Tourist Places to Visit in Antalya

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Antalya is one of the most important tourism cities in Turkey, hosting more than 15 million tourists every year. With its tens of blue flagged blue beaches, hundreds of quality hotels, huge resorts, international golf courses and priceless historical treasures, Antalya has many beauties to discover. Sea water temperatures are suitable for swimming even in November in Antalya, which is one of the cities that can be visited with pleasure in all seasons, where the mild Mediterranean climate prevails. The city, which experiences an average of 300 sunny days a year, is a holiday paradise that combines the lush forests of the Taurus Mountains with the clean waters of the Mediterranean.

In Antalya, which hosts many international festivals throughout the year, you can see the beautiful bays and impressive underwater riches of the Mediterranean with boat and diving tours; With nature, history and culture tours, you can visit dozens of historical and touristic places with pleasure, from ancient cities of thousands of years to Turkey's largest canyons, from national parks famous for their pine forests and deserted coves to ski resorts where you can have a winter holiday accompanied by Mediterranean views.

You can get to know Antalya better with our article listing the most popular places to see in Antalya.

Top Tourist Attractions Places in Antalya

1. Kaleiçi


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

Chic boutique hotels and hostels, which started their service with the restoration of the historical mansions of Kaleiçi, which also hosts many historical treasures such as Yivli Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower, Kesik Minare, Karatay Madrasa and Şehzade Korkut Mosque, are filled with tourists every season.

You can also enjoy the clean sea at the small Mermerli Beach opposite Kaleici Marina. Antalya Kaleiçi is one of the places we would definitely recommend you to visit, to taste Mediterranean and world cuisines in stylish restaurants, to have fun in bars that play live music suitable for all styles, to sip your coffee at roadside cafes or to take evening walks in the lively streets in the historical atmosphere on hot summer evenings.

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2. Düden Waterfall

Düden Waterfall

One of the natural wonders that you can easily reach from the center of Antalya, Düden Waterfall is located in Kepez district, just 10 kilometers from the center. Duden Waterfall; With its viewing terraces, wooden walkways, cafes, restaurants and tea gardens, it is a very popular sightseeing area, especially in summer.

Divided into 2 branches, the waters of the Düden Waterfall continue for another 9 kilometers and pour into the Mediterranean from 40 meters above the cliffs of Antalya, creating a magnificent view. This region is known as "Lower Düden Waterfall" and is among the popular regions of Antalya. Also, it is always lively because it is located between hotels, restaurants, walking and cycling paths. You should definitely stop by the Lower Düden Waterfalls and Düden Waterfalls, where you can go very close to the excursion boats and see the white waters pouring from the cliffs, on your Antalya trip and you should spend a beautiful day in the cool waterfall weather.

3. Olympos Ancient City

Olympos Ancient City

Located on the southern coast of Antalya, the Ancient City of Olympos was one of the largest port cities in the region, together with the Ancient City of Phaselis. One of the places most visited by history and culture enthusiasts in Antalya, the Ancient City of Olympos was built in 160 BC and was rebuilt by the Knights of Rhodes and the Venetians between the 11th and 12th centuries.

The Ancient City of Olympos, one of the most important and largest port cities of antiquity, is carefully preserved in the Beydağları National Park and attracts the attention of the whole world with its historical treasures. During your tour of the ancient city, you can enjoy visiting many places such as the temples built with cut stones in the Roman period, the agora, an impressive medieval castle, altars dedicated to the gods and the ancient port. You can visit the Ancient City of Olympos, 30 kilometers from Kemer, between 08:00 and 21:00 every day of the week.

4. Yanartaş (Chimera)

Yanartaş (Chimera)

Having gained a worldwide reputation as the unquenchable fire of Mount Olympus, Yanartaş (Chimera) has been burning for 2500 years on a slope surrounded by pine forests in the southeast of Kemer district. Yanartaş, which is 180 meters above sea level and never goes out because it is fed from an underground natural gas source, is visited by thousands of people every year because it offers impressive views both day and night.

Since it is very close to holiday resorts such as Çıralı, Olympos and Adrasan, Yanartaş has become one of the constant addresses of nature walks, and has been the subject of many legends since ancient times. Today, many fun events are organized around the fires. You should definitely see Yanartaş, which is protected as a protected area because it is located within the borders of Olympos Beydağları National Park, on your trip to Antalya.

5. Perge Ancient City

Perge Ancient City

The ancient city of Perge, one of the closest ancient cities to Antalya and only 16 kilometers from the center, is thought to have been built during the Hittite period. Known as Parha at that time, Perge was also one of the most developed cities in Anatolia during the Roman period. Attracting attention with its impressive sculptures and regular architecture, Perge is the most important city in Antalya with its colonnaded streets planned in east-west and north-south directions, a huge 15,000-seat antique theater built in the 2nd century AD, monumental fountains, ancient baths and agoras of Rome. It is among the most visited ancient cities.

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6. Kurşunlu Waterfall

Kurşunlu Waterfall

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

Flowing in a steep 2 km long canyon, the waterfall is one of the most developed places in Antalya in the field of ecological tourism with its tropical view. You can take nature walks among dozens of wild animals and endemic plant species in Kurşunlu Waterfall and Nature Park, take wonderful photos of the waterfall from the viewing terraces, or enjoy the fresh air in the tea gardens and recreation areas.

7. Köprülü Canyon

Köprülü Canyon, which is one of the places you must go to do nature sports such as rafting, hiking, camping and rock climbing in Antalya, is located in the "Köprülü Canyon National Park", 85 kilometers from the city center. Köprülü Canyon, which is one of the longest canyons in Turkey with a length of 14 kilometers, attracts the attention of nature sports lovers from all over the world with its steep rock walls reaching 100 meters in height and impressive narrow passages.

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8. Aspendos Ancient City

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

9. Kaputas Beach

Kaputaş Beach, a world-famous beach in Antalya, is one of the most popular beaches of the Mediterranean, which must be seen in Antalya trips. This small beach, surrounded on both sides by steep rocks, is located in a hidden cove 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 turquoise crystal-clear sea, is also one of the important stops where excursion boats and yachts take a break due to its beauty.

You can reach Kaputaş Beach in approximately 10 minutes by sightseeing boats departing from Antalya Marina or by minibuses operating between Kalkan and Kaş. You can swim to your heart's content at this famous beach where there is no construction or facility. 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 calmer environment.

10. Damlataş Cave

Discovered by accident while the quarry was opened in 1948, Damlataş Cave has become one of the most important touristic values of both Antalya and Alanya. Famous for being Turkey's first cave opened to tourism, Damlataş Cave is located in the western part of Alanya Castle, behind Damlataş Beach, one of the most popular beaches of the Mediterranean.

The humid and clean air of the cave, which is connected to the inner parts by a 50-meter long passage and well-lit walkways, is good for respiratory ailments such as asthma. Asthma patients find healing by visiting the cave 4 hours a day for 21 days, and for this purpose, thousands of people visit Damlataş Cave every year. After visiting the Damlataş Cave, which is decorated with fascinating columns, stalactites and stalagmites, formed in 15,000 years, you can relax by immersing yourself in the azure waters of the blue-flagged Damlataş Beach.

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11. Konyaalti Beach

Konyaaltı Beach, which you can easily reach as it is located in the center of Antalya, is a fascinating 7-kilometer beach. Beach clubs where you can rent sun loungers and parasols, walking and cycling paths, dozens of quality restaurants, cafes and hotels are lined up around the blue flag Konyaaltı Beach, which has a 3 meter wide beach with fine pebbles.

Konyaaltı Beach, which has very salty and warm water, deepens quickly, so families with children should be careful on this beach. Also, lifeguards are on the beach all day long. Konyaaltı Beach, where you can swim with pleasure while enjoying the snow landscapes on the mountains in spring, is one of the most well-known beaches in Turkey and has free paid areas. You can watch the fascinating view from a bird's eye view by paragliding on the beach, where you can have fun by doing many water sports such as canoeing, pedalo and kitesurfing all day long. It is possible to reach Konyaaltı Beach in 5-10 minutes by public transport, a short walk or a taxi.

12. Antalya Aquarium

Antalya Aquarium, which is only a 5-minute walk from Konyaaltı Beach, is one of the largest aquarium complexes in the world. It is one of the largest tunnel aquariums in the world, as well as 40 thematic aquariums. Attracting attention with its 131 meters long and 3 meters wide tunnel, Antalya Aquarium is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists every year.

There are aquariums where you can see many sea creatures such as stingrays and piranhas, a snow park where you can ski, Wild Park where you can see the most poisonous and wild tropical animals in the world, as well as many dimensional movie theaters, restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops in Antalya Aquarium. facility is also available. You can experience an unforgettable day in the magical world of the seas in Antalya Aquarium, which you can visit every day between 09:00 - 23:00.

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13. Patara Beach

Patara Beach, another one of Antalya's world-famous beaches, is among the most beautiful beaches in the world with its 18-kilometer-long white sandy beach. Patara Beach, which is on the cover of many international tourism magazines, also has a special importance as it is a nesting area for Caretta Caretta sea turtles.

Domestic and foreign tourists flock to Patara during the summer months to watch the magnificent sunset views on the white sand dunes on the beach, which is protected as a 1st degree protected area and there is no construction.

At Patara Beach, which is ideal for novice swimmers and families with children with its shallow sea, you can go on nature walks and horse safaris among the sand dunes. You can spend an unforgettable day windsurfing and kitesurfing on the beach where there is always a light wind. The pathway leading to Patara Beach, where you can find well-equipped camping areas, passes through the "Patara Ancient City", one of the most beautiful ancient cities of the region.

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