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Situated on the southwest coast of Turkey’s Anatolia peninsula, Antalya is a resort city known for its stunning beaches, ancient Roman ruins, and the historic Kaleiçi quarter. Among the most popular things to do in Antalya include a visit to the nearby archeological sites showcasing well-preserved excavated settlements, a trip to the picturesque national parks, and a relaxing day frolicking on its crystal clear beaches.

Düden Waterfalls

Within Düden Park lies a cluster of waterfalls that charts its course through the Taurus Mountains before spilling over a cliff down to the Mediterranean Sea. Upper Düden, also known as Alexader Falls, is located 10km north of Antalya's city center. Lower Düden is closer just 8km away from the city and near Karpuzkaldiran Beach. The Düden Waterfalls is bordered by lush gardens perfect for trekking and picnicking and natural caves that swimmers can explore.
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Hadrian Castle Gate

Hadrian's Gate is a Roman triumphal arch erected in 130 AD to commemorate the visit of Emperor Hadrian to Antalya, then known as Attaleia. With three symmetrical archways made of white marble, this ancient structure serves as the main entrance to the historic Kaleiçi quarter. The gate is located just off the Atatürk Boulevard accessible by bus and the Nostalji heritage tram line that runs from Antalya Museum until Lara Beach.
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Konyaaltı Beach

Located west of the city center, Konyaaltı Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Antalya. It is recognized as a Blue Flag beach, acknowledged by the Foundation for Environmental Education for its clean waters and eco-friendly standards. This pebble beach is a 35-minute drive from the city center and a 50-minute drive from another local favorite, Lara Beach. There is an aquapark and plenty of Antalya hotels near Konyaaltı Beach.
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Kaleiçi is Antalya’s beloved old town located along the coast of the Gulf of Antalya. This historic quarter is dotted with structures dating as far back as the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman periods. Much of these ancient buildings and traditional Turkish homes have been extensively restored and are now quaint shops, hotels, cafes, and restaurants. Kaleiçi can be entered either through Uzun Çarşı Sokak or from Hadrian Castle Gate and is within walking distance from Kale Kapısı, the city’s main square where the famous Saat Kulesi clock tower stands.
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