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article imagePhoto Essay: Antalya, Turkey, on the Mediterranean Sea Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Feb 27, 2013 in World
Antalya - Located in the south of Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea, Antalya is a city of sunny castles, Greek temples, Roman gates, Ottoman mosques, and Christian churches. It is also a popular destination for tourists from cold climates.
Turkey is a country of contrasts. In the north, near the Black Sea and Istanbul, the weather can be stormy and cold, like eastern Europe. In the east, high mountains draw skiers to vast deposits of snow, and desert-like terrains uncover stone-age civilizations. In the west, Izmir and its Aegean islands create a Greek-like dream. And in the south, Antalya nestles on a crescent bay of Mediterranean sunshine framed by mountains.
I went to Antalya because the weather is like my native Southern California. I enjoyed living near Istanbul, but after surviving one cold winter, I didn't want another. The Antalyan summer was so hot that many locals went up to their mountain cabins, and it didn't rain for four months. But I loved it, exploring the Old Castle (Kaleiçi) section of town with my Turkish husband, taking romantic sunset cruises out of the yacht harbor, and swimming at Lara or Konyaaltı Beach under stars in the calm, warm Mediterranean.
It was easy (but time-consuming) to get around the spread-out city by bus or tram. The Mediterranean-style food was not expensive, and I found shops selling traditional Turkish goods in old stone buildings not far from modern shopping malls. Tall apartment buildings held balconies and roof-top, solar-powered water tanks. Narrow, cobbled streets wound between old stone villas. Grand hotels offered strong Turkish tea on the beach. I explored Duden Waterfall, took photos of Hadrian's Gate, and walked through the modern campus of Akdeniz (Mediterranean) University. Although I didn't get to the historic places of Aspendos or Olympos, Antalya was one of my favorite places in Turkey.
A fountain runs through the streets of downtown Antalya
A fountain runs through the streets of downtown Antalya
One of the many grand hotels of Antalya
One of the many grand hotels of Antalya
A tourist yacht sails in the Mediterranean Sea near Antalya
A tourist yacht sails in the Mediterranean Sea near Antalya
The lighthouse at the yacht harbor s entrance
The lighthouse at the yacht harbor's entrance
A tourist boat sails past a castle tower
A tourist boat sails past a castle tower
A cave by the seacliff waterfall
A cave by the seacliff waterfall
Gates to Akdeniz (Mediterranean) University
Gates to Akdeniz (Mediterranean) University
A palm tree reflects in a fountain
A palm tree reflects in a fountain
A sunny Mediterranean walkway
A sunny Mediterranean walkway
Duden waterfall
Duden waterfall
An overview of the Kaleiçi (Old Castle) section of Antalya.  The castle walls frame the harbor.
An overview of the Kaleiçi (Old Castle) section of Antalya. The castle walls frame the harbor.
Castle walls above the yacht harbor
Castle walls above the yacht harbor
Restaurants in the castle walls
Restaurants in the castle walls
This restaurant stands above a Mediterranean swimming cove
This restaurant stands above a Mediterranean swimming cove
with its rocks at the end
with its rocks at the end
Mediterranean see.
Mediterranean see.
Imagine dining with this view of the Mediterranean Sea and distant mountains
Imagine dining with this view of the Mediterranean Sea and distant mountains
and then strolling through the cobbles streets and stone villas of Kaleiçi
and then strolling through the cobbles streets and stone villas of Kaleiçi
Where you can see quaint shops
Where you can see quaint shops
more shops
more shops
A random wedding
A random wedding
Hadrian s Gate
Hadrian's Gate
an old church
an old church
and Saint Paul s Place
and Saint Paul's Place
with its active Christian church
with its active Christian church
and coffee shop
and coffee shop
A photographer takes photos from the view point
A photographer takes photos from the view point
which looks down at Mediterranean trees and rocks
which looks down at Mediterranean trees and rocks
the view toward Konyaaltı Beach
the view toward Konyaaltı Beach
the Antalya yacht harbor
the Antalya yacht harbor
and the end to a perfect Antalya day
and the end to a perfect Antalya day
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