Do you want to see and experience something interesting in Antalya? Are you tired of water fun and beach lounges? We will introduce you to attractive places in the area and fun activities that will make your Turkish holiday wonderful. So what to see in Antalya?
The ruins of the Greco-Roman port city represent a nice trip offering not only history and culture, but also refreshment in the shallow sea. Take a pleasant walk among the ruins and imagine what life was like under Alexander the Great. The most impressive local monuments include the remains of an aqueduct and an amphitheater. The main market street connecting the two ports is also interesting. Today the area is located in a national park where you will find beautiful beaches. There are no restaurants nearby, but you can plan a pleasant picnic and you will be guaranteed a wonderful afternoon.
The chopped or broken minaret (Kesik Minare) of the Korkut Mosque stands roughly in the middle of the old town. The charming building was destroyed by fire in the 19th century and the broken ruins are all that is left. First there was a Roman temple, built in the 2nd century and then converted into a Byzantine church. It later became a mosque and the minaret, which lacks a top today, was added to it.
The Archaeological Museum of Antalya is one of the best in Turkey. It stands on a cliff above Konyaalti Beach. It will take you in a fun and engaging way through the history of Antalya. It exhibits an impressive collection of artifacts (from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period) and found archaeological excavations, mainly from ancient Greek and Roman sites. The most important museum exhibits are statues of gods from the Perge site and mosaics from the ancient city of Seleukeia.
The surroundings of Antalya are rich in karst waterfalls, caves and springs. From the Taurus Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea, the Duden River flows, creating two cascades of waterfalls along the way. These are known as the Upper and Lower Dudenské waterfalls. A popular place, surrounded by gardens, is used by tourists and locals for a picnic. The upper Dudenský waterfall is almost 15 m high and is located 10 km north of the center of Antalya. There is a natural cave behind it, where it is possible to sit and watch cascades. Dolní Dudenský waterfall is located 8 km from the center to the east. And it’s one of the places what to see in Antalya.
The Karain Cave on the mountainside is made up of several large caves. All are opened for the public. Excavations in the cave led to discoveries from the Paleolithic period, including possible fragments of the Neanderthal skull. Some of the artifacts are on display in a small museum on site, others can be found at the Antalya Archeological Museum. We recommend combining a trip to the Karain Cave with a visit to the monumental stone town of Termessos.
Antalya Aquarium is one of the largest marine aquariums. In the part in front of the tunnel there are aquariums focused on the origin of fish (eg Indian Ocean, Nile River, Pacific …). Antalya also has the largest underwater tunnel in the world, measuring 131 m. In addition to fish, we can also admire the exposition of the winter world with real snow as well as terrariums with snakes and a 4D cinema with a shark film. This is absolutelly one of the places what to see in Antalya, especially with kids.
Kaleiçi old town
With its beautiful historical sights and pleasant coastline, Antalya is an ideal tourist resort. Between the port and the living center is the old town of Kaleiçi, where you can admire a mixture of Roman and Ottoman architecture. After entering the old town, you will pass through Hadrian’s Gate (Üçkapılar, which means “Three Gates” in Turkish), a triple arch built in the 2nd century and protecting the entrance to Kaleiçi. Nearby is another significant symbol of Antalya, 40 meters high Flute Minaret (Yivli Minare). It was built together with the Seljuk Turkish mosque in the 13th century, of which unfortunately only ruins remain today.
In one of Antalya’s main parks, you can relax in the shade on hot days or take a walk. On the edge is the ancient Roman fortress Hidirlik overlooking the old port, which will enchant you especially in the setting sun. The tower, 14 m high, provides truly breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the bay. The park is also a great place for a picnic, always accessible and free.