A sperm whale that was lodged on a beach in southern Antalya two months ago was revealed to have ingested plastic. Transported to Istanbul for inspection, the whale's remains will be displayed in a museum.
Turkey's seismic research vessel Oruç Reis left the port of Antalya early on Sept. 22, a week after it returned to shore for what Ankara called “routine maintenance,” according to Turkish media outlets.
Turkish paraglider Hasan Kaya took to the skies in southern Turkey with a bed pretending to sleep. Kaval has previously attached a metal-framed red leather sofa with wheels and a television to a parachute and took to the skies in Turkey’s southwestern Ölüdeniz neighborhood.
A few pieces were noted missing in Mediterranean Antalya's Archaeology and History Museum, prompting an investigation, daily Hürriyet reported. Awarded "European Council's Museum of the Year" in 1988, the 30,000 square-meter space houses 14 galleries, gardens and an open-air display.
‘Severity of COVID-19 veiled from public in Turkey’s top vacation hub, 400 diagnoses observed daily’
The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey's top vacation destination Antalya is being hidden from the public, and there are as many as 400 new diagnoses daily, Antalya Medical Chamber Chairwoman Prof. Nursel Şahin said. Turkey's main vacation destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike, Antalya has welcomed over 950,000 visitors in the past two months.
Health workers in Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Aug. 31 protested the death of five of their colleagues in the province last week. The group hung black masks outside the local health directorate to ask for the government's redesign of COVID-19 precautions for health workers.
Heavy machinery has razed a Caretta caretta breeding area in the Kumluca district of the southern province of Antalya, prompting fury among locals. The number of destroyed nests and damaged eggs are currently unknown.
For hotels across Turkey, 2020 has become a fight for survival, with the outcome crucial for a tourism industry which earned $35 billion in 2019 and whose losses this year have hit the country's foreign exchange earnings and contributed to the lira falling to record lows against the dollar. Ankara has tried to salvage the sector with intensive diplomacy and a healthy certification program meant to lure tourists.
Azerbaijani mafia leader Nadir Salifov was shot and killed in the Serik district of the southern province of Antalya on Aug. 19. "Lotu Quli" nicknamed Salifov was having dinner with an unidentified individual at a hotel when he pulled out a gun and shot him. Salifova's name made headlines four years ago when a Russian-Azerbaijani mafia leader was killed in Istanbul's Beşiktaş.
A group of environmentalists in southern Turkey's Antalya are defending centuries-old trees against a road expansion project that would cut them down. Each tree was about 200-years-old, protestors say.
Hundreds of tourists arrived in Turkey from Moscow on Aug. 10, the first day of Russian flights into Turkish vacation hubs since the pause in operations due to COVID-19. Moscow had restarted flights to Istanbul and Ankara on Aug. 1.
Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces, Antalya, İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Aug. 4.
More than 10,000 tourists arrived in the Mediterranean beach town of Antalya on July 19. The number hints that business in Turkey's touristic hub is picking back up after months of COVID-19 closures.
More than 110 million square-meters of forest land burned down in Turkey in the year 2019, daily Milliyet reported on June 20. While those responsible for half of the fires remain anonymous, more than 30 percent of the fires were determined to be a result of neglect.
Until a couple of years ago, the Turkish government was proud to be a safe haven for refugees; however, shifting public opinion caused the AKP to lose votes. Iranian freedom fighters are among the ones suffering the consequences.