There’s something for everyone when it comes to finding things to do in Antalya. And you certainly don’t have to look far! If you want a relaxing holiday to Turkey for couples, groups or with the whole family, then take advantage of the endless stretches of beach on offer to you right on your doorstep, all 400 miles of them! But if you prefer to keep busy while on holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the activities and sights in and around Antalya. The area’s wealth of history also means that you could spend days on end visiting all the fascinating sites and ruins; from the city’s old town to the Temple of Apollo in Side. Then there are picturesque harbours to see and excellent dining experiences to be had throughout the city. The possibilities are endless. Here’s what you’ll want to add to your Antalya To-Do list.

Beaches

Visiting the beaches should be top of your things to do in Antalya. With sandy shorelines, blue waters and forest-blanketed slopes, the Turquoise Coast is Turkey at its most beautiful. The buzzing Lara Beach resort lined with five-star All Inclusive hotels, parasols and sun loungers. Its Blue Flag status makes it ideal for kids, while the water sports centre offers waterskiing, kayaking and pedalos.

Konyaalti Beach is popular with locals too, so you know it’s worth a visit! Simply jump on the tram heading west and you’ll find this piece of Mediterranean paradise at the last stop. You’ll find banana boat rides, a waterslide park, and plenty of space to lay your towel. The rocky yet beautiful Memerli Beach is also worth a visit, and is only a short walk from the old city of Antalya.

Golf

Thanks to its excellent courses and year-round sunshine, Antalya’s golf resorts have international appeal. Within 35 minutes of Antalya is the town of Belek, where the number of golfers visiting the high quality All Inclusive resorts now closely rivals Portugal’s Algarve. Golf is now Belek’s most popular activity and playing a round here will be a highlight of any Antalya holiday.

Historical sights

The area’s wealth of history means that you could spend days on end visiting all the fascinating sites and ruins, from the city’s old town to the Temple of Apollo in Side. Start with a stroll through Antalya’s historic district of Kaleiçi. Take a wander through Kaleiçi’s streets and you’ll be greeted by old Ottoman houses that have been converted into boutique hotels and shops. At the base of the slope you’ll find the cliff-backed Roman harbour, which is now a marina for yachts and excursion boats.

Enjoy the harbour views at one of the many tea gardens, bars, restaurants, and cafés that surround it. Close by you’ll find the monumental Hadrian’s Gate too.

Shopping

There’s plenty of shopping in and around the town, making a spot of retail therapy a must on your list of things to do in Antalya. For a similar shopping experience to that of home, visit the modern shopping malls. The largest shopping mall in Antalya, Terracity, has over 150 stores selling designer and local brands. There’s also Migros MMM, a massive Swiss international mall chain that’s popular with locals. For local shopping and more traditional finds, head to the main bazaar for Turkish sweets, jewellery, leather goods, and handmade crafts.

1. Lara Beach Nightlife

After spending your time sunning it up on the beach or relaxing by the pool, the only thing left to do is head out for a night of fun. While Lara Beach nightlife might not be a clubbers’ paradise
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2. Antalya Nightlife

Located on Turkey’s western Mediterranean coastline, Antalya is a buzzing seaside resort with beaches, restaurants, museums, and ancient architecture.
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5. Kemer Carnival

Tucked away between the turquoise-blue sea and amazing views of the Taurus mountains, Kemer is one of Antalya’s most popular holiday resorts.
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6. Yivli Minare

While on holiday in Antalya, a visit to the iconic Yivli Minare is a must. Standing tall above the city, the fluted minaret was originally built in the 13th century, and is now one of the most photographed attractions in the city.
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7. Kursunlu Waterfalls

Take a break from the beach and discover the captivating natural beauty of Turkey with a trip to the Kursunlu Waterfalls, hidden at the end of an unforgettable trail in tranquil shady forests.
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8. Karaalioglu Park

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, go for a walk through the picturesque gardens at Karaalioglu Park. Found near the Old Town, you can easily get to the park by walking from the centre of Antalya or by taking the tram.
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9. Hadrian's Gate

Transport yourself back to the Roman era as you take a walk through Hadrian’s Gate; one of Antalya’s most impressive archaeological highlights.
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10. Antalya Events

The Antalya region on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is the second most popular holiday destination in the country. This prestigious status comes about for many reasons. As part of the scenic Turkish Riviera, it attracts yachting enthusiasts and the famous Lycian trail, a 516-kilometer walk covering ancient ruins is a favoured trek for history lovers.
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12. Experience the nightlife

Side has a buzzing nightlife with lots of different bars, restaurants and cafes for you to try. There’s plenty for music and sports fans with many bars showing live sport or music.
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15. Visit the Old Town

Side has a well-kept old town that is also a National Heritage site; it’s great for exploring and taking in the rustic views. In Old Side you’ll find a museum with Greco-Roman exhibits
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25. Kayaking in Goynuk Canyon

For a fun and memorable adventure, experience kayaking in the cool waters of Göynük Canyon Park. From the moment you arrive, the natural beauty and serene setting will have you captivated.
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30. Take a Jeep safari

One of the best ways to see the Taurus Mountains is on a jeep safari. It starts at an animal park where you can see some of the animals that live around the canyon.
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31. Visit Kemer Market

To get a real taste for Goynuk and the surrounding area, spend some time wandering around Kemer Market; you’ll find lots of local products including fruit, vegetables, clothes and shoes at low prices.
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35. Take time out on the golf course

Belek’s unique tourist development has shaped the land into six huge championship golf courses, which have seen the likes of Tiger Woods grace its greens. With almost 20 courses in total dotted around the luscious pine forest
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36. Take a day trip to Manavgat

Why not take a day trip out of Alanya to its neighbouring town of Manavgat, which less than an hour away? Take a bus or drive across the coast to see picturesque, traditional buildings and magnificent waterfalls hidden in a scenic setting.
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38. Alanya Castle

Alanya’s famous landmark was built in the 13th century and is situated 250 metres high on a rocky peninsula, providing magnificent panoramic views of the glistening turquoise water.
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39. Explore Antalya City

The city of Antalya is the largest on the western Mediterranean coast and has many bustling shops and restaurants that you’ll struggle to pull yourself away from.
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41. Visit the ruins of Phaselis

Turkey has an intriguing history and Phaselis is the perfect place to learn about it. Located near Tekirova and just a short journey from Beldibi, this former Roman port town has some of the best ruins in all of Turkey.
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42. Explore Beldibi Cave

Beldibi has a rich history and much of this is evident at the Beldibi Cave. The cave has been home to many different civilisations that have left behind lots of clues into their lives.
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