Antalya Ili Things to Do

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    Antalya Harbor quiet in the morning...
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    Pillared tomb - Xanthos
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Antalya Ili Things to Do

  • Kaleici - Old Town

    Antalya Things to Do

    The Turks are not so happy to mention it, but the city of Antalya was built by Greeks, as almost all the old city-fortress in south of Turkey. Of course the Romans were developing the entire area as part of their flourishing imperium. With a history going back for more than 2200 years, Antalya is still a focal point in the Mediterranean area. Now a...

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  • Apollo Temple

    Side Things to Do

    Whilst exploring the Temple of Apollo, you will see very close to the Temple the remains of a Basilica. You can see domes built of brick and an expanse of space that is surrounded by walls that are varying heights as they have fallen with the weather and age. There is a sign giving a little information about the Basilica which is written in four or...

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  • Hadrian's Gate

    Antalya Things to Do

    Antalya's famous city icon, the Hadrian's Gate is located along the main Ataturk Street in Kaleici. People start their walking tour of the Kaleici (old Antalya) through this gate. The gate was built in honor of Roman Emperor Hadrian's visit to Antalya during the year 130. The turkish call this gate the Uckapilar which means 3 gates because of its...

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  • Aspendos

    Side Things to Do

    Aspendos is probably one of the best-preserved theatres of the antiquity that I have seen. It was built for 15.000 spectators. Still used today, the theatre’s galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to the architect’s success.

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  • Düden Waterfall

    Antalya Things to Do

    We have planned to see that waterfall just before the "normal" shopping in Antalya. Every year we "waste" few hrs for shopping in the big modern Shopping Centers around Antalya. We haven't expected too much from that waterfall, especially after we have been few times lost in "nowhere" following the road signs. In that dry environment, with its...

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  • Manavgat Waterfalls

    Side Things to Do

    Not exactly spectacular... Anyway a lot of tourists come to see the waterfall. A pic-nic place , some restaurants and of course some shops with everything tourist are buying... And yes that almost makes it a cosy place. A small entrance fee is charged. A nice place to stop by , take some pictures , have a drink... And maybe have dinner...

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  • Aspendos

    Antalya Things to Do

    Turning off the Antalya-Alanya road at kilometer 30 in the direction of the village of Belkis we come to the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey. Aspendos was also used as a caravansarai in later years. Caravansarai's are found on the silk route every 27km.

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  • Pamukkale Bath

    Side Things to Do

    Pamukkale also offers a Spa bath right next to the view points. When we were there the outside temperature was ¡V 4 deg C, yet it was a pleasure of jumping into the hot and healthy waters. Though it was a little awkward of getting out of the water again :-)

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  • Archeological Museum

    Antalya Things to Do

    There is a fine coin collection that came from the different cities and later, regimes of the area. Much known history is only known through the coins that have been found relating to distant rulers or myths. It is interesting to see the coins get thinner as the years go by. The coins date from ancient times up through Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and...

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  • Roman Ruins

    Side Things to Do

    Side was a major port city during the Roman Empire. As a result, there are a number of ruins remaining from the Roman empire. These are located in and around the old town section of Side. There is even a road going right through the ruins, so you can see them without having to leave your car! The most famous ruins in Side are the ampitheater and...

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  • Perge

    Antalya Things to Do

    Greek and Roman ruins at Perge, an ancient site close to Antalya, situated on a wide plain between two hills 4 kms west of the Aksu river. One of the better preserved archaelogical sites in Turkey. Really worth a visit!

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  • Parasailing

    Side Things to Do

    Parasailing is an activity which is offered at many places along the beaches of Side. We tried it too and it was quite funny. The most impressive of it was a fine view from a birds perspective of the ruins and the amphitheatre of Side. And we saw also some very big Sea turtles in the water. The highest point you reach with the parasailing is about...

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  • Kursunlu Waterfalls

    Antalya Things to Do

    The streams and rivers in the Antalya region eventually find their way into the Mediterranean and cascade down the slopes of the Taurus mountain range, sometimes overland sometimes underground before reaching their destination. result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty.The loveliest of these are the Duden Falls, 15 km. north...

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  • Myra

    Antalya Things to Do

    Myra was one of the earliest Lycian city.At the same time of the Lycian Federation,Myra was one of the most important city with tree voices in the Federation's council.Although the history of Myra's first foundation is not known from some Lycian ruins,rock-tombs and inscriptions found in the area.It would appear that the settlement existed in the V...

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  • Saat Kulesi - The Clock Tower

    Antalya Things to Do

    Probably the best place to start your tour of the Kaleici - old Antalya. Located right at the center, near the Yivli Minaret and beside the Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque, the clock tower is the only tower left out of the 80 towers making up the ancient walls surrounding the city of Antalya.

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  • Ataturk Monument and Square

    Antalya Things to Do

    Along the same name (Cumhuriyet Caddesi or Republic Street), the cities most popular square is the Republic Square. A monument of the valiant Ataturk riding a horse is in the center of the big square. On the edges of the square facing the ocean are terraces overlooking the red roofed mansions of the Kaleici, the Yivli Minaret on the left side,...

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  • Yivli Minaret

    Antalya Things to Do

    Also called the Yivli Minare Camii or the Fluted Minaret Mosque, Alaaddin Mosque is Antalya's iconic mosque serving as the city's symbol. Located at the Kaleici (Old Antalya), the 125 ft tall 8-fluted minaret dominates this part of the city. Walking along the main Ataturk Street where the old tram is passing, the minaret is very prominent,...

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  • Lara Beach

    Antalya Things to Do

    The sandy LARA beach lies to the east, and was quite close to our hotel. There is a tar road that will take you there, or you just hop into a cab for the quick way of getting there. The sand has a dark colour to it, but the mountains are absolutely spectacular in the back ground.

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  • Kemer

    Antalya Things to Do

    Although most of these kind of excursions are typically family type of day-outs, I must admit that water here can be pretty rough. We really enjoyed rafting in this 9°C water (ice cold in turkish norms) in a forest - like area.

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  • Living amphitheatre

    The next visits which started with a (very expensive) souvenirs shop and ended there. The ancient theatre is both a tourist attraction and a real theatre. Each time, after being abroad I promise myself to check the history of the places I'm visiting and almost never do so... We spend about an hour walking up- and downstairs, taking photos and...

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  • Ancient Cities

    Termessos: It is a Pisidyan city with remnants of an agora, theatre and an odion. It has a reputation of being the most magnificent necropolis on the Mediterranean, 35 kms northwest of Antalya.Perge: 18 kms northeast of Antalya. The ruins are spread on two hills, the theatre on one and the acropolis on the other. According to the legend the city...

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  • Yivli Minaret

    This fluted minaret of 13th century was built by the Seljuks. Decorated with dark blue and turquouise tiles, the minaret eventually became the symbol of the city.

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  • Hadrian's Gate

    This ornamental marble arch was constructed in 2nd century BC by the Romans in honour of the Emperor Hadrian. It is the most amazing area in the whole ancient Pamphylia region.

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  • Antalya Museum

    A prize winning museum and one of the most notable archaeology museums, of the world. It is also the only museum in Turkey with a children's department exhibiting ancient monuments appealing to children.

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  • Sightseeing

    City WallsThe memorial Hadrian Arch and The Clock Tower are remarkable and date back to Hellenistic era.KaleiciThis is the nucleus of a city which embraced many civilizations during time. It is now restored and has became a most attractive touristic centre with its hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities. Kalei,ci retains all the...

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  • most preserved amphitheater in Turkey

    Arrived at Aspendos just before sunset. It was truly breathtaking as the setting sun illuminated its arches, pediments and columns...what an unforgettable setting it was. Please check my historical remarks and pertinent info on the first page plus more photos.

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  • Don't leave without!

    - Visiting the Antalya Museum- Walking up the gorge at Saklikent- Seeing the ruins at Perge and Termessos- Walking through Kaleici and the old houses of Antalya- Taking pictures of the snowdrops in Akseki - Buying a Dosemalti carpet- Tasting the local jams and jellies

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  • Myra

    Myra, a site on the south coast of Lycia, in SW Antalya Ili, has several things to offer. It has a Greek theatre, tombs built into the rock hillsides, and is the site of St. Nicholas, aka St.Nick/Santa Claus, etc. The rock tombs are fascinating (but there are others around the region) and the theatre has some passageways to explore.

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  • even Alexander the Great couldn't...

    Termessos is an eerie place but a must-see venue just the same. Other musts are sunblock and cold water if you're visiting in the summertime. It is sadly in various stages of neglect and disrepair. The remnants of the amphitheatre sits on the most dramatic and scenic location in the whole of Turkey!

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  • Flaming brilliant!

    When staying at Olimpos/Cirali an essential is a visit to the Chimera/Yanartas, literally translated as Burning Rock. A steep but not too taxing path up the hillside (don't worry there is usually an enterprising village boy waiting to sell you a cold drink or a beer) suddenly opens onto an open expanse with dozens of small fires burning. Extinguish...

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  • Phaselis Tour

    Phaselis is one of the best preserved ancient cities of Likia kingdom.It was built around 1000 b.c. and became a major trade center in eastern Mediterranean.It has three natural ports , pebble beaches and huge forests surrounded by 3000 mt high mountains.The ruins are amazingly in good shape and the landscape is beautiful.I you ask me, it is even...

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