Top Things to See in Antalya, Turkiye

Things to see in Antalya

Suppose you've ever wondered what things to see in Antalya outside of the resort. You'll be astonished at how many things there are to do and see in Antalya. Depending on the area you visit, the city is vast. I managed to visit several historical buildings, while staying in the Old Town. Plus, you can find many of the best eateries are also located here.

Hadrian's Gate

Hadrian's Gate was built in 130 AD to honour Emperor Hadrian's visit to Antalya. Known as Attaleia at the time. It was built into the city's walls and has since become an important entryway. The gate was built of marble and granite. Originally had a second story, doubling its height.

In addition, when I walked past Hadrian's Gate, it wasn't that crowded, but there were a group of tourists taking photos. As well as a travelling group being given the historical details of the gate. Behind the gate you can find a few restaurants, but before entering, there is a row of restaurants, shops, banks, and benches, among other things.

Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate in Antalya

Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Antalya

The Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque, also known as the Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Camii in Turkish, is a notable religious structure located in the fascinating city of Antalya. Moreover, this mosque was named for Lala Mehmed Pasa, a well-known figure at the time.

As you enter Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque. You feel a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The interior area displays grandeur with its outstanding architectural components and soothing illumination from the stained glass windows. The mosque's beauty and spiritual atmosphere make it a great setting for prayer and reflection.

The historic mosque reminded me of my vacation to Istanbul six years ago. Everything appeared familiar, including the lights and the circle etching with Allah's name. Importantly, despite being a beautiful mosque, hearing the azaan out loud when it was time for prayers gave goosebumps.

Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque
Masjid in Antalya
Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque
Inside of Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque

Old Clock Tower

The Old Clock Tower also known as Saat Kulesi can be viewed next to the Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque. However, you will find many historic buildings are near each other, making it convenient for tourists and people who like to view these historical buildings. As you walk past it, you will notice that each wall has a clock face, so telling the time won't be an issue when coming from any direction. After sunset, if you're around the area, you can maybe catch the tower illuminated. Ideal for those photographers who enjoy capturing such moments.

Clock Tower in Old Town
Clock Tower in Old Town

Old City Marina, Antalya

The view from Old City Marina was stunning. I definitely recommend going if you want to capture or just take in the stunning scenery. Besides, this location was particularly lovely because it featured a beach on one side with a sea view, fishing boats and luxury cruises on the other, and a promenade in the center.

Moreover, you can climb to the top mountains to have a panoramic view of the Marina. Otherwise you can walk down to get a closer look at the Marina. If you get hungry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants around.

Old City Marina
Old City Marina
Beachside view opposite to Old City Marina in Antalya
Beachside view opposite to Old City Marina
Boats at the old city marina in Antalya
Boats at the old city marina

Lastly, staying in Old Town Antalya was the ideal location. Especially for first-time visitors to Antalya who are not staying in one of the luxury resorts. You have all of the amenities nearby. Like the historic Old Bazaar market, restaurants, and mosques, almost everything is within walking distance.

The Old Bazaar was an excellent place to haggle rates if you needed clothing, spices, toys, or sunglasses, or something similar. However, ensure to haggle with the shopkeepers, since you may receive reasonable or overpriced prices.

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Adil Musa
Adil Musa

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