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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

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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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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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Perge (Perga)

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
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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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Kursunlu Waterfalls (Kursunlu Selalesi)

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
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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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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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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 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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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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Goynuk Canyon (Göynük Kanyonu)

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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St Nicholas Church

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
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Antalya Museum (Antalya Muzesi)

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
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Konyaalti Beach (Konyaalti Plaji)

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
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Clock Tower

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

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Recent reviews from experiences in Antalya

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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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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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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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Great pics!
Alyson_T, Apr 2022
Antalya City Tour with Waterfalls and Cable Car
Upper Duden Waterfalls was really pretty and worth a visit, however, Lower Duden Waterfalls was overrated.
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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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Best way to see the city
Jodi_S, Jul 2021
Antalya Electric Bike Tour
An ideal way to see the city.
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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: THE BEST OF ANTALYA region: Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu 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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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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