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The warm Mediterranean region of Turkey has in recent decades become a popular holiday destination for tourists. Most major UK airports offer flights to the region and car hire is widely available. Cars can be hired in advance over the internet and many major car hire firms operate at local airports.
The area offers a wide range of accommodation from tiny, hidden away cottages through to spectacular hotels purpose built for tourists. Turkey stands where Europe and Asia meet and this meeting of cultures is what helps to make this country so truly fascinating and unique.
Kundu, not far from the Mediterranean coast, is the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. The beach is purpose built for tourists and families love to come here as children can play safely in the sand whilst parents sunbathe and relax.
The warm seas in the region are perfect for swimming and snorkelling and the beautiful coastline can be enjoyed on foot, by car or via a boat trip around the coastline. The sea is a lovely azure blue, the sun shines most of the year and generally life is very pleasant indeed. It is no wonder, then, that many people from overseas have chosen to make the area their home. English, German and Russian expats have all bought holiday property here and some have to chosen to live here throughout the year lured by the weather and the relaxed way of life.
The region offers sights of outstanding beauty. Nature is at its best in this part of the country and provides spectacular vistas, waterfalls and lakes. The Upper Duden Waterfalls are well worth a visit and you can even walk behind the cascade of water as it plunges to the sea. There are rest areas nearby with excellent views of the falls and the area is a paradise for photographers and for those who enjoy the outdoor life.
Lara Beach is another stunningly beautiful seaside resort for relaxation and fun. In addition, Konyaalti Beach is long and pebbled and from here are spectacular views of the Taurus mountain range to the north. The Olympus National Park and Topcam beach provide yet more stunning views and there is a camp site at the northern end of the park making this area ideal for families with young children. If you take a drive to Tunektepe Hill holiday complex there is a panoramic view of the whole area.
The area offers much to interest those who appreciate wildlife. Deer and mountain goats roam in Duzlercami Park which is part of a conservation programme. On the way to the park, Guver Canyon offers an amazing sight.
To the east of Can mountain is the Karain Cave. This cave dates from around 50,000 BC and is the site of the oldest human settlement in the country. There is a museum at the entrance to the cave with displays of artefacts whilst others are housed in various museums throughout Turkey.
Termessos is a ruined city which is set inside a national park, Gulluk Dagi, to the northwest of Antalya. The city was built on a high plateau on the west side of Solymos (Gulluk Mountain). At the entrance to the park is a wildlife and nature museum.
The area has many other historical sites to interest tourists, including Aspendos, Perge, Termessos, Side, Phaselis, Olympos, Kekova, Xantos, Pinara and Myra.
Antalya itself is the principal holiday resort in this Mediterranean region of Turkey. An attractive city, it has palm lined boulevards as well as a pretty marina. Kaleici, the old quarter, has old wooden houses lining its narrow winding streets. In recent years many people from overseas have bought holiday property in and around the area, lured by its unique charm.
Two important Ottoman mosques are found in the district. The first is the 16th century Murat Pasa which is noted for its tile decoration. The other one is Tekeli Mehmet Pasa dating from the 18th century. A more recent mosque, Iskele, is made from cut stone and is built over a natural spring. It is believed that the tower may have been constructed originally as a lighthouse.
The Archaeological Museum, which houses remains from the Paleolithic Age to Ottoman times, offers a glimpse of the area's rich history.
The area around Kundu offers something truly unique for just about everyone. For those who want more than bright lights and nightlife, this area is rich in history and archaeology with the added benefit of year-round good weather, stunning beaches and nature at its very best.