Antalya - Do & See
There is so must so see in Antalya for every age and every taste. Those who are interested in history there are plenty of historical sites to explore like Hadrianus Triumphal Arch, Hierapolis and Yivli Minareli. For family with children there is the aquapark called Troy Aqua and Dolphinarium or why not explore the sealife at Antalya Aquarium? There are also many exciting places outside Antalya to discover like Side and Belek. All you need to do is to find your favorite attractions.
Here you will find a great deal to see as you stroll about among well-preserved Roman statues, enormous sarcophagi and remnants of the theatre in Perge. In a small showcase among the icons, you will find a jawbone that has belonged to the Santa Claus, who was born in Patara and buried in Demre. The Museum also contains a collection of folk costumes and very beautiful rugs.
This ribbed minaret was built by Sultan Keykubat in the 13th century, and is the city’s symbol. A very expressive riding statue of Kemal Atatürk is located nearby.
Hadrianus Triumphal Arch
Was erected prior to the Roman Emperor’s visit in 130 AD and is part of the medieval town wall—a dignified entrance to the old district of Antalya.
Perge, 11 miles east of Antalya, was the home of the Hittites about 1500 AD, before the Greeks colonized the region after the Trojan War. On a very large area of ruins, there is a Roman theatre, an enormous stadium and several streets with columns dating back to the days when the apostle Paul stopped here on one of his missions. Take a local bus or “dolmus”—a minibus—to get there.
The seaside resort Belek is located on the road to Alanya. Here, you will find a famous golf course if you feel like swinging your clubs for a while. In addition to this, Belek offers many fine hotels and restaurants. The bus to Alanya stops in Belek.
This famous theatre—the only theatre that dates back to ancient days and still has an intact scene construction—is located about 12 miles east of Antalya. Aspendos had a capacity of 20.000 spectators and survived because the “Seldjuks” used it as a residence.
In the 1920s, Kemal Atatürk, the “father” of the Turks, decided that the theatre should be renovated. Today, Aspendos is used for major musical arrangements. An excursion bus or dolmus is the best way to get there.
Side, between Antalya and Alanya, is one of the innumerable places where Cleopatra and Markus Antonius had a rendezvous. At almost every street corner, you stumble over ruins.
The theatre, which has a capacity of 25.000 persons, is located on a plain piece of land and is supported by strong walls. The Roman bath next to the theatre is a very beautiful archaeological museum. Take the local bus.
Manavgat is a town which is located 72 km from Antalya. At this sunny coastal city you can explore sandy beaches, historical sites, a waterfall and caves. There are also plenty of restaurants, accommodations and shops in Manavgat.
The National Park (between Antalya and Alanya) is very beautiful and has several interesting ruins and trout farms. Here, it is always colder than along the coastline. Why not try white water rafting?
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Hierapolis is an ancient city and a popular tourist attraction located on the top of Pamukkale cliff. There are many ruins to explore, an amphitheatre, thermally heated Sacred Pool where you can swim and the amazing white cliffs of Pamukkale. Hierapolis and Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should not be missed.
Stroll around at this mini city park and admire the miniature display of major buildings and attractions in Turkey. This open air exhibition is a great way to get an overview of Turkey. There is also a children's playground and restaurants in the area. Do not forget the camera!
Discover the magical underwater world at Antalya Aquarium, a place where you can admire ten thousands of underwater creatures, make snowballs from real snow in "Snow World" or why not swim with sharks and rays? Also features the world’s biggest underwater tunnel that should not be missed.
Troy Aqua & Dolphinarium
Have fun and enjoy this waterpark with a wave pool, children's pool and several different water slides. If you like dolphins then you should not miss the dolphinarium. Here you can watch shows with dolphins and even swim with these wonderful creatures!
Outdoor Adventure - River Rafting
If you are looking for some adventure, then river rafting might be something for you. Novaraft is an Antalya-based adventure company and organise activities like river rafting, canyoning and river kayaking. The professional team are always there to guide you and give you information.
Rixos Royal Spa
Relax and pamper yourself with a spa treatment at this beautiful oasis where you can experience traditional Turkish culture. Here you can enjoy the Turkish bath section which is inspired by “Arabian Nights” stories or take a Turkish bath massage. There are also other treatments like chocolate massage, Thai massage and manicure. All you need to do is to unwind.