Antalya is the most convenient base
for excursions throughout the region,
from Olimpos in the southwest to Alanya in the southeast (map).
Two of the easiest and most
pleasant excursions are to these two
cool, shady, green waterfall parks only
a few kilometers northeast of Antalya. They
may be crowded on summer weekends, however. More...
only a few km from Antalya, has impressive Roman ruins. Side too,
along with fine beaches and
a resort atmosphere. Aspendos has
the best-preserved Roman theater on
the Mediterranean, still used for
A perfect day-trip
by car or tour from Antalya
is to Termessos, the breathtaking
ancient ruined city high in a mountain
aerie, so well defended that Alexander
the Great passed it by. You can visit
Cave, inhabited for 25,000
years, on the same trip. More...
Fantastic views from Termessos...
||Rafting on the Köprü Çayı
Bridge Canyon National Park (Köprülü Kanyon
Milli Park) is
dramatic river gorge spanned
by a stone Roman bridge.
At the top of the valley is the ancient Roman city
It makes a great day trip from Antalya
whether you go white
water rafting or not. More...
a modern seaside resort southwest
of Antalya, but Phaselis, a
bit farther down the coast, is an
ancient port now in a national park,
and Olimpos just
beyond it is a strange and wonderful
mix of forest tree-house camps, tidy
small hotels, secluded beach resort
and ancient ruins.
At nearby Çıralı,
the famed Chimaera natural eternal
flame still burns as it
has for millennia.
Minibuses depart Antalya's Otogar for all of these places regularly in the warm months, and also from the bus stop on Dumlupınar Bulvarı (D400) just north of the Antalya Aquarium on the western side of the city (map).
—by Tom Brosnahan