Phaselis: the best beach in Antalya?

Is Phaselis the best beach in Antalya? There is no straightforward answer to that question. After all, it all depends on what you expect. If you’re after lots of people, plenty of sun loungers, and an abundance of beach facilities, then you won’t consider Phaselis for an award for the best beach in Antalya. If, like us, you are looking for a scenic setting combined with the visual presence of a stunning ancient site, then maybe you would think of this place as being almost perfect. In any case, Phaselis has a lot to offer to nature-lovers and history-freaks alike. If we had to describe it in one sentence? What a place!

Aqueduct With Northern Bay In The Background

Aqueduct With Northern Bay In The Background

Phaselis: the ruins

Phaselis dates back to Roman times when its prosperity came from shipping perfume, rose oil and wood from its three harbors. While the peninsula is small, the three strategic bays ensured that the city became the most significant port for eastern Lycia’s coast. The broad harbor way connects the protected southern harbor from Hadrians’ Gate to the central military port. En route, expect to find the ruins of several Roman baths, Agori and the remnants of a few shops along the sideways. Halfway, wooden stairs take you up to the theatre, which is impressive, if only because of the view towards Mount Olympos behind the stage wall. In the pine forest behind the central and northern port are the visible remains of the limestone aqueduct bringing water to Phaselis and the surroundings.

Theatre With Dramatic Backdrop

Theatre With Dramatic Backdrop

Main Road Towards The Northern Harbor

Main Road Towards The Northern Harbor

The best beach in Antalya?

If not the best beach in Antalya, then most probably one of the more intriguing ones. Where else can you swim in a naturally divine place full of history, next to historical artifacts from 309BC? Right, probably nowhere. Still, this is precisely the case in Phaselis. If you ask us, this is what makes Phaselis such a delightful place to visit. It is as if the ruins come to life. You are not just visiting an ancient site here; you are enjoying the peaceful setting of a national park, three perfect bays for swimming, fishing, and sunbathing, and the backdrop of the ruins and Mount Olympos.

Military Harbor

Military Harbor

Phaselis Southern Bay

Phaselis Southern Bay

How to get to Phaselis?

With its three harbors, Phaselis is a popular stop for the many boat trips and blue cruises in the area. Those who prefer to hit the road and are not self-driving can take a minibus or dolmuş from Antalya Otogar or Antalya Aquarium, and also from Kemer, Olympos, and Çıralı.  If you are driving, Phaselis is easy to reach, located along the D400 between Tekirova and Kemer. If you like to walk, Phaselis is located on the Lycian Way!

The entrance fee in 2018 is 30TL per person. The National Park and the site are open from 8 am till 7 pm from April 15th to October 2nd. During the winter season, the park opens at 8 am and closes at 6 pm. The ticket office is closed at 4:30 pm in winter.

Make sure to check out our interactive Turkey travel map for more things to see and do in the area. If you are still preparing your trip to Turkey, our Turkey travel resources page contains all the information you need, including direct links to purchase your tourist visa for Turkey online.

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Phaselis

Phaselis
Çamyuva Mahallesi, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey
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