The city of Antalya is one of he most important tourist centers in Turkey.
During the excavations, artifacts dating far back to the Paleolithic Age were found in the Karain cave to the northwest of the town. The area was ruled by the Hittites between 1900 and 1200 B.C. The independent city states of Pamphilla, Lycia and Cilicia were sovereign till the Phrygians. Dominated by the Lydians for a while the province was invaded by the Persians in the 6th century B.C.