Ataturk once described Antalya as “the most beautiful place on earth“. While that might be a bit of biased hyperbole, there is no doubt that Antalya has some stunning views. The marina surrounded by dramatic cliffs and ancient city walls, the beach with the Taurus Mountains in the backgound, and the charming old city of Kaleici all make Antalya a photographer’s dream.
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD TO EXPLORE IN ANTALYA
The most interesting place to explore is the old city, Kaleici. It’s surrounded by ancient stone walls, including a Clock Tower and a Roman arch known as Hadrian’s Gate.
WHERE TO EAT IN ANTALYA
If you’re on a budget, you’ll find most basic Turkish restaurants have similar menus and prices. Your choices are meatballs, doner, chicken shish and lamb shish. The same choices are offered in most places inside Kaleici, though the prices are a bit higher.
WHERE TO DRINK IN ANTALYA
Kaleici is full of bars, or Meyhane (bars serving meze and light meals). In season, the beachfront restaurants are also active night spots. You’ll hear a mixture of Turkish and American music at most places. Local favorites are Ayyas, Dolma and Shaker Pub. Live music at Ayyas Meyhane in Kaleici