Tahtalı Mountain (Tahtalı Dağı) is located in the district of Kemer, west of Antalya city center, within the Beydağları National Park (Beydağları Milli Parkı). Although the mountain is quite close to the Kemer coastline, the top of the mountain is exactly 2,365 meters high.
You can reach up to 600th meter of the mountain by vehicles. After that point, Olympos Cable Car carries you to the summit. While feeling the majesty of the mountain on the one hand, watching the blue of the Mediterranean on the other hand, you find yourself at an altitude of 2,365 in about 10 minutes. In other words, you get out of the heat of the Mediterranean and meet a very cool air even in summer.
There are also ready-made programs that you can watch the sunrise and sunset from the top of Tahtalı Mountain.
The Toros Mountains (Toros Dağları) are the Anatolian extensions of the Alps, which traverse many countries of Europe. In Türkiye, the Toros Mountains start from the west of Antalya, parallel to the Mediterranean coast, from the Teke Peninsula, cross all Antalya parallel to the sea, then continue by entering the Syrian borders.
Toros Mountains are divided into three parts: Western Toros Mountains, Central Toros Mountains and Southeastern Toros Mountains. The Western Toros Mountains start from the Teke Peninsula and extend to the border of Antalya and Mersin. In other words, Antalya is the home to most of the Western Toros Mountains.
The Western Toros Mountains are also divided into parts. The westernmost Akdağlar and the Bey Mountains (Akdağlar ve Bey Dağları) and Geyik Mountains (Geyik Dağları), which are located a little further east, including Kemer, and which also includes the Tahtalı Mountain are also in Antalya.
Throughout history, these mountain ranges have been determinant in dozens of vital points, from the climate of the region to the lifestyle of the people of the region, from the culture of the region to the regional cuisine and transportation.
Köprülü Canyon National Park
Köprülü Canyon National Park (Köprülü Kanyon Milli Parkı) is located around the Köprüçay (Köprü) River, 85 km northeast of Antalya city center, 63 km northwest of Manavgat district. This natural area was designated and declared as a National Park in 1973. The split valley created by Köprüçay which constitutes the resource value of the National Park, is one of the longest canyons in Türkiye with a length of 14 km and a wall height of more than 100 meters.
Originating from the Toros Mountains and passing through natural wonder canyons, Köprüçay pours into the Mediterranean in the south of Serik. Fed by underground waters in canyons that are steep on both sides and almost impossible to access, Köprüçay creates one of the most beautiful natural recreation areas in Türkiye. In addition, many archaeological resources such as the ancient city of Selge, located in the mountainous terrain to the west of the river, the castles by the river, aqueducts, bridges belonging to the Roman period and historical roads increase the importance of Köprülü Canyon.
Köprülü Canyon National Park offers many activity options to its visitors thanks to its natural, historical and cultural richness. On and around Köprüçay, you can do dozens of different activities such as canoeing, canyoning (canyon crossing), swimming, trekking, rock climbing, orienteering, cycling, angling, etc., especially rafting, as well as botanical-wildlife observing, geological structure observing, camping, photography, picnic, jeep safari, plateau trips. You can include the Selge Ancient City and the St. Paul Road which is a part of the National Park in your travel program.
For resting and accommodation in Köprülü Canyon National Park, you can benefit from the pensions serving with food and beverage facilities, daily and tent camping areas, and bungalow houses located on both sides of the river within the boundaries of the park.
Located 36 km southwest of Antalya city center, just north of Kemer, Göynük Canyon (Göynük Kanyonu) is a paradise on earth with its magnificent nature, trees, natural waterfalls and pools. The canyon is also located on the world-famous Lycian Way.
After walking through the toll booths to reach the canyon, you arrive at the artificial pond. The pond offers an impressive view with its lush green waters. You will see recreation and eating and drinking facilities around the pond. You can experience the zipline nearby. The zipline reaches a height of 40 meters above the ground at speeds of up to 65 km per hour!
After the pond, you will arrive at the natural pool after a two-kilometer hike along the stream and nature. It is also possible to do propel in the canyon where you can swim in the artificial pond and the natural pool above.
Kekova is a long, thin island with a length of 7.4 km and a width of about 500 meters, stretching across the villages of Üçağız (Teimiussa) and Kale (Simena). The island, whose highest peak is 188 meters is surrounded by a turquoise sea.
Kekova is an increasingly popular island in recent years. Boat tours from Çayağzı (Andriake) started to be known as "Kekova Tour", and more importantly, the archaeological natural preservation areas around the island and its surroundings were named Kekova Site Area (Kekova Sit Alanı).
Having one of the cleanest seas not only of Antalya but of the whole Mediterranean world, Kekova and its surroundings owe this cleanliness to being taken under protection. The island has never had urban characteristics like the two small harbors opposite it, but rather was used as a shelter, shipbuilding and repair base for seafarers who protected the two cities against the Mediterranean. In this environment, the ruins on the northwest coast of the island, which is today called the Sunken City (Sunken Şehri) are the most colorful spots of Kekova which has been used as a commercial and military base since the fifth century BCE. Tersane Bay (Tersane Koyu), on the shores of the island, is both an area for swimming and archaeological remains which are densest with its basilica apse from the Byzantine Period. In the spot known as the sunken city near the island, there are settlements carved on the mainland and foundations in the water. The fact that only the structures at this spot were submerged is explained by the fact that this spot of the island lies towards the mainland as a result of the earthquake.
Kaş is a small town located in the west of Antalya, with songs written on its name, preferred for relaxing as much as having fun, attracting you with its narrow streets and friendly people, deserving to be described with the word “cute” and loved by almost everybody.
Kaş promises you dozens of activities. The most popular of these is to hop on boats departing from the small harbor of Kas and visit the calm turquoise bays. Moreover, these calm bays have the most popular diving spots in Türkiye and Europe. Canyon, Dimitri (Pamuk) Wreck (Dimitri Batığı), Besmi Island (Besmi Adası), Büyük Cave (Büyük Mağara), Uçanbalık (Flying Fish) Counter and Limanağzı are the best known and promising diving spots of Kaş.
Konyaaltı Beach (Konyaaltı Plajı), one of the most known beaches in Türkiye is located just eight kilometers west of Antalya city center, that is, inside the city. Having a Blue Flag and a length of 7.5 km, the beach is one of the most important natural symbols of Antalya.
Kaputaş Beach (Kaputaş Plajı), which is a First Degree Natural Protected Area, is located on the Kaş-Kalkan Highway. Kaputaş is a pocket beach located at the mouth of a canyon that reaches the sea. The white sandy beach and the sea which looks dark blue offshore, blue as you approach, turquoise on the shore is almost fascinating. The beach is accessed by an almost 200-step stairs from the highway. This natural wonder beach is 20 km from Kas and 10 km from Kalkan. Kaputaş Beach was registered as a recreation spot with the decision of the Antalya Regional Commission for Protection of Natural Heritagein 2015.
Çıralı Beach (Çıralı Plajı) in Kemer district combines a perfect sandy beach and historical depth. At the south end of the beach, the ancient city of Olympos and Yanartaş (Chimera) are in the northwest.
Çıralı beach is 3.2 km long, 10 to 50 meters wide. The beach rises with a gentle slope from the sea, bordered by cliffs at both ends which consists of fine-grained sand. At the south end of the beach, the fresh and cold waters of the creek passing through the ancient city of Olympos join the salty and warm sea.
Çıralı beach is also one of the breeding grounds of Caretta Carettas, whose extinction is in danger around the world. If you go in the right season, you can see little Caretta Carettas running from the beach to the sea!
Patara Beach (Patara Plajı) has the second longest beach in Türkiye. The width of the beach varies between 280 meters and 1500 meters, and its total length is of 14 kilometers. Patara Beach which has been declared a Special Environmental Protection Area, is also one of the most important breeding areas of Caretta Carettas in Türkiye.
The beach is in the far west of Antalya. The beach is located on the Kas-Fethiye highway.
Patara is 17 km from Kalkan and 43 km from Kaş. The beach is reached through Patara Ancient City.
Visitors use Patara Beach alternately with Caretta Carettas between 15 May and 15 September. Visitors use the beach between 08.00-20.00 and Caretta Carettas between 20.00-08.00. It is forbidden to enter the beach and to turn on any lights on the beach within the time reserved for Caretta Carettas.
Incekum is a beach in Avsallar Town in Alanya known for its unique sand. The fine yellow sand and the shallow sea are the main factors that make this beach special.
Lara Beach (Lara Plajı) is located 18 kilometers southeast of Antalya city center. The beach is known for its wide beaches and the presence of fine sand. That is why Lara Beach is also called Altınkum (golden sand) Beach.
The length of Lara Beach is two kilometers, and its width is 45 meters on average. There are also spots in the beach where the sands are pulled 150-200 meters north. Sands and red pine trees are intertwined at these spots.
In Lara Beach, which is known for its fine sand dunes, the diameters of the dunes vary between 0.5-0.125 mm. Since fine dunes are good for rheumatic diseases in summer, people always set up their tents in Lara Beach and the red pine.
Adrasan Beach (Adrasan Plajı) is in Adrasan, a village of Kumluca district in the west of Antalya. It is 95 km from Antalya city center and 55 km from Kemer district. This natural wonder bay has about two km of beach and a sparkling sea. The mountains surrounding the bay are covered with forests. The Adrasan Beach is also one of the important and beautiful stops in the world the famous Lycian Way.
Damlataş and Cleopatra
Damlataş and Cleopatra beaches are located at the entrance of Alanya district, west of Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi). Both beaches are Blue Flag Certified!
Damlataş Beach is located right in front of Damlataş Cave (Damlataş Mağarası). The beach is famous for the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and the Roman Emperor Antonius swam here. The small bay of the beach which stretches towards the peninsula and consists of large stones, is therefore called Cleopatra. Cleopatra Bay (Cleopatra Koyu) reaches a clear sea. It is possible to see fishes and other sea creatures if you swim with sea goggles!
Located west of Antalya city center, northwest of Kemer, within the boundaries of Korkuteli district, Bakırlı Mountain (Bakırlı Dağı) has a ski center on its northern slope. Saklıkent Ski Center (Saklıkent Kayak Merkezi) built on the slopes of Bakırlı Mountain is located only 35 kilometers away from the Antalya city center and offers its visitors the opportunity to experience two seasons on the same day. It is possible to ski on the Bakırlıdağ slopes from December to April. And thanks to its nature and climate, Antalya also offers the opportunity to swim in blue and turquoise seas at the same time!
Saklıkent Ski Center is a complex of 500 chalets and ski facilities. The average snow thickness in the area varies between 100 and 120 cm during the winter months.
Finike - Ördübek Highland
It is possible to reach Finike - Ördübek Highland through Finike-Elmalı. In summer, you can go to the highland by minibuses from Finike.
Surrounded by centuries-old cedar trees and juniper trees and spread over vast areas where the base of the highland is covered with mountain meadows and wild flowers. The fact that there are very few highland houses and no infrastructure makes this magnificent highland untouched. Arycanda Ancient City, located in Arif Village, is one of the must-see places close to the highland.
Serik - Ovacık Highland
Serik - Ovacık Highland (Serik – Ovacık Yaylası) is located 36 km away from Serik town center. The view of the road going to the highland, passing through citrus gardens, surrounded by maquis and pine trees as the altitude rises is impressive. The view of Serik and the Mediterranean from the entrance of the highland is like a visual painting.
On the other hand, Ovacık highland, which is in the form of a bowl surrounded by hills with steep slopes covered with forests, has no infrastructure. The creek coast, passing through the completely virgin highland, is very suitable for camping. The castle ruins in the highland are among the must-see places of the highland.
Saklıkent (Saklı) Highland
Saklıkent Highland (Saklıkent Yaylası) is located 50 km from Antalya. You can reach the highland by roads with beautiful views.
There are ski facilities in Saklıkent Highland, located at an altitude of 1,850 meters, in the northwest of Antalya, in the middle of the Beydağları mountains. Karçukuru, Fesikan Highland (Fesikan Yaylası), Yazır Highland (Yazır Yaylası), Moryer, Eren Mountain (Eren Dağı), Fesleğen Highland (Fesleğen Yaylası), Yazır Ridges (Yazır Tepesi) and Bereket Mountain (Bereket Dağı), that attract Antalya people are ideal places for exploring and camping.
Alanya - Demirtaş District Kaş - Sapadere - Tokar and Söğüt Highlands
It is possible to access by a stabilized road from Demirtaş district to the highlands located within the boundaries of Alanya and in the inner parts of the Toross mountains. You can go to the highlands by minibuses at certain times of the day in summer.
The highlands, accessed by the beautiful scenic road that passes through citrus gardens, greenhouses, maquis plants, pine trees, and sometimes along the Demirtaş Stream (Demirtaş Çayı) are visited by the people of Demirtaş and the surrounding villages. The highlands covered with orchards, wildflowers and mountain meadows are untouched. Country coffees and restaurants are served in the villages near the highland. You can camp on the bank of Demirtaş Stream and fish with a fishing rod.
It is possible to reach Üçoluk Highland (Üçoluk Yaylası) from Kemer by 37 kilometers of stabilized roads that pass-through pine trees.
The highland, located in the southwest of Antalya at an altitude of about 1,500 meters, has a rich flora and fauna. The simple highland houses on the highland, which has no infrastructure services, seem to be integrated with cedar, pine and plane trees. Camping and trekking programs are also organized to the highland that is visited by the people of Antalya and Kemer.
Akseki - Piser Highland
The highland can be reached by stabilized roads on the Antalya-Akseki-Beyşehir Highway.
The untouched Piser Highland (Piser Yaylası), located in a wide-based valley, is covered with fir, pine trees, wildflowers and mountain meadows. There is no infrastructure service in the highland. You can camp in the area and spend time alone with quiet and calm nature. You can go to the nearby Akşahap Village and see the village life of fishing in the Manavgat Stream (Manavgat Çayı), explore Altınbeşik Cave (Altınbeşik Mağarası), which is one of the rare caves and 10 km from the highland.
İbradı - Maşad - Kocaoluk - Sütleğen - Elmalı - Gebesin - Söğütbeli - Sülek Highlands
Highlands are located on and near the İbradı - Beyşehir road in the north of İbradı district. At the foot of Hasan Mountain (Hasan Dağı), the highlands at 1200-1500 meters altitude with simple stone houses are covered with juniper, pine, fir, cedar trees and orchards. Famous for its vineyards and local wine, İbradı is one of the rare places where old Turkish houses are located. While you are in this region, you can visit Altınbeşik Cave (Altınbeşik Mağarası), which is 12 km away and is one of the biggest caves in Türkiye, and the Düdencik Cave (Düdencik Mağarası) which is 15 km away. Also, be prepared to encounter wild goats, partridges, foxes, rabbits, wild boars and plenty of thrushes in the region as it is rich in wildlife.
Alanya - Dereköy Highland
Dereköy Highland (Dereköy Yaylası) is located 30 kilometers north of Alanya. Access to the highland is easy via asphalt roads.
Highland hosts a village with the same name. Highland is in pine trees, fruit and vegetable gardens on the southern slopes of the valley where the Kargı Stream (Kargı Çayı) flows. In the charming highland village that is frequently visited, coffee houses, grocery stores, health center, restaurants serving meat dishes provide services. The highland is quite suitable for day trips, picnics and walking in the forest.
Serik - Beşkonak - Altınkaya (Zerk - Selge) - Ballıbucak Villages, Gödre and İkiz Highlands
You can reach the Beşkonak sub-district by minibuses from the Serik district by taking 35 kilometers long asphalt road passing through citrus groves, maquis and pine trees. It is possible to reach Beşkonak Altınkaya (Selge-Zerk Ancient City) Village by a 10-kilometer stabilized road passing through Köprülü Canyon National Park (Köprülü Kanyon Milli Parkı).
The highlands on the skirts of Kuyucak Mountain (Kuyucak Dağı) in the north and northeast of Antalya are at an altitude of 1,600 - 1,900 meters. There is no infrastructure in the highlands which are intertwined with maquis, pine, fir, juniper, cedar forests. There is no land transportation to the İkiz Highland (İkiz Yaylası), where the villagers nearby, graze their animals and use it as a highland.