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With its rich history and stunning natural landscape, Antalya is one of the world’s most unique summer destinations. From the looming grandeur of the Taurus Mountains to secluded beaches that lead to ancient cities of former empires, here are 10 reasons why you need to visit Antalya.

Ancient ruins by the beach

Çıralı, one of Antalya’s most beautiful and non-touristy beaches, is enclosed by green mountains overlooking the light blue waters and a wide, pebbled beach. It is also here that the ancient Lycian city of Olympos is situated; walk among the ruins after a day of lying on the beach.

Historical artefacts

The Antalya Museum  one of Turkey’s largest museums, has an impressive collection that fills up its 13 exhibition halls and open-air gallery. Find everything from archaeological finds from the Paleolithic era to beautiful sculptures from the Roman period.

Beautiful beaches

From the turquoise waters of Patara to the white sands of Konyaaltı, Antalya’s beaches range from overcrowded and exciting to secluded and immersed in nature. Depending on preferences, stay in one of Antalya’s luxury resorts or opt for a more secluded boutique hotel with access to a minimally inhabited beach.

Natural wonders

This group of waterfalls has become a veritable visitor location in its own right. The upper waterfall is located in a park northeast of Antalya and descends into a gorge surrounded by lovely flora and fauna, while the lower section cascades directly into the Mediterranean Sea and is best seen on a boat tour.