One Week in Antalya

My family and I spent the summer vacation of 2009 visiting Antalya. Even though its a while back, before i even started this blog – i still remember the places we visited like it was only yesterday. Here are a few of the place we went to and the beautiful resort we stayed in! 

  • Termessos Colosseum

We went with a guided tour to reach Termessos Colosseum as its an hour out of the city centre of Antalya. It was a trek to get here due to its elevated position 1000m above sea level and the fact that its located in the middle of the Tauras mountain range!

I remembered being impressed with how well-preserved it is and how relatively untouched the archeological site remained. Alexander the Great once referred to Thermessos as the ‘Eagles Nest’ and i understood why upon visiting – from the car park, there was a winding rocky path leads up the mountain to the Lower City Walls. It really felt like i was stepping back in time.

  • Duden Waterfalls

Duden waterfalls in Antalya are a group of spectacular waterfalls with a unique charm. These waterfall cascades exist in two different places but they belong to the same river.

  • Hadrian’s Gate, entrance to the old town

Hadrian’s Gate acts as a middle road between the old town and the new. Easy to spot in Antalya as it’s located at the start of the main shopping street.

  • Kaleici, walking around the old town of Antalya

Kaleici is the old town location in the city of Antalya. Here you can take yourself back in time and walk around the old cobbled streets as you navigate your way through marinas, mosques and old bazaars.

This was one of the big highlights that made Antalya special to me as the old town of Kaleici simply has it all and you could easily get lost for days exploring all the back alleys.


We stayed in a beautiful 5-star beachfront hotel called Crystal Sunrise Queen Luxury Resort Spa. It was in the resort town of Side on Turkey’s Antalya coast and was a perfect establishment for a relaxing, sun-soaked getaway. It had four hotels, a huge selection for breakfast and dinner and great evening entertainment.

Do you have any questions about travelling to Antalya that I didn’t answer? Be sure to leave them in the comments, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible 

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