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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

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

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

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

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

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

Cappadocia

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

Yivliminare Mosque

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

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

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
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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 Antalya 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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Great experience. Worth doing. Enjoyable.

This was a great experience. Really enjoyed it. Went with my wife and 2 children aged 9 and 10 who are not great swimmers. Felt safe throughout. Fantastic views rafting down the canyon. Decent lunch included. Didn't give 5 stars for 2 reasons - 1) took about 2 hours to get to simply because we stopped off at about 5 different hotels in different locations on route for pick ups. Had we gone straight, would have taken about an hour. lot of time wasted in the transportation. 2) It was a bit chaotic at the base camp. Lots of rafters, guide shouting instructions which many couldn't hear. very few photo stations and long queues to view photos with pressure to get back on the buses. Too many people rafting, which had an effect on the experience which would be more enjoyable if more personal. Generally a great experience and worth doing.

The best experience! Canning recommend enough!!

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

Full-Day White Water Rafting at Köprülü Canyon Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/26/2019

Good tour but the vehicle provided was too small

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.

From Antalya: Aspendos, Perge and Side Tour Reviewed by Bruce, 11/09/2018

Very good at their job and very friendly teams

I made a mistake in reserving the tour, after i paid online. I called them and they supported me a lot. Deniz, who was leading the team, is such a wonderful and friendly man. Make sure you go with Deniz, if you would like a safari tour. Overall tour was joyable with no boredom points. We enjoyed the mountains, water games, car passing roads through rivers and seeing turkish villages with explanation from Deniz on life of the villagers.

Antalya Jeep Safari and Flying Waterfalls Reviewed by Alan, 10/08/2018

Thrilling experience with stupid waiting at the beginning

The quad bike experience is an amazing one, I would recommend this to anybody, even complete beginners. It is so much fun mixed with adrenaline all happening in beautiful nature. What was not so exciting was the waiting time before we even started with the quad bike - we were left at very ugly place without any instuction as to what was going to happen. Other than that I must say I enjoyed it very much.

Quad Bike Fun in the Taurus Mountains Reviewed by Abdulrazaq, 05/23/2018