Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, and the capital city of Antalya Province. Situated on coastal cliffs, Antalya is surrounded by mountains. Extensive development and investment that began in the 1970s has transformed the city into an international holiday resort.The economy of Antalya formerly depended on a mixture of tourism, agriculture, and commerce, with some light industry. Agricultural production includes citrus fruits, cotton, cut flowers, olives, olive oil and bananas. The Antalya Metropolitan Municipality wholesale food market complex meets 65% of the fresh fruit and vegetable demand of the province.
Tourists are drawn to Kaleiçi, the restored historical center of the city - with its hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping which retains much of its historical character - its restoration won the Golden Apple Tourism Prize. The city includes sites with traces of the Lycian, Pamphylian, and Hellenistic eras - but mainly Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman architecture and cultures.
Cumhuriyet Square, the main square of the city, on occasion features temporary open air exhibitions and performances. Kaleiçi, with its narrow cobbled streets of historically protected Turkish and Greek houses is the old center of Antalya including now mainly hotels, gift shops, and bars. New hotels, such as the Sheraton, stand along the coast above the Konyaalti and Lara beaches. Antalya has fine beaches including Konyaaltı, Lara and Karpuzkaldıran. For winter sports, Beydağları and Saklikent are both natural beauties near the city. There are also a large number of mosques, churches, madrasahs, masjids, hans and hamams in the city.
Antalya Airport's number of passengers on international flights often surpasses the total number at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport officially earning Antalya the title of 'the capital of Turkish tourism'. A local bus system serving the greater municipality is operated by a private corporation. There is a network of look-alike Dolmuşes that are privately owned and operated - run under strict municipal control. Antalya Ulasim, a municipally-owned corporation, runs the public bus system. The corporation owns Antobus and Antray. Antobüs was started in September 2010. 40 buses arrived in June 2010 and the city is planning to increase the number by 140 more buses. The tram system runs from Antalya Museum and the Sheraton Voyager and Falez hotels, along the main boulevard to the city center at Kalekapisi, Hadrian's Gate, Karaalioglu Park, and ending at Talya Oteli. Trams depart on the hour and half-hour from the terminal and reach Kalekapisi between 10 and 15 minutes later. In December 2009 the 11.1 kilometer or 6.9 mile light rail line Antray was opened from one of the main city public bus hubs northwest to the Zoo and beyond to suburban areas.
Province: Antalya Province
Airport: Antalya Airport
English language website: antalya-information.com
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