Top attractions 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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- Spring is the best time to avoid the intense summer heat, but still enjoy some warm, sunny weather!
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Had a great guide named Ibrahim who was welcoming and spoke 4 different languages. Although he's been doing this for nearly 20yrs he made it feel like the first time and didn't look bored. He knew how many were in the group and everything was well organised from the time we arrived until we returned to the camp. Ibrahim knew the river so well and navigated us expertly. The food back at camp was good and considering the price for the day it was well worth it. We were allowed to jump off a platform near the end which was great fun, even little kids were allowed to do it, something impossible in the UK! The scenes down the river were just amazing and we even swam in the calmer areas too. Water so fresh and clear. You can also do ziplining halfway down but we chose to have a break and dry off. Be sure to bring suitable footwear (rubber shoes) not flip flops but you can buy it all at the camp site too. We had to buy some footwear but ended up using it for quad biking too. Well recommend
We were picked up from our hotel in Antalya around 07:15-07:30 a.m. in an air-conditioned van! Then we picked up the other passengers and started on the approximately 3 hour long drive to Pamukkale! Our guide was this young, attractive looking girl Dilber! She was very interactive & informative! On the way we stopped at a gas station for toilet break & buying refreshments! Then we stopped for about an hour at this shop which sells stone & stone products (which was a complete waste of time and should have been avoided)! Then we had buffet lunch at a restaurant, which was good! Then we reached Pamukkale! It is a place which is good for taking pictures for social media! “The Cleopatra Pool” is very dirty and full of algae and can be completely avoided (especially considering you have to pay 50 Turkish Liras to enter it)! Then we started on the journey back to our hotel and reached around 08:00 p.m.! It was a long, tiring day!
Was contacted prior to confirm hotel pickup/time. 1.5hr drive from Lara Beach but don’t let this put you off!! The location was beautiful, we took fantastic photographs. The hosts themselves (spoke great English) were sooo fun and it really made a difference! Good photographs were taken, with the possibility of a video to be bought also, you can also buy/rent shoes as your feet will get wet and closed shoes are a must! I am not a strong swimmer but felt safe and comfortable and never in danger. We came back to where we began our journey for food after 3ish hours of rafting ( with 2 mini breaks ) , the food was delicious and plentiful! ( pasta, salads etc) Overall one of the best thing myself and my partner have done! Hotel drop off also. We left around 9:20am and got back at 5:20ish
The rafting adventure in the Koprulu Canyon is worth taking part in for various reasons. First of all, it stimulates team spirit and your sense of humour, it teaches cooperation and sharpens your reflexes. The instructors are great fun and enjoy making jokes, they make everyone feel they belong to a team. Although the water is quite cold, it is refreshing to take a dip on a hot summer day. Be prepared to get splashed big time, take your swimshoes and you will have a thrilling adventure! Suitable for young and old alike - the river is incredibly clear and the atmosphere is unique. One of the highligjts of our stay in southern Turkey!
We enjoyed the tour of Aspendos, Perge, and Side. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He provided us with lots of information about the sites and his English was good. The one negative was the vehicle provided for 5 people would probably be more comfortable for 4 people. I recommend that you don't try to squeeze extra passengers into a small vehicle. The saving grace on this tour was that the distances were not lengthy and we were able to get out of the vehicle and stretch out.