Discover Antalya, home of old town
Kaleici, the old city centre of Antalya, combines the aesthetics of old and new. Kaleici, the heart of Antalya, is one of the most frequented areas of the city with its historic buildings, entertainment facilities, hotels, restaurants and bars.
Start your visit to Antalya in the historical city centre, which takes in Hadrian's Gate, Hidirlik Tower, Yivli Minaret, Kesik Minaret, and Kaleici with its narrow streets and historical houses and the ancient port. All are within an area of one square kilometer. You can cover all this on foot, which is a good thing as cars are banned on certain streets.
Kaleici can be visited at all hours of the day but the best time is towards evening. Many of the historical houses and mansions of Kaleici have been restored and a large number of them are being used as hotels, pensions, bars and shops.
Antalya is not a city with just sun, sea and sand. It has a great history especially in the Kaleici district.
Antalya's old city has everything you want in the perfect seaside town.
Enjoyable: Most shops offer gifts and souvenirs aimed at the tourist market. Most of the hotels, restaurants and bars in Kaleici have an inner courtyard. In the afternoon of a summer day it is enjoyable to take a drink with lots of ice in one of these courtyards under the orange trees.
There are also many cafeterias, bars and restaurants overlooking the sea from the city walls.
Old Harbour: The old harbour of Antalya was restored in the 1980s and this restoration work was recognised with the European Council Golden Apple award.
Entertainment: The nights in Kaleici are colourful. You can get carried away by the music emanating from the side streets, enjoy a drink or dance in bars and restaurants with live music and they are all open until late. You can make friends with people of many different nationalities.
Old Town, Kaleici, Antalya
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