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3 Days in Antalya

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It's the gateway to both the Turkish Riviera and the Turquoise coast, as well as some of Turkey's most impressive archeological sites, and with 3 days in Antalya, it's possible to take in attractions both inside and outside the city.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Kaleici

Neighborhoods

Yivli Minaret Mosque

Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites

Hadrian's Gate

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Karaalioglu Park

Parks

Mermerli Beach

Beaches

Day 2

Antalya Archaeological Museum

Specialty Museums

MiniCity Antalya

Castles, Specialty Museums

Pasa Bey Kebapcisi

Restaurants

Harbour District/ Antalya Marina

Marinas

Hidirlik Kulesi

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Perge

Ancient Ruins

Aspendos Ruins and Theater

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Theaters

Manavgat Waterfall and River

Waterfalls

Soundwaves Restaurant

Restaurants

Temple of Apollo

Ancient Ruins

Zoe S's City Tips

  • The cheapest and easiest way to get around in Antalya is by tram, which run every 30 minutes around Kaleici and the waterfront.
  • While the people of Antalya are used to westerners, Turkey is still a Muslim country and it's best to dress respectfully and keep shoulders and legs covered.
  • There's no need to tip for food and services, unless you're eating at more upmarket tourist restaurants.
    Day 1
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    Kaleici
    Neighborhoods
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    Zoe S Says:

    The most atmospheric introduction to Antalya is a walking tour of Kaleici – the historic walled center that dates back to Roman times, but now forms the heart of the modern city. Lose yourself in the maze of streets, stopping for tea at a traditional teahouse, browsing the many souvenir shops, or admiring historic landmarks like Kesik Minare (Broken Minaret), the Saat Kulesi clock tower and the Mehmet Pasa mosque.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes – the steep hills and uneven cobblestones can be tiring.
    • Kaleici is pronounced 'Kah-lay-ee-chi'.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A colurful and aromatic experience 09/01/2015
    • Old is Gold 09/01/2015
    • Kaleici
    Address:
    Barbaros Mah. Hesapci Sok. No: 30
    Antalya 07100
    Turkey
    Phone:
    2422436950
    Other:
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    Yivli Minaret Mosque
    Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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    Zoe S Says:

    One of Kaleici most striking buildings, the Yivli Minare Mosque (the 'Fluted Minaret' mosque) dates back to the 13th-century and it's more than just a navigational landmark. Visitors are allowed inside the mosque, except during prayer times.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The building is also home to the fascinating Antalya Ethnographic Museum.
    • Visitors must be dressed appropriately in order to enter the mosque – long skirts and scarves are provided for women at the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Daily Prayers! 08/31/2015
    • 'Flutted Minaret-Ulu Mosque' 08/24/2015
    • Yivli Minaret Mosque
    Address:
    Kaleici, Cumhuriyet Caddesi
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Hadrian's Gate
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Zoe S Says:

    Still as grand and imposing as it probably was in Roman times, the triple-arched Hadrian's Gate is the monumental entryway to the old town and dates back to 130 AD. The gate leads to one of my favorite areas of Kaleiçi – a warren of quiet side-streets dotted with restored Ottoman-era buildings, open-air cafes and tiny arts and crafts shops.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Stop at one of the cafes that look out over Hadrian's Gate, many of which host live Turkish musicians in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great architectural and historical attraction. 09/01/2015
    • Great piece of ancient architecture in hte middle of 'Antalya' 09/01/2015
    • Hadrian's Gate
    Address:
    Old Town
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Karaalioglu Park
    Parks
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    Zoe S Says:

    Escape the bustle of Kaleiçi for a picnic in the picturesque Karaalioglu Park, where you'll find flower-lined walkways, plenty of shady benches and a scenic seafront promenade.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are a number of open-air cafes in the park, where you can buy cold drinks, sandwiches and ice creams.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must in Antalya! 08/31/2015
    • Wow-what a view ! 08/24/2015
    • Karaalioglu Park
    Address:
    Merkez Antalya Merkez, Antalya Merkez
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Mermerli Beach
    Beaches
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    Zoe S Says:

    Located at the edge of the Karaalioglu Park, Mermerli Beach is Antalya's only city beach. It's small, but has everything necessary for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing – a sandy beach, calm shallow waters and an onsite bar/restaurant.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enter the beach from the Mermerli restaurant, just south of the Old Harbor – you'll need to buy an entry pass if you're not eating.
    • A cheaper alternative is the nearby Adalar Swimming Platform, but there's no beach, so it's best for confident swimmers.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    • Nice small beach 09/01/2015
    • lovely little family beach. 08/24/2015
    • Mermerli Beach
  • Day 2
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    Antalya Archaeological Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Zoe S Says:

    Easily one of Turkey's top museums, leave yourself plenty of time to take in the many exhibits at the Antalya Archaeological Museum, most notably a collection of friezes and statues excavated from the ancient city of Perge.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't forget to check out the sculptures and statues in the garden area too.
    • If you don't fancy walking to the museum, hop on the tram to its last stop 'Muze'.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A MUST see along with Perge 08/30/2015
    • An esential part of any visit to Antalya 08/26/2015
    • Antalya Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    Konyaalti Cad. No:88 07050 Antalya
    Antalya
    Turkey
    Phone:
    2422436950
    Other:
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    MiniCity Antalya
    Castles, Specialty Museums
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    Zoe S Says:

    If you can't visit all of Turkey's iconic buildings, this quirky attraction might be the next best thing, with miniature sculptures of the dozens of the country's most memorable sights. Look out for the Aspendos theater, Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and Pamukkale Hierapolis.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It takes around 30 minutes to walk to the MiniCity from the Antalya Museum, following the beach road, otherwise hop in a taxi or dolmus.
    • The whole attraction is outdoors, so avoid visiting at the hottest time of day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top 'little place' to visit. 08/24/2015
    • Shop to your hearts content 08/20/2015
    • MiniCity Antalya
    Address:
    Arapsuyu Mah. 600 Sok.
    Antalya
    Turkey
    Phone:
    0 242 229 45 45
    Other:
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    Pasa Bey Kebapcisi
    Restaurants (European, Turkish)
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    Zoe S Says:

    A favorite of mine for its huge range of mezes, tasty kebabs and casseroles, all at affordable prices, Pasa Bey Kebapcisi is a top choice for a leisurely lunch, and it draws a good mix of locals and tourists.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • For mezes, be sure to order the delicious Kisir (spiced bulgar), Baba ganush (mashed aubergine) and salad with pomegranate dressing.
    • There's no alcohol served onsite.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 569 restaurants in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great authentic Turkish food 08/08/2015
    • Great hospitality 08/01/2015
    • Pasa Bey Kebapcisi
    Address:
    1319 Sokak No:4
    Gençlik Mah
    Antalya Işıklar Caddesi
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +9024-2244 9690 / 244 96 90-244 96
    Other:
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    Harbour District/ Antalya Marina
    Marinas
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    Zoe S Says:

    Antalya's historic harbor is a lively spot filled with souvenir shops, waterfront cafes and colorful sailing boats. Board one of the traditional vessels or pirate ships for a boat tour of the coastal caves and waterfalls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Longer boat tours also visit highlights like the Duden Waterfalls, Lara beach and various swimming bays.
    • If you're visiting in low season, it's worth checking the boat schedule in advance, as they normally won't run unless there are enough people.
    • There are dozens of ships to choose from, so shop around for the best deal before you book a tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good day out 08/31/2015
    • Antalya Centre and attractions 08/30/2015
    • Harbour District/ Antalya Marina
    Address:
    Kaleici Marina
    Antalya
    Turkey
    Phone:
    5322748556
    Other:
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    Hidirlik Kulesi
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Zoe S Says:

    Once a watchtower that marked the meeting of the Antalya's land and sea walls, the imposing tower of Hidirlik Kulesi is an unmistakable landmark located at the edge of the Karaalioglu Park.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Come here in the evening hours to watch the sunset along the coast.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    • Under Construction... 08/31/2015
    • Great view point and park. 08/24/2015
    • Hidirlik Kulesi
    Address:
    Karaalioglu Parki
    Antalya
    Turkey
  • Day 3
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    Perge
    Ancient Ruins
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    Zoe S Says:

    If, like me, your knowledge of Roman history is limited, it's best to visit with a guide who will help bring to life the vast agora, grand colonnaded street and Greco-Roman amphitheater that once made up ancient Perge. Dating back to before 1500 BC, it's the most important of Turkey's ancient Pamphylian cities, so if you only visit one ancient city, make it this one.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sturdy shoes for exploring the many off-road areas.
    • Even if you don't want to join a group tour, it's still affordable to hire a guide and driver for the day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 111 things to do in Antalya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • history comes back to life 09/01/2015
    • Worth going back to Turkey again just for this site 08/30/2015
    • Perge
    Address:
    Aksu
    Antalya 07110
    Turkey
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    Aspendos Ruins and Theater
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Theaters
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    Zoe S Says:

    Combine a trip to Perge with nearby Aspendos, one of Turkey's best preserved Roman amphitheaters, dating back to 155AD. Be sure to climb to the top of the theater, where you can enjoy the views over the hillside and explore the ruins of the ancient Roman acropolis.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For the full experience, book tickets for one of the evening concerts, operas or Fire of Anatolia shows held at the ancient theater during the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Serik
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fantastic day out 08/30/2015
    • Perhaps the Best Preserved Roman Theatre Extant. 08/26/2015
    • Aspendos Ruins and Theater
    Address:
    Aspendos
    Serik
    Turkey
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    Manavgat Waterfall and River
    Waterfalls
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    Zoe S Says:

    A worthwhile detour en-route to nearby Side, the Manavgat Falls offer a scenic backdrop for a walk or a drink at one of the waterfront cafes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • With time to spare, it's also possible to enjoy a boat trip along the Manavgat River.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 22 things to do in Manavgat
    • Pretty waterfall 09/01/2015
    • Wouldn't go back but it's nice to see once 09/01/2015
    • Manavgat Waterfall and River
    Other:
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    Soundwaves Restaurant
    Restaurants
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    Zoe S Says:

    Head to nearby Side for lunch at this waterfront restaurant, which offers stylish surroundings, friendly service and a reasonably priced menu with a variety of local fish and seafood, and international dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Make the most of the restaurant's private beach area for a pre or post lunch swim.
    • This is a good place to get an American-style burger and fries too.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 151 restaurants in Side
    • Great view 08/03/2015
    • June 2015 07/27/2015
    • Soundwaves Restaurant
    Address:
    Barbaros Caddesi
    Side
    Turkey
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    Temple of Apollo
    Ancient Ruins
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    Zoe S Says:

    The entire town of Side is like an open-air museum, with the remains of its ancient city scattered throughout the modern tourist resort. The Temple of Apollo is an obvious highlight and makes a striking sight perched on the edge of the coastal cliffs, but don't miss the neighboring Athena temple, the monumental gate at the entrance to the walled old town, the agora and the huge 20,000 seat theater.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • There's an entrance fee for the theater and ancient baths, but the rest of the ruins, including the Temple of Apollo are free.
    • Wear good shoes if you want to explore off the beaten track and carry a bottle of water as there's little shade.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Side
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Astonishing 09/01/2015
    • visually impressive 08/31/2015
    • Temple of Apollo
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