With layers of ancient history, music and entertainment festivals and natural wonders, Antalya, Turkey, has something for everyone. Scout out Hellenistic and Byzantine architecture on the same cobbled streets, or enjoy a quiet dinner while looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. In the namesake of the surrounding province, you’ll find contemporary amenities among vintage Antalya accommodation—the perfect place to relax after sunning at the beach and exploring on foot.
What to Do in Antalya
Coveted by many civilisations, Antalya has acquired quite the collection of historic sites. Visit Hadrian’s Gate, Antaliiskaya Fortress and Hıdırlık Tower, among other ruins, near the harbour. If the ruins are all Greek—and Roman—to you, walk west to the Antalya Museum to learn more about the surrounding archeological discoveries. Transport yourself to the present day with shopping, dining and bright nightlife in Tünek Tepe Hill. When you’re ready to escape the city buzz for salty breezes, leave your bags in any of the hotels in Antalya’s best waterfront neighbourhoods near Olympos Beach and hit the sand—and crystal blue water. Don’t miss the local freshwater hot spots either! Duden Waterfalls, 10 km east of downtown, offer a quiet reprieve without having to venture far from the city centre.
Getting To & Around Antalya
Transportation to and throughout Antalya is super easy, as Antalya Airport (AYT) is located directly northeast of the city limits. Bus lines are reliable and will take you to Antalya hotels and on to all the activities on your itinerary, but if you’d like your own set of wheels, book one of Wotif’s Antalya car hire options.