The center of Antalya,
"capital" of Turkey's Mediterranean
coast, is an ancient stone
the old city walls marking Kalekapısı (KAH-leh-kah-puh-suh,
Castle Gate) (map).
It's right next to the
city's well-known symbol, the Grooved
Minaret (Yivli Minare).
Just down the hill from
it is Kaleiçi (Old
Antalya), with dozens of fine old Ottoman-style
hotels, inns, pensions and restaurants.
Kalekapısı is where
Antalya's Nostalji trams cross
tracks in the middle of their run. The AntRay tram route is only one block away.
Because Kalekapısı is a pedestrian
zone (except for the tram line), you
must walk a block or two west, north
or east to catch city buses.
The easiest way to reach Kalekapısı
inexpensively from Antalya's otogar (bus
terminal) is to take the AntRay tram.
Board the tram at the Otogar (bus terminal) and get out at the İsmetpaşa stop,
just north of the intersection of İsmetpaşa
Caddesi and Cumhuriyet Caddesi (map).
Kalekapısı is only a block away, to
Antalya's old bazaar (çarşı) and
market district starts at Kalekapısı and
extends north along the pedestrian mall of Kâzım Özalp
Caddesi, also known by its
former name of Şarampol Caddesi.
Stand back to back with the statue
of Attalus, and you'll be
looking north up Kâzım Özalp/Şarampol
—by Tom Brosnahan
statue of Attalus, founder
of Antalya, gazes south to the
ancient stone tower marking Kalekapısı, and
the Tekeli Mehmet Pasa
Camii (mosque), Antalya,