You can certainly
spend more than one pleasant day
but you can also see all there is
to see in a day, and move on to other
sights and beaches (maps).
You can even reserve a half-day
or full-day city tour before
you leave home.
end of Konyaaltı
Plajı, this l-o-n-g
dark sand and pebble
downhill from the Rixos Downtown Hotel and Hillside
is organized as Antalya Beach
Antalya's l-o-n-g eastern beach
Plajı) is not quite as pretty as Konyaaltı,
but the sand is softer and there's plenty
of it. More...
The center of Antalya is a tower in the old city
walls, called Kalekapısı (KAH-leh-kah-puh-suh,
Castle Gate). Just down the hill from it is Kaleiçi (Old
Antalya), but why not start
your walk by going around the old walls to...
One of the many building projects
of the great Roman Emperor
Hadrian, this three-portal
marble gate in the city walls (Hadriyanüs
Kapısı, Üçkapılar) is still
an Antalya landmark. Walk through it
This was the Roman town,
then the Byzantine,
then the Seljuk
and finally the Ottoman Turkish
town. The huge, modern city of Antalya
really start to grow beyond Old Antalya until after
World War II. More...
Enter Kaleiçi through Hadrian's
Gate, follow Hesapçı Sokak and soon you'll
see this Antalya landmark (Kesik
Minare, Korkut Camii). Built as a Roman
it was a church in honor
of Mary, then converted to a mosque.
Now it's just a picturesque ruin. More...
This ancient fortress-like old stone tower stands
between Kaleiçi and Karaalioğlu
with views of the Gulf of Antalya and
(Yacht) Harbor. Restaurants
at its foot are great for fine views.
Antalya's largest and finest city park, it streches
along the lofty promontory looming above the sea for hundreds of meters,
giving you fine views of the Mediterranean from
its shady benches. More...
Though it once sheltered Roman triremes,
the old harbor (Eski
Liman), surrounded by restaurants,
now serves as a mooring for day-cruise
yachts. Talk to the yacht
owners any evening about the cruise
they'll take the next day. More...
Just inland (north) from Kalekapısı is the center of Antalya shopping,
Antalya's old, historic bazaar (çarşı),
of jewelry shops.
Here, at the beginning of Kâzim Özalp (Şarampol) Caddesi is
also the place to find lots of bank ATMs and currency
exchange offices (döviz
Board the westbound Nostalji tram or Bus LC07 at Kalekapısı or
Gate and take it 3 km (2 miles) to
the western end of the line
for Antalya's excellent archeological
Müzesi). Artifacts from the
many rich cities in the region, including
lots of Roman marble statuary and sarcophagi,
are preserved here. More...
Antalya makes a fine base for
excursions to other places on the Pamphylian
plain and even into the mountains, dramatic
places such as Termessos, Karain
Cave, Perge, Side, Aspendos,
National Park (for river
rafting), Selge, Phaselis, Olimpos and Çıralı.
—by Tom Brosnahan
Above, the Attalus statue and,
to the left of it, the Kalekapısı (Castle
Gate) tower, marking the center
Gate, left from when
Antalya was a Roman city.