Historic Sites in Antalya, Antalya

The principal appeal of Antalya is its wonderful natural splendor. Antalya boasts the finest Mediterranean climate: long summers, mild winters, and plenty of sunshine. Take a trip to this wonderful destination. The natural chic of Antalya is perfectly harmonized by its various ancient features. Kaleiçi is the heart of Antalya''s historic past. Check out this list of the top tourist sights that you might like to visit.
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Historic Sites in Antalya Map

Guide Name: Historic Sites in Antalya
Guide Location: Turkey » Antalya (See other walking tours in Antalya)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: valery
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Karaalioğlu Park

1) Karaalioğlu Park (must see)

Karaalioğlu Park is a very large park in Antalya, situated just south of the Kaleiçi district. The park's attractions include the mayor's office, the city theater, and the ancient citadel, Hıdırlık Tower. The view from Karaalioğlu Park includes beautiful cliffs and the exhilarating Gulf of Antalya. Authorities plan to inaugurate a new history museum here in 2010.
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Masjid of Akhi Yusuf

2) Masjid of Akhi Yusuf

The tomb and Masjid (mosque) of Akhi Yusuf was constructed in 1249 to honor Akhi Yusuf, a sheik of the Akhi. Traveller Ibn Batuta visited the area in the 14th century and described the Akhis life of camaraderie in Antalya. He remarked that Akhis had done an auspicious work the like of which he had never seen before. The tomb is located south of the masjid with an entrance on its north side. Near the east wall of the masjid is a small fountain.
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İskele Mosque

3) İskele Mosque

Iskele Mosque is a very small, charming mosque in the old Yacht Harbor area. Historical documents are not specific about its time of construction, except that it was renovated as part of the Inner Bailey restoration project. Situated near the marina, this eye-catching 19th century mosque was built of white stone with a short minaret and is supported by four columns.
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Hadrian's Gate

4) Hadrian's Gate (must see)

The Hadrian's Gate is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited Antalya in the year 130. It has three arched gates. According to the legend, Sultan Belkis, the Queen of Sheba, is said to have passed under those gates and enjoyed a happy day in the palace in Aspendos on her way to visit King Solomon.

Formerly the city walls enclosed the outside of the gate and it was not used for many years. This may be the reason why it has not been harmed, and it was only revealed when the walls collapsed. It is considered as Pamphylia's most beautiful Gate. The upper part has three apertures in the shape of a cupola, and except for the pillars is built entirely of white marble. The ornamentation is very striking. The original Gate was two storeys but little is known of the top storey. On either side of the Gate are towers, which are known not to have been built at the same time. The southern one is known as the Julia Sancta tower and is a work of the Hadrian era. It was constructed of plain stone blocks. While the base of the northern tower belongs to antiquity, the upper part is left over from the Seljuks.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Clock Tower

5) Clock Tower (must see)

The oldest structures in Kaleiçi are the remains of the city fortifications that surround this old-town area. Only the Clock Tower remains of the 80 towers that once formed this citadel. The beautiful Karaalioğlu Park surrounds this structure, which was converted to a Clock Tower in the 19th century. Overlooking the cliffs, this square structure is composed of both rough and hewn limestone.
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Attalos II Monument

6) Attalos II Monument

King Atallos II of Pergamon is thought to have founded Antalya in the 2nd century BC. His monument is located on Republic Square in Antalya, opposite the Clock Tower. It is an old monument but well preserved to this day, with an excellent location that draws thousands of tourists on a daily basis.
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The Yivli Minare Complex

7) The Yivli Minare Complex (must see)

Besides the famous minaret and mosque, the Yivli Minare complex includes other notable structures, such as a building once used as a lodge for the Mevlevi Dervishes. Two domed tombs are also located on the grounds: the tomb of Zincirkıran Mehmet Bey was built in 1377, and another was built in 1502 as a memorial for Ayşe Hatun who was the consort of Sultan Bayezid II, and mother of the next sultan Selim I. A former Islamic seminary, Atabey Aramgan Medresseh has been restored to function as a bazaar.
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Atatürk (Independence) Monument

8) Atatürk (Independence) Monument (must see)

Also called the Independence Monument, this stirring statue of Atatürk was built in 1932 in Republic Square (Cumhuriyet Meydanı), and is one of the largest and most remarkable monuments in Antalya. Visitors should take note of the pedestal which displays reliefs depicting various scenes from Turkey's War of Independence, and an inscription that was likely a rallying cry of the time. Another monument of Atatürk is located in Vatan Square.
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Elmali

9) Elmali

Though the founding of Elmali is not known to historians, excavations show that the region has been populated for several thousand years, since the Bronze Age. Among the archaeological and historical treasures of Emali are the tombs of kings, a street ornamented with frescoes depicting hunting and fighting, and remarkable mosques. The so-called "treasure of the century" was excavated there in 1984, a collection of 1900 silver coins from the time of ancient Greek city-states.
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Recep Bilgin Park

10) Recep Bilgin Park

The Recep Bilgin Park is located near Yavuz Özcan Park in an extraordinary part of Antalya. It has a very unique design and many traditional historic buildings which will astonish visitors. The Turkish architectural wonders in Recep Bilgin Park always impress the many tourists. Near here you can see attractions such as Atatürk Monument, Yivli Minare Mosque, and much more.
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Yavuz Özcan Park

11) Yavuz Özcan Park

Yavuz Özcan Park has been described as a peaceful respite in Antalya. This park is enchanting with its ponds, small cascades and lovely fountain illuminated at night with colored lights. Unusual sculptures and monuments can be found throughout the park, which is bordered by Konyaaltı Caddesi (Street). The abundance of various species of trees and flowers plus the scent of the Mediterranean sea will draw you back again and again.

Walking Tours in Antalya, Turkey

Create Your Own Walk in Antalya

Create Your Own Walk in Antalya

Creating your own self-guided walk in Antalya is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Antalya Historical Worship Places

Antalya Historical Worship Places

A stay in Antalya is not complete without a stopover so see at least some of the multitude of tombs and places of worship. They offer Antalya an enchanting combination of the present and the past, impressive grandeur and prehistoric wonder. Check out this list of tombs and places of worship around Antalya that you might like to visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Turkish Specialties Walking Tour

Turkish Specialties Walking Tour

Antalya attracts millions of tourists with its gorgeous locale combined with the unique traditions of coffee, nargile, belly dance, kebab and baklava, hamam and much more. Find out what you can experience if you decide to go to Antalya by browsing this list of top tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Daily Life in Antalya

Daily Life in Antalya

Life for Altalya's residents is full of activities and basic daily requirements that are familiar the world over, though with a distinctive flavor all its own: visiting hectic shopping centers, street markets, or eateries, walking by distinctive or historic locations made routine by familiarity; or relaxing with a favorite form of entertainment. Try this walking tour and discover both the common and unique aspects of daily life in Antalya.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Bazaars & Markets Tour in Antalya

Bazaars & Markets Tour in Antalya

Shopping is rather enjoyable in Antalya and presents more than a few striking photo opportunities as well. Some of the best shopping can be found in the Kaleiçi area, and many contemporary shops, some very large, are along the main shopping avenues which include Isiklar and Atatürk. Visitors can buy very old jewelry, small prayer rugs, leather items, cotton ware, and local ceramic and wooden objects. Don't forget that bargaining is expected. It's just a part of the exciting experiences here.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Old Town Orientation Walk

Old Town Orientation Walk

City ruins, soaring cliffs, mild temperatures and fascinating traditions – all these are like a siren call to the brilliant Turkish queen, named Antalya. The beaches are divine; harbors need not strive for attention, as they can easily catch every visitor’s eye with their beauty. The charming streets of Kaleiçi and many other features are characteristic of Antalya. Presented on this orientation walk are the attractions much popular with both tourists and Antalya’s friendly locals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Antalya for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Antalya has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Antalya, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.