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The Turkey that time forgot

Nestled in the heart of the modern, bustling metropolis of Antalya is the old town of Kaleici – a secret enclave that time forgot. Originally a Roman fortress, you’ll find it by passing through architecturally imposing gatehouses, which add to the sense that you’re stepping back in time. Once inside, you’ll discover a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets with lovingly restored classic buildings housing smart restaurants and souvenir stores.

At every turn there’s something to see, be it centuries-old doorways, witty satirical street art or knockout views across the bay. Kaleici holidays are for travellers who appreciate ancient history and impressive architecture, and yet at the same time crave contemporary dining, convenient access to the beach and the opportunity to enjoy a night out on the tiles, should the mood take them. Holidays to Kaleici in Turkey are for making memories that stand the test of time.

Your Kaleici questions, answered

Yes, but for those less able to get around, a glass panoramic elevator has been installed allowing easy access to the higher reaches of the town.
If you’re seeking the perfect, distinctively Kaleici souvenir, pick up a carpet. Prices vary a lot, so haggling is a must – chances are you’ll leave with a great deal.
To find out more about the area, go to the Suna & Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum for great ethnographic exhibits. It’s situated in a traditional building that’s a great place to escape the heat.

Best things to do in Kaleici

Meet the local cats

Adjacent to the glass elevator, you’ll find a small park with little houses given over to an ever-rotating cast of adorable rescue felines that you can pet and play with.

Sip tea at sunset

Stake out a prime spot outside any one of several cafés with views of the harbour – the best time to grab a table is arguably around sunset.

Take in a timeless view

The viewing point by Hidirlik Kulesi – a stone tower and former lighthouse next to Karaalioglu Park – has been the site of meetings, picnics and romantic liaisons for centuries.