Never been to Antalya in Turkey before?
There’s plenty to see in the popular area of Turkey that you can’t possibly do it all in one trip, that’s why we have put together our top 5 things to do in Antalya for first timers. Whether’s its waterfalls, beaches or history, Antalya has something to please every traveller looking for adventure.
1. Kursunlu Waterfalls
Hidden at the end of a trail in tranquil shady forests lies the Kursunlu Waterfalls. You can hire a car, hop on a bus or take a daily tour to this site – it’s just a 20 minute journey from central Antalya. You’ll immediately fall in love with the remote and peaceful setting, the waterfalls are the perfect place to unwind after a busy day sightseeing.
As you’re walking along the paths towards the falls, look out for wildlife – there are trout in the rivers and turtles in the lakes. The paths have plenty of picnic spots along it so make sure you bring some food with you and take your time.
The Waterfalls are spectacular, with water streaming down across the rocks into the green-blue waters below. Kursunlu is smaller than Duden Falls but a more peaceful day out.
Top tip: The falls are reduced to a trickle during the dry summer months, so best to visit in Spring or Autumn – however, the picturesque walk is worth the visit alone.
Aspendos may get all the tourism fame, but Termessos beats it hands down for atmosphere. Termessos was a Pisidian city built at a lofty altitude of more than 1000 metres in the Taurus Mountains.
The well-preserved remains of this fascinating ancient city lie scattered along a hillside, the result? jaw-dropping views across the surrounding countryside.
Like anywhere worth visiting, this site requires sturdy shoes and a thirst for adventure – take plenty of water if you want to fully explore the site.
Top tip: Don’t miss the theater, where the vistas across the peaks of the Taurus Mountains are incredible – it’s a longer walk but so worth it.
3. Kaputas Beach
Voted as one of the worlds best beaches, Kaputas is a hidden gem popular with locals – perfect for a first time traveller to Anatalya as it will leave you wanting more.
Situated between Kalkan and Kas, the beach at Kaputas was formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. There are very few facilities on the beach, so take water and shade if you’re planning to stay a while.
Top tip: Minibuses between Kalkan and Kas stop off at Patara, go on a windy day there will be some impressive waves.
Also known as Old Antalya, historic Kaleici is at a sight to behold. With its massive stone walls, meandering streets, and picturesque old houses, visiting Rome Kaleici is like going back in time.
You enter the city through Hadrian’s Gate that was built in 130AD to commemorate Emperor Hadrian’s visit to the city. Kaleici is now a protected area, in order to preserve the historical buildings and stop construction projects that coould spoil the prehistoric skyline.
Top tip: Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and traditional food served in the range of restaurants in the town.
5. Antalya Muzesi
If it’s Turkish history you’re after, don’t miss this excellent museum. The exhibits showcase all the best finds from sites across the Turkish coast.
The museum offers displays from the Bronze Age to Byzantium, with a particular emphasis on ruins in the nearby area.