What to See & Do in Antalya

You can certainly spend more than one pleasant day in Antalya, 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.

Konyaaltı Beach

The eastern end of Konyaaltı Plajı, this l-o-n-g dark sand and pebble beach—the part just downhill from the Rixos Downtown Hotel and Hillside SU Hotel, is organized as Antalya Beach ParkMore…

Lara Beach

Antalya’s l-o-n-g eastern beach (Lara Plajı) is not quite as pretty as Konyaaltı, but the sand is softer and there’s plenty of it. More…

Explore Pamphylia

Explore where Paul landed when he arrived in Pamphylia around 46 AD. Discover an extensive history and elaborate, centuries-old architecture.  More…

Kalekapısı

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…

Hadrian’s Gate

One of the many building projects of the great RomanEmperor Hadrian, this three-portal marble gate in the city walls (Hadriyanüs Kapısı, Üçkapılar) is still an Antalya landmark. Walk through it to enter….

Kaleiçi

This was the Roman town, then the Byzantine, then the Seljuk Turkish, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The huge, modern city of Antalya didn’t really start to grow beyond Old Antalya until after World War II. More…

Broken Minaret Mosque

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 temple, it was a church in honor of Mary, then converted to a mosque. Now it’s just a picturesque ruin. More…

Hıdırlık Kulesi

This ancient fortress-like old stone tower stands between Kaleiçi and Karaalioğlu Parkı, with views of the Gulf of Antalya and the Roman (Yacht) HarborRestaurants at its foot are great for fine views. More…

Karaalioğlu Parkı

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…

Roman (Yacht) Harbor

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…

Bazaar

Just inland (north) from Kalekapısı is the center of Antalya shopping, Antalya’s old, historic bazaar (çarşı), with lots 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 buroları)More…

Antalya Museum

Board the westbound Nostalji tram or Bus LC07 at Kalekapısı or Hadrian’s Gate and take it 3 km (2 miles) to the western end of the line for Antalya’s excellent archeological museum (Antalya Müzesi). Artifacts from the many rich cities in the region, including lots of Roman marble statuary and sarcophagi, are preserved here. More…

Day-trip Excursions from Antalya

Antalya makes a fine base for excursions to other places on the Pamphylian plain and even into the mountains, dramatic places such as TermessosKarain CavePergeSide, AspendosKöprülü Kanyon National Park (for river rafting), Selge, PhaselisOlimpos and ÇıralıMore…

—by Tom Brosnahan


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