Turkish Riviera Hotels
Mini guide to Turkish Riviera
The Turkish Riviera is a holiday paradise with a lovely natural setting, boasting
sunshine for 300 days of the year. The coast is lined with decadent beaches lapped
by clear blue waters, and is surrounded by pine forests, olive and citrus groves,
as well as palm, avocado and banana plantations.
The region is a paradise for a range of activities in and out of the water,
including: sunbathing, swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing, mountain
climbing, hunting and caving.
Set amid amazing scenery of sharp contrasts, Antalya, Turkey's principal holiday
resort, is an attractive city with shady palm-lined boulevards and a prize-winning
marina. In the old quarter, Kalaici, there are narrow winding streets and old
wooden houses that complement the ancient city walls.
When Emperor Hadrian visited Antalya in 130 AD, a beautifully decorated three-arched
gate was built into the city walls in his honour; near the marina the two towers
flanking the gate and other sections of the walls still stand.
A visit to the Archaeological Museum is like a walk through history, with remains
from the Palaeolithic Age to Ottoman times. Additionally, the Atatürk Museum
displays objects used by Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
The Toros (Taurus) Mountains sweep down to the sea, forming an irregular coastline
of rocky headlands and secluded coves. The region's highest peak, Demirkazik,
is 3756m high. Alternatively, the Kaleici Marina and Leisure Centre is considered
one of the loveliest marinas in Turkey and has many souvenir shops, as well
as cafés, discos, bars, and restaurants.
The region around Antalya offers sights of astonishing natural beauty as well.
You can walk behind the cascade at the Upper Düden Waterfalls, 14kms northeast
of Antalya. On the way to Lara Beach, the Lower Düden Waterfalls plunge
straight into the sea. The nearby rest area offers an excellent view of the
There are no trains in Antalya; however, buses arrive at the central terminal
from Alanya every hour. Antalya's international airport is served by many international
flights from Europe, the Middle East and Russia. The airport is about 11kms
outside the city centre. Several ferry lines make the three-day crossing between
Venice and Antalya, May through October. Ferries arrive and depart from Limani,
which is 5kms west of town, past Konyaalti Beach.
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