This article presents a list (with photos and descriptions) of the main and brightest attractions, museums, parks, observation decks and entertainment in Antalya, which are worth visiting first of all, or if there is little time allocated to the city, and if you do not want to try to catch everything at once, but prefer to spend time in a measured way.
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TOP attractions, museums, parks and entertainment in Antalya
Kaleichi Old Town
The old town of Antalya, known as Kaleici (Kaleiçi) is the historical center and heart of Antalya, which stands out with sights, museums and the remains of fortress walls, inside which, on narrow streets, you can see buildings of different eras.
Today, most of the buildings in the Old City of Antalya are adapted for shops, souvenir shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation facilities (hotels, apartments)
The significant sights of Kaleichi include:
- Kecili Park with a place to relax, a fountain, a sculpture of two goats, as well as observation terraces and a glass observation deck, which offer gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea, the old port, Mermerli beach, rocky Antalya shores and mountains;
- Yivli Minaret Mosque (Yivliminare Cami), famous for the detached high Yivli minaret;
- Mevlevihane Museum (Mevlevihane Müzesi), consisting of the Mevlevi dervish monastery with an exhibition of dervish items and clothing, a hammam, two mausoleums, a cemetery, a madrasah and ruins;
- Shehzade Korkut Mosque (Şehzâde Korkut Camii), of which the Kesik Minaret is a part, and which today is a historically rich building functioning as a mosque- museum. The mosque has absorbed the traces of seven civilizations, which can be seen both outside and near the mosque, and inside;
- Ethnographic Museum of Antalya (Antalya Etnografya Müzesi), consisting of two 19th-century mansions that contain Turkish-Islamic artifacts and interior items reflecting the home life of Antalya during the Ottoman Empire;
- the Museum of Kaleichi Suna and Inan Kyrach (Suna-Inan Kıraç Kaleiçi Müzesi) is an ethnographic house-museum, which consists of two historical buildings with expositions reflecting Turkish traditions and the spirit of Turkish folk culture with its most striking elements. Learn more about the old town of Kaleichi...
Antalya Old Port
The Old port (Kaleiçi Yat Limanı Antalya) is a Roman-era harbor in Antalya, located under the former fortress walls and now is one of the main attractions of the city, where visitors of the city like to walk and relax locals.
Today, the port is, for the most part, a tourist area with places for walking and recreation, restaurants, a park with a playground, an amphitheater, shops, monuments, museums, a small Iskele Mosque with a spring, panoramic elevator, travel agencies, parking and toilets. Learn more about the old port of Antalya...
The harbor is surrounded by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, rocky shores and high fortress walls.
You can climb the wall and admire the views of the harbor, the sea and the city of Antalya. More about Antalya walls and climbing the wall…
Ataturk Boulevard (Atatürk caddesi) is one of the most beautiful streets of Antalya, which has a length of about 750 meters and runs along the old town of Kaleici.
Ataturk Street includes a picturesque area with tall palm trees and flower beds with bridges thrown over them, which separates the roadway from a wide pedestrian zone.
On the street there are cafes, coffee shops and restaurants with tables in the open air. Ataturk Boulevard is also one of the best shopping streets in Antalya, as various shops and boutiques, including well-known Turkish and world brands, are located along the street.
Antalya Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Antalya (Antalya Arkeoloji Müzesi) is considered one of the leading museums not only in Turkey, but also around the world, and is one of the masterpieces of its kind.
The museum is dedicated to three important Mediterranean ancient civilizations "Lycia", "Pamphylia" and "Pisidia", who lived within the borders of the Antalya region, which was one of the first places where human traces are visible in Anatolia.
Historical artifacts (sculptures, sarcophagi, vases, coins, icons, mosaics and other items) from the Lower Paleolithic to the Roman period are exhibited in the halls of the museum. More about the Antalya Archaeological Museum…
Duden Waterfalls (Upper and Lower)
Duden Waterfalls (Düden Şelalesi) is a cascade of waterfalls in the city of Antalya, which is formed by the Dyuden River.
The waterfalls consist of the Upper Duden Waterfalls and the Lower Duden Waterfall, located at a distance of 15 kilometers from each other.
The Upper Duden Waterfalls (Yukarı Düden Şelalesi) is a picturesque cascade of several waterfalls that flow into the Duden River from a rocky cliff designed as a grotto (cave), where you can walk behind the waterfall and admire the views of water flows from the back of the waterfall.
A park with vegetation has been created around the waterfall, there are rocky steps and terraces from which picturesque views of the waterfalls open. There are also places for recreation and picnics, a cafe, a souvenir shop and toilets in the park.
Entrance to the Upper Waterfalls Park is paid. Learn more about the Upper Duden Waterfalls…
The Lower Duden Waterfall (Aşağı Düden Şelalesi) is a 40-meter waterfall that falls with a powerful stream from the steep rocky shore directly into the Mediterranean Sea.
The Lower Duden Waterfall is located in the Duden Park (Düden Parkı) of the same name, which in itself is a wonderful area for walking and relaxing.
There are panoramic terraces in the park near the waterfall.
Duden Park and the Lower Waterfalls are free. Learn more about the Lower Duden Waterfalls and the park…
Konyaalti large viewing terrace
Konyaalti's large viewing terrace (Konyaaltı Büyük Seyir Terası) is one of the best and most visited viewing platforms in Antalya.
The observation deck is an open terrace near a rocky cliff, from which stunning panoramic views of the sea open, Konyaalti beach, park coastal zone and mountain peaks.
There is a panoramic cafe near the observation deck. More about the viewing terrace and panoramic cafe…
Antalya Aquarium (Antalya Oceanarium)
Antalya Aquarium is an aquarium complex, which is one of the largest and most visited of its kind in the world.
The aquarium includes several objects:
- 40 themed aquariums and a 131 meter long tunnel aquarium with various inhabitants of the underwater world;
- snow world and ice museum;
- terrarium with snakes, spiders, frogs, scorpions, chameleons, lizards and crocodiles;
- wax museum with celebrities who have left their mark on world history;
- XD-cinema where you can watch a film about underwater travel, consisting of real images;
- also in the aquarium: VR 360 videos, violin exhibitions and concerts, catering areas and a souvenir shop. More about Antalya Aquarium…
Near the aquarium there is a seasonal water park "Waterhill" and the park of culture named after Ataturk.
Aktur Amusement Park
The Aktur Amusement Park is a large amusement park with roller coasters, classic attractions, including adults and children, a 5D cinema, a play area, Turkey's largest Ferris wheel "Heart of Antalya" (height 90 meters) and a food court.
The entrance to the park is a bright colorful castle.
The site of the Aktury Park: akturpark.com.tr.
Near the park there is a popular shopping center "Migros".
Tunektepe Cable Car
Tunektepe (Tünektepe) is a mountain whose height is 618 meters above sea level, and which is the best and highest observation deck of Antalya.
The mountain can be reached by the Tunektepe cable car (Tünektepe Teleferik).
At the top of Tyunektepe, toilets are equipped, there is a souvenir shop, a restaurant and a cafe, as well as observation platforms at different levels, from which stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city of Antalya and its surroundings, sea waters, mountains and Turtle (Mouse) Island open. Learn more about the Tunektepe cable car, ascent and views…
Ancient city of Perge
Perge or Perga is an ancient city founded in the Bronze Age and from which ruins now remain, which are one of the outstanding archaeological sites of Turkey.
Today on the territory of Perge you can see the remains of walls, gates and towers, basilicas, nymphaeums, baths, palaestra, propylaea, agora, some buildings and shops, the main street with a water canal, as well as an ancient stadium and theater.
The ruins of the ancient city of Perge (Perge Antik Kenti) are located within the borders of Aksu District in Antalya Province, 17 kilometers northeast of Antalya city center. Learn more about Perga and how to visit…
In Antalya and the region there is a Museum Pass The Mediterranean, according to which entrance to some museums and archeology (including the Archaeological Museum of Antalya and Perga) is free or at a discount.
All accommodation facilities in Antalya (hotels, apartments, villas, guest houses, etc.), including in the historical center of the city, near beaches and more remotely from those, can be view and book here