Top 6 Cheap and Free Things to Do in Antalya, Turkey

Antalya has gained popularity in the past few years not only as a holiday destination in Turkey (officially known as Turkiye), but also a digital nomad hub in the country due to the city's beauty and affordability.

Situated on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, the city has mild winter and hot summer which makes it an attractive location for those looking for a warm place in Europe. On top of that, the cost of living also allows you to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. 

While I have some alternative digital nomad destinations in Turkiye like Izmir and Yalova, Marco of Nomadic Fire is here to share some of the best cheap and free things to do in Antalya, whether you're there as a tourist or planning to stay for a while!

6 Best Free and Cheap Activities in Antalya, Turkey

Antalya, Turkey is one of the cheapest cities in Europe. The low cost of living in Antalya allows a visitor to arrive at the airport, take public transportation the entire day, eat three delicious Turkish meals, spend a whole day sightseeing, and still not spend more than $10 for the ENTIRE day.

Suppose you can swing free accommodation through credit card points, hotel loyalty programs, or even go Couchsurfing. In that case, you can enjoy a vacation day in Antalya for less than the price of lunch in any major city in Western Europe or the United States.

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Generally speaking, Antalya has been divided into two parts of the city: the Old and the New City. While there are many historical sights along with cozy family restaurants in the Old City area, the New City will offer you a modern metropolis that will be suitable for city travelers.

Paragliding at Konyaalti Beach in Altalya, Turkey.

1. Light Rail From The Airport

Obviously, our $10 budget doesn't cover your flights, but it does cover our 40 minute light rail trip from the airport to Antalya's Old Town. As a matter of fact, all public transportation tickets, regardless of length or distance, only cost 40 cents.

2. Simit Breakfast

The Turkish version of a bagel is called a simit. Street vendors selling simits are ubiquitous. Look for a busy vendor to ensure you get the freshest simit for breakfast.

3. Join the Tour Around the Ancient Ruins

Spend the morning walking around Kaleici, Antalya's Old Town, to see amazingly well preserved Roman and Ottoman ruins. You can also join a guided tour to explore Antalya Old Town and surroundings.

Enter Kaleici through the historical Hadrians Castle Gate. The gate, one of Turkey's most famous ancient Roman structures, was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD. In ancient times, the entrance arch was part of the walls that once guarded the city.

Continue walking the beautiful old town until you get to the southwest corner of the walls that border Karaalioglu Park. Here you can admire views of the harbor from Hıdırlık Tower, a fortification and lighthouse built in the 2nd century.

4. Pide for Lunch

More cheap eats. This time try the Turkish version of a pizza with ground beef called Kıymalı Pide.

5. Bus Ride to the Beach

The closest beach to Kaleici is Mermerli Beach, but the entrance fee is between $2 to $5, depending on how busy they are. Instead, take advantage of the cheap public transportation and head to a better beach in Konyaaltı, which is free.

Konyaalti and Lara beach on the west and east sides of Antalya are the two main beaches. Konyaalti is Antalya's largest and most popular beach. The views from the top of the hills overlooking the ocean are fantastic.

The beach itself is nice enough, with more pebbles than the sugar-white sands of Southeast Asia. The clear turquoise waters are the main selling point to me.

Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey.
Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey. Source: Nomadic Fire.

6. “Splurge” On Dinner

After the bus ride back, you should still have $7.50 left in the $10 budget. That buys you several options in Antalya, which include:

  • Light dinner – Durum Wrap with Fries for around $2
  • Local dinner – Adana Kebab plate with salad and drink for around $4.5
  • Sit down dinner – Grilled calamari with a side for around $8

Turkish food is not just all about lamb doner! The wide variety of different options available will satisfy any appetite and budget.

Antalya is quickly becoming one of Europe's hot spots for travelers who want to get away from their daily lives without breaking their bank account. It is a cheap, beautiful city with amazing food, architecture, and culture. Visit Antalya, Turkey to live cheaply or enjoy a great vacation!


Contributor: Marco Sison of Nomadic Fire.

Marco Sison, a Retirement Coach for Nomadic FIRE, is a trusted source for living abroad and personal finance. He has been featured in USA Today, US News and World Reports, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post, and many others. He writes about personal finance and early retirement overseas for Nomadic FIRE. He has traveled the last six years to over 40 countries to show the best ways to save, invest, and live in amazing countries for 70% less cost than the US.

1. Light Rail From The Airport

Obviously, our $10 budget doesn't cover your flights, but it does cover our 40 minute light rail trip from the airport to Antalya's Old Town. As a matter of fact, all public transportation tickets, regardless of length or distance, only cost 40 cents.

2. Simit Breakfast

The Turkish version of a bagel is called a simit. Street vendors selling simits are ubiquitous. Look for a busy vendor to ensure you get the freshest simit for breakfast.

3. Join the Tour Around the Ancient Ruins

Spend the morning walking around Kaleici, Antalya's Old Town, to see amazingly well preserved Roman and Ottoman ruins. You can also join a guided tour to explore Antalya Old Town and surroundings.

Enter Kaleici through the historical Hadrians Castle Gate. The gate, one of Turkey's most famous ancient Roman structures, was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD. In ancient times, the entrance arch was part of the walls that once guarded the city.

Continue walking the beautiful old town until you get to the southwest corner of the walls that border Karaalioglu Park. Here you can admire views of the harbor from Hıdırlık Tower, a fortification and lighthouse built in the 2nd century.

4. Pide for Lunch

More cheap eats. This time try the Turkish version of a pizza with ground beef called Kıymalı Pide.

5. Bus Ride to the Beach

The closest beach to Kaleici is Mermerli Beach, but the entrance fee is between $2 to $5, depending on how busy they are. Instead, take advantage of the cheap public transportation and head to a better beach in Konyaaltı, which is free.

Konyaalti and Lara beach on the west and east sides of Antalya are the two main beaches. Konyaalti is Antalya's largest and most popular beach. The views from the top of the hills overlooking the ocean are fantastic.

The beach itself is nice enough, with more pebbles than the sugar-white sands of Southeast Asia. The clear turquoise waters are the main selling point to me.

Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey.
Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey. Source: Nomadic Fire.

6. “Splurge” On Dinner

After the bus ride back, you should still have $7.50 left in the $10 budget. That buys you several options in Antalya, which include:

  • Light dinner – Durum Wrap with Fries for around $2
  • Local dinner – Adana Kebab plate with salad and drink for around $4.5
  • Sit down dinner – Grilled calamari with a side for around $8

Turkish food is not just all about lamb doner! The wide variety of different options available will satisfy any appetite and budget.

Antalya is quickly becoming one of Europe's hot spots for travelers who want to get away from their daily lives without breaking their bank account. It is a cheap, beautiful city with amazing food, architecture, and culture. Visit Antalya, Turkey to live cheaply or enjoy a great vacation!


Contributor: Marco Sison of Nomadic Fire.

Marco Sison, a Retirement Coach for Nomadic FIRE, is a trusted source for living abroad and personal finance. He has been featured in USA Today, US News and World Reports, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post, and many others. He writes about personal finance and early retirement overseas for Nomadic FIRE. He has traveled the last six years to over 40 countries to show the best ways to save, invest, and live in amazing countries for 70% less cost than the US.

1. Light Rail From The Airport

Obviously, our $10 budget doesn't cover your flights, but it does cover our 40 minute light rail trip from the airport to Antalya's Old Town. As a matter of fact, all public transportation tickets, regardless of length or distance, only cost 40 cents.

2. Simit Breakfast

The Turkish version of a bagel is called a simit. Street vendors selling simits are ubiquitous. Look for a busy vendor to ensure you get the freshest simit for breakfast.

3. Join the Tour Around the Ancient Ruins

Spend the morning walking around Kaleici, Antalya's Old Town, to see amazingly well preserved Roman and Ottoman ruins. You can also join a guided tour to explore Antalya Old Town and surroundings.

Enter Kaleici through the historical Hadrians Castle Gate. The gate, one of Turkey's most famous ancient Roman structures, was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD. In ancient times, the entrance arch was part of the walls that once guarded the city.

Continue walking the beautiful old town until you get to the southwest corner of the walls that border Karaalioglu Park. Here you can admire views of the harbor from Hıdırlık Tower, a fortification and lighthouse built in the 2nd century.

4. Pide for Lunch

More cheap eats. This time try the Turkish version of a pizza with ground beef called Kıymalı Pide.

5. Bus Ride to the Beach

The closest beach to Kaleici is Mermerli Beach, but the entrance fee is between $2 to $5, depending on how busy they are. Instead, take advantage of the cheap public transportation and head to a better beach in Konyaaltı, which is free.

Konyaalti and Lara beach on the west and east sides of Antalya are the two main beaches. Konyaalti is Antalya's largest and most popular beach. The views from the top of the hills overlooking the ocean are fantastic.

The beach itself is nice enough, with more pebbles than the sugar-white sands of Southeast Asia. The clear turquoise waters are the main selling point to me.

Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey.
Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey. Source: Nomadic Fire.

6. “Splurge” On Dinner

After the bus ride back, you should still have $7.50 left in the $10 budget. That buys you several options in Antalya, which include:

  • Light dinner – Durum Wrap with Fries for around $2
  • Local dinner – Adana Kebab plate with salad and drink for around $4.5
  • Sit down dinner – Grilled calamari with a side for around $8

Turkish food is not just all about lamb doner! The wide variety of different options available will satisfy any appetite and budget.

Antalya is quickly becoming one of Europe's hot spots for travelers who want to get away from their daily lives without breaking their bank account. It is a cheap, beautiful city with amazing food, architecture, and culture. Visit Antalya, Turkey to live cheaply or enjoy a great vacation!


Contributor: Marco Sison of Nomadic Fire.

Marco Sison, a Retirement Coach for Nomadic FIRE, is a trusted source for living abroad and personal finance. He has been featured in USA Today, US News and World Reports, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post, and many others. He writes about personal finance and early retirement overseas for Nomadic FIRE. He has traveled the last six years to over 40 countries to show the best ways to save, invest, and live in amazing countries for 70% less cost than the US.

1. Light Rail From The Airport

Obviously, our $10 budget doesn't cover your flights, but it does cover our 40 minute light rail trip from the airport to Antalya's Old Town. As a matter of fact, all public transportation tickets, regardless of length or distance, only cost 40 cents.

2. Simit Breakfast

The Turkish version of a bagel is called a simit. Street vendors selling simits are ubiquitous. Look for a busy vendor to ensure you get the freshest simit for breakfast.

3. Join the Tour Around the Ancient Ruins

Spend the morning walking around Kaleici, Antalya's Old Town, to see amazingly well preserved Roman and Ottoman ruins. You can also join a guided tour to explore Antalya Old Town and surroundings.

Enter Kaleici through the historical Hadrians Castle Gate. The gate, one of Turkey's most famous ancient Roman structures, was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD. In ancient times, the entrance arch was part of the walls that once guarded the city.

Continue walking the beautiful old town until you get to the southwest corner of the walls that border Karaalioglu Park. Here you can admire views of the harbor from Hıdırlık Tower, a fortification and lighthouse built in the 2nd century.

4. Pide for Lunch

More cheap eats. This time try the Turkish version of a pizza with ground beef called Kıymalı Pide.

5. Bus Ride to the Beach

The closest beach to Kaleici is Mermerli Beach, but the entrance fee is between $2 to $5, depending on how busy they are. Instead, take advantage of the cheap public transportation and head to a better beach in Konyaaltı, which is free.

Konyaalti and Lara beach on the west and east sides of Antalya are the two main beaches. Konyaalti is Antalya's largest and most popular beach. The views from the top of the hills overlooking the ocean are fantastic.

The beach itself is nice enough, with more pebbles than the sugar-white sands of Southeast Asia. The clear turquoise waters are the main selling point to me.

Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey.
Pide pizza in Antalya, Turkey. Source: Nomadic Fire.

6. “Splurge” On Dinner

After the bus ride back, you should still have $7.50 left in the $10 budget. That buys you several options in Antalya, which include:

  • Light dinner – Durum Wrap with Fries for around $2
  • Local dinner – Adana Kebab plate with salad and drink for around $4.5
  • Sit down dinner – Grilled calamari with a side for around $8

Turkish food is not just all about lamb doner! The wide variety of different options available will satisfy any appetite and budget.

Antalya is quickly becoming one of Europe's hot spots for travelers who want to get away from their daily lives without breaking their bank account. It is a cheap, beautiful city with amazing food, architecture, and culture. Visit Antalya, Turkey to live cheaply or enjoy a great vacation!


Contributor: Marco Sison of Nomadic Fire.

Marco Sison, a Retirement Coach for Nomadic FIRE, is a trusted source for living abroad and personal finance. He has been featured in USA Today, US News and World Reports, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post, and many others. He writes about personal finance and early retirement overseas for Nomadic FIRE. He has traveled the last six years to over 40 countries to show the best ways to save, invest, and live in amazing countries for 70% less cost than the US.


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