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Things to Do & Must-See Attractions in 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.
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Perge (Perga)
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The remains of the ancient city of Perge, 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.

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Antalya Old Town (Kaleici)
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Antalya Old Town - or Kaleici - is the picturesque old quarter in the center of present day Antalya. With its narrow winding streets and historic wooden houses, bars, restaurants and Ottoman-style boutique hotels, it’s a lovely place to wander around or base yourself while visiting Antalya.

Kaleici can trace its orgins back to the Roman period, when it grew around the old harbor, protecting the harbor from the west and the passage of produce from the east. Originally surrounded by massive stone walls and several gates, Kaleici has only two walls and one gate remaining.

Imposing Hadrian’s Gate is a glorious example of Roman architecture and was constructed in 130 AD to commemorate Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Kaleici. It has a triple-arched portal and decorative marble columns and is supported by enormous, turreted stone towers (from a different era). Hadrian’s Gate remains the most impressive way to enter the Old Town.

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