One of the most beautiful things about Antalya is how the people have incorporated the ancient and modern. Creating your vacation itinerary can be challenging, as there are so many things to see and do. Here are some of the best things to do in Antalya.
This ancient gateway was built in 130 BCE and still stands today. While it is missing its upper level, it is still impressive with three marble arches. Walk through the gate and experience a taste of what it was like to live in ancient Turkey. Take a moment to admire the intricate decorative carvings or the deep ruts from a millennia of carts passing through.
Lara Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Antalya, with golden sands and crystal blue waters. This is the perfect activity for those looking to go home with a gold vacation tan or to just relax and embrace a slower pace. While at the beach, you can rent lounge chairs, cabanas, and water sports equipment.
At over 1,000 meters, the Termessos give you a unique view of Turkey that is truly magical. This ancient city is well-preserved thanks to its people’s fierce resistance to invading armies. Wander the old walkways past the necroplis, Tomb of Alcetas, odeon, and Temple of Artmeis to make your way up to the theater for sweeping views.
Antalya Archaeological Museum
Escape the summer sun and heat by spending the afternoon in this impressive museum. You will see a beautifully cursed collection of artifacts from many of the major excavation sites in the area. Broken up into 13 areas, there are over 5,000 pieces to see. Thankfully, the museum curators have organized them in an easy to understand and follow order. So take a journey through time from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Era.
Enjoy the local people and culture by visiting the Antalya Bazaar. It is only held on specific days, and it’s best to go in the morning. Grab a traditional breakfast and coffee as you browse the seemingly endless displays of leather, jewelry, rugs, textiles, produce, and spices.
Old City Marina
Take a stroll along the marina promenade and through Kaleiçi. This is the oldest part of the city. At over 2,000 years old, you’ll explore ancient twisting alleys. Find hidden gems in the cafe and shops. Watch the fishing boats and million-dollar yachts bob in the waves of the harbor.
Spend the day at one of the most impressive aquariums in the world. There are 40 themed aquariums and a 130+ meter glass tunnel. Then dive into Snow World and Ice Museum for a snowball fight and play in a winter wonderland.
It can begin to feel that amphitheaters are everywhere in Turkey. However, Aspendos is one not to be missed. Despite being 40 kilometers outside of Antalya, the trip is well worth it to see this jaw-dropping Roman theater. It is in incredible condition and features two large towers to create an epic entrance experience. The sheer size and scale of the structure will feel overwhelming.
Tunektepe Cable Car
One of the best ways to see the entire landscape of Antalya is to take a cable car ride. You’ll ride a cable car for about ten minutes up a mile high. Once at the top, there are restaurants, shops, and a playground. This is also the perfect spot for taking panoramic pictures of the entire landscape.
With so many things to do in Antalya, choosing can be challenging. From ancient ruins to local culture and modern entertainment, there is something for everyone.