Set against stunning mountain scenery, the city of Antalya forms the centre of the Turkish Riviera and has been noted as one of the most beautiful parts of Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Highlighted as a key destination by the Turkish Culture & Tourism Office for 2016 the region is able to offer a wide selection of hotels and resorts complemented by a diverse range of attractions and activities, and will this year play host to EXPO 2016 Antalya.
Running until October 30 visitors can enjoy an educational experience through a diverse range of horticultural gardens. With an overarching theme of ‘Cultivating the Future’ the EXPO calls attention to ecological degradation as one of the biggest challenges posed to humankind’s future generations and highlights ‘Flowers and children’ as fundamental for enduring ecological and human life. The themes of the EXPO have been subdivided into; History, Bio Diversity, Sustainability and the Green City.
Participating nations will exhibit their own horticultural diversity in the National Gardens as well as in the Indoor Gardens and Outdoor Exhibition Area. Institutional Gardens will feature gardens of various Turkish partners, and from Turkish cities such as İstanbul. Themed Gardens such as The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Garden, Cactus and Succulent Plants Garden, Aquatic Plants Garden and Geophytes Garden will also be exhibited. Turkey will be represented with the art and design of Ottoman Garden as well as The Turkey Biodiversity Theme Trail.
Set in the Aksu district, east of Antalya and ten minutes from Antalya airport the EXPO site encompasses an area of 112 hectares, and will live on as a permanent facility for the city.