Turkish Specialties Walking Tour, Antalya

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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Turkish Specialties Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Turkish Specialties Walking Tour
Guide Location: Turkey » Antalya (See other walking tours in Antalya)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: valery
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Belly Dance

1) Belly Dance

Unquestionably designed for a female body, this oriental dance has evolved through the influence of various civilizations. It is a dance that involves the belly, hips, and upper body and is usually performed barefooted. The shuddering and shimmying movements can only be characterized as sensual. In Antalya, the Perge Hotel is said to have the most perfect belly dancers.
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Volkan Restaurant for Turkish Delight

2) Volkan Restaurant for Turkish Delight

The people of Turkey have enjoyed Turkish Delight for centuries. A typical weekend family outing will often include a stop for some of this special dessert. Served with coffee or tea, it is a soft, even delicate jelly made from sugar, rose water, and fruit juices that melts in your mouth. Other ingredients include orange flavor, almonds, and other nuts. The best place in Antalya to savor Turkish Delight is the Volkan Restaurant.
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Hookah (Nargile)

3) Hookah (Nargile)

People regularly smoke nargile (a water pipe more familiarly known as a hookah) with Turkish coffee after an evening meal as a substitute for cigarettes. Among the types of flavors (with and without tobacco) are fruit (strawberry, apple), herb (mint, cinnamon), molasses, cappuccino, and other diverse flavors from the simple to the exotic. A suggested restaurant in Antalya for travelers to try nargile is Mavi Karga cafe.
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Turkish Bath (Hamam) at Cender Hotel

4) Turkish Bath (Hamam) at Cender Hotel (must see)

A required experience during a vacation to Turkey is a trip to hamam or Turkish Bath. Traditionally, people would gather for ceremonies, socialization and gossip, as well as cleansing. You will pass through a series of rooms (camekan, hararet, etc.) to don a pestamal (fringed towel), linger in warm or hot rooms, and receive a thorough massage. Many hamams were built during the Ottoman period, and today you will find them in nearly any hotel in Turkey, including the Cender Hotel.
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Turkish Coffee

5) Turkish Coffee

The practice of serving Turkish coffee has played a significant role in Turkish tradition and society for many centuries. Beginning with finely ground coffee, water, and optional sugar or spices, boil three times over a low fire and pour into small cups, making sure to have a healthy amount of froth. A highly recommended place in Antalya to savor a good Turkish coffee is the Degusta restaurant.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ünlüoğlu Baklava Shop

6) Ünlüoğlu Baklava Shop

Among the wide variety of Turkish sweets, a favorite here is baklava. Antalya residents even organize parties featuring this refined dessert. It's unique appearance will draw your attention; one taste will keep you coming back for more. A tasty baklava begins with delicate dough and quality fillings, but the best recipes have their own secrets that make you want to try this delicious treat again and again. Ünlüoğlu is Antalya's favorite baklava shop.
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Komaş

7) Komaş

It is believed that the nazar or evil eye bead, a blue glass amulet with a stylized eye on it, protects people around the world. This belief is found in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South Asia, where it is very common to use evil eye beads or offer them to guests. They are displayed in doorways, cars, or as jewelry worn by people of all ages, especially babies. Check out the Komaş Antalya Store as a source of these popular talismans.
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İskender Kebab

8) İskender Kebab

İskender kebab is a popular meat dish in Turkey. It is prepared from thin-sliced lamb or beef with tomato sauce over pita bread, topped with melted butter with a side of yogurt. It has a delicate flavor and is recommended to all tourists coming to Turkey. İskender kebab is served in most of Antalya restaurants and one of them is Özsüt, a Turkish dessert shop chain.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
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
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
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
Historic Sites in Antalya

Historic Sites in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 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

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.