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Welcome to Antalya

In the city of Antalya, 435 miles (700 kilometers) south of Istanbul, history and nature intermingle to create culturally rich adventures unlike those found anywhere else in the world. Many of the region’s best attractions are several hours outside the city, but tours that include hotel pickup and drop-off make transportation a breeze. Travelers can ride a glass-bottomed boat above the sunken island of Kekova (and see for themselves why this stretch of Turkey is nicknamed the Turquoise Coast); hike to the eternal fires of Yanartas on Mount Chimaera; or take a dip in the water flowing down white travertine terraces at Pamukkale Hot Springs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Antalya. History buffs should beeline to the Roman ruins at Termessos Ancient City or go just beyond the city limits to Perge, Side, Demre, Myra, and Aspendos. A Jeep safari through the Taurus Mountains lets you discover landscapes and hidden villages that other travelers miss, while a cable-car ride up Mount Olympos offers panoramic views. Multi-day excursions to Cappadocia— around 335 miles (540 kilometers) from Antalya—combine sights such as the rock-cut castle of Uchisar and the region’s famous fairy chimney rock formations in one action-packed trip. Cruise ship passengers can make the most of their limited time with fully planned shore excursions; and if you’re just passing through Antalya, it’s easy to streamline your travel plans in Turkey with private airport transfers to popular destinations such as Kemer, Belek, or Kas Kalkan.

Top 10 attractions in Antalya

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Duden Waterfalls (Duden Selalesi)

Duden Waterfalls (Duden Selalesi)

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The Duden Waterfalls sit at the end of the river of the same name, which winds its way through the Taurus Mountains before tumbling from a cliff into a valley next to the Mediterranean. The falls consist of two cascades, and the upper part is nearly 50 feet (15 meters) tall and 65 feet (20 meters) wide.More
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Perge (Perga)

Perge (Perga)

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The remains of the ancient city of Perge (Perga), lie just 17km (11mi) northeast of Antalya and is the region’s most significant Roman ruin.Dating as far back as the Bronze Age, Perge was originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC and under Roman occupation grew to become one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world. An important city for Christians during the Byzantine period, Saint Paul is said to have preached his first sermon here in 46 AD.Excavations began on the site in 1946 and have since uncovered a large Greco-Roman theater with fine marble reliefs, a stadium that could seat over 12,000 people, a Hellenistic-Roman city gate flanked by ruined towers, a long colonnaded street, a large agora (central market), public baths and a gymnasium. Of these ancient remains, the theater and the stadium are Perge’s best-preserved sites.Many ancient scholars came out of Perge, including the physician Asklepiades, the philosopher Varius, the famous mathematician Apollonius (a pupil of Archimedes) and the female Roman ruler of the city Plancia Magna.More
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Kursunlu Waterfalls (Kursunlu Selalesi)

Kursunlu Waterfalls (Kursunlu Selalesi)

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The Kursunlu Waterfalls (Kurşunlu Şelalesi) are a small cascade set amid a cool, pine forest. While not as impressive as the more visited Duden Waterfalls, the Kursunlu falls feel a little more remote due to their setting and access via a short and pleasant walk through the forest.Only 20 minutes from central Antalya, the surrounding area offers plenty of walking opportunities, especially along the Aksu river. While the falls are more of a trickle in the summer months, it is sometimes possible to spot trout and turtles in the pools that form here.More
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Antalya Old Town (Kaleici)

Antalya Old Town (Kaleici)

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Antalya’s Old Town (Kaleiçi) remains the heart of this modern Turkish city. Home to a number of historic monuments, it’s also the city’s most atmospheric district—a maze of narrow winding streets dotted with traditional wooden houses, bars, restaurants, and Ottoman-style boutique hotels.More
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The Land of Legends Theme Park

The Land of Legends Theme Park

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With a 5-star hotel, a gigantic water park, a luxurious shopping avenue, and plenty of amusement park rides, the Land of Legends is a one-stop-shop for family entertainment. Open to both day visitors and Land of Legends hotel guests, the theme park is one of the largest of its kind in Turkey.More
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Aspendos

Aspendos

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Founded around 1000 BC, the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos is best-known for its impressive Roman theater, one of the most remarkably preserved in the world. Designed by Greek architect Zeno and built in the second century AD, the theater seats up to 7,000 people and is still used as a venue today.More
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Antalya Marina (Kaleici Yat Limani)

Antalya Marina (Kaleici Yat Limani)

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Antalya Marina (Kaleiçi Yat Limanı) is the heart of the city. It stretches along the waterfront beneath the steep cobbled streets of Antalya’s Old Town, known as Kaleiçi. With cruise ships, ferries, yachts, and fishing boats constantly arriving and departing, this historic harbor is buzzing with activity at all hours and is a popular hub for both locals and visitors.More
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Köprülü Canyon

Köprülü Canyon

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Running for 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) between dramatic rock stacks and sheer cliffs—reaching up 1,312 feet (400 meters) high in places—Köprülü Canyon is one of Turkey’s most spectacular natural wonders. Carved out of the limestone cliffs by the Koprucay River, the canyon is the centrepiece of Köprülü Canyon National park.More
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Hadrian’s Gate

Hadrian’s Gate

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Marking the eastern entrance to Kaleiçi—Antalya’s historic Old Town—Hadrian’s Gate is the last of the city’s ancient gates, dating back to AD 130. Named in honor of Roman emperor Hadrian after his visit to the city, the triple-arched gateway is decorated with marble columns and is one of Antalya’s most distinctive landmarks.More
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Antalya Aquarium

Antalya Aquarium

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Best known for housing the world’s largest underwater tunnel exhibit, Antalya Aquarium is a family destination on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. In addition to its 430-foot (131-meter) by 10-foot (3-meter) tunnel and 40 themed tanks, the attraction center houses a tropical reptile house, 3D cinema, and a snow-themed museum.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Antalya

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Great day
Paul G, Nov 2019
Antalya City Tour with Cable Car and Waterfalls
Visited some lovely places - Duden waterfall which was beautiful, went up the cable car overlooking Antalya fantastic views, lovely traditional lunch and then a fabulous boat trip out of the marina.
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Nice day out of Antalya, guide was...
gary m, Oct 2017
Sunken City Kekova, Demre, and Myra Day Tour from Antalya
Nice day out of Antalya, guide was Ok, spoke English, German and Turkish.
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We had a the best tour ever of...
Mohamed S, Aug 2017
Antalya Electric Bike Tour
Highly recommended to those who want to see Antalya wonderful natural views, old city narrow streets and beaches.
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This tour was WONDERFUL. They...
Darlene D, Aug 2017
5 in 1: Antalya Excursion to Perge, Aspendos, Side, Manavgat Waterfall
We were picked up on time by a very nice gentleman who was our English speaking tour guide.
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This is a must see if you are...
mina, Sep 2015
Perge, Aspendos and Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya
We stopped at Perge first, then Side to see Temple of Apollo and Athena, then finished off the tour at Duden Waterfalls.
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a very nice trip and of course...
FABRICE C, Aug 2014
Demre, Myra and Kekova
One Ana speaking Serbian for Serbians people and one speaking english ( a little) for us ( french people) .

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