There are must sees in Antalya for every age and every taste. Those who are interested in history there can visit plenty of historical sites like Hadrianus Triumphal Arch, Hierapolis or Yivli Minareli. For families 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 great exhibitions such as 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 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 landmark. Nearby you can find a vibrant city center as well as an expressive riding statue of Kemal Atatürk.
This 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 supposedly has stopped here on one of his missions.
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.
Side, between Antalya and Alanya, is one of the innumerable places where Cleopatra and Markus Antonius are said to have 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.
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.