A visit to Antalya Harbour is more than site seeing trip out, it’s more like an adventure offering visitors a glimpse of how life used to be over 2000 years ago, you can’t help but fall under the charismatic spell that soon as your imagination running in all directions conjuring up images of Roman Galleys and exotic trading ships.
The city of Antalya is situated high on a cliff surrounding the restored harbour and the picturesque old quarter. The area boasts one of the mildest climates in the country, palm-lined boulevards, lovely parks, many local places of historic interest and an excellent beach all combine to make it a city to suit most visitors.
The old harbour has been completely restored and is the perfect place to while away an evening, dining in one of the many fine restaurants or wandering through the winding streets exploring the many shops and bars.
Walking down the gentle slope to the harbour, you enter a protected historical zone, many fine buildings dating back to the Ottoman Empire have been preserved with their wooden balconies, large doors and courtyard gardens. There are many restaurants, bars and cafes, leather and souvenir shops are a magnet for locals and tourists alike.
The harbour is very picturesque, previously it was the port of Attaleia, founded by Attalus II of Pergamum in the second century B.C. and like most attractive harbours there are the multi million pound yachts and Gin Palaces owned by the rich and famous.
Boat trips are offered to explore the waters that surround Antalya, some lasting just an hour and others for the more adventurous offer fishing or to visit some of the local attractions, these can last half a day.
Some of the best shopping may be found above the harbour in the Kaleici district, not far from the city walls and the historical Hadrian’s Gate. Meander down through the side streets in the old quarter where it is possible to find anything your heart desires, original gold jewelry, leather products, handmade wooden items as well as traditional Turkish handicrafts.
In modern times Antalya Harbour is still set in the hearts of the local people, still a popular place to sit and enjoy the evening air and sip on your favourite beverage in the company of family and friends whilst at the same time enjoying the company of many foreign visitors who flock there in the evening time.
A visit to Antalya Harbour can be arranged from any of the golf hotels in Belek and can be included within your holiday itinerary, if you want to have a special evening out combined with a bit of shopping and maybe dinner overlooking the harbour please best book in advance.