Best Things To Do in Antalya, Turkey (Old Town) Best Things To Do in Antalya, Turkey (Old Town)

Best Things To Do in Antalya, Turkey (Old Town)

Antalya is a huge city and one of the main flight destinations when traveling along the turquoise coastline of Turkey. The old town, named Kaleici, is a great place to hang out for a day or two. We had 24-hours in Antalya when we came back from our balloon trip in Cappadocia and it was much better than we had expected! This is our 24-hours in Antalya Old Town Guide.

1. Exploring Kaleici, Antalya Old Town

In the daytime, walk through the old town. It is a small maze featuring beautiful architecture, like the mosque and parks, with people relaxing in it. It isn’t huge, but it is big enough to wander around. Cars can’t really drive in the old town so it was such a pleasant escape in the middle of a busy city.

Antalya old town guide explore

2. Panoramic Glass Elevator viewpoint

It’s a great walk down in Old town and once you have reached the harbor it isn’t hard to get back up.

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Best Things To Do in Antalya, Turkey (Old Town)

The glass elevator is an iconic place in Kaleici. The elevator connects old to new Antalya. Once you get to the top, the view over the harbor is one to enjoy for a few minutes.

3. Play with the cats at Cat Garden

Near the Panoramic glass elevator viewpoint, you can play or take care of cats who are rescued. It’s just a super small park next to the main street, and free to volunteer or walk through.

antalya old town guide cats

4. Kaleici Harbor for sunset

When the sun starts setting, local people jump in the water to play with their kids. Walk all the way down to the pier, sit down on the edge, and enjoy a perfect sunset.

antalya old town guide harbor

5. Shopping in Antalya

All the small streets of Kaleici are filled with little shops where you can easily get a good pair of trainers for a low-budget price. But shoes are not the only thing you can shop for, necklaces, beautiful clothing, sports outfits, you name it!

6. Turkish Carpets

The same counts for Turkish carpets. If you’re ending your trip in Antalya we highly recommend taking a carpet for your house.

antalya old town guide carpets

7. Best food in our Antalya Old Town Guide

There are loads of great places to eat in Antalya, with the cheaper places lying just a little bit outside of the old town. Some of our favorites were:

  • Cay Teas
  • Can Can (cheap pides and kebabs)
  • Gazetta (best pasta & pizza)
      antalya old town guide food

      Best places to stay in Antalya

      Antalya offers hotels for every kind of budget, and as it’s relatively small, you can stay in most areas and be located to all the best things to do.

      How to get to Kaleici, Antalya’s Old Town?

      Kaleici is in the Antalya city center and is relatively easy to reach.

      Find flights to Antalya ✈️

      From Antalya International Airport, it’s a small 30-minute to Kaleici. Taxis have to enter the old town through a gate, and the road in Kaleici is only one way. (Find the cheapest flights to Antalya)

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      • Sandra Meijers

        I have a nice suggestion if you want to stay in the midle of nature and if you like a alternative hotel. I just stayed at Milyos Hobbit hotel. One hour drive from Antalya airport. Situated on a mountain. I loved it.

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