Antalya was a major city in the Byzantine Empire. It was the capital of the Byzantine Theme of Carabisiani, which occupied the southern coasts of Asia Minor and the Aegean Islands. At the time of the accession of John II Comnenus (1118) it was an isolated outpost against the Turks, accessible only by sea. The following year, with the aid of his commander-in-chief John Axuch, John II drove the Turks from the land routes to Antalya and reconnected the city with the rest of the empire.
Places to see are; the eternal flames of Chimaera, Kemer, Çamyuva, Olympos, Adrasan, Kas, Kalkan, Üçagiz, Kekova, Side and Olympos.