Here you will find great exhibitions such as well-preserved Roman statues, enormous sarcophagi and remnants of the theatre in Perge. In a small showcase among the icons, you will find a jawbone that belonged to the Santa Claus, who was born in Patara and buried in Demre. The Museum also contains a collection of folk costumes and very beautiful rugs.
Perge, 11 miles east of Antalya, was the home of the Hittites about 1500 AD, before the Greeks colonized the region after the Trojan War. On a very large area of ruins, there is a Roman theatre, an enormous stadium and several streets with columns dating back to the days when the apostle Paul supposedly has stopped here on one of his missions.
Side, between Antalya and Alanya, is one of the innumerable places where Cleopatra and Markus Antonius are said to have had a rendezvous. At almost every street corner, you stumble over ruins. The theatre, which has a capacity of 25.000 persons, is located on a plain piece of land and is supported by strong walls. The Roman bath next to the theatre is a very beautiful archaeological museum.
Hierapolis is an ancient city and a popular tourist attraction located on the top of Pamukkale cliff. There are many ruins to explore, an amphitheatre, thermally heated Sacred Pool where you can swim and the amazing white cliffs of Pamukkale. Hierapolis and Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should not be missed.
Stroll around at this mini city park and admire the miniature display of major buildings and attractions in Turkey. This open air exhibition is a great way to get an overview of Turkey. There is also a children's playground and restaurants in the area. Do not forget the camera!
Discover the magical underwater world at Antalya Aquarium, a place where you can admire ten thousands of underwater creatures, make snowballs from real snow in "Snow World" or why not swim with sharks and rays? Also features the world’s biggest underwater tunnel that should not be missed.
If you are looking for some adventure, then river rafting might be something for you. Novaraft is an Antalya-based adventure company and organise activities like river rafting, canyoning and river kayaking. The professional team are always there to guide you and give you information.
Relax and pamper yourself with a spa treatment at this beautiful oasis where you can experience traditional Turkish culture. Here you can enjoy the Turkish bath section which is inspired by “Arabian Nights” stories or take a Turkish bath massage. There are also other treatments like chocolate massage, Thai massage and manicure. All you need to do is to unwind.
About 30 km northeast of Antalya lies the ancient city of Termessos. Besides breathtaking views and a rare flora and fauna, here you can find the remains of once great temples, forts and city walls. A walk along the mountain fortress will lead you across impressive sights such as the Necropole or the Odeion Theater.
West of Antalya you will find refreshment in the cool water of Konyaaltı Beach and Aqualand. While there is a great offer for kids to play in the waterpark, it promises a fun experience for the whole family. Relax in a beach chair with a drink in hand or drop in the Migros MMM shopping center nearby. The Konyaaltı neighborhood will be worth a visit.
Climb the hill of Tünektepe which lies 618 m above sea level. It is a light hike for the whole family and once you’ve reached the top you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Antalya at its best. If you get tired, you can refresh yourself as there is a hotel with a restaurant situated on the hill.
Have a romantic evening and admire the spectacular sunset over Antalya from the terrace while enjoying a glass of wine with your main course. A wide variety of international and Italian cuisine is served at this restaurant. The high quality food is well prepared with passion and with fresh ingredients.
While it can be hard to find an English menu in this restaurant, this is one of the best places in the city for local soups. You can get everything from various vegetable creations, to tribe soup or goat milk specials. The generous servings equal a full meal and you'll want to come back to try out something new.
This nightbar breathes the spirit of the rebel without a cause. The indoors space is wallpapered with James Dean movie posters and turns into a dance hall at nights. During day time you can relax on their comfy sofas and enjoy half price drink offers. The bar is open 24 hours which makes it the ideal place for a weekend activity.
Jolly Joker is a meeting point for the young Antalya crowd. While the place is mostly a cozy pub, from time to time it turns into a music venue with international live performances. The open space provides plenty of room for dancing and partying and you can enjoy a variety of cocktails and bar drinks for reasonable prices.
This Antalya nightlife institutions entertains guests seven days a week. Drop in Monday and Thursday for the Foam Party or enjoy relaxed DJ sets on Saturdays. For a private party you can always rent a VIP area with your own service. Make sure to stick to the dress code and wear something elegant.
One of the biggest malls in the area has also got one of the greatest choices of quality shops in Antalya. Over 128 boutiques and stores offer you a variety of brand clothes, jewelry or books. Besides spending money on things that make life a little more fun you can enhance your shopping experience by dropping by at their cinema or by enjoying a bite at the great food-court.
This shopping plaza offers you four floors to live out your shopping dreams. No matter what you’re looking for, you can be sure to make a find in Özdilek. While the mall does not only offer stores, it was designed as a whole entertainment center. You can rest your feet in one of the many cafés and restaurants, catch an 8D movie, go bowling or enjoy regular events within.
Deepo Center opened its doors in 2004 and is one of the largest mall in the Mediterranean area. On over 38,000 square meters you can shop, eat, drink or watch a movie all year round. Deepo’s specialties are its outlet stores that attract tourists and locals for exclusive bargains. What are you waiting for?
Whether you are looking for a superb shopping experience, or whole day of entertainment and fun, TerraCity has got it all. The biggest shopping center in Antalya offers you over 150 shops including gift stores, exclusive brands, book shops as well as children’s stores. In between trying clothes and window shopping you can grab a bite at one of the 30 restaurants within or rest your feet during a quick coffee. If you want to bring your kids the mall also has an entertainment area for the little ones.
If you’re looking for something that makes you shine, this is the right address for your. Along Atatürk Street you can find many talented goldsmiths, numerous jewelry stores and leather products. Treat yourself with something nice and enjoy a hot beverage in one of the many coffees or food stalls in the streets.
This shopping center is a favourite of elite travellers and luxus lovers. Positioned in the Lara area, the mall provides shopping and entertainment for young and old alike. You can enjoy long opening hours and do all your shopping without any hurry. If you’ve got some time left, why not catch a movie at Cinemapink within?
Visa-free entry for the purpose of tourism is granted to citizens of 78 countries, which includes nearly all of Europe and further countries around the world. Those who do require a visa can now take advantage of the online e-Visa application system, which is easy to use and allows applicants to obtain an electronic visa within a few minutes. Travellers' passports should generally be valid for 6 months following the end of the trip, but there are exceptions to the rule, and nationals of some countries may even enter the country with an ID card rather than passport. At the time of writing, nationals of the USA were temporarily not eligible to apply for any kind of Turkish visa (please consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for current information).
Antalya International Airport is located 6 miles east of Antalya, and is used both for regular and charter flights. You will find the taxi stands in front of the arrival exits of all terminals. There is also a number of buses from the airport to central Antalya. The public bus shuttle, number 600 runs every 30 minutes between Antalya Airport and Antalya bus terminal (Otogar). The trip to central Antalya takes about 15 minutes depending on the traffic situation.
The simplest way to get somewhere in Antalya is to use the “dolmus”—minibuses that depart when they are filled up with passengers and stop where you ask them to stop. There are also ordinary city buses, but they are much more expensive and stop only at the regular places. Buses depart from the bus station Otogar to various parts of Turkey. Different companies offer transportation along the same routes. Make a seat reservation in advance.