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map_caption =Location of PAGENAME within Turkey.
official_name = Finike
subdivision_name1 = Mediterranean
subdivision_name2 = Antalya| population_total = 45.296
population_urban = 10.509
population_as_of = 2007
population_density_km2 = 69,2
population_density_sq_mi = 179.1
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Finike (ancient "Phoenicus") is a district on the
Mediterraneancoast of Antalya Provinceof Turkey, 90 minutes west of the city of Antalya.
Finike is located in the south of the
Tekepeninsula, and the coast here is a popular tourist destination. However, Finike is best-known for its oranges, the symbol of the town.
For centuries Finike, then named
Phoenicuswas a trading port, the main port of Limyra, the capital city of Lycia. Phoenicus was said to have been founded by Phoeniciansin the 5th Century BC, and thus named after its founders.
The area has been inhabited for much longer than that, archaeologists have found evidence near the town of
Elmalıshowing that the Teke peninsula has been settled since 3000 BC (although on the coast nothing has been uncovered dating before 2000 BC).
Trade along the coast was established first by the
Persians, who relinquished Lycia to the armies of Alexander the Great. However the coast was always vulnerable to forces from Syria, Egyptand Rhodesuntil it was brought within the empire of the Ancient Romansand the succeeding Byzantines.
Even then the Byzantines were threatened by the
Arabarmies of Islam.Eventually the area was lost to the Seljuk Turksin the 13th century. These were succeeded by the Ottoman Empirefrom 1426.
The district has a population of 45.296 according to the 2007 census. [ [http://www.tuik.gov.tr Türkiye İstatistik Kurumu] ] The town itself has 10.509 inhabitants. Finike has 4 municipalities(Hasyurt, Sahilkent, Turunçova and Yeşilyurt) and 14 villages.
The population of inhabited places are shown in the table(Municipalities are shown in bold)
The local economy depends on agriculture, particularly oranges and other citrus fruits. This is supplemented by income from tourism in the summertime, although because of the lucrative orange production and the distance from Antalya Finike has not seen the large-scale tourism boom that has so radically changed the other coastal districts of Antalya. Finike is a quiet district where people buzz around on mopeds going about their daily lives. Indeed many of the visitors that Finike does attract are retired people in search of relaxation. A type of pale limestone is quarried at Limyra, and sold as a decorative building material.
The port of Finike is now a yacht marina, and has a small fishing fleet. The coast is rich in marine life including sea turtles and fish including local specialities
red porgy Sparidaeand grouper( Epinephelus); other fish found along the coast include leerfish Carangidae) and the more widespread Mediterranean varieties such as bluefish, sea bream, sea bass, with swordfish, sardinesand others found further out to sea. However the coast suffers from overfishing and many varieties, including the porgy, are in decline.
The beaches of Finike are an important nesting ground for the
caretta carettasea turtles, and the rocky parts of the coast are used by the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal. However they are in grave danger if the protection of these species is left to local politicians such as "Mahmut Esen", mayor of the town of Hasyurt in Finike, famous for his statement "well I've lived here for 47 years and I've never seen a turtle". [ [http://www.radikal.com.tr/haber.php?haberno=158271 Radikal-çevrimiçi / Türkiye / '47 yıldır caretta görmedim' ] ]
Places of interest
*The ruins of Limyra are to be seen three miles east of the Finike, they consist of a theatre, tombs, Sarcophagi, bas-reliefs, Greek and Lycian inscriptions, etc.
* The ancient city of
Arycanda, in a narrow valley off the road to Elmalı.
* The ruins of
Trysawith a carved frieze depicting Theseus, on the road to Kaş.
* The cave of
* Wreck of a Phoenician merchant ship from about 1200 BC in
There are doubtless many more places of antiquity that need to be restored.
* [http://www.antalyacity.info/finike.php Information On Finike]
* [http://www.seturmarinas.com/english/marina.htm Setur Finike Yacht Marina]
* [http://www.finike.web.tr/ a local information website]
* [http://www.finike-meb.gov.tr/ Finike MEM]
* [http://www.finike-hem.gov.tr/ Finike HEM]
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