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Antalya

Antalya is the capital of  province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey with a population of about 600,000 inhabitants, reaching up to 2 million in summer. Picturesque Antalya rises on a steeply sloping plateau to the sea in the beautiful bay of the same name.  this is one of the most popular resorts in Turkey with an international airport and a developed entertainment industry.

Antalya was founded in 159 BC by Attalus II, king of Pergamum. In 133 BC the city was conquered by the Romans, becoming the winter residence of the Emperor Hadrian. Then came the Byzantines, after which the Seljuk Turks captured the city in 1207, and under Sultan Murat I in 1426 the city was annexed to the Ottoman Empire. In the 1960s   a tourist boom started in Antalya and the city became one of the largest resorts in Turkey.

Antalya with its many modern hotels, sports complexes, nightlife bars, restaurants, discos, exciting sea trips along the delightful coast, carefree rides with slides in the "Aquapark", is a center of tourism and recreation.

Antalya’s climate is typical Mediterranean: warm and dry in summer, with moderate rainy winters. The sun shines from April to October. Humidity is quite high, approximately 64%, and the average water temperature is +21.5 °C. The summer season lasts about 8-9 months.

The mountains are very close to the city. The coast is slightly elevated, so only in some places there are beaches. As a rule, three-star hotels do not have their own beach, their guests most often use the city pebble beach. Higher status hotels have their own access to the sea, but limited in area.

There are many historical monuments left from ancient Antalya: Hadrian's Gate, Yivli Minaret, Kaleici quarter with narrow winding streets. The archaeological Museum of Antalya is one of the five most famous museums in Turkey. Day trips to Antalya's surrounding area are available every day from the bay.

The most popular places with young people — discotheque Olympos and Discoland.