About Antalya

Antalya (Turkish pronunciation: [anˈtalja]) is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera.
In 2011 the city had a population of 964,886 and the metropolitan municipality 1,041,972.
Antalya was the world's fourth most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, with 10.5 million annual visitors.

Shopping
Antalya Migros Shopping Mall, which has been in service since 2001, is the city's most modern and biggest shopping centre with its 104 stores. Also, the Deepo Outlet Center which is situated across the Antalya Airport offers the chance of shopping at great factory outlet prices. Gift shops and small local shops selling traditional handcrafts are spread widely over the historical Kaleiçi and, of course the entire Antalya.
      Average Prices in Antalya

 Snack                            £2.00/ €2.30

 Soft Drink                      £1.00/ €1.15

 3 Course Meal               £7.00/ €8.00

 Beer                              £2.00/ €2.30

 Glass of Wine                £2.60/ €2.95

 Day Trip or City Tour      £7.00/ €8.00

History
In Antiquity, the coastal region where Antalya is located was known as “Pamphylia”, and prehistoric artefacts have been found here that date back to the Paleolithic Era. These lands are regarded as the area known in the Hittite Period as Arzava. The “Migration of Nations” which led to the destruction of the Hittite Empire towards the end of the 13th century BC resulted in the rise of a political structure consisting of city states in Antalya and its environs. From 560 to 546, the region was dominated by the Lydians, and then by the Persians, who had overthrown the Lydian State, until Alexander the Great subdued Anatolia in 334-333 BC. After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, the region came under the control of one of his generals, Antigonos, and it was ruled respectively by the Ptolemies and Seleucids after the battle of Ipsos in 301. King Attalos of Pergamum founded the city of “Attaleia” in the 2nd century BC in order to secure the southern and south-western shores of his kingdom and to create a naval base. Attaleia was independent for a short time following the fall of the Kingdom of Pergamum in 133 BC, but then fell into the hands of pirates. It was later incorporated into the Roman Empire in 77 BC. An important seaport, Attaleia hosted such figures as Pompeius in 67 BC, and Hadrian in 130 AD. The possession of the city was juggled between the Seljuks and Byzantines from the 7th century onward until Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev made the city a part of the Seljuk Empire in 1207. Eventually Antalya was added to the Ottoman Empire by Yıldırım Beyazıt in 1391. The city significantly advanced in architecture and culture during both the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.

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An ancient legend tells about the founding of Antalya: One day Attalos II summoned his servants and dispersed them on the four winds, saying, “Go and find me a place so beautiful that all the kings and rulers will covet it; go and find me the paradise on earth.” For months, the soldiers travelled to lands far and wide, and though they encountered many beautiful places, they could not find a place whose heavenly beauty could satisfy their king. That is, until they arrived in the lands where today’s Antalya is... Confronted with natural beauty in such abundance, they were convinced that this was the paradise that their king had described. They returned to Pergamum expeditiously to tell their king that they had found the paradise. Afterwards, Attalos naturally wanted to see the area for himself and followed his soldiers on a journey to the shores of the Mediterranean. Finally, they reached shore where the lushly forested foothills of the Taurus Mountains met the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The king, seeing the fine yellow sand of the beaches blend with the blue of the sky and the deeper blue of the sea that reflected the green of the virgin forests was instantly spellbound. He immediately ordered that a city be built there, as he was convinced that it was the most beautiful spot in the world. In his honour the city built was named “Attaleia” (city/home of Attalos).

The city was subsequently visited by many individuals and travellers of historical importance - from Queen Cleopatra and Hadrian to Alaaddin Keykubat and Atatürk. They all concurred with the judgement of Attalos’ servants:

Antalya is an earthly paradise. Attalos regarded the region as “heaven on earth” while Atatürk described it as “the most beautiful place in the world.” Evliya Çelebi informs us that foreigners expressed their astonishment with the exclamation “Ah Adalya!” referring to the name Antalya had then.

Nowadays Antalya is known as “the pearl of the Mediterranean” and “the Turkish Riviera” being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Life & Culture

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.

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