10 Things to Do in Antalya

10 Things to do in Antalya

Back in ancient Roman times, Antalya was a major port city and a known trading destination. Today, this town is known for its resorts and beaches and is one of Turkey’s most visited tourist destinations. Situated on the Mediterranean, this area is also known as Turkey’s “Turquoise Coast” owing its blue waters. The resort town of Antalya was the last place we visited on our 8 day Turkey trip. There are a lot of things to do as a part of day trips around Antalya. However, our goal in Antalya was to relax and take it easy. This post covers 10 things to do in Antalya that are not far from the heart of the town and can be done with very minimum effort.

1. Old Town

Antalya’s Old Town is called Kaleici which means inside the Kale (Castle). From colorful houses to road side shops, the narrow streets of Old Town is a great place to stroll around and take in all the sights and sounds of Antalya.

10 Things to do in Antalya
Colorful house in the Old Town
10 Things to do in Antalya
A carpet shop
10 Things to do in Antalya

We were deciding between Old Town and the resort area to stay and ‘m so glad we stayed in the Old Town. There is definitely a lot to see around this area and it is my number one thing to do in this 10 things to do in Antalya list.

2. Hadrian’s Gate

This monument was built to honor the Roman Emperor Hadrian who visited Antalya in 130 AD. The gate along with its 3 arches are still well preserved and it still main entrance points to the historic Kaleici neighborhood even today.

10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya

3. Old Marina

Once the thriving economic hub of Antalya, today the Old Marina is a charming place to walk around in and take in the sights of the Mediterranean sea in the foreground and mountains in the background . The beautiful boats that fill up this Marina make for a very picturesque site.

10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya

4. Duden Waterfalls

Nothing fascinates me more than waterfalls that terminate its journey in the ocean. Perhaps because this is such a rare sight! Duden waterfall gushes rapidly and dramatically plunges into the calm waters of the Mediterranean often causing a rainbow right where the falls touch the ocean. The falls are pretty big and hard to capture in one picture and comes as a very pleasant surprise.

10 Things to do in Antalya
This stream cascades down to make the giant waterfall shown in the next pictures
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya

5. Kursunlu Waterfalls

Located in Kursunlu nature park and is a short drive from Antalya. The falls are reduced to a trickle in the summer months which is when we went but the park itself was pretty with lost of greenery and foliage.

10 Things to do in Antalya

6. Lara Beach

Lara Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Antalya. Even if you don’t decide to stay in a glitzy resort in this area like we didn’t, definitely visit the beach even for a few hours. We sat at a restaurant along the beach and had a few drinks while enjoying the view.

10 Things to do in Antalya

7. Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

Ok so not exactly over the sea as Antalya is in the south and the sun sets in the west but so beautiful nonetheless!

10 Things to do in Antalya

8. Kecili Park

It’s not so much the park but the panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea and the mountains in the distance that you can see from an observation deck at the end of the park that is really worth the visit. The view is straight out of a travel magazine!

10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya

9. Mermerli Beach

A paid beach that you can relax at all day. You can also hire lounge chairs, umbrellas or boats. The beach is attached to a restaurant with excellent food and awesome views .

10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya
10 Things to do in Antalya

10. Seafood Feast

Antalya is know for its seafood and there are many restaurants (especially in and around Old Town) that whip up some really delicious food. Check out Kaleiçi Meyhanesi. We ate here twice!

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