Antalya is famous for its many aspects, for its history, night-life, adventure tours and nature… There are many places to visit and many sceneries to be in awe of, but we've listed our subjective must-sees when you visit the Mediterranean region and want to explore it in all its glory. Knowing which places are worth the hype is only possible with a little bit of research, so we've gathered all the natural destinations that are within your budget, available all year long and also have easy access from your hotel. Even if you plan your trip before buying a plane ticket or have decided on a last minute travel, we can assure you that this list of places to visit in Antalya is a good start.
We start with Koprulu Canyon, a beautiful Natural Park outside of the city, known as one of the top sightseeing places in Antalya for its stunning scenery. Surrounded by majestic mountains and the vast sea, it serves as a 14 km long hiking trail and a huge natural pool with the Koprucay River running in the middle of it. The fauna and flora of all kinds will be at your feet, waiting to be explored and photographed. If you're a fan of adventure then the white-water rafting*, ziplining and buggy safari might be for you if you decide to visit the golden child of Antalya.
As one of the most popular waterfalls in Antalya, Karpuzkaldiran is known for many things. Pouring right into the heart of the sea, you can see professional fishers from all sides of the waterfall. Both from the top of it and down at the sea, it is a very attractive sight to witness. You can have a cold drink while the cold stream runs from your feet to its fall from kilometers above, take amazing pictures and have a relaxing time here with your loved ones.
This island is approximately 2 km away from the mainland, with a 1.2m in diameter and great for visits with boats and yachts. This beauty near Adrasan region takes around 40 minutes to set foot in and the endemic microorganisms that make the sea’s color around the island impeccable are called foraminifera. Being usually the first stop of Antalya boat tours from the mainland, Suluada has now the nickname of “Maldives of Turkey”. If you're a fan of diving and exploring marine life, you cannot miss this island on your visit to Antalya because the unique region is home to dolphins, colorful coral reefs, seals and many endemic species of fish.
This waterfall is known for the immaculate scenery it provides and also for more than 100 species of birds that call this place a home throughout the year. A great place to visit for a tropical escapade in the city, which will also make for great pictures that capture Antalya’s natural capabilities out in the wild. The grooves, melodical water stream and beautiful wildlife makes Kursunlu Waterfalls a must-see on a daily tour in Antalya. Goynuk Canyon What separates Goynuk Canyon in Kemer from the other natural sights on this list is that Goynuk is specifically chosen by many adrenaline lovers. With services being provided like rafting, safari tours, paintball and hiking through the forest, it's almost like an adventure park. You can also choose to go on a 3 km hiking trip on your own, with stunning views accompanying you through the path. At the end of the hike, a huge lake waits for your cooling off and one last lazy swim with birds chirping all around. It's overall great if you're looking for a water activity in Antalya with beautiful views, a challenging path that will tire you out and many resting points that will make up for it. There are also restaurants to energize again, so all you have to do is visit the site.
Located just 3 km outside of the city, the locals of Manavgat Waterfalls really know how to make the best of a rare natural beauty like this one. From paved in-front walkways to picnic areas and restaurants, the whole area is great for visitors that don't want to compromise their comfort for the sake of having a good time in the middle of nature. The cold water will bring you to your senses on a hot day and the harmony of turquoise tones will make for great pictures on the right spot.
Saklikent National Park is an 18 km long canyon in Antalya, Kas. The river stream flows through the narrow valley that now makes up the infamous canyon. The canyonning tours are very popular here, where a professional guide walks you through the area, showing you all the hidden wonders and sceneries. You can also do rafting, jeep safaris that visit ancient cities like Patara and many other adventure activities here, if you wish to. Day tours are provided from almost everywhere in the city, and it really is a pleasure to be a part of.
Kekova is a popular destination here in Antalya, with being the largest island of the Mediterranean coast and unique locations that are ancient cities. Its virgin nature and beautiful wildlife make the 4.5 km island a very attractive sight to local sailors and tourists. The ruins of Teimussa, Simena, Aperlai and Dolihiste are very underrated and should be visited by everyone to have a glimpse of the glamorous past. The sunken cities will amaze you with Byzantine churchs, Ancient Greek houses and temples welcoming you underwater. The private boat tours will satisfy all your needs and the swimming sessions around the island will make for a great workout with immaculate scenery.
Great for summer excursions and sightseeings, Green Canyon is one of the fee canyons in the Mediterranean to offer cruise tours around. Located in the Taurus Mountains, Manavgat; several cafes and restaurants are at your feet so that you have a place to relax. You can walk around the canyon or get the 17 km boat tour for a more detailed look at the area. The water changes colors through the canyon, and we definitely recommend you to swim in the Green Lake. Overall, Antalya is enriched with natural sights. We made sure to add one from every corner of the city, and you can always send recommendations. If you have any questions about the areas, tours or the planning; you can always contact us. We're here to help!