Known mainly for its stunning, golden beaches, azure Mediterranean waters and fantastic resorts, the city of Antalya offers not only the above mentioned perfect holiday-trio but also a host of historical and natural sights, ripe for discovering in between soaking up the sun and the atmosphere along the Turkish Riviera. Founded over 2000 years ago, the city of Antalya has been a favoured holiday spot for locals and foreigners for centuries – even getting a mention in the Bible after a visit by Paul the Apostle to the region. Changing hands between different empires, it is today one of the most scenic cities along the Turkish coast, and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town, you can still get a glimpse of times gone by. A perfect starting point for your exploration of the city is the Kesik Minaret (or Broken Minaret). Founded as a Roman temple, it has also served as a Byzantine church and today acts as a mosque, this is a building that, along with the stunning Hadrian’s Gate nearby, symbolises the many different sides of the city. For more information, head to the Museum of Antalya. Here a range of ancient artefacts, statues and relics tell you the full story of the region’s fascinating past. Nature lovers should head to the Düden Waterfalls in the eastern end of town or go on day trips to the Taurus Mountains that frame the landscape behind the seafront.
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