Must-Go Places Top To Do Things in Antalya
Antalya has been a very popular stop for visitors from all around the globe for a long time. The temperate climate and the brilliant shore of the city may be the most well-known attributes of this touristic city, but Antalya offers much more than a bronze tan to its visitors. But where to visit in the pearl of the Mediterranean Sea? In this article, we are going to introduce you to the top 10 hot spots of this city.
1- ) Oldtown – (Kaleiçi)
Oldtown is arguably the most well-known place of entertainment in the city. Oldtown is an extremely multi-dimensional part of the city. In the mornings, you can visit the historic buildings around and in the local shops, you can find various souvenirs, from silver ornaments to hand-crafted carpets. Here, the majestic remains of an ancient castle will greet you. The atmosphere will make you feel like you are visiting a city from another century, as you roam the streets of Oldtown. When you reach the marina through the castle, the stunning smell of the sea will embrace you, and if you feel a bit hungry, you can eat from various seafood restaurants around the marine. If you are not a fan of seafood in general, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of options from both Turkish and other cuisines.
When the night falls, life in Oldtown changes drastically. The historic and cultural profile of Oldtown leaves its place to a party beast. As the night falls, the clubs, pubs, and bars of Oldtown wake up. You can find all kinds of entertainment venues here; you can find rock bars providing live music, you can find clubs blasting off with techno music, you can find traditional Turkish Taverns or you can chill out in a classy wine house. You can visit numerous venues within minutes as most of them are walking distance to each other. Also, you should keep in mind that Oldtown is very close to Işıklar Street and Hadrian’s Gate, the former one is another hot spot for entertainment venues and the latter one is one of the most majestic historical buildings you will see in the city center.
2-Antalya Archeology Museum
Antalya Museum is one of the biggest museums in Turkey. In the museum, many historic sculptures and other archeological findings are exhibited. There are also in-depth informative posters around the museum, including a room of visual guide, so you will not feel like you are staring at random marble structures even if you are not into archeology. In the museum, you will find many sculptures of figures from ancient Greek Mythology. Along with the informative posters, this museum is a great place to explore the ancient Greek Mythology. The atmosphere will captivate you as you will get to see the tools that have been used millenniums ago, and the artworks from thousands of years ago. With its extremely affordable entry fee, the Antalya Archeology Museum is a must-go place.
3- Konyaalti Beach (Konyaaltı Sahili)
Konyaaltı Beach is one of the signature beaches of Antalya. The warm climate, combined with the blue flag sea and a shingle beach, Konyaaltı Beach is one of the best beaches that you can feel the “summer vacation” experience. Given that it is usually crowded, Konyaaltı Beach also offers many cafés or beach clubs and tons of entertainment. There are many water sports clubs located around the beach for the ones who like the adrenaline rush, but if it is not your thing, you can always rent a sun bed, get a drink and sunbathe until you leap in the beautiful water of the Mediterranean Sea.
4- ) Düden Waterfalls
Düden Waterfalls may be one of the purest natural beauties of Antalya. In Düden Waterfalls, the scenery will captivate you. The combination of green and blue is a must-see in Antalya. It is a bit away from the city center, but many tour companies offer day trips to Düden Waterfalls for a reasonable price. Düden Waterfall is a frequent stop for tourists and therefore, there are many restaurants and venues built around the place. Also, you should keep in mind that a cab trip would cost almost as much as a day trip from a tour company, so it might be better to make a bit of research and pick a tour when you decide to visit Düden Waterfalls.
5- ) Antalya Aquarium and Fear Trophy
Antalya Aquarium is one of the biggest tunnel aquariums in the world. In the aquarium, you can see all kinds of amazing underwater creatures. With the diversity of the underwater creatures, visiting Antalya Aquarium will be an unforgettable memory for you. There is also a Wild Park in Antalya Aquarium and Fear Trophy, which provides shelter to numerous reptiles, from vicious crocodiles to venomous snakes. You have to get another ticket for the Wild Park section, but it is completely optional. In the Aquarium, there is also a “Snow Room” section, which is another optional section. If you intend to visit Antalya Aquarium and Fear Trophy, you definitely should consider visiting the Wild Park as well.
6- ) Minicity Antalya
Minicity Antalya is a theme park, exhibiting scaled-down models of well-known structures. You can have a tiny tour of Turkey in here, walking among these buildings. Minicity Antalya is located near Antalya Aquarium, so you can visit them both in a single trip.
7- ) Phaselis Ancient City
Phaselis Ancient City is one of the greatest ancient cities in Turkey. It was built in 7 BC, and there are well-preserved remains from the past in Phaselis. It was one of the most important port cities of its time, and because of this, it was a populated place in history. In Phaselis, there are many historical locations to visit all around, and also you can find Turkish Baths and accommodation places around. Phaselis intertwines natural beauties with historical remains, and even though it is a little bit away from the city center, it is a must-go place in Antalya.
8- ) Aspendos Theatre
Aspendos Theatre is located in Serik, Antalya. It is one of the most well-preserved remains from Roman civilization. The ancient structure still preserves the acoustic qualities that it been designed for. The theatre is a famous hot spot for the ones who are looking to explore the historical background of the city, and even though it is not in the city center, there are tour companies that offer day trips in there.
9- ) Konyaaltı City SquareBest
Konyaaltı city square is renewed recently, and it is an excellent spot to take a walk in the night. With the many coffee shops and fast food chains around it, you can relax and relieve here. There is a walking lane as well as a cycling line by the Konyaaltı Beach, from the Konyaaltı City Square to the Antalya Aquarium and Fear Trophy, so you can plan out a route for yourself. The square is crowded, yet still will not tire you because most of the visitors here will be looking for a relaxing time. You may not find many souvenir shops around here of course, but you can use public transport from Konyaaltı City Square to virtually everywhere in the city center. All in all, having a cup of coffee by the seashore in the end of a day will be a rejuvenating experience for you all.
Antalya is a city that can provide you tons of things, and here we have a list of suggestions for all of you. Of course there are more to discover in Antalya, but this list would help you to start off your time in Antalya with a good pace, and guide you to spend your time on the things that is more of your preferences.
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