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Antalya

This Mediterranean coastal city blends clear blue waters with a historical old town and Roman-era treasures.

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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!

  • Kaleiçi

    1. Kaleiçi

    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.

  • Old Harbor

    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

    3. Termessos

    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!

  • Perga

    4. Perga

    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!

  • Düden Waterfalls

    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!

  • Cappadocia

    6. Cappadocia

    Another natural wonder within reach is the sun-scorched Cappadocia, renowned for its extraordinary fairy-chimney rock formations!

  • Yivliminare Mosque

    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!

  • Göynük Canyon

    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!

  • Phaselis

    9. Phaselis

    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.

  • Antalya Archaeological Museum

    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!

Frequently asked questions about Antalya

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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!

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • 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

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,049 reviews

This tour was amazing! The company that does the tour is Fortuna Adventures and the guides Ahmed and Mehmet are amazing. The canyon trekking was great, the nature was just breathtaking. The water was cold but they give you wetsuits so it is quite fine to swim. Rafting was great as well unfortunately there was not so much water in the river due to not raining for the whole summer, but still it was great. In our group there was 10 people and that was the perfect size so you don’t wait for anyone. The lunch at the end of the trip was great. Prepare to buy water slippers (there is really nothing else you can wear) price was 8€ per pair. Regarding comments about not being able to take you phone with you, I don’t really see where would you put it as you literally swim in the water and jump from the cliffs. If you have a go pro than it’s a different story.

It was really cool. Mustafa is a wonderful guide. He told and showed a lot. It can be seen that he himself likes what he does. Picked up early in the morning from a hotel in Antalya (Konyalti) and only arrived in the evening. In the morning it was cool, in the afternoon it was quite hot and the sun was beating down, definitely take something on your head and water with you.

The guide came to point it out. In addition, he takes his time to explain to you and leaves you free time

Great tour! Quiet driver (not like others ...), good tour bus, enough time to explore and eat :)

Very nice walk, punctuality and security. Very friendly guide!