Antalya offers plenty of things to do for everyone. If you want to dose up on sightseeing, you'll find a fascinating line-up of tourist attractions to keep you busy. The labyrinthine old town is full of atmospheric historic sites, while the city is perfectly placed to act as your base for sightseeing around the outlying area, where dozens of grand ruins await. This city is also a great spot for your launch onto the white-sand beaches of Turkey's Turquoise Coast. Beach lovers and history buffs will both leave satisfied.
Towering over the west side of Antalya, Tunek Tepe is a huge hill which offers impressive views over the city, the Gulf of Antalya, and the coastline snaking its way off into the distance. One of the best ways to get to the summit is by cable car up the hillside. At the top, there is a restaurant as well as a nightclub, if you want to dance the night away in a memorable location. If clubbing isn’t your thing, Tunek Tepe is still worth a visit just for the magnificent panoramas that it offers.
The most beautiful part of Antalya is Kaleici’s harbor, and the best way to spend a day is to take a boat trip from here. You’ll get to see Antalya’s coastline, swim in pristine coves, and eat freshly caught and grilled fish.
The most interesting place to explore is the old city, Kaleici. It’s surrounded by ancient stone walls, including a Clock Tower and a Roman arch known as Hadrian’s Gate. You’re guaranteed to get lost in the winding cobblestone streets, but don’t worry, that’s part of the fun, and the locals are used to giving directions. The Kaleici area is the only part of town where you’ll see Ottoman architecture, as both Lara and Konyaalti are full of modern concrete apartment buildings.
Definitely make a point of visiting the local market in your area. These produce markets take place a different day of the week all over Antalya, so ask your host for the day and location of the one in your neighborhood.
To the south of Antalya's center, Lara beach is popular for its soft white sand and good family-friendly facilities, backed by cafés and restaurants and with plenty of activities, from jet-ski rentals to stand up paddleboards for those who want to hit the water. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be easily rented for those who want to do nothing more strenuous than soak up the sun. This area is where the vast amount of Antalya's beach resorts are located so do be aware that during the peak summer months, this beach can get crammed.
East of Antalya's town center, Konyaalti Beach is one of Antalya's two prime sweeps of sand, with a picturesque backing of mountains rolling down to the coastline beyond. During summer, this strip (which is more pebbly than sandy) is hugely popular with both local and foreign visitors, and lazy beach days are made simple with plenty of facilities provided. Sun loungers with umbrellas can be rented, there are good toilet and shower facilities, and the palm tree lined promenade behind the beach is rimmed with snack shops, cafés, and restaurants for when you get peckish.
Nestled into a recess in the cliffs, Antalya's old harbor is a picturesque huddle of boutiques, pretty cafés, bazaars, and gently bobbing yachts that look out over the shimmering Mediterranean. With its peaceful pleasure-boat atmosphere now, it's difficult to imagine this place was once Antalya's major economic hub, but from the 2nd century up until the mid-20th century, this was the main port, bringing trade and prosperity to the city and surrounding region.
These days, you come here to shop and then watch the sun set over the sea while you sip a coffee, or you can head out onto the Mediterranean on one of the many excursion boats to swim, sightsee, and spread out your towel on an empty beach.