20 Places to Visit in Antalya, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places to Visit in Antalya

Yivli Minare, Kaleici, Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya Museum, Karain Cave, Old Harbor, Roman Fortress, Konyaalti Beach, Duden Waterfalls, Termessos, Tunek Tepe, Lara Beach, and  Damlatas Magarasi, 

Antalya is known as the resort city of Turkey, which has ensured that there are many incredible places to see in Antalya when you are in town. Antalya is flanked by the Mediterranean Sea on one side, which means there are remarkable beaches and coastal areas such as the Old Harbour- which has existed since the 2nd century AD. Nature-lovers, adventure-seekers and sunbathers can also check out the Konyaalti Beach, which is surrounded by the gorgeous Taurus Ranges. 

Antalya also boasts of an ancient history that has led to a vibrant culture in the city, which you can see reflected in the many tourist attractions in Antalya. One of the most remarkable historical attractions in Antalya is Hadrian’s Gate, which was built in 130 AD. You can also check out Termessos, an ancient city built in the midst of lush greenery, in the structure of an open-air temple city.

The city, however, caters to much more than just history-lovers and beach enthusiasts. If you are on the lookout for adventure and exploration in Turkey, then you can check out natural attractions in Antalya such as the many prehistoric caves like the Karain Cave and the picturesque Duden Waterfalls. Places like Tunek Tepe offer challenging landscapes and unlimited adventures, whose natural beauty is bound to leave you breathless. 

Here are some of the best places to visit in Antalya:

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Aspendos is an ancient city in Turkey, known for its well-preserved Roman theater. It's a fascinating historical site that dates back to the 5th century BC. The theater, with its impressive architecture, could seat around 15,000 spectators and is still used today for various performances and events. Aspendos offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the grandeur of ancient Roman civilization.

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Perge

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Perge, a magnificent ancient city amidst the rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus, is located 15kms east of the beautiful Antalya, Turkey. Dating as far back as the Bronze Age, it is believed that the city was originally settled by Hittites around 1500 B.C. Invaded by Alexander the Great, Perge`s glorious and splendid architecture is a living proof of Hellenistic Period.

Soon after, it was followed by Roman Imperial Period for the first three centuries A.D. Ancient Perge is known for the fact that Saint Paul preached his first sermon here in 46 A.D. before embarking on his journeys. That is why it became an important city for the expansion Christians and Christianity during Byzantine period. 

All the remains of these ancient eras can be seen in the city. The Greco-Roman Theater with fine marble reliefs and Stadium of Perge that could seat over 12000 people were excavated in 1946, are some of Perge’s best preserved sites. A Hellenistic-Roman gate-towers flanked by ruined towers are also most photographed and visited sites in perge because of their unique appearance and historic importance.

You can pass between the massive antique gates and stroll down the ruins of colonnaded boulevard to a nymphaeum to explore the ancient glory of Perge. 
Explore the history and beauty of perge and experience this archaeological paradise along the routes followed by Alexander the Great.
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The Yivli Minaret mosque is eight-centuries old and is the symbol of Antalya, the tourism capital of southern Turkey. Many foreign architecture enthusiasts and local tourists visit this grooved minaret as it epitomizes Turkish Anatolian architectural design like no other.

Built by Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Kayqubad I, the mosque is one of the most visited historical monuments in Antalya province. The mosque is known for its grooved minaret representing a specific type of Anatolian Turkish Architecture.

One of the best examples of the domed mosque culture of Anatolia, the mosque was equipped with an excellent cooling and heating system built according to conditions back then. This particular system of heating and cooling is distinctive mainly because it preserves the heat inside the wall of the window.

Water flowing under the Minare, through the tunnels provides warmth in winter and coolness in the summers. The Yivli Minare Mosque attracts massive attention from the people also because it is used as the city’s logo and Antalyaspor’s (football team) emblem.

Besides Yivli Minare being a well-known world symbol, it is known to have an extraordinary atmosphere that influences people to convert into Islam. Although travelers may read up an inscription at the Minaret’s entrance that illustrates how Mehmet Bey built the mosque in 1373.

But, originally the mosque was built in the year 1230. It was built putting an old church’s ruined walls into use. The Sultan of the Seljuks, ruling between 1220 -1237, named Alaaddin Kykubad ordered the construction of this mosque. Later, The General Directorate of Museums and Cultural Heritage ordered restoration works on the minaret during 1953 and 1961, while the spire got renovated in 1973.
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Kaleici

Kaleici is a charming old town located in Antalya, Turkey. With narrow cobbled streets and historic architecture, it is a perfect place to experience the city's rich history and culture. Visitors can explore the Hadrian's Gate, marvel at the ancient clock tower, and soak in the picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea, creating unforgettable memories in this enchanting neighborhood.

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There are many tourist destinations, but the Museum is one of the places to visit in Antalya2 to enjoy and learn from the past. The Antalya Museum is spread over an extensive area of 30,000 sq. ft. with 13 capacious halls, an open-air art gallery, laboratories, repair shops, administrative offices, living quarters, and a cafeteria.

The halls are categorized and named based on the type of artifacts displayed as Prehistory Hall, Sarcophagus Hall, Icons Hall, Emperors and Gods Hall, Hall of Coins, Children’s section, etc. Tooth & Skeleton of Neanderthal human beings, ceramic art pieces from 12th B.c – 3rd B.C., figurines of Zeus and other Gods, Portrait Statues of Roman Emperors, mosaics & icons of Antalya, ethnographic art pieces, and children’s toys and ancient money boxes leave visitors dazed and gratified. 

Location: Bahçelievler, Konyaaltı Cd. No:88, Muratpaşa /Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: The entry fee is TRY 20 (Rs. 236.16) per person.

Timing: Open on all days 
- Summers (April –Oct): 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Winters (Nov-March): 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Best Time to Visit: The most preferred time to visit Antalya Museum is between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Among the many tourist spots, one of the archeologically prominent places to see in Antalya is the Karain Cave. Karain Cave is situated on the incline of Sam Dagi Mountain, at a height of 390 m above the sea level. The entrance to the cave is about 50 m above the plain at the base of the hill.

On the way to the cave, visitors can visit a small museum, located at the base of the hill, which displays some remains like animal bones & teeth. From the museum, visitors are required to trek the steep path for 10 minutes to reach the cave.

Inside the cave, visitors will come across 3 capacious chambers and many small rooms separated by the calcite wall, but interconnected by slender and snaking corridors. The protruding stalactites and stalagmites in the interior chambers appear like the teeth of a monster.

Skull and skeletal remains of homo-sapiens from Paleolithic and Neolithic ages were excavated from this site. Tools like flint blades, arrowheads, etc from Neolithic periods, animal bones of the cave bear, elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus were found in the excavation. Most of these relics are exhibited in the Antalya Museum. Therefore, a trip to Karain Cave followed by Antalya Museum helps understand the importance of this cave. 

Location: Yagca, Antalya Merkez/Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: Admission Fee- TRY 5 (Rs. 60)

Timing: Open 24 X 7
- April – October: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- November – March: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Best Time to Visit: Less variation in temperature, sufficient airflow inside the cave, and a protective cover over the head from rains, etc make it suitable to visit all round the year.
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The Old Harbor with its serene blue waters, busy bazaars, pretty cafes and imposing Roman fortress nearby, is one of the places to visit in Antalya4. The gently bobbing yachts and the shining Mediterranean Sea invite visitors to go on sightseeing or take a swim in the cool waters.

It may sound incredible but the same Old Harbor was once the main port and a major economic hub between the 2nd century & mid-20th century, which brought trade and prosperity to the region. Tourists can walk into the restaurants and gratify their senses with delicious foods or buy souvenirs from the local curio shops. They can take a stroll and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere.

Location: Varyant Sk., Selçuk Mh., Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: Free 

Timing: Open all days

Best Time to Visit: Summer season is the preferred time as visitors can enjoy taking a swim or laze around the harbor.
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Roman Fortress (aka Hidirlik Tower) is situated on a cliff at the southern tip of the Karaalioglu Park, where land converges with the water. The 14 m high (46 ft) cylindrical tower over the square pedestal functioned as a fort or watchtower guiding ships to navigate to the port at nights.

Today, it serves as an incredible spot to watch the captivating sunsets or bewitching bird’s view of the blue waters and the Old Harbor area. The park and the adjacent eateries gratify the mind and stomach of the visitors with their scenic beauty and delicious food. Not only visitors, but even the locals frequent this place to relax and saunter in the evenings.

Location: Karaalioglu Park, Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Timing: Open 24 x 7

Best Time to Visit: Visitors can visit the Roman Fortress round the year.
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For sun-seekers, water-loving persons, and nature-lovers, Konyaalti beach is one of the best places to see in Antalya. The Taurus Mountain range, at the far end of the coastline, appears to have descended to enjoy the scenic beauty of the blue Mediterranean Sea.

The 7 km stretch of seashore featuring white sand and gravel, between Beydaglari and the cliffs, beckons visitors to relax and enjoy the picturesque settings. Tourists can swim, Jet Ski or just let waves play with their feet.

Visitors are offered rental sun loungers with umbrellas, hygienic toilets, and shower amenities. Palm shaded promenade, adjoining bistros, and cafes heighten the visitors’ experience multifold. “Aqualand”, the largest water park in Antalya, is situated at a stone’s throw from the beach. 

Location: Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: Free

Timing: The beach is open all round the year.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Konyaalti Beach is between 04:00 p.m. – 07:00 p.m. Crowds throng to the beaches mainly during summers to enjoy the cool breeze from the sea or dissipate body heat by taking a swim.
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Duden Waterfalls are beautiful natural waterfalls located in Antalya, Turkey. They are formed by the Duden River, which cascades down the cliffs into the Mediterranean Sea. The waterfalls offer a breathtaking sight with lush surroundings, making it a popular spot for nature lovers and tourists. Visitors can enjoy the refreshing mist and the scenic views while taking a leisurely stroll around the area. It's a perfect escape from the city's hustle and bustle, providing a tranquil and picturesque experience.

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For the history buffs, architectural enthusiasts and explorers, one of the favored places to visit in Antalya5, is the Termessos. The city, constructed between 2 cliffs on the Gulluk Mountain range at an altitude of 1050 m above sea level, lies within the National park of Antalya.

The remains of the temple of Artemis and Hadrian greet the visitors at the entrance to the ancient city. A gigantic, but bedraggled building, which served as a bath and a gymnasium, stands next to the top gate of the city. Beyond the gate lies, what was once the epicenter of political and economic activities in Termessos.

Today, most of the buildings lie in rubble and visitors will have a tough time to spot a section of the well-known colonnaded street.  A narrow path through the forest in the south-east direction leads visitors to an Agora or a public-square/ marketplace, and a hero’s tomb (Unknown Soldier).

Other buildings near the agora include an amphitheater, Bouleuterion, Olympian Zeus temple, and necropolis (cemetery). The incredible, but degenerated amphitheater on the edge of the mountain with a capacity to accommodate 4,000 – 5,000 audience speaks volumes of their engineering skills.

The captivating view of the surrounding peaks and valleys from the amphitheater leaves visitors spell-bound. Bouleuterion served as a meeting place for the city council and also as a small theater to host musical and poetical presentations. The temple dedicated to the main deity of Termessos, Olympian Zeus, which stands next to Bouleuterion, exists in deplorable condition. 

Location: Korkuteli, Antalya Province, Turkey

Entry Fee: Admission Fee – TRY 5 (Rs. 60)

Timing: Sun –Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Best Time to Visit: The most preferred time to visit Termessos is early in the morning between 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
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Adventurists’ experience the adrenaline rush, while hiking the summit of the Tunek Tepe Hill from the harbor area, as the path is slightly steep and difficult. The 618 m high hill with a hotel, night club, rotating restaurant, and observation platform make Tunektepe, one of the most popular places to see in Antalya4.

Visitors get to catch marvelous vistas of the majestic mountains, white beaches, and ravines of Antalya from the observation platform provided by the night club. Tunektepe’s restaurant dishes out delectable food and stimulating drinks to rejuvenate tired travelers.

Tunektepe has a playground, where children can indulge in multiple games and enjoy thoroughly. The cable cars commonly referred to as “Teleferik '' transport travelers from the cable car station near the port to the Tunektepe restaurant for a fare of TRY 15 (Rs. 177) per person. Visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the Antalya during the journey. 

Location: Liman Mahallesi, 10. Sokak, Antalya Kemer Yolu, Konyaaltı/Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: Free

Timing: Open 24 hrs

Best Time to Visit: All round the year.
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The Broken Minaret, located in Turkey, is a poignant and historically significant structure. Originally part of a Byzantine church, it was later converted into a mosque during the Seljuk period. The minaret earned its name after suffering damage in an earthquake.

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The Clock Tower of Antalya is a striking landmark located in the heart of the city in Turkey. Erected in 1901, this tall tower stands as a testament to Ottoman architecture and serves as a symbol of Antalya's rich history. The tower features a square base and an octagonal upper section topped with a clock. With its intricate design and prominent position, the Clock Tower is not only a timekeeping device but also a popular meeting point and a charming attraction for visitors to explore and admire.

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Lara Beach is one of the biggest and prominent beaches in Antalya. Located east of Antalya at a distance of 12 km, the beach stretches over an area of 450 acres. Lara People’s Beach is a free-for-all beach, where services are organized by the Antalya city.

Apart from the municipal beach, the swanky waterfront hotels with their private beaches and host of world-class amenities like beach clubs, bistros, night clubs, and water parks make Lara Beach, one of the exciting places to visit in Antalya. The shallow coasts and white beaches allow children to enjoy a swim or build castles in the sand.

The bluish water, white sands, distant mountains, and pristine air make it a perfect picnic spot and destination to relax. Many outdoor activities like beach soccer, beach volleyball, skating, cycling, and Jogging make time fly away and leave visitors joyful. Snorkeling, diving, jet-skiing, and kayaking are some of the adrenaline-pumping activities that enthrall the visitors. 

Location: Lara Kent Parki Lara, Muratpasa, Antalya, Turkey

Entry Fee: Free

Timing: Open throughout the year and 24 hrs a day.

Best Time to Visit: The most suitable time to visit Lara Beach is in the evening from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The most suitable period to visit Lara Beach is between June and September if you are a sun-seeker.
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Damlatas Magarasi, which literally means “Cave of Dripping Stones”, is one of the must-see places to visit in Antalya. The cave was discovered accidentally in 1948 during an excavation operation to supply stones for Alanya harbor. The eerie ambiance, thousands of stalactites and stalagmites along with shady dim lighting in the cave imparts a spooky and unforgettable experience.

An interesting theory doing rounds is that the cave has the potential of curing asthma and other respiratory complaints. It is even referred to as “asthma-cure-cave”. The cave is kept open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. every morning for asthma patients. They are required to stay inside the cave for 4 hours every day for 21 days. 

Location: Alanya district, Antalya Province, Turkey

Entry Fee: Entry charges @ TRY 5 (Rs. 60).

Timing: Open every day 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Best Time to Visit: Visitors can visit the Damlatas Caves all round the year. Summer or winter does not make much difference, as the temperature inside the caves remains constant at 22oc -23oc (72of-73of).
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Hadrian's Gate, also known as the Hadrianus Gate or Üçkapılar in Turkish, is a majestic historical structure located in Antalya, Turkey. Built in the 2nd century AD during the Roman period, the gate served as an entrance to the ancient city of Attaleia. It features a triple-arched design adorned with intricate reliefs and inscriptions. Hadrian's Gate stands as a remarkable testament to the architectural prowess of the Romans and offers visitors a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region.

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