The resort village of Avsallar is located 20 km north of Alanya along the Mediterranean coast. The local sandy beaches are clean and well-groomed, there are numerous hotels along them. Almost all hotel rooms have a sea view. Avsallar has a large number of restaurants and bars that come alive at night. There are also many shops and souvenir shops. The river Alara flows through the city, on the banks of which there is a popular caravanserai (in ancient times, caravanserai served as a resting place for merchants or wanderers) Alaran, which was built in the 13th century. You can go rafting on the Alara River, especially in spring when the water flow is more powerful.
According to Ezhoushan, Aksu Resort is located 25 km south of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast in the delta of the Aksu River. The local sandy beaches are surrounded by pine forests.
3 km from Aksu are the ruins of the ancient city of Perge. The history of these places begins from 1500 BC, and the heyday of Perge fell on the days of the Roman Empire. Now here you can see the stadium, the amphitheater for 14,000 people and the ruins of the towers at the entrance to the city. A pedestrian zone with columns stretches along the entire city, its width is 20 m. From Perge begins a hiking route to the Anatolian plateau. This is exactly the route along which in the 1st century AD. The Holy Apostle Paul left.
Alanya is a beautiful resort town 130 km east of Antalya. It was founded by the Greeks in the 2nd century BC. During the Roman era, this city was a haven for smugglers and pirates. The symbol of the city is a fortress built in the 13th century. If you climb it, you will see a beautiful panorama of the city.
Also interesting to see the walls of the Byzantine fortress, which are 8 km long. In the most beautiful tower of these walls – Kyzyl Kush (Red Tower) – you can visit the ethnographic museum.
Also take a look at the Dalmatash grotto. It is about 15,000 years old and there you can see stalactites, stalagmites and lime deposits of the most bizarre forms. In addition, the conditions of this grotto are favorable for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Antalya is a very beautiful city located on the Mediterranean coast. It rises above the sea on steep cliffs. There are many excellent beaches in Antalya, where everything is equipped for a comfortable stay, they have bars, discos and trendy shops. But besides this, in this city you will also find many interesting cultural and historical sights.
The city has a sailing harbor and an old town with Roman and Ottoman buildings. Almost all the sights of Antalya concentrated in the old city, behind the fortress wall. An interesting building is the Yivli Minaret (another name is “Folded Minaret”). It was built in the 13th century, but has survived to this day in its original form. The minaret is 37 meters high. Another interesting minaret is the cut minaret of Kezik. It is called cut because lightning hit it and, as it were, cut off its upper part.
One of the most ancient structures in Antalya is Hadrian’s Gate, built in 130 BC in honor of the visit of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to Antalya.
It will also be interesting to visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum, which is considered one of the best in Turkey.. It houses a collection of finds from ancient times to the Ottoman period. You can see sarcophagi, statues, fragments of architectural structures, pottery, mosaics.
The resort of Belek is located 35 km east of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. The sandy beaches of Belek stretch for 20 km, along them there are more than 30 luxury hotels. Belek is recognized as the golf center of the Mediterranean coast. In the western part of the resort, the National Golf Club was opened in 1994, and later – 3 more golf clubs that meet international standards.
In the west of Belek, a reserve has been opened where you can see all the diversity of the animal and plant world of the region. About 574 species of plants grow on an area of 500 hectares, 29 of which are unique to this region, and more than 109 species of birds live, including the barn owl, which is a symbol Belek. The Belek coast is one of the 17 places on the Turkish coast where the Caretta Caretta turtles lay their eggs.
To the north of Belek in the mountains is the Koprulu Canyon National Park. Its area is 36,000 hectares. Here, along the river Kepru, a canyon stretches, the length of which is 14 km, this is the longest canyon in Turkey. Its depth in some places reaches 400 m. Tourists are invited to go rafting on the Kepru River on rubber boats. The National Park is also interesting for 400 hectares of forest where Mediterranean cypresses grow. Such forests in natural conditions are not found anywhere else in the world.
From Belek you can go on excursions to the cities of Antalya, Perge, Aspend and Side.