Antalya which is generally described as the “Turkish Riviera” by foreigners due to its natural beauties, historical, tourism and cultural assets is almost a capital city of Turkey in terms of the country’s tourism. Antalya where sea, sun, history and nature are united with a magical harmony has the most beautiful and cleanest shores of the Mediterranean Sea. There are ancient cities, ancient ports, monumental graves and bays like laces, shores, green forests and rivers all through the shores of Antalya with a length of around 630 km. Antalya, which is the most important tourism center of Turkey with its boulevards with palm trees on both sides, marinas with international rewards, Kaleici district which forms a pleasant corner within the city with its traditional architecture and modern spaces, has been hosting many activities such as Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, International Beach Volleyball, Triathlon, Golf Tournaments, Archery, Tennis, Ski Races as well as many cultural and artistic activities such plastic arts, musical and theatrical performances, exhibitions organized at Antalya Culture Center which was opened in 1995. Incredible richness in archeological sites, cultural heritage, ease of transportation, combination of history and legends created a unique city for congress tourism. It provide any congress and meeting services to its guests from all around the world in an excellent way together with it seat capacity over than 35.000 persons.
Highway: Antalya has highway connection to any region of Turkey. The most suitable route to Antalya from big cities such as Ankara and Istanbul is the route of Afyon - Burdur- Antalya.
Airline: The airline transportation is provided by Antalya International Airport.
Maritime line: The Antalya Harbor is one of the marine gates of Turkey that connects the country to the world.
Brief Historical Account
Antalya which means the land and nation of Attalos was first established by Attalos II. The city which was independent for some time after the collapse of Bergama Empire (133 BC) was later ruled by pirates. The city was conquered by the commander Servilius Isauricus in 77 BC and became a part of the Roman Empire. It became a military base for the Pompeius’s fleet in 67 BC. The visiting of Hadrianus to Attaleia in 130 AD helped the development of the city. Attaleia, which was a center for the office of the bishop during the Byzantine sovereignty, continued to improve after the city was conquered and taken by the Turks. As the modern city was established on the ruins of the Ancient Age, it is not possible to find ancient ruins any longer in Antalya. The first ancient ruins that can be observed now are some sections of the breakwater called as old harbor and the city walls surrounding the harbor. The renovated Hadrian Gate which is outer park section of the city walls is the most beautiful ancient arts of Antalya.
Although it is known that Attaleia as an ancient city should have ancient structures such as temples, agora and theater, none of such structures has been discovered yet.
Kaleici built in a shape of a horseshoe is enclosed by ramparts inside and outside but most sections are now collapsed and destroyed. These city walls bear common artistic characteristics of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods. .The ramparts have 80 towers. There are 3000 houses with roof tiles within the interior of the city walls. The characteristic structures of houses do not only give insights about the architectural history of Antalya but do perfectly reflect life styles, traditions and customs of the region.
There are two different climates affecting Antalya. The first one is the typical Mediterranean climate at the coastal region and the latter is the continental climate at the upper parts of Antalya that forms transition from Mediterranean climate to the Inner Anatolian climate. The annual mean temperature in Antalya is 18.7 Celsius degrees. No winter is experienced in Antalya.
Places to Go and Visit
Ramparts, Kaleici (the interior part of the Castle), Hadrian's Gate, Clock Tower, Antalya Archeology Museum, Old Antalya Houses, The Fluted Minaret and Complex, The Truncated Minaret Mosque (Kesik Minare), Karatay Madrasa, Evdir Caravansary, Kirkgoz Caravansary, St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) Church, Patara, Perge, Sillyon, Termessos, Olympos, Phaselis, Limyra, Arycanda, Demre (Myra), Simena (Castle), Kekova, Xanthos, Kas (Antiphellos), Side, Aspendos Ancient Cities and Aspendos Open Air Theater where festivals and concerts are still organized, numerous caves such as Karain, Beldibi and Damlatas Caves, Kursunlu, Duden and Manavgat Waterfalls, Olympos Bey Mountains, Gulluk Mount, natural beauties of canyons and mountain pastures are places that must be visited and seen.
Antalya Museum, Side Museum, Alanya Museum, Perge Museum, Santa Claus Church.
Blue Journey (To Bodrum, Gokova, Gocek, Marmaris and Bodrum); Antalya - Kekova – Antalya Tour.
Konyaalti, Belek, Lara, Phaselis, Kaputas (Kas) are important beaches of Antalya. The coasts of Side, Kemer, Kalkan, Belek and Alanya have also incomparably beautiful beaches.
May: International Underwater Days
June: Kemer Holiday Carnival
June-July: International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival
July: Alanya Tourism Carnival
August: Side International Culture and Art Festival
September- October: Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
Skiing, mountain climbing, golf, rafting, underwater diving, hunting, fishery, youth camps and forest camping activities.
Kolle (boiled wheat, bean, chickpea and fava bean), sac kavurması, domates civesi, hibes, arapasi, tandır kebab, and sweets are jams made of eggplant, bergamot and bitter orange.
There are shops which meet all needs of domestic and foreign visitors in Antalya. Antalya is famous for its jams made of various fruits and plants. Regional jams made of bitter orange, Bergamot, eggplant and watermelon are the most preferred products. Dyer’s madder and “Under Floor covering (Dosemealti) Carpets” dyed with the dyer’s madder produced in the region are very well known and famous carpets.
Visit ancient cities scattered all around Antalya.
Go to Saklikent.
Go and see Kaleici and Old Antalya Houses.
Take the picture of a common snowdrop at Akseki province.
Taste regional fruit and herbal jams.
ANTALYA EXPO CENTER
Telephone : +90 242 462 20 00
Fax : +90 242 462 19 90
Address : Cihadiye Koyu Pinarli Beldesi 07110 Aksu/ Antalya
Web Site : www.anfas.com.tr
It is situated at a distance of 11 km to the City Center and of 2 km to the Airport. It has a closed area of 65000 m2, an exhibition area of 16000 m2, 18 rooms for panel discussions and working and a car park with a capacity of 600 vehicles.
Number of meeting halls: 18
Total area of the biggest hall: 16000 m2
Total capacity of the biggest hall: 10000 pax
Total area of the smallest hall: 296 m2
Total capacity of the smallest hall: 200 pax
Total area of the largest closed exhibition area: 16000 m2
Total area of the smallest closed exhibition area: 4356 m2
Feature of the accommodation facility: 5-star hotel
GLASS PYRAMID SABANCI CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION CENTER
Telephone : +90 242 238 54 44
Fax : +90 242 238 52 76
Address : 100. Yil Bulvari, Kultur Park Ici, Antalya/TURKIYE
Number of meeting halls: 4
Total capacity of the biggest hall: 2400 pax
Total capacity of the smallest hall: 50 pax
Total area of the biggest hall: 2900 m2
Total area of the smallest hall: 87 m2
Total area of the largest closed exhibition area: 4500 m2
Car renting service
Feature of the accommodation facility