Antalya is situated on the SE Mediterranean coast of Turkey, with beaches on both ends of the city, and is surrounded by the Taurus mountain range. It enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. The broad Karaalioglu city park in the city center runs along the cliffs overlooking the sea and has a tea garden, shaded walkways, and children’s play equipment.
The city was first built by King Attalos II. in 158 BC and offers a variety of historical sites. The picturesque old city center of Antalya, Kaleiçi, provides a wonderful view of the old harbor and the mountains across the bay. Many of the Ottoman style buildings have been restored and turned into pensions, restaurants and shops along restored marble and brick winding streets, with remnants of the old city wall still in evidence. The symbol of the town, the 38-metre-high Yivli minaret, was built at the beginning of the 13th century. Just next to it you can find a Byzantine church which was turned into a mosque by the Seldchuks. A ten minute walk away is the well preserved Hadrian’s gate that was built on the occasion of the visit of the Roman Emperor in 130 AD. The largest museum in the country, a 10 minute trolley ride away, houses many artifacts from around the country.
The Archeological and Ethnographic Museum
Numerous objects from the stone age to modern times show an account of the historical development of the region around Antalya.
Address: Konyaalti Caddesi, Antalya
Transport: by taxi, bus or riding the trolley to the end of the line.
Some photos and personal belongings offer a documentation of the life of the great founder of the modern republic. Free entry.
Address: Hasim Iscan Mahallesi, Atatürk caddesi
In the west part of the town a pebbly beach stretches along the coast as far as 8 km (3 km of this section belong to the so-called Beachpark). Along the beach you can find little cafés and snackbars. Deck-chairs and umbrellas must be paid.
Beachpark stretches along the west coast of Antalya over a distance of 3 km. There are 16 different sections of the beach with little restaurants and cafés. There are various water sports and facilities such as tennis courts, volleyball, basketball and football pitches and trampolines during the summer months.
This sandy beach runs along the east coast of Antalya. It is easily accessible by one simple bus ride from the center of town.
The Mark Shopping Mall
Newly opened mall in 2013 the 4 floor mall has many stores especially for clothing and leather goods as well as a food court and cinemas.
Migros Shopping Mall
Opened in June 2001. This 3 floor mall with 100 shops is situated in the western part of the city above the Konyaalti Beach. It has a variety of goods ranging from international brands such as Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s to leather ware and the local store Boyner. There are also cafés and restaurants.
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
Terra City Mall
Opened in 2011 and has a mixture of 150 different national and international stores and brands, a food court, 30 restaurants and cafes . It is located in Lara on the number 08 bus route.
If you follow the tramway towards the eastern part of town, you will reach Atatürk Caddesi situated above the old town. Here you can find a colourful mixture of little clothes shops, souvenir shops and döner stalls. The street goes along the historical city walls and the Hadrian Gate.
Beginning from the Antalya Museum the Konyaalti Caddesi goes along the upper part of the rocky coast up to the old town. The palm-lined street is worth a stroll.
One of the most famous Roman excavation sites in southern Turkey is only 50 km east of Antalya. Like the neighboring town of Perge Aspendos is said to be built by the Greeks around 1000 BC. In the year 190 BC the city was under Pergamonian rule before it was lost to the Romans in 129 BC. The amphitheatre of the once wealthy town was built in the 2nd century AD and is one of the best preserved Roman theatre buildings. At the stage side the building is around 25 meters high. The 39 seat rows offered seats for around 15,000 spectators. The acoustics of the theatre are so good that even today concerts and festivals are held such as an international opera and ballet festival in summer.
The ancient town of Perge is situated only 18 km east of Antalya. Perge was first mentioned in historical records in the 4th century BC. The stadium was built during the Roman siege and is still in good condition. It is around 234 m long and offered seats for around 12,000 spectators. As the audience part was separated from the orchestra it is believed that gladiator fights were held here too. Not far from the stadium you can see the ruins of the amphitheatre that was rebuilt under Roman rule. You can also admire excavation finds from Perge in the Archaeological Museum in Antalya.
The Waterfall of Kursunlu is situated on the road leading to the Antalya airport in a 394- hectare national park. Special point of attraction is the pool collecting the waters of the main fall surrounded by a green and rocky landscape. At the shores of the river there are some paths.
Duden Waterfall is about 10 kilometers from the center of Antalya and can be reached by public transportation or with a rented car. The river Duden is leaving a higher plateau of the Taurus Mountains by falling about 15 m deep and 20 m wide onto a lower plateau next to Antalya. Because of the raw ingredients in the water, huge amounts of volcanic stone have formed the river bed as well as a cave below the waterfall. There is a small entry fee to the park with tables and benches for a picnic or meals in a cafe.
Memorial Hospital +90 444 7888 or +90 242 314 6666 Memorial Hospital website
Medical Park Antalya +90 444 4484 or +90 242 314 3434 Medical Park Hospital, Antalya
Antalya Life (Yasam) Hospital +90 242 310 8080
Lara Private Hospital +90 242 349 4040
Antalya Hayat Heart Hospital +90 242 335 0000
Kemer Anadolu Hospital +90 242 814 5970
Belek Private Hospital +90 242 725 5000
World Eye Clinic +90 212 444 4469 World Eye Clinic website
For longer rides you should generally bargain over the fee but for rides within the limits of the town the taximeter is used. Between 12.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. there is a night rate of 50% extra.
If you are not in a hurry you can take a horse carriage for a ride in the city centre of Antalya. The centre for carriages is on the Cumhuriyet Caddesi by the clock tower.
The trolley runs from The Archaeological Museum on Konyaalti Caddesi in the west part of the city to Isiklar caddesi in the east. It runs from 7:00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. every half hour. The fee is around 2 YTL (approx. € 0.70 per person).
The tram line is Antalya’s major light rail line called the AntRay, a streamlined 16-stop Metro-like operation running from Fatih northwest of the city center via the Otogar (bus terminal) to Meydan due east of the city. Click on rail lines for a map of the stops.
To ride the buses anywhere within Antalya generally one fare is about 2 Turkish Lira. Fares for rides between Antalya and surrounding areas vary. At the bus station of Antalya you can take minibuses to Kemer, Finike, Kas ,Belek and Side. For rides to Kemer and Kaş you can also get on those minibuses at the bus stops on 100. Yil Bulvari (opposite the Falez Hotel).
You can take modern coaches to big cities such as Istanbul or Ankara at the bus station of Antalya.
For those traveling from outside the country be sure and check your need for a visa. See this website to apply for an e-Visa. The online application is simple and efficient.