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Destination Antalya Region

A blessed city with turquoise colored coasts which has an hypnotic power.. Visitors forget all the daily rush and get rid of the city life stress. For that reason, even it has great antique ruins as well, Antalya is mainly the favourite resort area in Turkey with many luxury resort hotels. City history in fact dates back to 20th century BC. All districts of the city have different taste and facilities. Private Tours with Mutlu Deveci suggests to travel the city between May to October. With our private programs, you may pass a relaxing holiday season also combining with one or two daily excursions around the old city.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT ANTALYA?
» UNESCO declares Xanthos and Letoon as World Heritage Sites. 
» St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Clause, was born in Demre.
» The best preserved Roman Theater is located in Aspendos.

ASPENDOS ANTIQUE THEATER
Structure belongs to the Roman period dates back to 2 AC. And it is still in good shape so that you can join the summer concert festival of Aspendos every summer. 

Aspendos is one of the most well preserved ancient theaters in the world providing seating for 15.000 spectators. The structure with an extraordinarily perfect acoustics hosts every year international and local concerts and festivals and testify to the architect’s success.

The Aspendos Theater was built by the famous Aspendosian architect Zenon,in Marcus Aurelius’time (second half of 2AD). The theater is in better conditions than all other theaters built in the ancient times and has been able to survive to this days without losing almost any of its original qualities.

Today, the site is the most ancient and solid sample of the Roman Theatres in Anatolia.

XANTHOS AND LETOON
Dating back to 7th / 8th century BC., Xanthos-Letoon is an archeological site consisting of two separate locations that represent Lycian civilization. 

Xanthos was the name of an ancient city in Lycia. It was a center of culture and commerce for the Lycians. The archeological excavations in Xanthos have yielded several texts in Lycian and Greek including many bilingual texts.

The sanctuary of Leto called Letoon near Xanthos, was one of the most important religious centers of Lycia. The foundations of the Hellenistic temple which are dedicated to Leto and her children, Artemis and Apollo, have been excavated.

Xanthos and Letoon are often seen as a double-site because they were closely linked and Letoon was administered by Xanthos. Letoon was the sacred cult center of Lycia, located less than 10 km to the south of Xanthos.  
Xanthos-Letoon is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey and it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

PERGA ANCIENT CITY
Now located in Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast, Perge was is a more than 3500 years old ancient Greek city in Anatolia dating back to the Bronze Age. Today, Perge is more than 3500 years old and it is a large site of ancient ruins on the coastal plain. 
Perge was originally founded by the Hittites around 1500 BC. Although it dates back to the Hittites, its remnants are from Ionians and Romans. Most of the surviving ruins today date from Roman rule which began in 188 BC. The substantial remains include a theater, a stadium of 15.000 capacity, a monumental gate and colonnaded street down the main Agora area… It is said that St. Paul began his journey in Perge in 46 AD, and preached his first sermon here. 
During the Hellenistic period, Perge was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world as well. The area is most famous for the temple of Artemis. It was sited inland for defensive purposes to avoid the pirate bands which terrorized this stretch of the Mediterranean. 
In the first half of the 4th century, during the reign of  Constantine The Great (324-337), Perge became an important centre of Christianity after it had became official religion of the Roman Empire. The city retained its status of a Christian centre in the 5th and 6th centuries.

Perge is today a very important archaeological site and a major tourist attraction.

OLYMPOS
Olympos is an ancient city located in a valley, 90 km southwest of Antalya city near the town of Kumluca. The foundations of the city date back to the early Hellenistic period (300 BC). 

In Lycian times, the ancient port city of Olympos was one of the members of the Lycian Federation. During this period, the city was subject to raids by pirates. Later, the city was rescued by Romans. The city had a large wealth due to its strategic trading position and prospered more as well during famous Roman king Hadrian period who adorned the city with theatres, aqueduct, etc. The ruins mostly belong to the late Roman early Byzantine period. 

Olympos today, is the favourite destination for those who seek tranquility in aesthetically pleasing surroundings with its great nature, tree-house hostels and translucent water of Mediterranean besides its rich history. By looking up from the seashore, the city’s ancient acropolis is clearly visible on the mountain side. 

If you will visit Olympos, you should definitely visit the eternal flames of the Chimera as well, 8km distance from Olympos. Fires continue to erupt from holes in the mountain since the ancient times. Chimaera was another Lycian city and this magical wonder has a long history according mythology.  From a realistic viewpoint, the most logical reason of this situation is that it is natural gas seeping through cracks in the earth although scientists are still unable to discover the compounds of the gases. To truly appreciate Chimaera, it is best to visit the area in the evening. The effect is most impressive in the darkness.

There’re also a lot of activity options that visitors can experience like rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting in nearby Köprülü Canyon. 

Besides, Olympos is still a secluded village you can’t meet luxury resorts and hotel complexes, but instead small tree houses and family run hostels.

MYRA
Today called as “Demre”, Myra was one of the largest parts of Lycian alliance since 168 BC and was at the same time the metropolis of Lycia in early Christian times. 

The town is mostly associated with Santa Claus or Saint Paul who was the protector of the sailors and who changed ships in Myra’s port on his way to his trial in Rome in about 60 AD, as considered to be his hometown. 
The exact date of Myra's foundation is still unknown.  There is not a literary mention of it before the 1st century BC. It is believed to date back much further however. The earliest church of St. Nicholas in Myra was built in the 6th century. 

The Eastern Roman emperor Theodosius II made Myra the capital of the Byzantine Eparchy Lycia until the city fell to the Harun Ar-Rashid in 808 AD after a seige and went into decline.  Then, early in the reign of Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118 AD), Myra was overtaken by Seljuks. Because of the terrible plague, muslim raids, flooding and eartquakes, Myra was mostly abandoned by the 11th century. 
Besides the Church of St. Nicholas, the city is also well known for its amphitheatre (the largest in Lycia with 13.000 seats capacity) and the plethora of rock-cut tombs carved in the cliff above the theatre. Lycian tombs were always placed at the top of hills or on the cliffs upon the belief that the dead would be transported to another world by a wing liked creature…

LARA BEACH
Lara was called “Larassa” in Hitites period means “City of Sand”. 
This famous sandy beach in Mediterranean located in Lara district of Antalya, is one of the longest sand beaches in Turkey and housing many themed luxury hotels near by for leisure.