Kaleiçi, the historic city centre of Antalya has structures dating from many eras; Roman , Byzantine , Seljuk , Ottoman and modern Republic of Turkey . Kaleici (“Inside the Kale or Inner Kale - Kale itself means castle or fortress) is located in the eastern centre part of the city along the coast although originally the entire city was within its walls. The harbour dates back to Roman times and has undergone full restoration to the quay and harbour walls.In the old town there are many renovated Ottoman houses that have become pansiyons, shops, restaurants and bars and well sign-posted is the mediterranean Civilisations Research Institute. This comprises of two restored Ottoman homes and exhibits part of the private collection belonging to Turkey’s richest Koç family, who sponsor the institute and houses a fabulous library of books on archaeology and antiquities.
Antalya Ulu MosqueAntalya Ulu Mosque (Grand Mosque), also called Yivli Minare Mosque (Fluted Minaret Mosque), was built in the 13th century by a Seljuk Sultan and is today a symbol of the city. The adjacent mosque, still in use today, has an open air café with great views over the bay.
Hadrian's GateThe Hadrian's Gate, (Üçkapılar in Turkish meaning The Three Gates ) built to honour the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited Antalya in the year 130 and it’s also said the Queen of Sheba passed through the gates on her way to visit King Solomon.
Mediterranean Civilisations Research Institute
Archaeological MuseumAlso not to be missed is the Archaeological Museum with one of the top five collections in Turkey.
Beaches close to Kaleici
Daily Boat ToursFrom the harbour there are a variety of boats trips on offer, full and half day, which all take in the Duden Waterfalls and local beaches.
Konyaalti BeachKonyaalti Beach, situated between Antalya’s cliffs and Beydağları Mountains, is shingle, clean and well maintained with free entry. It has a nice promenade with cafés backing onto the beach and can be reached using the tram.
Lara BeachLara Beach 10km southeast of town using the dolmus, has fine sand and a small fee is charged for entry here.
Kursunlu WaterfallsThe high cascading water of Kursunlu waterfalls, 18km northeast of Antalya, are accessible by bus or dolmus.
Zuga Beach Club Lara Antalya
Jolly Joker Pub Antalya
Ancient city of Side and the Temple of Athena
Turkish Food Recipes
Lamb and Okra Stew - Red Meat Courses
Bulgur with Meat - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Flour Helva - Other Desserts
Kisir - Bulgur Wheat Salad - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Chickpeas with Meat - Legume Courses
Artichokes in Olive Oil - Vegetable Courses