Tuesday, 4 October 2016

6 Places to Visit near Antalya

Whilst staying at the fabulous Aska Lara Hotel and Spa near Antalya we enjoyed lots of days out, as well as enjoying all that the Aska Lara had to offer.  If like us, you like to explore then Antalya has a lot to offer.  Antalya is a city of contrasts with its historical and cultural background it has become increasingly popular with tourists, from the old town to boutiques and shopping centres there is something for everyone's pleasure.  Whilst on holiday we had the chance to explore the city on a couple of occasions and below are my 6 things not to miss in the Antalya region.



Kaleici
The old town of Antalya is called Kaleici and was built in the second century BC.  Kaleici was encircled by city walls and today you can still visit Hadrian's Gate which was named after the Roman Emperor.  Enjoy the tiny winding streets that lead down to the harbour, and sit at one of the tasty restaurants which offer fresh fish overlooking the tranquillity of the harbour.  Tip if you visit at night time it is more magical, boats bobbing in the harbour and the temperature is more comfortable for walking in.  Some restaurants even offer live music.




Antalya Aquarium
The Aquarium in Antalya is one of the largest tunnel aquariums in the world measuring 131 metres and is 3.5 metres wide.  There are 40 thematic tanks holding a huge array of colourful sea life, from sharks to Nemo and it really is a sight not to be missed.  Gee loved exploring all the tanks and with such a wide array of sealife we easily spent a couple of hours wandering around.




Demra - The Church of St Nicholas
A visit to the 11th century Church of St Nicholas is a must to find the true story of Santa Claus.  The ruins hold beautiful wall paintings that can still be seen today and there are works going on to protect the stunning images.  Outside is a statue of St Nicholas with a sack on his back and children around him, who knew this was where Santa Claus came from?



Myra
The ancient city of Myra is a must, it's old rock tombs are awe inspiring and there is also an amphitheatre nearby.  Walking around here felt spiritual and calm, such an amazing place to visit and one not to be missed.



Kekova
From the beautiful little harbour take a relaxing boat trip to the sunken city of Simena and Kekova island.  The half sunken city was destroyed by an earthquake in the second century but you can still see the foundations and staircases leading up to the houses.  The bay's water is perfectly clear and just right for a swim off the boat.  Such a beautiful experience and one to remember a life time.



Lower Duden Waterfall
See the Duden river meet the Mediterranean sea you might even see a rainbow formed by the water spray as it cascades it's way over the cliff edge to the bottom of the fall.  The sound of the water rushing over the edge gives you goose bumps and is such an amazing sight.

I cannot believe I have been home a month already.  I think it is time to start planning our next adventure.

14 comments:

  1. I would love to visit Demra, the 11th century church. I just find it amazing how preserved these churches look. Just beautiful!

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    1. Some of the tombs and paintings were preserved so well Dean x

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  2. Well of course I'm biased because I'm half Turkish, but I love Turkey :-) The culture, food, history and of course the people. I've been to Antalya many times and will never tire of going

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    1. I am so jealous Lauretta, we love visiting Turkey too, so many things to see and the people are so friendly x

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  3. What lovely places to visit.
    I love the sound of Demra and its historical beauty, I find anything like that fascinating :) x

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  4. I would love to visit Demra one day. Sounds like an amazing place.

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  5. I have never been here before, what stunning views. Looks such a beautiful place :)

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  6. Absolutely amazing places to visit! Turkey has so many stunning places.

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  7. I love visiting places with history, ive never heard of this place before but it looks stunning and i love the waterfall :)

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  8. I love visiting places with history, ive never heard of this place before but it looks stunning and i love the waterfall :)

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  9. Church of St Nicholas looks stunning, glad you had a fab holiday

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  10. looks amazing, i have never been to Turkey, will have to visit some day x

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  11. looks amazing, i have never been to Turkey, will have to visit some day x

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  12. Miss Antayla! We did so much travelling through out istanbul and capadocia and pammukale that we decided to rest in a resort in antalya! Absolutely magical!!

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