From ancient Roman ruins to beachside retreats on the Mediterranean Sea, here are the absolute best things to do in Antalya, Turkey.
Straddling both continental limits and the boundary between ancient and modern times, Turkey is a fascinating destination for history buffs and adventure addicts alike.
While most explore the intricately decorated millennia-old mosques and buzzing covered markets of Istanbul, the harbourside city of Antalya receives far less footfall.
The Best Things To Do In Antalya
With the preserved streets of its old town a hive of history, the huge selection of idyllic beach hotels geared towards utter relaxation located along its coast and the ruins of Roman fortifications only a stone’s throw away, there are plenty of things to do in Antalya.
1) Imagine chariot races in the preserved stadium of Perge
The countryside surrounding this city is a hotbed of beautiful and historically important monuments. Exploring them should rank top of your list of what to do in Antalya – and is enough to keep you busy for days.
The ruins of Perge, the former capital of the Asia Minor region of Pamphylia Secunda, is an incredible example of the Roman architecture that still exists in the area. Most come to see the incredible Great Theatre and the set of two unusual gate-towers that once controlled access to the city.
However, it’s the massive stadium, one of the largest and best-preserved in the world, that is the most exciting part of any trip to Perge.
Built to accommodate up to 15,000 spectators to watch chariot racing, you’ve no choice but to sit in the stands and just imagine what it must have been like during one of these epic competitions.
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2) Or visit the ancient ruined city of Aspendos
Around 40km from Antalya itself, the remains of the ancient city of Aspendos are another worthy day trip. The most incredible sight is the theatre, which dates from between 160-180 A.D. and is the best-preserved theatre of its kind in the world.
What’s great is that you can actually explore this monument.
Climb up the wide rows of seating to stand on the very top step and experience what it must have been like to watch a performance here, an event researchers believe to have been attended by up to 8,000 people.
A short distance away you can also peer up on…