Karaalioğlu Parkı, Antalya, Turkey

Antalya‘s major park with the all-but-unpronounceable name is just east of Kaleiçi in the city center (map), easily reached on foot or by Nostalji tram.

This is where Antalyalılar come in the heat of the day for shade and a breeze, or for a stroll in the cool of evening.

The mayor’s office is here, and a city theater, but of more interest to visitors is the Hıdırlık Kulesi, the ancient fortress tower overlooking the Roman harbor; the falez (cliffs) dropping from the park promontory into the Gulf of Antalya: and the fine views of the Gulf itself, and the Beydağları mountains to the west.

Admission to the park is free, it’s always open, and always inviting.

The park’s name, by the way, means “Son of Black Ali,” and is pronounced kah-RAH-ah-LEE-oh-loo.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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