What to see in Antalya: Top 20 Sights
What to see in Antalya on your own and with a tour – we tell about the tourist city number 1 in Turkey. We traveled around Antalya for 1200 km in all directions and surroundings, riding along the coast and stopping at neighboring resorts.
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The main tourist attractions are in the countryside, you need a rented car because public transport is not available everywhere. And in the city, all the interesting places can be seen by yourself. They even come here for one day from Kemer, Side, and manage to see 5-6 interesting places in one day.
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Top 20: What to see in Antalya
Hadrian’s Gate Old City Kaleici Harbor Yivli Minaret Museum Antalya Cableway Aquarium Konyaalti Beach Lara Beach Düden Waterfalls
Kurshunlu Falls Aspendos Perge Cave Karain Olympos and Chimaera Termessos Faselis Kepliu Lycian Way Damlatas
One of the main places to see in Antalya is Hadrian’s Gate . It is quite possible to come here on your own, stroll through the Old Town, and visit mosques and minarets. Hadrian’s Gate is a three-arch marble gate, the entrance to the old city of Kaleici. They were erected in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD, and are decorated with intricate carvings, there are even portraits of his family. You can read more in the article about Kaleici Old Town. You can book a tour by clicking here.
- Address: Barbaros, 07100 Antalya and Turkey
- Admission: free
Hadrian’s Gate. What to see in Antalya
Kaleici Old Town
Once you enter Hadrian’s Gate you enter the Old City, known as Kaleici. It is a maze of narrow streets in the historic center of Antalya. Restored whitewashed mansions with red roofs line the cobbled streets. This beautiful part of the city is home to many of Antalya’s tourist attractions. People still live here. From Kaleici you can go down to the port, to the small beach of the city or to the sea by the rocks. There are a huge number of interesting places to see on your own in Antalya – art galleries, souvenir stores and restaurants. In the main square of Kale Kapisi there is a fortress gate and a stone tower with a clock. Check out the 18th-century Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque, which has a stunning tiled interior. Kesik Minaret (truncated minaret) on Hesapci Sokak Street.
- Address: Ataturk Caddesi
- Admission: free
- You can take a guided tour to learn the history, events and traditions of the locals: Individual tour for 1-8 people, guided tour of Kaleici for 1-4 people
Kaleici Old Town. What to see in Antalya
Antalya Museum is one of the main places to see in Antalya. The Antalya Museum houses a comprehensive architectural collection, from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period, displaying all aspects of Turkey’s rich heritage. Here you can see the most valuable excavations all along the Turkish coastline: mosaics of Seleucia, a silver display of Aspendos and statues of the deity Perge. You can see tour prices here.
Market in Antalya
In Antalya, you can visit an authentic market with an oriental flavor. It is an ancient place of trade that existed as far back as the beginning of our era. Here they sell food, clothes, textiles, accessories, and souvenirs. Fruits and vegetables on the market are the freshest and cheapest. The choice is huge, you can try everything. Also, the bazaar sells authentic Turkish fast food. Read more here .
Antalya’s old marina, where the yachts are moored and the boats depart from, is worth a look. From the 2nd century to the mid-20th century it was the main commercial port of the city. The best time to come here is just before sunset for a cup of coffee with a stunning view. Or you can come in the morning and take a boat to Kemer or see the nearby sights with a guided tour.
- A boat ride for 1 hour costs $3.5, for 2 hours $7, for 6 hours $17.
The Yivli Minaret (fluted minaret) is a working 13th-century mosque, and another place to see in Antalya. It is a striking example of Seljuk architecture, built by Sultan Alaeddin Keikubat in 1219-1236. This octagonal minaret offers a panoramic view of the city of Antalya. It is situated next to the entrance gate of the old city. Opposite the minaret is the Clock Tower and some tombs dating back to the 14th century.
- Address: Selcuk Mh., 7100 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey
- Admission: free
The Antalya Cable Car
The aerial tramway is located in the west of Antalya at Sarısu near the D400 towards Kemer. It is one of the new places that you can see on your own in Antalya (opened a few years ago). For 10 minutes and 20 liras you can go up Mount Tunektepe, where there is an observation deck, cafes and stores. Dress warmer, at an altitude of 618 meters the temperature is lower than near the sea. To see tour prices click here.
- Address: Liman Mahallesi, Antalya Kemer Yolu, 07130 Konyaaltı/Antalya
- Ticket price: 20 liras, children under 6 years old free of charge.
- Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays, tickets are not sold after 5:30 p.m.
- The cable car is included in the itinerary of sightseeing tours, such as this one
Cableway. What to see in Antalya
The Antalya Aquarium is one of the largest on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is another place to see in Antalya on your own. There are 40 themed aquariums, as well as the world’s largest tunnel aquarium, 131 meters long and 3 meters wide. The Antalya Aquarium is located on Konyaaltı Beach.
- Address: Dumlupınar Bulvarı Arapsuyu Mahallesi No: 502 Konyaaltı, Antalya, Turkey
- Open 10:00 – 22:00 (Sunday to Thursday), 10:00 – 23:00 (Friday and Saturday). Closes 2 hours earlier in the winter season
Konyaalti and Lara Beaches
The main beaches of Antalya are Konyaalti and Lara. Konyaalti beach is located east of the center of Antalya, it stretches for 7 kilometers. It is one of Antalya’s two sandy beaches with a view of the mountains. Here you can rent deck chairs with umbrellas, showers with fresh water and toilets, nearby cafes and restaurants. Lara beach is about 15 kilometers from the center of Antalya.
If you’re ready to go out of town, it’s worth checking out Side beach or our favorite beach Olympos. True, it takes 1 hour to drive from Antalya to Side and 2 hours to Olympos.
Konyaalti beach. What to see in Antalya
The Düden Falls consist of the Upper and Lower Falls. There is a green park nearby. The Upper Duden Falls can be viewed directly from the steep bank. You can also take a boat ride and look at the waterfalls from below, visit the caves and swim.
- An excursion to the waterfalls costs 40 €.
What to see outside of Antalya
These places on the list of what to see from Antalya are outside the city. It takes 1 to 3 hours to get there, so they are not suitable for everyone. But if you drive along the coast, something on this list will come in handy. For example, Kursunlu can be reached from Antalya in 30 minutes (by car), from there to Perge in 10-15 minutes.
The waterfall of Kursunlu
The Kursunlu Waterfall and Park is a beautiful place on the list of things to see around Antalya. Located in the Aksu area, it is one of the closest attractions to the city. Turks also love this waterfall, coming here with their families on weekends for picnics. There are several hiking trails, cafes and, of course, the Kursunlu waterfall itself. You can get here from Duden Falls by bus number 524.
- Address: Kursunlu Şelalesi, 07119 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey.
- Admission: 8 liras
What to see near Antalya
Aspendos is the oldest and best preserved Roman archaeological site in the world. It is another place to see near Antalya. This ancient city has a famous Roman theater, with a capacity of 15,000 spectators, which is one of the main tourist attractions around Antalya. Aspendos was built in the 2nd century and flourished in the 2nd or 3rd century AD.
- Location: 47 km east of Antalya
- Easier to visit as part of a tour
Perge is another attraction to see on the outskirts of Antalya. It is located 7 km from the Kursunlu Waterfall. Greek and Roman architecture has been preserved here. It was once the capital of ancient Pamphylia, which flourished under the rule of the Greeks and then the Romans. You can see the ruins of a huge stadium, temples, arcades, Roman baths, Hellenistic gates and the Acropolis. Fewer tourists come here because Perge is worse preserved than Aspendos. You can take the AntRay streetcar to Aksu and then walk about 1 km to Perge.
- Location: 17 km east of Antalya
The ancient city of Perge. Things to see in Antalya
The Karain Cave dates back over 25,000 years. Remains from the Early and Middle Paleolithic Age have been found here. Some of the passages in the cave are very narrow, so claustrophobia sufferers should not go here. On the territory is a small museum with excavations, teeth, bones and ancient weapons.
- There are guided tours to Karain Cave
- Location: 27 km northwest of Antalya
Olympos and Chimera
The twin villages of Olympos and Cirali occupy a special place in the list of places to see near Antalya. Here is the ancient Lycian city of Olympos. On the top of Yanartas Mountain there are flames of flames, the Chimera Fires. This is an interesting place from the list of things to see near Antalya. It should be a full day trip, because it takes 3-4 hours to get here, plus at least 1 hour to get to the mountain Yanartas, 1,5 hours to see the city of Olympos, 1 hour to see the beach of Olympos. Especially we would not drive here from Antalya – it’s too far. But people go even to Demre, Mira, Kekoka – and it’s much further.
- How to get here: Busses are available from Antalya and Kemer.
- Location: 80 km southwest of Antalya
Olympos beach. What to see in Antalya
One of the underrated places to visit near Antalya is Damlataş Cave. It’s a long drive to get here, straight to Alanya, which is 127 km from Antalya. We would not go there just for the sake of the cave, but there are many other interesting places in Alanya, such as the fortress on the mountain, the shipyard, the Red Tower, the cable car, the Dim-Chai River. Damlatas Cave was formed from stalactites and stalagmites, about 15000 years ago. This cave has the ability to treat respiratory diseases and asthma. But to do so you need to spend 4 hours a day in Damlatash.
- Location: 127 km west of Antalya
What to see in Antalya
Termessos is another ancient city 34 km northwest of Antalya. The ruins are located on a steep hillside with beautiful views. Especially impressive are the colonnaded street, the upper Agora and the ancient theater.
- Location: 34 km northwest of Antalya
The old Lycian town of Fazelis, is located about 60 km southwest of Antalya. It is the place where Alexander the Great established himself in 334 B.C. There are remnants of a theater, an aqueduct, temples, colonnaded streets and an arched gate built in 114 A.D. If you have time, 7 km from Faselis, there is the Olympos Teleferik cableway, which takes you to the top of Tahtali Mountain, 2275 meters high. However, it is much faster to come here from Kemer.
- The city is located 60 km southwest of Antalya.
Fazelis. What to see in Antalya
Köprülü Canyon National Park with the green-blue water of the Köprülü River is one of the most popular rafting spots in Turkey. It sells tours with different programs (canyoning, rafting) for a full day or half day with lunch.
- Address: Karabük Mahallesi Köprülü Kanyon Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey
- Duration: 1.5 hours Canyoning, 2 hours rafting
- Price: 40 €
The Lycian Way is one of the world’s first long-distance trekking trails and stretches 509 kilometers from Fethiye to Antalya. Most of the trail consists of Roman roads and old hiking trails. The Lycian Trail passes through the Chimera Lights, Fazelis, and other landmarks near Antalya.
Yanartas Fire Mountain. What to see in Antalya
Now you know what to see in Antalya on your own and with a tour. There are many interesting places in this city, so it is unlikely to see everything in one trip. We will have to come to Antalya more than once, and at the same time and visit the neighboring resorts Belek, Side, Kemer and Alanya. There is also something to see.
Getting to know Antalya: 17 best places
There is so much to see in the seaside city that was founded over 2000 years ago. We tell you about the most interesting sights in and near Antalya itself.
What to see in Antalya
Start your acquaintance with Antalya from the historical part. The stone fort at the south of the city bay was built in the II century AD when the coast was ruled by the ancient Romans. Each year more than 300 thousand tourists come to see this attraction of Antalya!
For many centuries the tower protected the citizens, served as a beacon for passing ships and as a tomb. There is also an observation deck on the top, where you can enjoy a 13.5 m view of the Mediterranean sea and the old buildings.
For many centuries the tower protected the citizens, served as a beacon for passing ships and as a tomb. Photo: Violin / Depositphotos.com.
From ancient times, Antalya has preserved a stone gate through which it was possible to get inside the fortress walls. The three-arched portal was built in the year 130, before the Roman governor Andrian arrived in the city.
It is believed that the gate originally had two stories. On top stood statues of the emperor and members of his family. Today, the one-story aisle between the two jagged towers is decorated with columns of marble. Under the central arch are the tracks of the ancient wheels and hooves of horses.
The central archway has traces of ancient wheels and horses’ hooves.
If you want to see Turkey in miniature and learn more about the history of this country, take a walk through Antalya’s Old Town, Kaleici. This picturesque neighborhood in the heart of the resort consists of four quarters. Along the narrow streets are architectural monuments from Ancient Rome, Byzantine times, the Ottoman Empire and sections of the powerful fortress wall. Admire the restored houses and boats that float in the sea harbor!
A street in Kaleici, the Old City of Antalya.
For a break from the heat, come to the center of Antalya and spend time in the wide alleys between palm trees, flowerbeds, fountains and original modern sculptures. The shady area stretches for several hundred meters above the rocky coastline. The panoramic platform of the park offers a wonderful view of the beach and the Konyaalti district.
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The main museum of the resort consists of 13 halls and an open-air gallery. It tells about the nature and history of the region. You will see minerals, ancient utensils, tools, antique ceramics, statues, jewelry, icons, coin collections and church utensils. The museum is located in the Konyaalti district and costs 30 lira to enter.
A hall in the Antalya Archaeological Museum. Photo: efesenko / Depositphotos.com.
In the Middle Ages, a Seljuk sultan erected a mosque with an unusual “folded” minaret on the coast. The Turks called the Muslim complex Aladdin, or the Great Mosque. Pointed tower height of 38 m is decorated with figured brickwork and tile mosaic. Tourists are allowed to enter at any time except during the daily prayers. Admission is free. Guests are asked to wear closed clothes and be sure to remove shoes at the entrance.
The 38-meter-tall pointed tower is decorated with figured brickwork and tile mosaics. Photo: vladimirkrotoff1812.gmail.com / Depositphotos.com.
Ataturk House Museum
At the eastern end of Karalıoğlu Park stands a two-story mansion with a tiled roof that houses the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Museum. The Turkish leader stayed in this house more than once during his visits to Antalya. Tourists can see his personal rooms, household items, rare photos, collections of stamps, coins and the balcony from which Ataturk spoke to the Turks. Entrance to the museum is free.
Ataturk House Museum. Photo: frantic00 / Depositphotos.com.
The colorful collection by Suna and Inan Kıraç is dedicated to the everyday life and traditions of the locals. See how rich mansions were decorated during Ottoman times, see a colorful tea ceremony and a colorful Turkish wedding! The museum is located in Kaleici. Admission costs 3 lira.
The Clock Tower is one of Antalya’s landmarks and calling cards. It was built over a century ago, has two tiers and is 14 meters high. The tower stands on Kalekapısı Square in the historic center of the city.
Built over a century ago it is a 14 meter high tower with two stories. Photo: frantic00 / Depositphotos.com.
It is interesting to see for yourself in Antalya the colorful oriental bazaar Charsamba. The lower floor sells vegetables, fruits, Turkish tea and coffee, while the upper floor is devoted to clothing, shoes, antiques, costume jewelry and handicrafts. Watch the colorful vendors in national costumes and buy beautiful souvenirs! The market is in Muratpasa, close to the sea.
This green park and 1.5 km long pebble beach has a history dating back to 1957. There are many deciduous and coniferous trees, exotic shrubs and beautiful flowers along the paths. The oldest tree was brought from Asia over 650 years ago. The park has playgrounds with swings, volleyball courts, shooting gallery, dolphinarium, go-kart track, water park, outdoor movie theater and water attractions.
The promenade along the park. Photo: mariemandorino / Depositphotos.com.
Ataturk Culture Park
Fans of natural attractions in Antalya are delighted with the city park in the Konyaalti district. In its center stands a large glass pyramid where the Golden Orange Film Festival awards ceremony takes place. Near the miniature replica of the Mayan monument is a pond in which fish, ducks and turtles live. The park is laid out on the waterfront, so a walk through the picturesque landscapes is convenient to combine with a vacation by the sea.
What to see on the outskirts of Antalya
Kent Orman Park.
If you want a bird’s eye view of Antalya you can have a look at this beautiful park which is situated 12 km from the center of the resort. Kent Orman means “city in the woods” in Turkish.
The temperature on the mountain is 3-4 ° C lower than by the sea, so you can take a breath from the heat. The recreation area is in the Kepez district, at the exit towards Denizli. From Antalya you can get to the park by DC15, DC15A buses or by cab.
There is another viewpoint from which it is convenient to look at Antalya, located on the mountain top. You’ll see a panorama of resort development on the left, the cargo port directly in front of you, and the green mountains on the right. If you get hungry or want to drink Turkish tea, stop by the restaurant. From the district of Konyaalti to the top along a serpentine road is 6.5 km and can only be reached by cab or rented car. Entry fee is 5 liras per car.
The elevators to the top of Tünektepe. Photo: emurado / Depositphotos.com.
The two waterfalls on the Düden River are very popular with tourists. The upper one is 20 m high and can be seen 17 km from the sea. Nearby there is a picturesque park with a 600-year-old plane tree, viewing platforms and bridges. In the lake below the waterfall it is nice to swim and swim to the jets of falling water.
The lower waterfall is 50 meters high and falls straight into the sea. The powerful jets look beautiful during the day and in the evening light. From the port of Antalya to the Lower Falls tourists are taken on excursion boats. The entrance to the park near the Lower Falls costs 5 liras.
Upper Duden waterfall. Photo: Alicobanoglu / Depositphotos.com. Lower Duden waterfall. Photo: saharrr / Depositphotos.com.
The waterfall of Kursunlu
The territory of Tabiat National Park stretches 22 km from the center of the resort. The waterfall is an 18 meter high natural landmark of Antalya. The waterfall is 18 m high and when it falls through several steps it splashes with water and then glistens in the sun with all the colors of the rainbow. There are dense pine forests around, the air is filled with the scent of pine and one can hear birds singing. The entrance costs 8 liras. In July and August, because of the heat the waterfall dries up and looks less spectacular. You should come in spring or early summer!
The waterfall Kursunlu. Photo: DTatiana / Depositphotos.com.
Excavation enthusiasts enjoy traveling to the ancient city 17 km from the center of Antalya. When the armies of Alexander the Great came to Turkey, Perge was a rich trading center. It stood 20 km from the coast and was connected with the sea by a navigable river.
From the prosperous polis are the ruins of the theater, stadium, ancient streets, stone walls of buildings and columns. Perge is easily reached by streetcar (AntRay) or by bus (dolmusha) which takes you to Alanya and Side. An entrance ticket to the Antalya’s archaeological site costs 43 Liras.
The ruins of the theater, the stadium, the ancient streets, the stone walls of buildings and columns remain from the prosperous polis. Photo: DTatiana / Depositphotos.com.