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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 15 attractions in Antalya

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

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

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

Perge (Perga)

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Just northeast of Antalya lies the region’s most significant Roman ruins. Dating to the Bronze Age, the city of Perge was originally settled by the Hittites, but under Roman occupation grew to become one of the most beautiful and scholarly cities of the ancient world, attracting important thinkers such as physician Asklepiades, philosopher Varius, and Apollonius, a pupil of Archimedes.More

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

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

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

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

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

Kursunlu Waterfalls (Kursunlu Selalesi)

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Tumbling over a wall of moss-covered rock into a clear natural pond, Kursunlu Waterfalls are set inside a forested natural park. Compared to the more visited Duden Waterfalls, which are more expansive and by the Mediterranean Sea, these gentle cascades feel secluded and remote.More

St Nicholas Church

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Originally built in AD 343, St. Nicholas Church in Demre is one of Turkey’s most important Christian pilgrimage sites. Rebuilt by Constantine IX, the church is known for its stunning Byzantine frescoes and mosaics and houses the sarcophagus of St. Nicholas, the original Santa Claus.More

Konyaalti Beach (Konyaalti Plaji)

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One of Antalya’s two main city beaches, Konyaalti Beach (Konyaaltı Plajı) is a popular spot for both locals and travelers. Stretching for 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) west of the city, Konyaalti has a mix of pebble and sand beaches, where sun worshipers can swim and enjoy water sports against the dramatic backdrop of the Beydağlari Mountains.More

Antalya Museum (Antalya Muzesi)

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Born out of an attempt to prevent the country’s archaeological treasures from being plundered after World War I, the Antalya Museum (Antalya Müzesi) first opened in 1922. Exhibiting over 12,000 artifacts relating to the history of Anatolia’s Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions, it’s one of the largest and most important museums in Turkey, and is sometimes called the Antalya Archaeological Museum.More

Clock Tower

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The Clock Tower is a classic landmark in Antalya and is one of the few remaining Roman towers dating back to the second century. While the tower was once part of the city's fortifications, the clock was added later and today stands as a commandeering structure in the neighborhood area known as Kaldekapisi (Castle Gate).Kaldekapisi marks the border between the old city and the new and hosts many stalls set up in front of the Clock Tower selling handicrafts and fresh pomegranate juice. The tower is typically seen on walking tours in Antalya.More

Goynuk Canyon (Göynük Kanyonu)

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Fringed with green forest and lined with turquoise pools, its sheer walls worn to smooth curves by the flow of water, Goynuk Canyon (Göynük Kanyonu is a popular hiking and picnic spot. But there are plenty of other adventures to be had, with an over-water zipline course and waterfalls that seem designed for canyoneering.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Antalya

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This was a good and...
BibiY_M, Oct 2022
Antalya City Tour
This was a good and affordable way to see Antalya.
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amazing tour
AshkanMoradabadi, Sep 2022
Antalya Waterfall Tour (3 Di̇fferent Waterfall In Antalya)
The pickup service from hotel and transport to the waterfalls in the mini van were both convenient .
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perfect trip around...
Emanuel_D, Aug 2022
5 in 1: THE BEST OF ANTALYA region: Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu Waterfall
perfect trip around Antalya city,nice place to visit,you can see how actually the people lived many years ago,very interesting....
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Great way to explore Antalya in limited time
Bakar_A, Aug 2022
City tour of Antalya, Waterfalls, Boat trip, Cable car
We had only 3 nights in Antalya and the trip gave us the opportunity to see the major city attractions in just a few hours.
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Suzanne from Hungary
Zsuzsanna_B, Aug 2022
City tour of Antalya, Waterfalls, Boat trip, Cable car
The tour guide Zuzu speaks English very well, she is very kind and friendly too.
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Old Town tour and cruise
Malcolm_H, Jul 2022
Antalya City Tour with Cable Car and Waterfalls
For the cost of this tour it was excellent value and the guide we had was ok but could have been better with his English when communicating with us,
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Fantastic all day excursion
Petronela_C, Jul 2022
Cable Car, Boat Trip & Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
Loved the waterfalls, so much to see.
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The cable cars and...
Layla_S, Jun 2022
Cable Car, Boat Trip & Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
The cable cars and waterfalls, they were beautiful.
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Lovely day break
Andra_O, Oct 2022
6 hours Private City Tour of Antalya
But in hindsight I would skip this waterfall as it is really not that exciting to see and have lunch somewhere in the old city.
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Such a great experience! Definitely worth it.
AnaMaria_M, Oct 2022
Antalya City tour , Düden waterfall , Lara waterfall , Teleferik , Boat trip
We visited two waterfalls, had lunch (included) and he took us through a small tour in antalya city to show us some historical places.
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Great experience and perfect way for Antalya overview
Masha_N, Jul 2022
Antalya Electric Bike Tour
It was the perfect way to have an overview of the city and all major attractions that it has to offer.
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Money well spent with a great guide
David_L, Jul 2022
Aspendos Theatre, Perge & Side Antique City
Keep yourself hydrated as it was very hot in early July (worse as you approach late summer I'd imagine)
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Wet Biking
Christelle_v, Mar 2022
ATV Adventure Antalya with Hotel Pick-Up
I visited Antalya during the winter time, but that did not stop any adventure.
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Excellent trip and super tour guide Mustafa
Bhrein_B, Nov 2021
Perge,Aspendos,Side and Waterfall (sightseeng) excursion,trip,daily.
This is a very good tour to do from Antalya taking in Side, Perge, Aspendos and a waterfall.
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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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Everything were great specially the...
Radwa M, Jun 2013
4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Antalya: Side, Aspendos and Perge
our tour guide that we met in the second day, was great and gave us lots of information and adequate time to see everything.
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Excellent Tour of 3 Roman Ruins near Antalya
Jack_M, May 2022
Perge Aspendos Side Waterfall Tour
I highly recommend this tour and tour company if you are staying in Antalya and wish to see some important Roman ruins.
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Great day trip to Antalya!
Tara_L, Apr 2022
Antalya City Tour with Cable Car and Waterfalls
As already said, it was a very long day (12 hours - as I was staying I Goynuk, so an extra 30 mins outside Antalya), however, really glad I done it as it covered a lot of the main areas of interest including the Duden waterfalls and Kaleici.
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Wonderful Trip, worth the dime you spend!
ShreyasRavindra, Apr 2022
Pamukkale Tour
He also explained us a lot about Pamukkale Limestone formations and the hot springs.
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All about Antalya

When to visit

Summer in Antalya sees a busy roster of music and art festivals, which is crowned by the International Opera and Ballet Festival, where performances are held in the ancient amphitheater of Aspendos. Antalya’s beaches may provide welcome relief from the summer heat, but the cooler temperatures of fall are best suited to sightseeing and hiking in the surrounding mountains.

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What is Antalya famous for?

Antalya is the gateway to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, and famous for its beautiful Blue Flag beaches, atmospheric Old Town (Kaleiçi), and nearby Düden Waterfalls. The city is also a popular starting point for tours to the ancient ruins of Aspendos Theater, Termessos, and Perge.

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How many days in Antalya is enough?

Plan a minimum of three days in Antalya to explore the Old Town (Kaleiçi), enjoy the beaches and nightlife, and take a boat cruise along the coast. With a week or more, you can also include day trips to Duden Waterfalls and the ancient ruins of Aspendos, Termessos, and Perge.

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Is Antalya good for nightlife?

Yes, Antalya has some of the best nightlife along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Head into the Old Town (Kaleiçi) to hop between bars, pubs, and live music venues, party into the early hours at one of the beachfront nightclubs, or attend a spectacular night opera at Aspendos Theater.

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Which part of Antalya is best?

The Old Town of Kaleiçi is Antalya’s historic heart and most atmospheric district, and many visitors opt to stay here or around the Old Port. To the west, the beachfront district of Konyaalti is lined with resorts and fringed by the Taurus Mountains, while Lara Beach to the west is a family favorite.

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What activities are there to do in Antalya?

Antalya’s beaches are ideal for swimming and water sports, but you can also take a boat cruise from the Old Port, enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving along the coast, or go quad biking in the Taurus Mountains. Day trips to the Düden Waterfalls and ancient Aspendos and Termessos are also popular.

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Which is better Antalya or Bodrum?

If you want beautiful urban beaches, ancient ruins within easy reach, and a buzzing nightlife, Antalya is the better choice. However, Bodrum can be more affordable, quieter, and less crowded than Antalya, with some great beaches nearby and boat cruises to the Greek islands.

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