This is one of the most important Greek and Roman towns in the region. It is located about half an hour drive from Antalya.
The site has many ruins which are well-preserved including the theater, Hellenistic and Roman Gates, and a street
Belek is the region where 5 star hotels, holiday resorts strecth along the sand beach. The hotels are hidden within
trees and small forests and this adds to the splendor of the region. The region is also the number one place for golfer
This is one of the most important Roman theaters on earth. Occasionally there a classical music concerts,
and it is a great feeling to listen to a concert in the middle of the thousands of years of history. The acoustic
engineering of the ancient times can once again be admired here.
This is the place for outdoor activist. Rafting in the mountains, watching superb views down below over a Roman
bridge ! You can see on our tours page the Koprulu Canyon tours.
The Koprulu is a river of crystal clear water, except when it rains.
The wide river flows gently through the magnificient landscape of
Koprulu Canyon National Park. It is no wonder that this river has become a popular tourist
attraction for visitors. Expert rafting guides brief the group on National Park safety procedures , and
use of equipment . Participants may choose between an inflatable canoe or raft. Canoes offer a more
active rafting trip. No previous rafting experience is necessary. Rafts hold 8-9 people and are
manned by a river guide.
You can also see Selge ruins if you take extra time to go up to Selge from the Koprulu Canyon bridge. The Roman
city is scattered around the village. The mountain view is wonderful.
Side is a nice small village where Roman ruins are spread around it. It has nice sand beach along the coast, and there are many
hotels and guesthouses catering to the needs of all budgets. The center of the city is small and
densely crowded. Marketplace is filled with both Turkish and foreign tourists, mostly from European countries.
There are many bars and discos, making the nightlife of the city quite busy.
Alanya is mostly a modern town, consructed in the last decade. It is the favourite place of Scandinavian
and German tourists who buy one or two week package to realx by the pool, or the beach in daytime and
crowd the bars at night. It has a very busy marketplace, shopping area as well.
There are also many Germans who chose the place as their new home after retirement. And this trend lives on
Mersin does not offer any site worthwhile for the traveler to do the long distance on the way from Antalya.
However, for travelers who come to Turkey a second or thrid time, the coast is nice, much less touristy,
and there are nice castles and historic ruins along the way.
Korykos castle and Kizakalesi are two of them. Kizkalesi is especially beautiful since it is in the middle of
sea a good swimming distance from the shore. The coast is sand beach and the view is very impressive.
Tarsus is a modern Turkish city without any charm. But about 2000 years ago it was an important Roman city.
Apostle Paul was born there. The city had been living thousands of years before him. Several
famous people have made their way to the city: Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar...
But none of the great people who honored Tarsus by their presence can be compared with the
Apostle Paul in his influence in Christianity. He was born as a jew. Converted to Christianity on the
Damascus Road. Later he had to flee from angry Jews for his life to Tarsus.
A gate left from the walled city of the Roman period is known as St.
Paul's or Cleopatra's Gate. A section of a main screen leading to the hippodrome has been
Antioch is the place where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. Antioch had been
named by one of Alexander the Great's generals, S. Nicator. At the time of Paul,
Peter and Barnabas, Antioch had been an important city.
It iis there that Mark Antony and Cleopatra met. Antioch offers some of the best Roman mosaics in the world !
Two of the bishops of Antioch are famous in church history: Peter and Ignatius.
The two sites can be best seen as part of a tour since they are quite far from Antalya.