Places to See in Antalya (Main Sights + Insider Advice Guide)

You’ll definitely be impressed with all the places to visit and see in Antalya. The sights in whole Antalya regions are endless. Here you can find a brief overview of the main sights in Antalya, as well as historical sights, beautiful beaches, natural wonders, tourist zones and resorts, top places to visit and see, sights and points of interest.

Surrounded by enormous mountains which are beautifully unified with blue-flag beaches and the mesmerizing Mediterranean Sea along with its historical texture and natural beauties, Antalya – the ancient paradise and global holiday spot for tourism is one of the must-visit gems on Earth. Hosted countless ancient civilizations that were continuously inhabited by Romans, Persians, Egyptians, Byzantines, Greek, and Ottomans for thousands of years, it was also under the rule of Lycia, Lydia, Pamphylia, Pergamon, Seljuk, and the Republic of Turkey.

Main Sights

Beautiful Beaches

Antalya region is famous for its beautiful beaches with breathtaking landscapes and coasts. It is also called as the Turquoise Coast. You’ll find wide range of beautiful bays and coves with impressive beaches to choose from and spend a great day out. And where some are pebbled one while others are golden sandy.

Visiting these beautiful beaches should be the number one attraction on your Antalya things to do list. The whole Antalya region is home to a more than 500 km. of great sandy and pebbled shorelines, Blue Flagged beaches with crystal clear waters and pine forested mountains at the background.

Explore the Historical Sites

If you are history and art lover, or want to do something different during your hotel stay in Antalya, you can simply visit the world-famous historical sites in Antalya and explore the ancient ruins, temples, theaters and experience the traditional side of Turkey.

Antalya region is also home to many ancient cities and archaeological sites. Some of them dates back to 2nd century Roman times. The whole region can be considered as a paradise of ancient cities and historical sites.

The Roman Theater of Aspendos in Serik

From the old towns of the several resorts, ancient cities of Aspendos, Perge, Phaselis, Olympos to the Temple of Apollo in Side, you’ll find lots of impressive sites to explore in Antalya region.

Antalya City Center

Antalya city is the main center on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Being one of the most popular town and resort of the Turkish Riviera, it boasts a scenic old quarter and an impressive harbor.

Kaleici, which means inner castle in Turkish, is the pretty old town of the city. It is the historic center of the city surrounded by a Roman wall. A must see place.

You can start your Antalya city center day out with a nice stroll along the old town. Here, you’ll explore and enjoy the pretty narrow streets and the old stone houses. Many of these houses have been converted into boutique hotels and trendy shops.

Antalya old town harbor

When you continue wandering through the shore, you’ll come up to a slope of the cliffs and witness the famous Roman harbor. The harbor is now serving as a marina for yachts and daily excursion boats.

Here you can enjoy the amazing panoramic views, take photos and enjoy your drink or meal in one of the surrounding tea gardens, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Top Destinations & Resorts


Kemer can be considered as the most popular holiday destination along the Antalya region. And we definitely recommend Kemer if you are looking for a great beach holiday experience with natural wonders, beaches and intense nightlife.

While the town center of Kemer is a huge holiday resort itself, there are also 8 holiday resorts spread along the coasts.

These resorts surrounding Kemer include;

  • Beldibi, Goynuk, Kiris, Camyuva and Tekirova that are lined with wide range of luxury hotels with Beydaglari mountains and pine tree forests at the backdrop,
  • Cirali, Olympos and Adrasan that are situated along beautiful bays, protected nature parks, and with less infrastructure, several boutique hotels, bungalows and tree houses.

These resorts are popular very ideal destinations for those who are looking for more relaxing and peaceful holidays.


Side is a famous holiday resort of Antalya, famous for its great historical sites, its old town with pretty stone houses, ancient walls, Roman amphitheater and Temple of Apollo & Athena, lovely beaches, cafes and restaurants. A great place for travelers looking for beach holidays in the company of history, culture and art.

It has a very well preserved Old Town, and consists of an Agora, a Roman Amphitheater, a Roman Bathhouse (now serving as Side Museum), a monumental fountain, and world famous Temple of Apollo & Athena.


Alanya is a superb holiday resort of Antalya where it has also been a settling place for foreigners for many years.

For the ones who are seeking for a relaxing and calm holidays with some scenic views, historical sites, as well as beautiful beaches, Alanya will be a great choice for sure.

The resort is also a combination of old and new with plenty of lively bars, clubs, restaurants and shops in the new town, and a gorgeous castle in the old town.

Lara Beach

Lara Beach is a famous beach resort set on a beautiful environment with all inclusive and great hotels and having all the necessary tourist facilities. The name of the resort comes from its beautiful golden sandy beach.

The resort is also popular for its beautiful beaches and the biggest sandcastle competition of the world during the summer months.


Belek is famous for its being the golfing paradise in the Antalya region. The resort has world-class golf courses and resorts.

If you are golf lover and looking an alternative golf holidays than in Spain coasts, then we highly recommend to head to the Belek resort.

In addition to golf holidays, Belek also has lovely beaches and lively center with lots of trendy cafes, bars, clubs, restaurants and boutique shops.

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