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Antalya (Türkiye) Attractions and Travel Guide

Antalya, located on Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline, offers a rich tapestry of history, culture and natural beauty. From ancient ruins to vibrant markets and scenic beaches, this city has something to captivate every traveler. Whether you’re planning a leisurely holiday or a cultural exploration, here’s a short guide to help you navigate Antalya’s attractions and make the most of your visit. We took a flight operated by Pegasus (a low-cost budget airline) from Kayseri (Cappadocia) and paid about USD 45 per person. As we were travelling as a family, we took a taxi ride from Antalya Airport to the Antalya Old Town for 500 TRY (year 2023 rate). 

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Antalya Airport
Road linking Antalya city centre to the Airport

Practical Tips

  • Antalya experiences a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Plan your visit accordingly, taking into account the weather and seasonal fluctuations in tourist crowds.
  • Public transportation in Antalya is generally well-developed, with buses and trams providing easy access to most attractions. Consider purchasing an Antalya Card for discounted fares and convenient travel around the city. Tips: We feel that taxi drivers here are more honest and less likely to scam tourists compared to the terrible taxi culture in Istanbul as Antalya drivers are more willing to use the meter. 
  • When visiting religious sites or entering mosques, remember to dress modestly and respect local customs and traditions.
  • Use Turkish Lira (TRY) whenever possible as any listed prices by vendors in Euros or USD are likely to be inflated. 
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Tram in Antalya


We stayed at Akra Hotel, a resort hotel located about 4 km from Old Town. The hotel’s glass facade offered scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus Mountains. We paid about USD 140 for a seaview room with breakfast. 

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Akra Hotel seaview room
View from Akra Hotel

Antalya Attractions

1. Old Town (Kaleiçi)

Old Town (Kaleiçi) is a picturesque historic district with narrow streets, Ottoman-era architecture, charming cafes and boutiques. The district is dotted with artisanal shops selling handmade crafts, carpets, jewelry and souvenirs. Visitors can also indulge in Turkish cuisine at the many restaurants and eateries serving traditional dishes such as kebabs, mezes and baklava. At the edge of Kaleiçi lies the picturesque Old Harbor, where fishing boats and yachts bob in the clear turquoise waters. The harbor is surrounded by cafes and restaurants offering fresh seafood and scenic views of the Mediterranean coastline.

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Old Town Square
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Shops in Old Town
Nighttime @ Old Town
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Edge of Old Town with views of the coastline

2. Hadrian's Gate

Hadrian’s Gate is a preserved Roman triumphal arch dating back to the 2nd century, named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian. It is located at the northeast end of the Old Town. The gate is constructed in the typical Roman architectural style, featuring three arched passageways framed by ornate columns and intricate reliefs. The structure is made of white marble and stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the ancient Romans.

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Hadrian's Gate

3. Umbrella Street

The Umbrella Street contributes to the festive ambiance of Kaleiçi, particularly during special events and holidays when the umbrellas may be adorned with additional decorations or lights. Unfortunately, there were removed when we visited the street. Along the Umbrella Street, visitors will find an array of shops selling handmade crafts, souvenirs and local products, as well as cozy cafes and eateries where they can relax and enjoy the ambiance.

Umbrella street - minus the umbrellas

4. Konyaaltı Beach

Situated along the western coast of Antalya, Konyaaltı Beach stretches for several kilometers, offering scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding Taurus Mountains. The beach’s pebbly shoreline is lined with palm trees, creating a serene and tropical ambiance. Konyaaltı Beach is renowned for its clear turquoise waters, which are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and other water sports activities.

5. Old Bazaar

The Old Bazaar in Kaleiçi is a vibrant and atmospheric marketplace steeped in history and culture. As you wander through the bazaar, you’ll be immersed in a traditional Turkish ambiance. Vendors line the streets, selling a variety of goods, including handmade crafts, carpets, spices, leather goods, ceramics and traditional textiles.

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Old Bazaar

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