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'''Antalya''' is a province in the southern [[Mediterranean Turkey|Mediterranean]] region of [[Turkey]]. Antalya Province is more or less co-terminous with the Turquoise Riviera with clear waters and beautiful Mediterranean coastline, the region is great for divers, swimmers and yachting.  
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'''Pamphylia''' ([[Turkish phrasebook|Turkish]]: ''Pamfilya'') is a region in the southern [[Mediterranean Turkey|Mediterranean]] region of [[Turkey]]. With large sandy beaches backed by Roman ruins, Pamphylia is great for swimmers, as well as history lovers.
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
  
*[[Antalya]]— the capital of the province
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*[[Antalya]] — the largest city and hub of the region
  
*[[Aksu (Turkey)|Aksu]]— a small city close to [[Lara]], [[Kundu]], and [[Perge]]
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*[[Aksu (Turkey)|Aksu]] — a small city close to [[Lara (Turkey)|Lara]], [[Kundu]], and [[Perge]]
*[[Alanya]]— a coastal resort city with some history to see dating back to Seljuqs
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*[[Alanya]] — a coastal resort city with some history to see dating back to Seljuqs
*[[Belek]]— golf courses amidst pine woods
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*[[Belek]] — golf courses amidst pine woods
*[[Demre]]— Lycian town where St Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus, lived
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*[[Kumköy]] — a coastal resort near Side
*[[Kalkan]]— coastal town with whitewashed Mediterranean architecture
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*[[Manavgat]] — hub for visiting nearby waterfalls
*[[Kaş]]— coastal town with some well-preserved traditional architecture
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*[[Serik]] — a small city close to [[Aspendos]]
*[[Kemer]]— a coastal resort city
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*[[Side]] — a seaside resort with some well-protected Roman ruins including an amphitheatre
*[[Korkuteli]]— a town up on the Taurus Mountains
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*[[Kumköy]]— a coastal resort near Side
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*[[Manavgat]]— hub for visiting nearby waterfalls
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*[[Serik]]mdash; a small city close to [[Aspendos]]
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*[[Side]]— a seaside resort with some well-protected Roman ruins including an amphitheatre
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==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
  
*'''Hadrian's Gate''' in [[Antalya]]
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*'''Köprülü National Park''' — 92 km northeast of Antalya, this national park is based on Köprülü Canyon, with a Roman bridge and restaurants offering fresh trout
*'''Koprulu National Park'''
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*'''Saklıkent''' Ski Resort — 45 km west of Antalya, usually possible to ski November through May
*The ancient Lycian town of '''Myra''', now [[Demre]]
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*'''Termessos''' — ancient Pisidian city 30 km northwest of Antalya over the mountains; one of the best preserved ancient cities in Turkey with an amphitheater and rock-cut tombs
*'''Olympos National Park'''
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*'''Saklıkent''' Ski Resort
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*'''Termessos National Park'''
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* [[Kınık|Xanthos]] and [[Kınık|Letoon]] - [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage Sites]]
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* [[Olympos_(Turkey)|Olympos]]
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
The province occupies both (west and east) coasts of Gulf of Antalya, a large indentation of Mediterranean Sea, and some places more inland. In general, the terrain is mountainous, with mountains usually ascending from right at the edge of the sea.
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The region occupies northern coasts of Gulf of Antalya, a large indentation of Mediterranean Sea, and some places more inland. Pamphylia is one of the rare large coastal plains in western Mediterranean Turkey, which results in large and long sandy beaches. The plains are backed by the Taurus Mountains, which gets closer to the coast as you approach east, where the terrain is much more mountainous, and the mountains usually ascending from right at the edge of the sea.
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In modern administrative terms, Pamphylia lies on the central and eastern two-thirds of Antalya Province.
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Tourism scene in the region largely consists of all inclusive resorts with an abundance of palm trees mainly serving package tourists, with a wealth of Roman ruins all around in the mix and mountains overlooking the coastal strip.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
The only international airport in the province is '''Antalya Airport''' (IATA: '''AYT'''; ICAO: '''LTAI'''), located in the outskirts of [[Antalya]]. Another one, '''Gazipaşa Airport''', about 40-50 km southeast of [[Alanya]], is under construction. For southwesternmost sections of the province, such as [[Kaş]] and [[Kalkan]], the int'l airport in [[Dalaman]] in the neighbouring province of Muğla is actually nearer than Antalya Airport.
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The only international airport in the region is '''Antalya Airport''' (IATA: '''AYT'''; ICAO: '''LTAI'''), located in the outskirts of [[Antalya]]. Another one, '''Gazipaşa Airport''', about 40-50 km southeast of [[Alanya]], is under construction.
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===On foot===
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[[Lycian Way]], a waymarked hiking trail, is a great, if a bit tiresome, way of getting into the region. It connects [[Fethiye]] and several towns and ancient sites (some of which are off the beaten track in a literal sense) along the [[Lycia]]n coast with Hisarçandır, a village up on the mountains southwest of [[Antalya]].  
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
'''D400''' Highway enters province from its both western and eastern extremities and traverses the whole province with closely following the shoreline, and thus connecting all significant coastal cities and towns (i.e., all of those relevant to travellers).
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'''D400''' Highway enters the region from its both western and eastern extremities and traverses the whole region with closely following the shoreline, and thus connecting all significant coastal cities and towns (i.e., all of those relevant to travellers).
  
 
===By thumb===
 
===By thumb===
People in the province are not very friendly towards [[Hitchhiking|hitchhikers]]. But unfriendliness here should not be taken as that you will be shown middle fingers or that they will stop next to you, express some nasty comment, and accelerate as fast as they stopped: They just don’t stop, and behave like you are not even there. Even if you are a very good stop (nearby traffic lights, lots of cars, and a large shoulder to pull over), expect to wait at least two hours for a lift (at least in eastern and northern sections of the province: the highway between [[Antalya]]-[[Alanya]] and the highway north from Antalya), but maybe that was the general unluck of two males hitching together. Hitching from around [[Olympos_(Turkey)|Olympos]] (in the western section of the province) is reported to be better, though.
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People in the region are not very friendly towards [[Tips for hitchhiking|hitchhikers]]. But unfriendliness here should not be taken as that you will be shown middle fingers or that they will stop next to you, express some nasty comment, and accelerate as fast as they stopped: They just don’t stop, and behave like you are not even there. Even if you are a very good stop (nearby traffic lights, lots of cars, and a large shoulder to pull over), expect to wait at least two hours for a lift (at least in eastern and northern sections of the province: the highway between [[Antalya]]–[[Alanya]] and the highway north from Antalya), but maybe that was the general unluck of two males hitching together.
 
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===On foot===
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[[Lycian Way]], a waymarked hiking trail, connects southern suburbs of [[Antalya]] with [[Kemer]], [[Olympos (Turkey)|Olympos]], [[Finike]], [[Demre]], [[Kaş]], [[Kalkan]], and [[Kınık]] along the coast of southwestern peninsula of the province (the ancient Lycia), as well as a number of off-the-beaten-track Lycian and Roman sites and [[Fethiye]] out of provincial borders.
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==See==
 
==See==
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==Contact==
 
==Contact==
The telephone code for Antalya Province (whole of it) is (+90) '''242'''.
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The telephone code for Pamphylia (as well as part of [[Lycia]]) is (+90) '''242'''.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
While Antalya Province has some of the finest beaches of [[Mediterranean Turkey]], Turkish coast isn't all about Antalya Province. The following are some of the nearby places that are also worth a trip:
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While Pamphylia has some of the finest beaches of [[Mediterranean Turkey]], Turkish coast isn't all about Pamphylia. The following are some of the nearby places that are also worth a trip:
* [[Mersin Province]] to east - beaches, pine forests, and historical sights again, but much less touristed than Antalya Province
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* [[Lycia]] to west — where you can do the gorgeous "Blue Voyage" in the coves surrounded by verdant mountains. Lots of history to see here too.
* [[Western Lycia]] and [[Southern Aegean]] to west/northwest - where you can do the "Blue Voyage" in the coves surrounded by verdant mountains. Lots of history to see here too.
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* [[Cilician Mountains]] to east beaches, pine forests, and historical sights again, but much less touristed (and indeed, more sparsely populated) than Pamphylia.
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* [[Northern Cyprus]] to southeast — it is possible to catch a ferry to [[Kyrenia]] from [[Alanya]] in high season.
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* [[Lakes District]] to north — over the Taurus Mountains, inland Lakes District is another off the beaten path destination.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:12, 28 October 2010

Pamphylia (Turkish: Pamfilya) is a region in the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey. With large sandy beaches backed by Roman ruins, Pamphylia is great for swimmers, as well as history lovers.

Cities[edit]

  • Antalya — the largest city and hub of the region
  • Aksu — a small city close to Lara, Kundu, and Perge
  • Alanya — a coastal resort city with some history to see dating back to Seljuqs
  • Belek — golf courses amidst pine woods
  • Kumköy — a coastal resort near Side
  • Manavgat — hub for visiting nearby waterfalls
  • Serik — a small city close to Aspendos
  • Side — a seaside resort with some well-protected Roman ruins including an amphitheatre

Other destinations[edit]

  • Köprülü National Park — 92 km northeast of Antalya, this national park is based on Köprülü Canyon, with a Roman bridge and restaurants offering fresh trout
  • Saklıkent Ski Resort — 45 km west of Antalya, usually possible to ski November through May
  • Termessos — ancient Pisidian city 30 km northwest of Antalya over the mountains; one of the best preserved ancient cities in Turkey with an amphitheater and rock-cut tombs

Understand[edit]

The region occupies northern coasts of Gulf of Antalya, a large indentation of Mediterranean Sea, and some places more inland. Pamphylia is one of the rare large coastal plains in western Mediterranean Turkey, which results in large and long sandy beaches. The plains are backed by the Taurus Mountains, which gets closer to the coast as you approach east, where the terrain is much more mountainous, and the mountains usually ascending from right at the edge of the sea.

In modern administrative terms, Pamphylia lies on the central and eastern two-thirds of Antalya Province.

Tourism scene in the region largely consists of all inclusive resorts with an abundance of palm trees mainly serving package tourists, with a wealth of Roman ruins all around in the mix and mountains overlooking the coastal strip.

Talk[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The only international airport in the region is Antalya Airport (IATA: AYT; ICAO: LTAI), located in the outskirts of Antalya. Another one, Gazipaşa Airport, about 40-50 km southeast of Alanya, is under construction.

On foot[edit]

Lycian Way, a waymarked hiking trail, is a great, if a bit tiresome, way of getting into the region. It connects Fethiye and several towns and ancient sites (some of which are off the beaten track in a literal sense) along the Lycian coast with Hisarçandır, a village up on the mountains southwest of Antalya.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

D400 Highway enters the region from its both western and eastern extremities and traverses the whole region with closely following the shoreline, and thus connecting all significant coastal cities and towns (i.e., all of those relevant to travellers).

By thumb[edit]

People in the region are not very friendly towards hitchhikers. But unfriendliness here should not be taken as that you will be shown middle fingers or that they will stop next to you, express some nasty comment, and accelerate as fast as they stopped: They just don’t stop, and behave like you are not even there. Even if you are a very good stop (nearby traffic lights, lots of cars, and a large shoulder to pull over), expect to wait at least two hours for a lift (at least in eastern and northern sections of the province: the highway between AntalyaAlanya and the highway north from Antalya), but maybe that was the general unluck of two males hitching together.

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Stay safe[edit]

Contact[edit]

The telephone code for Pamphylia (as well as part of Lycia) is (+90) 242.

Get out[edit]

While Pamphylia has some of the finest beaches of Mediterranean Turkey, Turkish coast isn't all about Pamphylia. The following are some of the nearby places that are also worth a trip:

  • Lycia to west — where you can do the gorgeous "Blue Voyage" in the coves surrounded by verdant mountains. Lots of history to see here too.
  • Cilician Mountains to east — beaches, pine forests, and historical sights again, but much less touristed (and indeed, more sparsely populated) than Pamphylia.
  • Northern Cyprus to southeast — it is possible to catch a ferry to Kyrenia from Alanya in high season.
  • Lakes District to north — over the Taurus Mountains, inland Lakes District is another off the beaten path destination.




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