Antalya is a city in the southwest part of Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. Its terrain is quite unique for being in the coastal cliffs and surrounded by mountains. It consists of pond line boulevards, narrow winding street, historical sites, long sunny beaches, and Turkey’s finest restaurants. Here are the top must-see attractions in Antalya, Turkey.
Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque
This eighteenth-century structure is one of Antalya’s most important Ottoman mosques. The main dome of the Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque rises on a high rim that is supported by three other semi-domes. Some of the tile panels in this mosque have Quranic verses inscription decoration on them.
Perge’s vast and rubble-filled stadium features destroyed temples and huge colonnaded agora is imbued with an atmosphere of past glory. This was once the capital of ancient Pamphylia blossomed under first great can then Roman rule. The ruins here are not as well preserved as others in Turkey’s turquoise coast but this also means they attract fewer crowds.
This is the world’s biggest and largest tunnel aquarium complexes and it offers education, inspiration, and entertainment. It has a length of about 131 meters and 3 meters in width. Visit and enjoy a chilling family outing at Antalya aquarium to find out about the underwater world like no other.
Hidirlik Tower is one of the oldest surviving monuments in Antalya. It was built with stone blocks of yellow-brown color. It is believed to have been built by the ruling Roman Empire in the 2nd century. No one is quite sure what its main function was but most agree Hidirlik is a watchtower or lighthouse over the busy port below.
The spacious stretch of sand and the light-colored pebbles on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast make the best beach in Turkey, Konyaalti a must-visit for tourists. You can enjoy the Banana Boat ride and catch a glance at the Turkish pine and the hibiscus growing along the beachfront.
The Antalya Museum is the largest museum in Turkey and it features exhibitions covering from stone and bronze ages to Byzantium. Some statues you will find here include towering dancing woman, sublime Three Graces in the sarcophagi, a third-century dug from Termessos, gold artifacts among others.
This is a national park of natural beauty and fertile with rich flora, it is often called Turkey’s paradise of the world. It is a great site to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean. Koprulu Canyon is a popular rafting and hiking area for tourists.
Hadrian’s Gate is one of the main dramatic entrance gates into the Kaleici district. A considerable stretch of the Roman and Hellenistic town walls on the old town’s eastern side have been preserved here and the most notable of these sections is the Hadrian Gate.