Steeped in thousands of years of history and blessed with great weather and natural beauty, a trip down Antalya's winding roads will lead you to plenty of hidden treasures. Bordered by the Taurus Mountains, the serene landscapes and mountain views available from Antalya and the surrounding areas are breathtaking. There are thousands of independent stores crafting and selling handmade goods for a decent price, innumerable restaurants full of delicious traditional and local recipes and a lively nightlife. The rich social aspect of the city is only bettered by its historical and cultural value; Antalya has been a melting pot of ideas and traditions since the Roman times, meaning that the city promises an eclectic and almost endless list of sites of interest. If the buzz of the city gets too much, you can always head down to the stunning beachfront.
Life's a beach
Sun, sea and sand are all in abundance in Antalya, which has a typically gorgeous Mediterranean climate. It also has the added bonus of being shielded from cold northerly winds by the Taurus Mountains. This combination lends itself to fantastic beach weather and the ideal opportunity to top up your tan. Lara Beach is one of the main seaside attractions; residing in 450 acres of land, the beach has areas for numerous sports, recreational areas for children, bars, restaurants and even an amusement park. There are also laid-back beaches, such as Patara Beach; spanning 14 miles, it is long considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Along the entire coast in Antalya there are water sport rental shops and schools that can help you add a little excitement to your seaside trip, along with the opportunity to scuba dive, snorkel and swim with the local marine wildlife.
Antalya has thousands of years of culture to inspire and entertain you; in the heart of the city is the Kaleiçi, the perfectly preserved old district, which literally translates to "within the castle". In this area you can find Hadrian's gate, which was erected in 130 AD in honour of the Roman emperor Hadrian visiting the city. Among other incredible sites in this treasure trove are the Antalya Clock Tower and the Yivli Minare, both famous for their stunning architecture. Down the slope towards the sea is the idyllic and impressive Roman Harbour, while the Antalya Museum is just a fifteen minute drive away and carries many artefacts from the Hellenic era.
Outside of the old-quarter there’s plenty of opportunity for more fun. You can take a short cruise and admire the Mediterranean coastline while enjoying appetising local delicacies and drinks. Alternatively, you can also practice your haggling skills in the chaotic sights, sounds and smells of one of the many local bazaars, where you’re bound to find something that will intrigue you. Antalya also has a long and delectable culinary history, so make sure to get to a few restaurants to try some delicious local dishes.