Bucket Listing: Prime 15 Greatest Issues to Do in Antalya, Turkey
Antalya Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Antalya, Turkey
ONEntalya, a city that has so much to offer to all types of travelers. It is one of those cities in Turkey that got involved with tourism early in the 1980s. Antalya is Turkey’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast, home to millions of people.
The town is unique and the terrain is really different from the others due to its location in the coastal cliffs. It is also surrounded by mountains where you can really see and feel the beauty of nature. Antalya is the best place for all these adventurers and a great playground with historical features.
Here are the 15 things you can do in Antalya, Turkey to make your visit a memorable one for sure:
1. Visit the beautiful ancient city of Perge
The ancient city of Perge near Antalya Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
One of the most important cities of the Pamphili civilization is the city of Perge. It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site because it includes the Greco-Roman amphitheater, has many preserved stadiums, and the entrance is a magnificent Hellenistic gate.
It is 17 km east of Antalya. It has the acropolis, baths, agora (circular temple), the remains of the church, the Turkish cemetery, Gaius Julius Cornutus and much more.
2. Be a spectator of the Antalya Museum.
Inside Antalya Museum in Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
The Antalya Museum was founded in 1922 after the First World War. It protected many artifacts with a historical background in the area. Here you can find the most important pieces and high-quality artifacts, such as the sculptures that already existed in Roman times, especially those in the old town of Perge.
In 1988 the museum was named “Council of Europe Museum of the Year”. Here in the museum you can also see the exhibits of the great archaeological collection for the Bronze Age of Byzantium and the mosaic of Seleukia.
The museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
3. Breathtaking waterfalls
Duden waterfall near Antalya, Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
Do you want to go from one place to another and walk the path with breathtaking waterfalls? In Antalya you can experience the beauty of the waterfall that is right in the middle of the city. The Duden waterfalls are divided into two parts, the Upper Duden and the Lower Duden Waterfall.
There’s a cave in Upper Duden Falls to explore as you move from your seat to the market behind the falls. This place is a popular picnic spot. Then the Lower Duden waterfalls plunge 40 meters from the cliff in the direction of the Mediterranean, where you can also take a boat trip.
4. Explore the city of Kaleici
Old town Kaleici in Antalya, Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
A visit to historic streets with a lively nightlife is a must. In Kaleici you can find the old houses within the old city walls which are the center of Antalya’s social life. The people who live here enjoy having a drink and socializing at night. There is also a beach nearby where everyone can swim safely.
Better to come here during sunset if you want to enjoy this quaint neighborhood and avoid too much sun exposure.
This is one of the best places to have a picnic because you can sit anywhere and enjoy live music around you, especially at night.
5. Daring adventure in Koprulu Canyon National Park
Koprulu Canyon National Park by Patrick Muller via Flickr CC
If you want to enjoy your vacation in Antalya with outdoor activities, Koprulu Canyon is the best place to visit. It covers an area of 366 km2 and was founded in 1973 by the Ministry of Forestry. The canyon is 1,300 feet deep and extends for 14 km along the Kopru River.
Here you can find restaurants that serve fresh and delicious food. Everyone can experience a variety of educational and adventure activities at Koprulu Canyon National Park.
In summer you can go hiking, camping, trekking, river fishing, kayaking and white water rafting, and explore the canyon with nature walks.
6. Karaalioglu Park picnics
Karaalioglu Park Picnic Photo via Depositphotos
If you are looking for a shady and famous hangout for the locals, Karaalioglu Park is the place for you. It is the best place to take beautiful sunset photos. You can also get great harbor views while picnicking with family and friends.
You’ll also have access to Hidirlik, a 2nd century Roman fortress, a cylindrical tower where you watch the harbor high above the edge of Karaalioglu Park.
The park is full of flowers and trees that will make you forget the messy city streets. There are also plenty of cafes where you can relax and watch the sunset.
7. Experience the 29 day hike around Lycian way
The Lycian Way is famous among hikers who take photos via Depositphotos
The Lycian Way offers you one of the longest and largest hiking trails in the world with views of the Mediterranean Sea, Turkish culture, the historical remains and the surrounding mountains.
It is a 29-day trekking experience as you will be exploring the 540 km long footpath. You would meet many hikers on the trip; There are stops for the hikers and a place to eat.
On the 29-day hiking tour, you can see the ghost town of Levissi above the hill, an ancient Greek ruin abandoned in the 1920s and located near Kayakoy.
Kayakoy has cafes in the village where an overnight stay is highly recommended if you want to see the churches lit up at night. You can also visit the butterfly valley with a campsite on your way with a deep golden beach.
There is also a yoga area on the forest platform. You can also purchase the hiker’s fuel, a lunch of spinach and cheese gozleme pancakes, and your adventure.
8. Lunch with a view of the harbor
Arma Restaurant in Antalya Turkey Photo via Facebook page
Antalya’s people really love to eat, and the best way to enjoy it is to eat with a beautiful view of the old port that has stood since the 2nd century.
Restaurants above the cliffs mainly offer fresh fish and many typical Turkish dishes that will definitely leave you full and satisfied. A well known restaurant is the Arma Restaurant with a great location that offers panoramic views of the coast.
Address: Selcuk Mah. Iskele Cad. No .: 75 Kaleici Marina, Kepez, Antalya / TURKEY
Email: [email protected]
9. Antalya has a sandy section for beach lovers
Hotels on Lara Beach in Antalya, Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
Lara Beach has beautiful honey-colored sand near several trendy resorts. It also has several excellent restaurants and good service hotels.
Another great place for lazy beach days is Konyaalti Beach in the east of Antalya city center. The resort has massive facilities for everyone like large umbrellas, toilets, showers, and more.
The resort also has several shops for snacks, cafes and restaurants.
10. Enjoy the Land of Legends theme park
Land of Legends theme park photo via fb page
The Land of Legends theme park offers indoor and outdoor pools with air-conditioned hotel rooms and free WiFi.
The theme park also has bars, family rooms, a fitness center, playgrounds, facilities for the disabled, hospitable room service, an airport shuttle and a spa and wellness center.
This theme park is designed to bring fantasy, adventure, and most of all, fun to all tourists by providing world class resort facilities.
11. Be fascinated by the carvings on the ceiling of Hadrian’s Gate
Hadrian’s Gate in the old town of Kaleici. Antalya, Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
Hadrian’s Gate was built in 130 AD in honor of the visit of Emperor Hadrian. It is a marble gate that consists of three arches with towers decorated with detailed and rich sculptures.
It serves as the main gate to the Kaleici district. Once you have visited the gate, you will be amazed by the ceiling with preserved historical carvings.
12. The ruins of Aspendos
Ruins at Aspendos in Antalya, Turkey Photo via Depositphotos
A trip to see the beauty of Aspendos must be part of your itinerary. It is home to one of Turkey’s most popular tourist attractions, the Roman Theater. It existed as early as the 2nd and 3rd centuries and the remains of it are almost still the same as in the past.
The part of the theater that has been restored to a new one can seat 15,000 people. You can watch events like the ballet festival and the Aspendos opera in summer here every year.
13. Cross the Karain Cave
Karain Cave Second Chamber By Ingo Mehling – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC
The Karain Cave is located about 27 km northwest of Antalya, a home for prehistoric people and a place for people from the Paleolithic.
In this cave you would see bones and teeth that belong to ancient people like Neolithic man.
14. Shop at the Antalya Bazaar
Antalya Old Bazaar by Andreas via Flickr CC
The trip to Antalya will never be complete if you haven’t bought anything from the place you visited. In Antalya Bazaar, you can find various types of souvenirs that shape Turkish culture, such as clothes, food, home decorations, jewelry, art and more.
There are various shops down the aisle where you can ask for discounts like any other street bazaar.
15. Experience the relaxing Turkish bath
Never forget to enjoy a Turkish bath before finishing your tour in Antalya. You can enjoy it in the DEMIRHAN bath, in the Lara Hammam massage parlor and in the FALEZ HAMAM & SPA.
The Turkish bath is a traditional bath that is almost the same as that of a Scandinavian sauna, but is similar to the Roman bath. You will be washed for 45 minutes, your body scrubbed with a hand-woven washcloth called a Kese, a foam wash, and most importantly, a massage.
In other words, it is a steam room that gives your body relaxation and complete cleansing.
Antalya travel and tour packages
To help you plan your trip to Antalya, we have listed attractions and other amazing things to do in Antalya, Turkey. We’ve also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages, along with excellent flight deals and accommodations.
Looking for the best hotels, resorts and cheap flights in nearby towns? Check out our list of cheap hotels and resorts in Antalya via Agoda, Booking or also check out the available Airbnb hotels in the city.
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