Attractions in Antalya
Antalya has historic districts that arouse excitement and curiosity. Antalya also offers a variety of nature experiences, including waterfalls and pigeons. In addition, there are plenty of museums and other sights and attractions for those looking for a change from the sun and swimming.
- See DigoPaul for dictionary definitions of Antalya, Turkey. Includes geographical map and city sightseeing photos.
A selection of the most exciting sights and attractions in Antalya are the following:
The Roman gate “Hadrian’s Gate” (see picture first in the article) is formed of three triumphal arches and was naturally built to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian in the year 130 after Christ.
You can find Hadrian’s Gate at Barbaros in the Old Town, right on the main street Atatürk Cd.
Hıdırlık Kulesi or Hıdırlık The tower is a landmark in Antalya and is located in the old town, rather where the historic center ( Kaleiçi) meets the large park Karaalioglu.
Hıdırlık Kulesi is 14 meters high and is believed to have been built by the Romans. The name of the tower comes from an annual spring festival which is believed to have taken place right here. So-called “Hıdırlıks” can be found in several places in Turkey.
Sandland in Antalya
Literally, Sandland must be read and is an outdoor museum made up of the most incredible sand figures imaginable. To get here, head to the public beach of Lara Birlik, between the Sera Hotel and PTT Camp. The sand land is open from 0930 to 2300 almost every day.
The address is Uzeloba Mahallesi Lara Caddesi Lara Birlik Halk Plajı
The Antalya Aquarium is at the east end of Konyallti Beach. In season it is open from 0930 to 2300 every day. The aquarium in Antalya is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Here are as many as 40 different thematic pools and a huge glass tunnel that stretches as far as 131 meters and gives you almost 360 degree view of the sea life.
Antalya Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum in Antalya was opened as early as 1922. Here you will find countless historical objects and it is not without reason that the Museum of Experts is considered very good. The Archaeological Museum has artifacts from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period.
More information about Antalya Archaeological Museum.
The address is Bahçelievler, Konyaaltı and opening hours are from 0830 to 1730 every day of the week.
The Yivliminare Mosque or Aladdin’s Mosque as it is also called is located in Selçuk in the Old Town, just off the İmaret madrasa portal. Dear children have many names, and since the mosque is a landmark with its 38 meter high minaret, it is naturally also called Ulu Cami which can best be described as the Great Mosque.
The Yivliminare Mosque was first erected in 1230 and restored for the second time in 1373. The mosque is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The waterfalls in Düden
The waterfalls in Düden are initially not natural, but come as a result of a water station about a mile northeast of Antalya. There is an upper waterfall and a lower waterfall of 40 meters where the water ends its journey in the Mediterranean. Around the waterfalls there is a park where you can relax on a hot day.
The address is Çağlayan, follow the road Lara Cd.