Kaleici, Antalya’s Old Town, could easily have faced ruin, given the number of tourists that now flock to this city. But in preserving the Old Town, Antalya has protected her jewel, and this is the best place to start any exploration of this ancient city. The narrow cobblestone streets wind between the red-topped townhouses that characterise the Old Town. Key sights, such as the Roman arch that commemorates Hadrian’s visit to the city and the 13th-century Yivli Minaret, are also located in this small district. We suggest you wander these streets before grabbing a mint tea from the myriad of street vendors. Although your chance of seeing a newly hatched loggerhead turtle remain slim, a visit to the beach where these ancient turtles lay their eggs is a must. The busy tourist area has been moved back from the beach and you can learn about the turtles and observe the strict coastal programme that is now preserved by locals. In fact, Antalya’s move towards preservation and green tourism is admirable. There are now a bevy of seaside resorts and apartments that obey strict eco-tourism guidelines.