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13 December 2023

Antalya Travel Guide: 14 Places to Visit in Antalya

Antalya is a rich destination in terms of places to visit There are many special areas worth visiting in the region where you can have a fun holiday. At the beginning of the places to visit in Antalya, historical places belonging to different cultures, natural areas, and bays consisting of clear waters.

Historical Places to Visit in Antalya

Belek, located among the decadent regions of Antalya, has been used as a habitat by many civilisations. Which has become the center of attention with its fertile lands, green areas, and seas Places to visit in Antalya’s historical buildings stand out decently among them.

  • Perge Ancient City
  • The Ancient City of Aspendos and Theater
  • Sillyon Ancient City
  • Aspendos Bridge
  • Pednelissos Ancient City

Antalya is one of the historic places you can visit when you head to Belek.

Perge Ancient City


Perge Ancient City is located in Aksu district of Antalya. The ancient name of Perge, which appears in Hittite texts, is 'Parha', and research and archaeological excavations begun in 1946 reveal the city's past.

The metropolitan city, which had its brightest periods during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods, includes a theater, a bath, a colonnaded street, the Kestros fountain, agora, a water channel, and the Nymphaion pool.

The Ancient City of Aspendos and Theater

Aspendos Ancient City has been used as a settlement area since the 10th century. Aspendos, which is the habitat of many civilizations with different characteristics from each other, has become one of the symbols of Antalya. The Theater and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos, which were restored during the patronage of various states and managed to survive to the present day, are included in the 2015 UNESCO Tentative Heritage List.

Aspendos Antique Theater, which has strong acoustics, is among the places to visit in Belek with its impressive appearance and large capacity. 

Sillyon Ancient City

Sillyon Ancient City has a very original quality due to its location. There is no detailed information about the structures in the ancient city located right on the hill. It is expected that the history of the settlement area will be clarified with the studies that have started to be carried out in recent years. It is believed that Sillyon Ancient City which dates back to 3000 BC, was built during the Trojan War.

Aspendos Bridge

Built during the Roman period, Aspendos Bridge is located on the Köprüçay River. Although the bridge, also called the "Old Bridge", collapsed due to earthquakes in the 13th century, the Seljuk state rebuilt the bridge over the ruins.

The bridge, which was last built between 1219 and 1236, is 225 metres long. You can clearly see the Aspendos Bridge, which is closed to vehicle traffic, from the Aspendos Ancient City.

Pednelissos Ancient City

Pednelissos Ancient City, built on a mountainside, is included in the list of places to visit in Antalya for history enthusiasts. The brightest age of the ancient city, which has a history of thousands of years, is considered to be the Hellenistic Period.

There are impressive structures and ruins in the settlement area discovered by Italian archaeologists in 1914. The ancient city, located in the protected area, earns appreciation for its natural surroundings.

Antalya stands out as a very rich destination in terms of places to visit. Natural areas of Antalya, which hold an important place among the places to visit in Antalya, draw attention with their unique structures.

  • Uçansu Waterfall
  • Köprülü Canyon National Park
  • Zeytintaş Cave
  • Boğazkent Bird Sanctuary
  • Kurşunlu Waterfall

These are among the natural places to visit in Antalya.

Uçansu Waterfall

Uçansu Waterfall, which is among the natural places to see in Antalya, is located in the Serik district and 57 km from the city center. A giant cauldron with a width of 20 m and a depth of 2.5 m is formed in the area where the waterfall is poured at an altitude of 400 m above sea level.

The waterfall, which flows at a high flow rate, especially in the spring and winter seasons, becomes more stationary in the summer season. Uçansu Waterfall, located on St. Paulus Road, is especially located on the route of trekking enthusiasts.

Köprülü Canyon National Park

Covering an area of 366,140 acres, Köprülü Canyon is located 63 km from the Manavgat district. Designated as a National Park in 1973, Köprülü Canyon ranks among the country's longest canyons, with a length of 14 km.

Köprülü Canyon National Park includes Köprüçay River, Selge Ancient City, Zeus Temple, Artemis Temple, Oluk Bridge, Büğrüm Bridge, a 400-hectare cedar forest, Devil's Rocks, St. Paul's Path, as well as many natural areas and special animal species.

Zeytintaş Cave

Zeytintaş Cave, located within the borders of Akbaş Village in the Serik district, is a natural site with a two-tier structure consisting of different lengths. The interior of the cave is divided into rooms and halls. Discovered in 1997, the cave has a different structure with its high temperature and humid air and should be on everyone's list of places to visit in Antalya.

Boğazkent Bird Sanctuary

Boğazkent Bird Sanctuary is located 8 km from Serik district. There are 207 different bird species in the bird sanctuary. Some bird species use the area as a resting point during their migration, offering a natural atmosphere with a perfect harmony of blue and green.

Kurşunlu Waterfall

Located on the Antalya - Isparta road Kurşunlu Waterfall it has a height of 18 meters. Kurşunlu, which combines with small waterfalls, forms 7 ponds.

Kurşunlu Waterfall, located in a 2-kilometer canyon, was turned into an official park and opened to visitors in 1986. Within the picnic area; There are scenic viewing terraces, a children's park, a restaurant, a parking lot, promenade paths, drinking water, and a toilet. Transportation can be provided by municipal buses and minibusses.

Bays to Visit in Antalya

  • Antalya Belek, with numerous coves including Genoese Bay, is often preferred by those seeking a peaceful holiday.  Ideal for those who want to enjoy calm and clear waters, Antalya bays offer a pleasant swimming experience with their warm and wave-free waters. You can reach the bays of Antalya by boat, swimming, or walking from the slopes.

  • Phaselis Bay
  • Korsan Bay
  •  Andrea Doria Bay
  • Sazak Bay

These are the most popular bays in Antalya and a must-visit for those planning a holiday in Antalya.

Phaselis Bay


Phaselis Bay is one of the bays of Antalya with azure waters located in the Phaselis Ancient City. Entrance to the bay, where you can see the impressive harmony of history and nature, is charged. The bay, where you can enter with a museum card or cash, consists of a calm and peaceful structure. Surrounded by pine forests, Phaselis includes picnic and camping areas.

The bay, which consists of warm and wave-free waters, can be accessed every day of the week between 09.00 and 20.00.

Korsan Bay

Korsan Bay, which has become a popular destination for thousands of tourists every year, is one of the most favored Antalya bays. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, there is a toilet, shower, and changing cabin in the bay where you can stay camping. You can reach Korsan Bay by private vehicle or boat tour.

Andrea Doria Bay

Andrea Doria Bay, named after Admiral Andrea Doria, offers a stunning view with its clear sea surrounded by greenery. You can also see Mediterranean seals in the bay, which stands out as the habitat of Caretta Carettas.

Sazak Bay

Located in Beydağları Sahil National Park Sazak Bay is remarkable with its turquoise sea, peaceful atmosphere, and green areas. The bay, in which there are no social facilities, is a preferred point for those who want to relax.

When to Go to Belek?

Antalya Belek manages to attract attention with its natural and historical areas. Belek, which is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists every season, is one of the cities that can be visited at any time of the year thanks to its mild climate.

If you want to enjoy a lively holiday where you can enjoy the sea and sun, you can choose the spring and summer seasons. For a leisurely exploration of the region and a pleasant relaxation opportunity, autumn and winter seasons are ideal.

How to Go to Belek?

You can reach Belek, which is located on the Antalya - Mersin highway, by minibus and buses as well as by private car.

To spend a highly comfortable holiday, you may prefer Calista Luxury Resort Hotel

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