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10 Things to do in Antalya, Turkey

Last Updated On: 8/3/2014

Turkey’s seaside impresses with the clear blue waters, the hospitality of locals and the amazing relaxation opportunities. Antalya ranks among the country’s top resorts and it brags luxurious hotels, excellent food and pampering spa opportunities. Interested in an all inclusive Antalya vacation? You will enjoy the option to slow down for a bit but you will certainly want to do a bit more than just lying on the beach.

My first visit to Antalya acquainted me with the local customs and some of the most spectacular landmarks that the resort and the vicinities have to offer. Here is my list of the top 10 things to do in this part of Turkey.

Phaselis Ruins

Phaselis was an ancient Lyclan city located on the outskirts of present-day Kemer. An important trading point, it used to be one of Alexander the Great’s strongholds. Today, you can see remains of the beautiful amphitheater and the houses.

Kaleiçi

The historical district of Antalya is also full of landmarks worth exploring. Go to the main square called Kaleiçi Kapisi to see the beautiful clock tower and the statue of Attalus – the founder of Antalya.

Lara Beach

A seaside vacation is mostly about exploring beautiful beaches. The eastern Antalya beach is called Lara beach and it is characterized by fine sand and gentle waves. Its most popular part is called Lara Halk Plaji.

Konyaalti Beach

This one is a must-see for every Antalya visitor. The west beach is relatively close to the center of the city. This is a blue flag beach and the farther you go away from the city, the happier you will be with the scenery.

The Burning Flames of Chimaera

Located on the southwest coast, the flames are a mystery and a popular tourist attraction. According to historians, these have burned for over 2,500 years. Methane passes through the rock cracks and it gets ignited upon contacting air. Though the scientific explanation is really simple, there is something quite intriguing about the phenomenon.

Demre

After finding your perfect all inclusive Antalya vacation, think about visiting the town of Demre. Apart from hosting some ancient ruins, it is famous for the church of Saint Nicolas– the man who later on got to be known as Santa Claus.

Hadrian’s Gate

Take some time to go see Hadrian’s gate, which was erected in 130 AD to mark one of the emperor’s visits.

Rafting

Are you interested in a much more active vacation opportunity? Antalya is known for its rafting. You will get to spend an entire day racing the rapids and acquainting yourself with the region’s spectacular nature. Seeing Koprulu Canyon is the most memorable part of the experience.

Aqua Parks

Antalya has at least three really famous aqua parks. Troy Aqua Park is the biggest one in the Mediterranean region and a place worth visiting, if you are a fan of water fun.

Safe Haven

A coastal conservation program is run in the vicinities of Antalya. You can go for an organized trip to this part of the region and observe the hatching of loggerhead sea turtles. The best time to observe this process is in September.

Apart from offering amazing all inclusive Antalya vacation opportunities, the resort is known for its history, the beautiful landmarks and the exciting activities. Do a bit of trip planning in advance, in order to make the most of your time in Turkey.