Kaleici, Antalya Turkey
Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalyas modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town.
Modern city of Antalya started after World War II and before that Kaleici, with its massive stone walls surrounding, narrow streets, and picturesque old houses was the home of locals. The old houses were built so close they often overshadow the narrow lanes.
Kaleici is the best place to stay in Antalya. It has many charming small boutique hotels, inns and pensions offer comfortable, even luxurious accommodations and fine dining in an old-time atmosphere. You can have a better feeling of history in Kaleici rather than large beach hotels that populate Konyaalti and Lara beaches.
Kaleici protected and surrounded the old Roman Harbor, which was Antalyas reason for existensce: even in Roman times, this was the outlet for the produce of the rich alluvial plain that stretches east from Antalya beneath the southern slopes of the Taurus Mountains.
Today Kaleici is a strictly protected district, preservation of historic buildings required, and strict regulations on any new building. You will probably see some ugly modern buildings, but they are being eliminated as the possibilities arise.
There are several entrances to Kaleici, but the most convenient is Kalekapisi, and the most picturesque and historic is Hadrians Gate. Even if you dont stay in a pension inside Kaleici, you can wander all around for a full day and never get bored.
Check the list of Kaleici Hotels for accommodation options.