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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.


  • 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]

  • Gazipaşa
  • 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


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.


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.

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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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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.Create category

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