Top attractions in Antalya
Top 10 things to do in Antalya
Among its many resorts, ruins, beaches, and canyons, you'd have to try pretty hard to be bored in Antalya! This coastal city at the foot of the Taurus Mountains is one of Turkey's most popular tourist destinations. Here are ten reasons why!
The Old Town is a great place to explore independent art galleries and boutiques among monumental structures that survived from the Ottoman, Byzantine, and even Roman empires.
2. Old Harbor
To Kaleiçi's south lies an ancient Roman harbor dating back to the second century BC. It was used for trade up until the 20th century, and is still a popular yachting marina!
Termessos isn't only one of Turkey's best-preserved ancient cities. At the top of Mount Güllük, it offers an array of rare plant and animal species, as well as spectacular views!
Another impressive ancient site in the Antalya province is the capital of former Pamphylia. Book a day-trip to explore its Agora, Nymphaeum, Roman theater, and many other ruins!
5. Düden Waterfalls
Unlike most rivers, the waters of the Düden empty into the Mediterranean by cascading over Antalya's coastal cliffs. It's one of the region's most unmissable natural sights!
Another natural wonder within reach is the sun-scorched Cappadocia, renowned for its extraordinary fairy-chimney rock formations!
7. Yivliminare Mosque
The 14-century mosque's eponymous "fluted minaret" is one of Antalya's most iconic landmarks. Located in Kaleiçi, there's no excuse not to add it to your sightseeing checklist!
8. Göynük Canyon
The Göynük National Park is yet another of Antalya's natural treasures, but also a recreational hotspot. Hike, swim, or even zipline across its pristine landscape!
The ancient Lycian city was an important trading post under Alexander the Great, but its exquisite beaches are as much an attraction as its extensive ruins.
10. Antalya Archaeological Museum
One of Turkey's most popular museums tells Antalya's extraordinary history through its excavated relics. With a dedicated children's museum, it won't bore the little ones either!
Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Antalya is Turkey's most popular coastal resort for a reason – it's one of the country's sunniest cities! Summer temperatures frequently exceed 35°C (95°F), so if you're used to a cooler climate, you'll probably find late spring (April to May) a lot more tolerable.
How many days?
There's a lot to see and do in Antalya, so book a week in order to enjoy the beaches and natural attractions without having to hurry your sightseeing!
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- Best time to visit
- Spring is the best time to avoid the intense summer heat, but still enjoy some warm, sunny weather!
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What people are saying about Antalya
I was informed the evening before about the pick up time. The guide came punctually and was a great sport. Also the driver was very polite and friendly. I enjoyed the tour. Since it was a 250 km ride, I appreciated the fact that we had frequent stops. Lunch was served just across Pamukkale walk way. It was delicious and plenty, don't forget to try the Pomegranate juice! We were given every so often free time and I thoroughly enjoyed Cleopatra's bath!
Not quite as advertised but still great value for money! It took a long time (over an hour) to pick up all the passengers but we then headed to the pirate ship for a cruise down the river. We stopped to spend some time on a deserted beach then back to the moore for lunch (chicken, rice and salad). Next stop was the bazaar for shopping and then short stop at the small waterfall which was nice but unimpressive. Would recommend.
Wow wow wow, where do I start! This was the best ever excursion we did in Turkey. Pamukkale and Hierapolis is majestic, white cotton castle is out of this world, the swim in Cleopatra pools is priceless. This includes our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable, kind and attentive. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Turkey. As for us, we are definitely coming back thank you Nirvana tours. Sifelani & Sam
Tour was really nice and enjoyed seeing the waterfalls. Pick up was done in a small van and then we were taking to a meetup spot and then joined the larger group on the coach bus. The best part was the guide (Yildiz), she did a nice job explaining everything and best part is she spoke really good English. Lunch was at a really nice spot as well. I would definitely recommend this tour if you’re in Antalya.
The van was new and comfortable, with usb outlets in case you need to charge your devices. We had an extra stop at the Salda lake which was a nice addition. The lunch was delicious, and on top of that the guide was flexible and so we could diverge from the tour when we wanted, just making sure that we were at the meet up point on time. Overall great experience!