Best Things To Do In Antalya

Antalya is a big hit for tourists in Turkey, seeing over 15 million visitors a year. It’s got it all: lovely beaches, top-notch hotels, massive resorts, golfing spots, and loads of historical sites. You can enjoy Antalya any time of the year, thanks to its mild weather and warm sea. With sunshine on most days, it’s a perfect mix of mountain greenery and sea blues.

There’s always something happening in Antalya, from festivals to boat trips showing off the Mediterranean’s beauty. You can dive into history with tours to ancient cities, wander through lush national parks, or hit the ski slopes while soaking in sea views.

This guide picks out the best things to do in Antalya, using tips from travel experts and the latest trends.

1. Visit Kaleiçi (Old Town)

Antalya Kaleiçi

Kaleiçi (Old Town), located in the middle of Antalya, within the borders of Muratpaşa district. It is the most popular tourist destination in Antalya city center with its narrow cobblestone streets, historical Ottoman mansions with wooden and stone architecture, a small marina where boat tours to the Mediterranean bays are organized, dozens of entertainment venues, souvenir shops and boutique hotels.

Stylish boutique hotels and hostels, started their service with the restoration of the historical mansions of Antalya Kaleiçi, which is home to many historical treasures such as Yivli Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower, Kesik Minaret, Karatay Madrasa and Şehzade Korkut Mosque, are full of tourists in every season.

You can also enjoy the crystal clear sea at the small Mermerli Beach opposite Kaleiçi Marina. I recommend you to visit Antalya Kaleiçi to taste flavors from Mediterranean and world cuisines in stylish restaurants, have fun in bars playing live music suitable for all styles, sip your coffee in roadside cafes, or take evening walks in the lively streets in a historical atmosphere on warm summer evenings.

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Author’s Note:  I wanted to add Kaleiçi to the top of the list. The cafes, bars, and authentic taverns among the old Antalya houses here will make you feel like you are in a complete tourism center. Since it is an extremely popular spot for both local and foreign tourists, prices may seem a bit expensive.

2. See Düden Waterfall

Lower Düden Waterfall

Düden Waterfall, one of the natural wonders that you can easily reach from Antalya center, is located in Kepez district, just 10 kilometers away from the center. It is a very popular travel area, especially in the summer months, with its observation decks, wooden walkways, cafes and restaurants . The waters of Düden Waterfall, which is divided into 2 branches, continue for another 9 kilometers and pour into the Mediterranean from a height of 40 meters from the cliffs of Antalya, creating a magnificent view.

This area, known as Lower Düden Waterfall, is always lively as it is located among hotels, restaurants, and walking and cycling paths in Lara, one of Antalya’s popular districts. During your trip to Antalya, do not forget to visit the Lower Düden Waterfall and Düden Waterfall, where tour boats go very close to you and allow you to see the white waters falling from the cliffs closely.

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Author’s Note:  Since Düden waterfall is open to visitors between 08:00 and 19:00, it is best to go between these hours.

3. Visit Antalya Museum

Antalya Museum

Antalya Museum, which was opened in Kaleiçi Yivli Mosque in 1922 to exhibit the artifacts rescued from the invaders during World War I, was moved to its building on Konyaaltı Street, a 5-minute walk from Konyaaltı Beach and Atatürk Park, in 1972. Covering a large area of ​​30,000 m2, Antalya Museum hosts thousands of historical artifacts unearthed during excavations in the Pamphylia and Pisidia regions in 14 exhibition halls.

Antalya Museum, which also has an open-air section in its large garden where you can see Lydian sarcophagi, Roman columns and sculptures from the Hellenistic period, has won many international awards with its well-arranged collections. The natural history hall, ceramic works hall, emperors hall, gods hall, and mosaic hall are among the places you must see in Antalya Museum, which will take you on an unforgettable journey in the history of Anatolia.

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Author’s Note: I especially recommend you to examine the statues unearthed from Perge in the museum, which hosts ruins that are at least 10,000 years old.

4. See Eternal Fire At Yanartaş (Chimera)

A Volcano

Yanartaş, also known as the eternal fire of Mount Olympus, has been lighting up a hillside near Kemer in Antalya for 2,500 years. This natural wonder, sitting 180 meters above sea level, keeps burning due to an underground gas source. It draws thousands every year for its stunning views both in the daylight and at night.

Situated close to popular spots like Çıralı, Olympos, and Adrasan, Yanartaş is a favorite for nature walks and has been wrapped in legends for ages. Today, it’s a fun place for events around its never-ending flames. Within Olympos Beydağları National Park, Yanartaş is a must-visit in Antalya, offering unique photo opportunities in a protected natural setting.

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Author’s Note: According to legend, Yanartaş’s flames come from a mythological creature known as Chimera, a dragon-like animal, which was defeated and buried under the earth by the King of Lydia. The flames are said to be its fiery breath escaping from the ground. For those planning to visit, it’s wise to wear sports or hiking shoes since reaching this spot involves climbing a somewhat challenging path.

5. Visit Olympos Ancient City

Olympos Ancient City

The Ancient City of Olympos, sitting along Antalya’s southern coast, once stood as a major port alongside the Ancient City of Phaselis. A favorite spot for those keen on history and culture in Antalya, its origins stretch back to around 160 BC, with later additions by the Knights of Rhodes and Venetians in the 11th and 12th centuries.

This ancient port city, one of the era’s most significant, is nestled within the Beydağları National Park, drawing global attention for its historical riches. A trip here lets you explore Roman-era temples, a bustling agora, a striking medieval castle, altars for worship, and the old harbor. Just 30 kilometers from Kemer, Olympos welcomes visitors daily from 08:00 to 21:00.

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Author’s Note: When planning to visit this expansive ancient city where your museum card comes in handy, remember to set aside ample time for exploration. The site covers a large area, so a visit here isn’t quick. Also, on the day you venture to the open-air museum, it’s wise to bring along a towel and sunscreen. After wandering through the museum, you can head over to the stunning Olympos Beach for some relaxation under the sun.

6. Visit Sapadere Canyon

Sapadere Canyon

Sapadere Canyon, another natural wonder of Antalya, is a must-see place with its icy waters filtering through 400-meter-high rock walls and challenging hiking trails. After wandering through narrow passages, caves and rock pools in the canyon surrounded by wooden walking paths, you can take a break in the country gardens decorated with dozens of endemic plant species.

You should also visit the trout farms where you can take panoramic photos from the viewing terraces and taste the fish fed by melted snow water in the spring and summer months of Sapadere Canyon. If you are visiting Sapadere Canyon in the summer months, do not forget to swim in the icy snow waters of the rock pools that have been formed over thousands of years.

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Author’s Note:  Although the observation terrace is very beautiful, reaching here can be a bit tiring. If you go during the busy noon hours, you may have to wait a bit in line due to the interest in the waterfall.

7. Admire Perge Ancient City

Perge Ancient City

Perge Ancient City, one of the closest ancient cities to Antalya and located only 16 kilometers from the center, is thought to have been built during the Hittite period. Perge, known as Parha at that time, was one of the most developed cities in Anatolia during the Roman period. Attracting attention with its impressive sculptures and regular architecture, Perge is one of the most popular places in Antalya with its columned streets planned in east-west and north-south directions, a huge ancient theater with a capacity of 15,000 people built in the 2nd century AD, monumental fountains, Roman ancient baths and agoras.

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Author’s Note:  Let us remind you that the ancient city, which you can enter with a museum card, is extremely large and very hot because it is in an open area. Be sure to take water with you.

8. See Kurşunlu Waterfall

Kurşunlu Waterfall

Kurşunlu Waterfall, located only 22 kilometers away from the center of Antalya and one of the most visited natural beauties of the region, was declared a nature park and taken under protection with the rich plant diversity surrounding it. Kurşunlu Waterfall, which can be visited every day of the week between 08:00 and 20:00, covers a large area of ​​33 hectares. Kurşunlu Waterfall, which offers fascinating natural views every season with its white waters falling from 18 meters among dozens of different trees, also has 7 tiny waterfalls and rock ponds where you can cool off in its ice-cold waters in the summer months.

Flowing inside a 2-kilometer-long steep canyon, the waterfall is one of the most developed places in Antalya in the field of ecological tourism with its tropical view. At Kurşunlu Waterfall and Nature Park, you can take nature walks among dozens of wild animals and endemic plant species, take wonderful photographs of the waterfall from observation decks, or enjoy the fresh air in tea gardens and recreation areas.

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9. Aspendos Ancient City

Aspendos Ancient City

Aspendos Ancient City, one of the most important addresses of Antalya history and culture trips, is only 46 kilometers away from the center of Antalya. You will witness the most beautiful examples of Roman period architecture while visiting the ancient city, which was built in the 10th century and has been carefully preserved until today. The ancient city, famous for its Ancient Aspendos Theater with a capacity of 20,000 people, which hosts classical music festivals and artistic events in the summer months, was built on two hills in a position overlooking the region. You can take a journey through history among historical Roman baths, agoras, aqueducts, acropolis and temples in the Ancient City of Aspendos, the richest city of its time.

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Author’s Note:  The first place you should see while visiting the Ancient City of Aspendos, where you can enter with a museum card, is the Ancient Theatre. Concerts are held here on certain dates, especially during the summer months. If your date fits, be sure to attend one of these concerts, you will be fascinated by the fact that a building built centuries ago still has magnificent acoustics.

10. Relax on Kaputaş Beach

Kaputas Beach

Kaputaş Beach, a world-famous beach in Antalya, is one of the most popular beaches in the Mediterranean, a must-see during Antalya trips. Surrounded by steep rocks on both sides, this small beach is located in a hidden bay and can be reached by a 200-step stone staircase down the road. Kaputaş Beach, which is a favorite of local and foreign tourists with its crystal clear turquoise sea, is also one of the important stops where tour boats and yachts take a break due to its beauty.

You can reach Kaputaş Beach in about 10 minutes by sightseeing boats departing from Antalya Marina or by minibusses operating between Kalkan and Kaş. You can visit the beach, which is very crowded in summer, in spring and autumn, and enjoy the Mediterranean by swimming with colorful fish in the clear sea in a serene environment.

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Author’s Note:  There is only one business on Kaputaş beach where you can have lunch and buy drinks. Since it is run by the municipality, the prices are quite reasonable, but there may be a queue at noon. Additionally, if you do not go early in the morning, you may have to park your car quite far from the stairs at the entrance of the beach, as there is a shortage of parking spaces.

11. Explore Damlataş Cave

Damlataş Cave

Damlataş Cave, which was discovered accidentally while a quarry was being opened in 1948, has become one of the most important touristic values ​​of both Antalya and Alanya. Damlataş Cave, famous for being Turkey’s first cave opened to tourism, is located in the western part of Alanya Castle, behind Damlataş Beach, one of the popular beaches of the Mediterranean.

The moist and clean air of the cave, which you can explore with well-lit walking paths connected to the interior by a 50-meter-long passage, is good for respiratory diseases such as asthma. Asthma patients find healing by visiting the cave for 4 hours a day for 21 days, and for this purpose, thousands of people visit Damlataş Cave every year. After visiting the Damlataş Cave, decorated with fascinating columns, stalactites, and stalagmites that were formed in 15,000 years, you can relax by abandoning yourself to the deep blue waters of the Blue Flag Damlataş Beach.

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Author’s Note:  The size may not be obvious in the pictures, it may seem small to you when you see it. If you are staying in Alanya, you should see it as it is very close to the center. The place does not accept cards, but there is a very low entrance fee.

12. See Manavgat Waterfall

Manavgat Waterfall

Manavgat Waterfall, one of the most popular destinations for nature trips and rafting tours in Antalya, is a natural paradise that is only 76 kilometers away from Antalya center and can be reached in an hour by bus. Manavgat Waterfall, 3 kilometers away from Manavgat, one of the touristic districts of the city, stretches for kilometers among lush forests and has a fascinating view.

You can find live fish restaurants, picnic areas, and tea gardens in Manavgat Waterfall, which has well-organized walking paths and viewing terraces around it; In addition to canoe or boat tours, you can also have fun by rafting. Manavgat Waterfall, which has an easy rafting course, is visited by more than 1 million people every year and is one of Turkey’s most well-known waterfalls in the world.

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Author’s Note:  The waterfall has a truly fascinating beauty, but you may prefer to go on weekdays as it will be less crowded.

13. Walk Lycian Way

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Stretching from the Antalya Taurus Mountains to the Fethiye coast, the Lycian Way is a world-famous ancient road with a length of 535 kilometers, connecting the Aegean and the Mediterranean. The Lycian Way, shown as one of the 10 most beautiful walking paths in the world, connects the ancient cities of the Teke Peninsula, moves among fascinating natural landscapes, and attracts hiking enthusiasts from all over the world.

You can explore many historical places such as Patara Ancient City, Xanthos Ancient City, Letoon Ancient City, Faralya Village, Dodurga Village, Sidyma Ancient City, and Pınara Ancient City among the rich flora and wildlife of the Lycian Way, which was used by camel caravans and merchants in ancient times. You can take photos of the beautiful views of the deep blue Mediterranean coast and the Taurus Mountains. You can join walking tours with professional guides on the Lycian Way, which has dozens of well-organized and marked walking trails, or camping hiking trips that last 30 days and cover the entire route.

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14. Visit Alanya Castle

Alanya Castle

The magnificent Alanya Castle, the symbol of Alanya, the most popular tourist district of Antalya, rises in all its glory on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Built on the top of a peninsula 250 meters above sea level, the castle covers a large area of ​​10 hectares. Offering a fascinating view with its walls with a total length of 6.5 kilometers, Alanya Castle is an architectural masterpiece built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I in the 13th century. The castle, built at a point overlooking the Mediterranean to protect against attacks from the sea, was also used during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods and was also occupied by pirates for a long time.

The interior of Alanya Castle, with its 83 towers, 140 bastions, and kilometers-long walls has remained intact until today. You can take magnificent photographs of both the Mediterranean Sea and Alanya beaches at sunset from the walls of Alanya Castle, which has boutique hotels and restaurants around it.

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15. Marvel at Phaselis

Phaselis Ancient City

Phaselis, 54 kilometers away from the center of Antalya, has both the untouched beauty of Phaselis Bay and B.C. Phaselis Ancient City, built in the 7th century. Phaselis Ancient City thought to have been founded by Rhodesian sailors, was the largest trade center of its time and was always lively with its 3 ancient ports. You can enjoy the ancient ports of Phaselis, the huge theater built in the Hellenistic period, the striking Roman aqueducts, the agora, and historical streets.

Phaselis Bay is one of the hidden nature paradises of Antalya, surrounded by pine forests. To swim in a deserted bay away from the crowds, you should visit Phaselis Bay after visiting the ancient city. Phaselis Bay, which once hosted pirates with its sheltered structure; is one of the most beautiful places in Antalya to dive in the clear sea, set up a tent under pine trees, go on nature walks around the bay and take nature photographs. You can also explore Phaselis Bay with boat and yacht trips, and see the underwater riches up close with diving tours.

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16. Visit Konyaalti Beach


Konyaaltı Beach, which you can easily reach because it is located in the center of Antalya, is a fascinating 7-kilometer beach stretching between Konyaaltı and Antalya Port. There are beach clubs where you can rent sun loungers and sun umbrellas, walking and cycling paths, and dozens of quality restaurants, cafes, and hotels around the blue flag Konyaaltı Beach, which has a 3-meter wide, finely pebbled beach.

Konyaaltı Beach has very salty and warm water. Families with children need to be careful on this beach as it deepens quickly, and lifeguards are on duty at the beach all day long. Konyaaltı Beach, where you can swim with pleasure accompanied by the snow views of the mountains in the spring months, is one of the most well-known beaches in our country. You can have fun by doing many water sports such as canoeing, pedal boating, and kitesurfing all day long, and you can watch the fascinating view from a bird’s eye view by paragliding over the beach. You can reach Konyaaltı Beach in 5-10 minutes by public transportation, a short walk, or a taxi.

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17. See Red Tower

Red Tower

The Red Tower, which is the most popular tourist attraction and historical symbol of Alanya after Alanya Castle, is a very impressive Seljuk period work. Built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I in 1226, the Red Tower reflects classical Seljuk architecture with its rectangular shape. The 33-meter-high tower, surrounded by 12.5-meter walls, consists of 5 floors and you can watch the magnificent panoramic views of Alanya by climbing to the top of the Red Tower with 85 stone steps. Designed to protect against attacks by the sea, the tower was built so solidly that it has managed to remain intact until today. After watching the view from the Red Tower, where the Alanya Ethnography Museum is located on the 1st floor, you can also examine the rich collections of the museum.

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18. See Sculptures At Sandland


Sandland Antalya Sand Sculpture Museum, one of the most interesting museums in Antalya and visited by thousands of tourists every year, is located on the world-famous Lara Beach and is one of the places you should visit while visiting Antalya. The open-air museum, where you can have an unforgettable tour among hundreds of meter-sized sand sculptures with a theme that changes every year, also hosts one of the largest sand sculpture areas in the world.

Sand sculptures, designed by artists from many countries of the world using 10 thousand tons of river sand, are exhibited in a large area of ​​10,000 m2. Sandland, where you can watch the construction phases of the sculptures that took more than 3 weeks, can be visited with pleasure in all seasons, as it is the world’s first and only sand sculpture museum open all year round. You can visit the open-air museum every day between 09:30 and 23:00 in the summer and between 09:00 and 19:00 in the winter and take interesting photographs.

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19. Visit Üçağız Village

Üçağız Village Kaş

Üçaǧız Village, one of the most fascinating places you can visit in Antalya, is a hidden gem between Kekova Island and Simena (Kaleköy). Üçağız Village, is protected within the scope of an archaeological site. It is a historical coastal village where life comes to a standstill with its small harbor lined with shabby fish restaurants, century-old houses, untouched natural beauty, and a calm and peaceful atmosphere. You can wander around Üçağız Village, which is developing for boat and yacht tourism as one of the rare natural harbors in the region, and take wonderful photographs of ancient city walls, temples, acropolises, family sarcophagi, and ancient walls that offer an impressive view over the sea. After your trip, you can enjoy the unique view of the village accompanied by fresh seafood and daily appetizers at Üçağız’s popular fish restaurants.

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20. Enjoy Cleopatra Beach

Cleopatra Beach Alanya

The world-famous Cleopatra Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Antalya region, is one of the Mediterranean beaches where you can enjoy its colorful sands and turquoise sea. The fascinating 2.5-kilometer-long beach located in the center of Alanya takes its name from the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. According to legend, Cleopatra swam at this beach, loved it, and gave her name to the beach. At Cleopatra Beach, which is surrounded by boutique hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, and tourist facilities, you can do dozens of water sports such as parasailing, sailing, canoeing, and kitesurfing, or spread your towel on the hot sands and enjoy the sea and the sun on this unique blue flag beach.

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21. Visit Antalya Aquarium

Antalya Aquarium

Located just a 5-minute walk from Konyaaltı Beach, Antalya Aquarium is one of the largest aquarium complexes in the world. Antalya Aquarium, attracts attention with its 40 thematic aquariums as well as its 131-meter-long and 3-meter-wide tunnel.

In addition to aquariums where you can see many sea creatures from poisonous stingrays to piranhas, a snow park where you can ski, Wild Park where you can see the world’s most poisonous and wild tropical animals, Antalya Aquarium has many restaurants, cafes, and ice cream shops. You can have an unforgettable day in the magical world of the seas at Antalya Aquarium, which can be visited every day between 09:00 and 23:00.

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22. Visit Termessos Ancient City


Termessos, home to one of the best-preserved ancient cities of Antalya, is located on the Korkuteli road, only 30 kilometers from Antalya. The Ancient City of Termessos, built on the peaks of Güllük Mountain, at an altitude of 1150 meters above sea level, has gained worldwide fame with its huge ancient theater built at the foot of the mountain.

The ancient city thought to have been built by the Luvi and Solym civilizations, one of the oldest known peoples of Anatolia, is located in Termessos National Park, which is ideal for nature walks. You will encounter fascinating landscapes similar to the Mayan and Inca cities of South America in Termessos National Park and Termessos Ancient City, which you can explore with Antalya history and culture tours. The priceless historical artifacts found in the ancient city, where many archaeological excavations have been carried out, are exhibited in a special section in the Antalya Museum.

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23. See Hound Canyon

Greyhound Canyon

Another impressive natural wonder located within the borders of Köprülü Canyon National Park is Tazı Canyon. Located 105 kilometers away from the center of Antalya, the canyon is a natural wonder, with its 200 to 400-meter-high canyon cliffs and lush green scenery.

Tazı Canyon, which was formed over millions of years by natural factors, was known as Wisdom Valley in ancient times. While visiting the canyon, which you can explore together with Köprülü Canyon and the ancient city of Selge, you may encounter many wild animals such as mountain goats, lynxes, foxes, deers, rock eagles wandering on the steep rocks, and take impressive nature photographs. Tazı Canyon is one of the most visited places in Antalya for photo safaris, trekking, and mountaineering with its fascinating view in every season. You can also pitch your tent among fir, black pine, and cypress trees and spend a few days in the untouched nature of Tazı Canyon.

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24. Hadrian’s Gate (Three Gates)

Hadrian'S Gate

Hadrian’s Gate, the ancient gate of the walls surrounding the historical city area of ​​Antalya, is located in the middle of Antalya and serves as an entrance gate to Kaleiçi. It is also known as the Marble Gate among the public and dates back to B.C. The 3-eyed Hadrian’s Gate, built by the Roman Empire in 130, is an impressive historical monument with huge marble columns in the Corinthian style and is one of the most visited places in the center of Antalya.

Cafes, restaurants, and dozens of shops provide service around Hadrian’s Gate, which is one of the most photographed places in Antalya with its sculptures of the emperor and his family, their inscription, and marble columns that have survived to this day. After taking photos of the ancient gate, you can pass through the gate and explore the historical streets of Kaleiçi.

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25. Visit Geyikbayırı


Geyikbayırı is located in the Konyaaltı district, only 26 kilometers away from the center of Antalya. Geyikbayırı, located on the slopes of Tahtalı Mountain, is known as Geyik Sivrisi; It is also one of the most preferred places in Antalya for camping, rock climbing, and mountaineering. You can take wonderful photographs of the wooden plateau houses and taste delicious nomadic dishes in Geyikbayırı, which is the green area closest to the city center with its walking paths and recreation areas through cedar and red pine forests.

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26. See Goynuk Canyon

Goynuk Canyon

Located in the small holiday town of Göynük on the Antalya-Kemer Road and 36 kilometers away from the center of Antalya, Göynük Canyon is one of the most preferred places for nature trips, trekking, rock climbing, and camping with a length of 4.5 kilometers. Göynük Canyon, where Antalya, Kemer, and Göynük hotels also organize tours. It is visited by thousands of people every year with its well-organized walking paths, paintball fields, camping areas, and wire bridges where you can experience an adrenaline-filled adventure over the canyon. You can also join jeep and motorcycle tours among the huge canyon walls of Göynük Canyon, where you can cool off in the ice-cold waters in the summer months.

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27. Visit Patara Beach

Patara Beach

Patara Beach, one of the world-famous beaches of Antalya, is among the most beautiful beaches in the world with its 18-kilometer-long white sandy coast. Patara Beach, which has been on the cover of many international tourism magazines, also has special importance as it is the nesting area of ​​Caretta Caretta sea turtles. Local and foreign tourists flock to Patara in the summer months to watch the magnificent sunset views on the white dunes on the beach, which is protected as a first-degree protected area.

At Patara Beach, which is ideal for families with children with its shallow sea, you can go on nature walks and horse safaris among the dunes, and you can spend an unforgettable day windsurfing and kitesurfing on the beach, which always has a gentle wind. The pathway that reaches Patara Beach, where you can also find well-equipped camping areas around, passes through the Ancient City of Patara, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the region.

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28. Ride In Olympos Cable Car

Olympos Cable Car

Located 61 kilometers away from the center of Antalya, Olympos Teleferik goes up to an altitude of 2000 meters on Tahtalı Mountain in 10 minutes and reveals the Mediterranean coast where green and blue meet. Reaching an altitude of more than 2000 meters on Tahtalı Mountain, one of the highest points of the Taurus Mountains, Olympos Teleferik has private cabins for 80 people each. While reaching the mountain top by cable car, which you can take from the station in Olympos National Park, you can enjoy the magnificent nature of Antalya and have an unforgettable journey over cliffs and pine forests. If you want, you can easily reach the Olympos Teleferik, where tours are organized by Antalya and Kemer hotels, and have a magnificent bird’s eye view of both Antalya and the Mediterranean.

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29. Enjoy your time in Dokuma Park

Dokuma Park

Dokuma Park, opened in the large area of ​​the Yarn and Cotton Weaving Factory, built in 1950 as the oldest factory in Antalya, is one of the largest green areas in the city center. Dokuma Park, decorated with well-arranged landscaped flower gardens among pine trees, walking tracks, bicycle paths, children’s playgrounds, a toy museum, an antique market, a handicraft bazaar, recreation areas, and tea gardens, is a very popular travel area where you can escape from the crowds and noise of the city.

In Dokuma Park, where open-air cinema screenings are held in the summer months, many events such as fairs where you can find local products, shadow plays, and whirling dervish shows are held during Ramadan.

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30. Visit Dipsiz Lake

Dipsiz Lake

Located between Antalya and Konya, at an altitude of 1702 meters, Dipsiz Lake is one of the permanent addresses of photo safaris with its fascinating natural beauty. Dipsiz Lake, visited by thousands of people every year from Konya as well as Antalya, is 72 meters deep and is famous for its colorful flowers that bloom around the lake, especially in spring. You can go angling in Dipsiz Lake, which is very rich in trout and mirror carp, or join fishing tours with small boats.

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31. See Yivli Minaret

Fluted Minaret

Yivli Minaret, one of the most important historical symbols built by Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat I in Antalya, is a magnificent 13th-century Seljuk period work. Built with cut stone, brick, and turquoise tiles, Yivli Minaret is 38 meters high and can be reached to the top with a 90-step staircase. Located in the middle of Antalya, at the entrance of historical Kaleiçi, Yivli Minaret is one of the most photographed places in the city due to its magnificent view of the Mediterranean and Kaleiçi. After examining the magnificent tiles of the minaret built in 1230, you can also visit the historical mosque with 6 domes right next to it. 

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32. Visit Topcham


Located between Antalya and Kemer, 14 kilometers away from the city center, Topçam is one of the most popular recreation areas in Antalya. Topcam, famous for its fine pebbled Topcam Beach, lush green recreation area on the rocks next to the sea, sea view caves where you can have a picnic, and camping areas among pine forests, is especially crowded during the summer months. You can easily go to Sıçan Island, just across from Topçam Beach, by water bicycle or by swimming and visit this lush little island. In spring and autumn, you can also visit Topçam to relax under the red pine trees, visit the caves, and take wonderful photographs from the cliffs.

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33. Visit Sazak Bay

Sazak Bay

Sazak Bay, one of the most famous bays of the Mediterranean, is a paradise where green and blue meet, surrounded by Adrasan pine forests at the back and the deep blue Mediterranean in front. Sazak Bay, the number one address for diving tours and boat trips in Antalya, is also known as Honeymoon Bay with its small beach stuck between two steep rocks and romantic sunset views. You can see the underwater riches of the Mediterranean closely even while swimming with goggles or snorkeling in Sazak Bay, which is famous for its clear waters where you can swim with sea turtles, colorful fish, and octopuses. You can easily reach Sazak Bay from Antalya Marina with hourly and daily boats or go to the bay with Adrasan minibusses.

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34. See Tahtalı Mountain

Tahtali Mountain

Tahtalı Mountain, which has one of the highest peaks of the Beydağları, is also one of the highest points in the region with an altitude of 2,375 meters. The foothills, adorned with centuries-old cedar, pine, plane, and juniper trees, are ideal for nature walks with their icy weather even in summer. Tahtalı Mountain, where many activities such as paragliding, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, and mountain bike trips are organized, accompanied by magnificent panoramic Mediterranean and nature views, is also a nice escape from the summer heat.

You can easily reach Tahtalı Mountain via Olympos Cable Car and watch the view or follow the Lycian Way. You can explore the mountain, with hiking trails suitable for all levels of difficulty.

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35. See Ceneviz Bay

Genoese Bay

Ceneviz Bay, one of the most famous bays of the Mediterranean is one of the most important stopping points for yachts and boats. Located within the borders of Beydağları National Park and protected as a 1st degree protected area, it fascinates those who see it with its clear turquoise sea. The bay, where you can swim with impressive views of Mount Musa, takes its name from the Genoese who traded in the Mediterranean between the 11th and 15th centuries.

The black mud of Ceneviz Bay, where you can also find camping areas surrounded by nature, is thought to be beneficial for skin disorders. Another important feature of the bay is that it is the habitat of Mediterranean monk seals and Caretta Caretta sea turtles.

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37. Relax At Karaalioğlu Park

Karaalioğlu Park

Located on the famous cliffs of the Mediterranean, overlooking the Mediterranean, Karaalioğlu Park is one of the largest city parks in Turkey with 140,000 square meters of green area. Karaalioğlu Park, is a very popular area with its walking paths running parallel to the sea in the east-west direction, cafes, tea gardens, as well as viewing terraces where you can watch the panoramic views of both the Konyaaltı coast and the Bey also has dozens of landscaped gardens reflecting the plant diversity of Antalya.

The park, which hosts more than 50 different species, including green parrots brought from Asia and Africa, was built in the 1940s and is one of the oldest city parks in Turkey. You can visit Karaalioğlu Park, right next to Kaleiçi, to go for evening walks and take the most beautiful photos of Antalya.

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38. See Uçansu Waterfall

Ususu Waterfall

Located in Akçapınar Village of Serik district, 57 kilometers away from Antalya, Uçansu Waterfall is visited by nature lovers in every season with its white waters pouring through steep rocks at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level. You can also cool off in the icy rock ponds of Uçansu Waterfall, which has become one of Antalya’s permanent addresses in the summer months with its cool air that does not exceed 15 degrees even on the hottest days. You can reach Uçansu Waterfall, where you can explore the well-organized walking paths surrounding it, within an hour from Antalya with a car or minibusses.

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39. Visit Aspendos Ancient Theater

Aspendos Theatre

Aspendos Ancient Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and considered one of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world, bears classical Roman architectural features.

A huge theater with a capacity of 20,000 people was used for theatrical performances, celebrations, and religious ceremonies during the Roman period. Aspendos attracts history lovers from all over the world with its arched bridge, stone backstage, and seating areas built with cut stones. You can attend events in the magnificent atmosphere of the Aspendos Ancient Theatre, which hosts music concerts, symphony concerts, and international artistic and cultural events, or take magnificent photographs from the top steps of the theatre.

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40. See Dim Cave

Dim Cave

Dim Cave, which is considered one of the most beautiful caves in Turkey is located on a mountain slope 232 meters above sea level, 11 kilometers away from the center of Alanya. Dim Cave is located at a high point overlooking the view of the region. It consists of 4 separate sections, is 60 meters long and 15 meters wide.

The interior of the cave, which has a fascinating view with its fascinating columns and stalactites formed over thousands of years, is arranged with walking paths and is specially illuminated. There is also a small pond of 200 m2 at the bottom of the cave where you can take interesting photos. You can easily explore Dim Cave, the second cave opened to visitors in Turkey, both with guided tours and on your own.

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41. Relax in Falez Park

Antalya’s huge cliffs, which wrap around the Mediterranean coastline and continue for kilometers, are world-famous, and Falez Park, located on these cliffs with a magnificent sea view, is one of the most popular green areas of the city. Located just a 5-minute walk from Lower Düden Waterfall, hotels, shopping malls, and shops, You can also take the most beautiful panoramic photos of the Mediterranean in the park, which is ideal for evening walks with its walking tracks running parallel to the beach, bicycle paths, and flower gardens.

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42. Visit Simena (Kaleköy)


Simena (Kaleköy) is one of the most beautiful historical villages of the Mediterranean, located on the peninsula right across Kekova Island and protected as a first-degree protected area. Simena, which has a fascinating view with the stone houses adorning the thousands-year-old Simena Castle, is today a small fishing village and one of the newly discovered hidden paradises of Antalya.

You will come across Roman period sarcophagi, historical ruins, and impressive rock tombs everywhere in the seaside village, where you can take wonderful panoramic photos by climbing the walls of Simena Castle. You can reach this mystical coastal village with a 2.5-hour journey by Kaş minibusses.

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43. Visit Side Ancient City

Side Ancient City

The fascinating Side Ancient City, located in the city center of Manavgat district, 73 kilometers away from Antalya, is one of the most important ancient cities of the Pamphylia region.

The Ancient City of Side, which is estimated to have been built in the Late Hittite Period and was one of the important maritime trade centers of the region in ancient times, and among the richest cities of my period. Many parts of the ancient city, which also remained under Lydian and Persian rule, are spread across the center of Side. In the Ancient City of Side, where you can take wonderful photographs in front of the giant columns, you can also enjoy walking around the streets decorated with ancient theaters and columns.

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