Lying on the Mediterranean coast, Antalya is a beautiful city with a wealth of things for you to see and do. The Turkish Riviera is not known as the Turquoise Coast for nothing. Whether you come for the lovely beaches, the plethora of historical sights, or the magical waterfalls that are dotted about the countryside, Antalya is sure to provide you with lifelong memories of a fantastic trip.
Old Town (Kaleici)
Old town, known as Kaleici, is a maze-like neighborhood perfect to live and breathe the simple antiquated ambience. A plethora of tourist attractions in Antalya are encompassed in this beautiful part of city. A peopled-place before, it is now adorned with lavish boutique hotels, engaging art galleries, tiny souvenir shops and exotic restaurants.
If you’re at all interested in Turkish history, don’t miss this excellent museum. The dazzling exhibits here showcase all the best finds from excavation sites across the Turkish coast. Even better, the collection is displayed in exemplary fashion, making Turkey’s rich (and rather complicated) history easy to understand. The large archaeological section offers displays from the Bronze Age to Byzantium, with a particular emphasis on ruins in the nearby area.
Towering over the west side of Antalya, Tunek Tepe is a huge hill which offers impressive views over the city, the Gulf of Antalya, and the coastline snaking its way off into the distance. One of the best ways to get to the summit is by cable car up the hillside. At the top, there is a restaurant as well as a nightclub, if you want to dance the night away in a memorable location.
Upraised in the honor of Roman Emperor Hadrian, this three-arched marble gateway is decorated with some rich intricate carvings. The sculptural decoration takes you through a journey of the old worlds of the Hellenistic and Romans. One of the most dramatic Antalya tourist attractions, this gate was once used as the main entrance to the Kaleici town.
Nearly seven kilometres (four miles) in length and set against the Taurus Mountains, Konyaaltı Beach is a great place to hang out with the locals and enjoy a swim in the heart of the city. Large sections of the beach have earned a Blue Flag distinction for the cleanliness of their water and sand, and you can stock up on snacks at the many corner shops located a stone’s throw from the waterfront.