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Things to do in Antalya

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The top 16 attractions in Antalya

Waterfalls in Antalya
Düden Waterfalls
A group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya, Turkey, formed by the River Duden (one of the most important rivers in southern Anatolia). You can find them 12km northeast of Antalya, ending when the clear waters fall from a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea - a dazzling spectacle. No wonder Antalya is known as the city of waterfalls!
Historical Monuments in Antalya
Hadrian's Gate
Erected in honor of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who arrived in the year 130 AD, Hadrian's Gate is a triumphal arch in white Antalya marble. Located in the heart of the city, it is nevertheless quite difficult to find, so it's best to go accompanied by a guide. From the top of the tower, you can admire the roofs of the city, and the bay of Antalya.
Harbors in Antalya
Port Akdeniz
This summer we went on a trip to Turkey for 15 days, and one of the fondest memories that I have, accustomed to traveling on my own, is a day that we went around on our own in Antalya. There was a little beach with sunbeds and a bar to drink where the prices of the drinks were printed on the shirts of the bartenders (they were not expensive), and a historic center crowned with a beautiful medieval harbor offering stunning views of mountains that vanished and appeared in the day. It is also advisable to go around on one of the boats that constantly comes out of there.
Historical Monuments in Antalya
Aspendos Amphitheatre
Aspendos is an ancient Greco-Roman city, about 45 kilometers east of the present city of Antalya. The theater, constructed by local architect Zenon during the reign of Marcus - Aurelio, is one of the best preserved of the Roman world: it has a stage wall, and the cavea is in excellent condition. Even the gallery down before with arcades has been preserved until present day.
Of Touristic Interest in Antalya
Turkish Riviera
At 100 km from Antalya, Turkey on the Turkish Riviera, we can find a paradisaical place called Alanya, just between the sea and mountains. I was there in October 2008. Enjoy the wonderful views and stunning sunsets. You'll certainly have a wonderful vacation here.
Historical Monuments in Antalya
Nature Reserves in Antalya
Beaches in Antalya
Turtle Bay
On the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is Fethiye near Oludeniz, Bordum and Kas. We only stayed one day, but we enjoyed the beautiful sunset and stunning aerial views (hang gliding). Here are some photos.
Of Cultural Interest in Antalya
Acropolis of Syllaion
The city of Syllion is not too from Anatolia, so you can go here for a day trip, combined with other tours such as Termessos and Aspendos. It's an ancient town, said to be founded by Argo, which bears some traces of the Byzantine period, especially in the acropolis. You can visit the area freely without paying anything.
Beaches in Antalya
Museums in Antalya
Mevlana Museum
A nice monastery and museum where you can see many objects of the dervishes. In the center of the mosque there is a box with relics of the founder of the Whirling Dervishes, specifically of the beard hairs.
Shopping Malls in Antalya
Migros Shopping Center
Migros Shopping Center is a small, pleasant shopping center in Antalya with well-known international brands like Zara, Mango, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger. The prices aren't exactly a bargain but they're not expensive either.
Beaches in Antalya
Of Cultural Interest in Antalya
Of Cultural Interest in Antalya
Hiking in Antalya

The best things to do in Antalya

Thinking about what to do in Antalya? One of the first things to see in Antalya must surely be the historic quarter, Kaleici. It has now been restored and is the tourist center of the city par excellence, where hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops abound. Kaleici retains much of its historic character thanks to its faithful restoration, which has won awards. It is a must in the city for leisure and history, and here you'll find a wealth of Antalya activities to keep you busy.

Other places to visit in Antalya are the Islamic buildings such as Karatay Medresesi, the Yusuf Mosque, and many more mosques such as Murat Paşa, Tekeli Mehmet Paşa, Musellim, Seyh Sinan Efendi, Osman Efendi, and Alaadim, which is considered the symbol of the city and is therefore one of the most popular Antalya attractions.

Hadrian's Gate is one of the most stunning attractions in Antalya. It is a triumphal arch built in the name of Hadrian, a Roman emperor. It consists of three entrances and is considered the most beautiful gate in Pamphylia. The top has three domed openings and, except for the pillars, it is built entirely of white marble.

If you're still looking for things to do in Antalya, you'll find a wealth of parks, museums, and monuments. Be sure to check what minube's community has to say about the best stuff to do in Antalya!