Top 10 Things to Do in Antalya, Turkey

Old town (Kaleici) in Antalya, Turkey

A resort city that opens the door to the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey, Antalya is known as the Turquoise Coast for good reasons.

Stunning blue waters, relaxing beachside retreats, and breathtaking ancient ruins make it the perfect getaway.

So, the next opportunity to book holiday packages, make Antalya, Turkey your next stop. What are some of the things you can do there?

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Antalya Kaleici Old Town with the Clock Tower, Yivli Minaret, Tekeli Mehmet Pasa mosque, Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus Mountains in background, Turkey

Top 10 Things to Do in Antalya, Turkey

Ancient City of Aspendos

Take a day tour to the ancient city of Aspendos where the world’s best-preserved theater still stands since it was built between 160-180 A.D. Stand in the center of it and just imagine how spectators of the old enjoy their theater shows.

The Duden Waterfalls

Behold the spectacle of the Lower Duden and Upper Duden of the Duden Waterfalls. You can watch from a distance or explore up close for an unusual perspective of nature’s grand architecture.

There’s a cave behind the Upper Duden waterfalls that you can check out.

Antalya Aquarium

Visit the Antalya Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium complex that features 40 themed aquariums.

So even if you’ve been to similar attractions in other parts of the globe, this particular wonder remains a must-visit when in Antalya.

Konyaalti Beach

Hit the beaches and soak up the sun. The pebbled beach of the Konyaalti Beach is one of the most highly recommended, especially with the Antalya Beach Park nearby.

The Lara Beach, on the other hand, is a lot closer to the city center, making it a convenient option for when you simply want to watch the Mediterranean Sea hug the shore.

The Hadrian’s Gate

Stand under of the triumphal arches of the Hadrian’s Gate, a historical monument built in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian when he visited the resort city in 130 A.D.

Today, it serves as the entrance to the historic neighborhood of Kaleici.

White Water Rafting

Go white water rafting at the Koprulu Canyon National Park and go on an adrenaline-fueled course from Class I (beginner) to Class VI (expert) rapids.

The park is home to the picturesque Kopru River and Turkey’s longest canyon. There’s a lot of adventures you can enjoy here, including camping.

Old town Kaleici in Antalya, Turkey. (Top 10 Things to Do in Antalya)
Old town Kaleici in Antalya, Turkey. (Top 10 Things to Do in Antalya)

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Streets of Kaleici

Wander around the streets of Kaleici that are lined with beautiful building and monuments that go as far back as the Byzantine and Roman times.

The historic city center is a time capsule that you can get lost in. It also has cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Explore Ancient Ruins

Hop from one ancient ruins to another. The theater in Aspendos is not the only ancient ruin you will find in Antalya.

There are the ruins of Perge, the ancient city of Termessos or what’s left of it, the ruins of the Old Lycian port city of Phaselis, and so much more.

Flames of Chimaera

Feel the heat and awe of one of earth’s greatest natural phenomenon—the eternal flames of Chimaera. Here, you will find twenty vents that emit gas and ignite spontaneously, creating burning rocks.

The best time to check them out is at night when the flames are the brightest. Just remember to bring a torch to light your way up the hill.  

Old town (Kaleici) in Antalya, Turkey

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Go Hiking

Hike the Lycian Way and get to see the Turkish countryside with its panoramic view of the sea and mountains and its many ancient relics.

The 540km path will take you to the Turkish coast. Just be ready for the long trek. It’s not called the world’s top long-distance hikes for nothing.

These are just some of the things you can enjoy in Antalya. Plan your trip and do plenty more.

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