akseki-Bucakkışla road at 4th kilometer passes very near to the cave.
Properties: Although the cave has horizontal localities, it mostly develops vertically and decreases down to 155 meters like stairs.
Koca Düden, which drains the surface waters of Akseki Polje river basin is developed on an important fault line formed by the Upper Creates Limestone. Koca Düden holds numerous lakes within and ends with a closed siphon.

Oruç Düdeni Cave
Location: Antalya, Akseki District
The cave is on the path of the incoming underwater flows to Altınbeşik - Düdensuyu Cave.
Properties:The total length is 52 meters. It is about the collapse because of the operation caused by the underwater creek passing through the lower levels of the cave.

Dim (Gavurini) Cave 
Location: Antalya, Alanya District
The cave is located at the locality of Kuzkaya village.
Properties:The total length of the cave is 357 meters and the cave is horizontal and dry. There is only a quiet small lake towards the end of the cave.
Dim cave is one of the most beautiful caves of Turkey. It is suitable for a visit as is at the vicinity of Alanya and as the environment is covered with forests and picnic sites. Because the cave was used as a shelter by prehistoric and historic periods, the cave was called as "Gavurini Cave" by the local people.

Beldibi Cave 
Location: Antalya
The cave is an under - rock shelter located at the 40th kilometer of the coastal highway between Antalya - Kemer, just after the Çamdağ tunnel. It is at the locality of Oba village.
Properties: The cave is at 25 m. height from the coast and is in the shape of a shelter. As the cave is damaged extensively by natural destruction, the filling layers are flown away by rain waters and winds.
6 layers containing totally Mesolotic cultures were determined. The cultures found inside this cave display similarities with the alizarin, solitarian and tardenovasior cultures of Europe. At the excavations, Flintstones tools belonging to Upper Paleolithic and Mesolotic periods were obtained. Also, at the walls of this under - rock shelter, human, mountain goat and deer drawing sketches are present. The cave is an archeological side which is continuously open to local and foreign tourists.

Büyük Dipsiz Cave 
Location: Antalya
The cave is located at the south slope of Alakaya Hill (661 m.) which is at the west of Antalya port 3 km. southwest of Tünek Hill.
Properties: The cave, with the total length of 40 m. has the deepest point at 29 meters in respect to the cave entrance. As the karstic floor water is present at the above layers, the cave is dry. The cave is more chilly than open air. The temperature outside is 20ºC at the beginning of November though the temperature inside the cave is 17ºC.
The cave is formed between the Creates aged residual limestone and by the conglomerate limestone formations of the same age just below this layer. After a narrow entrance, with an average slope of 25º the cave proceeds towards north.

Damlataş Cave 
Location: Antalya, Alanya District
The cave is located inside the borders of Alanya and is at the coast. It is 3 km away from the city center.
Properties: The total length of the cave is 30 m. and is dry ve horizontal. It covers an area of total 200 m. The cave is 15 meters high and has a marvelous vision formed by numerous stalactite and stalagmites. With the carbon dioxide gas, high humidity, low temperature and radioactive atmosphere, the cave is extremely beneficial for asthmatic patients. Therefore the asthmatic patients form the most dense visitor groups. The formation period of the stalactite and stalagmites inside the cave are estimated to be between BC 20.000-15.000 years.

Derya Cave 
Location: Antalya
The cave is located inside the Atatürk Park which is between the Konyaaltı Street and coast.
Properties: The total length of the cave is 124 m. and the deepest point in respect to the entrance is at 35.65 meters. The cave is vertical. As the south section of the cave is inside the sea, it could be named as "marine cave". The cave is dry and its development had been halted. The sections which are at the sea are covered with the partially salted sea water.
There are a small amount of stalagmite and wall travertine developed at the grand hall though towards south the amount of stalagmite ve stalactite increases. In this section, sweet water springs gush out of cracks and mix to sea water. There is a second exit to the 40 m west of the main entrance. With the width of 0,5 meters ve1 meters length, the entrance is seen as a widened crack.
Air is relatively chilly in respect to open air in summer.

Çimeniçi Cave 
Location: Antalya, Alanya District
Çimenini cave is located at the vicinity of Şıhlar (old name Şeyhler) village, at the southern skirts of Cebireas mountain , to the east of Alanya.
Properties: The Total length of the cave is 10 meters and except for a steep climb it is totally horizontal. Because the thickness of the limestone in which the cave has developed is in a limited and congested area, the cave is totally dry hydrological. The atmosphere of the cave is relatively chilly when compared with open air. The average temperature is around 17ºC - 20ºC.
The cave has been formed by numerous connected chambers and two layers. The cave has a single aperture among the direction of East, Southeast - West initially and later the chambers were formed as the aperture was divided by travertine pillars. There are numerous chambers at the primary section and is completely horizontal.
The cave then proceeds to the second section via a steep climb of + 57 meters. This section of the cave is +10 meters higher than the entrance and is formed by two big chambers. The cave is extremely rich on the basis of travertine deposition. The travertine pillars forming the chambers cover most of the space. The side walls are decorated with drapery travertine.
This cave is interesting because of the beauties of the natural formations and accompanying historic remains in the vicinity. The usage at the historic periods ware understood though no written documents were revealed by the recent studies. The cave has not been involved in the touristic locations.

Mahrumçalı Cave 
Location: Antalya, Manavgat District
The cave is located to the east of Mahrumçalı quarter which is to the east of Gebecek village northeast of Manavgat. Reaching the cave is possible via all sorts of vehicles.
Properties: The total length of the cave is 157 m. and the deepest point in respect to the entrance is at - 36 meters. The cave is semi horizontal and semi active. Water flows inside the cave only in the precipitant seasons. The temperature of the cave in summer months is around 16 - 18ºC
Geology - Geomorphology The cave is developed at the contact point between the Cebireis formation and the Mahmutlar formation which is below. The cave is inside the dolomithic limestone and over the micaschist layers and dives towards south by 15 degrees concordant with the curvature of both layers.

Peynirdeliği Cave 
Location: Antalya, Kemer District
The cave is located at the Gedelme Plateau locality.
Properties: The total length of the cave is 74 meters and the deepest point in respect to the entrance is at - 19 meters. The cave is dry and is mostly vertical.
Most part of the cave is dry. There is only a small lake at the end and the deepest point of the cave. The temperature of the cave is 17ºC in Autumn. As the cave entrance is relatively large, the temperature of the inner cave changes relatively to the conditions of open air.
There are stalactite, stalagmite and pillars developed inside the cave. The surrounding natural beauties and historic ruins makes the cave more attractive.

Tilkiler Cave

Location: The cave is located inside the area of Oymapınar Dam at Manavgat District, in Antalya.
Properties: The cave has developed horizontally and is an active cave with a total length of 7 meters. The water level inside the cave rises in spring.

Sırtlanini Cave 
Location: Antalya, Kemer District
The cave is located between Yukarı Çamarası and Narlıgedik villages of Karacasu sub district.
Properties: The total length of the cave is 348 meters (Main Gallery: 147 m.) and the deepest point in respect to the cave entrance is at -32 meters. It is a horizontal and dry cave.
The cave starts with a very narrow mouth. After 4 - 5 meters the main cave opening is reached. The saloon is divided into 5 - 6 sections by the pillars developed side by side and finally forming walls. All of the chambers connected to this saloon is decorated with stalactite, stalagmite and pillars. As the temperature outside is 28ºC and the relative humidity is 44 percent, the temperature inside the cave is 17ºC and the humidity amount is 85 percent.

Aslanlı (Yaren) Cave

Location: Antalya, Manavgat District
The cave is located at the Plateau locality of Kirazlı Village.
Properties: The total length of the cave is 110 meters and the cave is partially horizontal, partially vertical. It is a dry cave. The temperature in October is 18ºC.
The cave has developed inside the dolomithic marble of Mesozoic age and on a large fault. After a steep downwards descent of 6 meters, the cave descends towards west with 26 degrees among a big fault roughly in the direction of east - west, and after 40 meters the cave enlarges and the floor looks like an inclined saloon. The floor of the saloon is covered with muddy ground and rock blocks fallen from the ceiling. The stalactite and stalagmites formed drapery and flag travertine on the walls. The name of the cave comes from one of the stalagmite which looks like a sitting lion.


Skiing : Within the province of Antalya, is a ski centre at Saklikent, in the Beydag mountain range, at 1850m. There are two ski lifts, restaurants, and accommodation available. The skiing season runs between January and April, and in the spring months it is possible to ski in the morning and then swim in the sea in Antalya.
Mountaineering : The Beydag mountain range has peaks ranging from 600 - 3086 m., with a variety of geological and typographical features and offer a wide range of climbing opportunities.
The important peaks are Tekedorugu, Bakirli Dag, Tahtalidag and Kizlar Sivrisi. Climbers will pass through the cedar forests of Camkuru Valley on their way to the top. The climbs can be completed in one day.
Rafting : Within the Koprulu Canyon National Park, Koprucay is among the most breathtaking rafting centres in the country. Manavagat River rushes powerfully over the rocks, and offers excellent rafting opportunities.
Diving : Various points of Antalya's coastline provide opportunities for diving.
Hunting : Along the coasts and in the highlands there is an abundance of partridge, pheasant, pigeons quail and turtledove. In the rocky crags and down on the plane there are wild pigeons, woodcocks and blackbirds.
The wild ducks and geese that live in the lakes and ponds come down to the coast in the winter. In the forests along the coast are deer, fox, martin, roe deer, squirrels and mountain goats, while the mountains have bear and several species of wolf.
Fishing : There are endless varieties of fish in the waters around Antalya, from sea Bream to swordfish. In the semi-salty waters, where the rivers run into the sea, there is sea bass and striped mullet, as well as pike, plaice, crayfish, crawfish and lobster. The area is a paradise for trout fishing, and in the creeks where trout are in abundance, there are also bass, carp and eel.
Camping : There are several forest camps around the resort of Kemer, around 20 km south of Antalya.


In Antalya, there are shopping malls that the foreign or local tourist could find lots of thing. The city is famous for its jams and jellies made from every fruit and vegetable imaginable. The most interesting ones are the eggplant, watermelon, bergamot and turunc jellies. There are also souvenirs and gift items particular to Turkey in the shops of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture and the shops in the old city. The area is famous for its Dosemealti carpets coloured with natural root dyes.


Kumluca and the many coves between Antalya and Finike are home to some of the most famous holiday resorts in Turkey, like Kemer, Camyuva, Belek, Cirali and Adrasan. Closer to the city, Konyaalti is 3 km west of the city, and Lara beach is 10 km east and well connected by dolmus.


In the Atatürk and Karaalioğlu Parks, the colourful exotic flowers and the shimmering water in the bay with the mountains behind demonstrate why Antalya has become such a popular resort. At Aqua Park, on the eastern coast, every kind of water sport is available, including water slides.
The award-winning Antalya Kaleiçi Marina and Leisure Center is considered one of the loveliest marinas in Turkey with its many souvenir shops, friendly cafes and restaurants as well as yacht moorings and services.Sall in the morning and enjoy the restful peace of the marina in the afternoon. The old city walls, lit up at night, lend an atmosphere of serenity and timelessness. The Antalya Altın Portakal (Golden orange) Film and Art Festival , held in the autumn, attracts many participants and visitors.the ancient theater in Aspendos makes an impressive setting for Aspendos International Opera and balet Festival. Antalya also host annual jewellery fairs.
The Sabancı Glass Pyramid Convention and Exhibition Center was opened in 1996 in Konyaaltı quarter.

National & Natural Parks :

Beydağları National Park
Güllük Mount National Park
Köprülü Canyon National Park
Altınbeşik Cave National Park
Kurşunlu Natural Park
Alacadağ Natural Protection Area
Çığlıkara Natural Protection Area
Dibek Natural Protection Area

Highlands : Finike-ördübek Highland, Serik - Ovacik Highland
Saklikent (sakli) Highland, Üçoluk Highland
Alanya - Demirtaş Nahiyesi Kaş - Sapadere - Tokar and Söğüt Highlands
Akseki - Piser Highland, Alanya-dereköy Highland
İbradi - Maşad - Kocaoluk - Sütleğen - Elmali - Gebesln - Söğütbell -sülek Highlands
(serik - Beşkonak - Altinkaya (zerk - Selge) - Ballibucak Villages, Gödre And İkiz Highlands

Local Days of Celebration:
Atatürk's Visit to Alanya Alanya 18 February
Atatürk's Visit to Antalya Antalya 6 March
Atatürk's Visit to Serik District Aspendos Ruins Aspendos (Belkıs) 9 March
Festivals: Mediterranean "Golden Orange" Wrestling Festival Kumluca 18-20 May
Honey Festival Gündoğmuş 15 August
"Golden Orange" Film Competition Antalya 22-29 September
"Akdeniz Akdeniz" International Music Festival Antalya 5-11 October
Kaş - Demre Festival Kaş - Demre 4-8 December
Antalya Festival Antalya 12-29 September
Festivities: Ralli Cross Competition Antalya 6 October
Golden Cherry Traditional Wrestling Matches Korkuteli 3 rd. week of September
Green Plateau Wrestling Matches and Culture, Art and Sport Activities Elmalı-Akçay
4 th week of August
Apple - Pear Celebrations Korkuteli 6 October
Commemoration for Abdal Musa and Celebrations Elmalı - Tekke Village In June
Alanya Tourism Festivities Alanya 4-9 June
Antalya National Film Festival Antalya 23-29 October
Finike Festivity Finike 29 June -1 July
Hasyurt Agricultural Fair and Festivities Finike In April
Buttermilk Celebrations Akseki 6-9 August


- Visiting the Antalya Museum

- Walking up the gorge at Saklikent

- Seeing the ruins at Perge and Termessos

- Walking through Kaleici and the old houses of Antalya

- Taking pictures of the snowdrops in Akseki

- Buying a Dosemalti carpet

- Tasting the local jams and jellies

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