"With soft golden sands, warm weather, a fascinating culture blending European and Asian traditions and the friendliest locals Antalya is the ideal place for a holiday"
Holidays to Antalya
Nestled on the Turkish Riviera, the region of Antalya is the perfect blend of beautiful beaches and lively resorts. With such a perfect mix, an Antalya holiday is diverse and you can find yourself from town to beach in mere minutes. Antalya itself has a fascinating Byzantine past, while stunning resorts such as Lara beach and Side are perfect for families and couples. Expect lazy days by the sea, trips to ancient sites such as the Temple of Apollo plus plenty of shopping opportunities at Antalya’s thriving markets.
A Turkish Delight
Boasting a stretch of stunning coastline, Antalya has a wealth of hotels along the ocean front and located near the city centre, which is great for those who are looking to make the most out of their Antalya holidays. If you’re on a romantic getaway then Side is a good option. Located to the east of Antalya it is steeped in history and boasts sites such as the Greek amphitheatre and modern complexes including nightclubs - the perfect mix of old and new.
For sunshine lovers, Lara is a good place to stay, and is where hotels are designed to look like major global landmarks. Another popular choice is the idyllic Belek, boasting several exclusive hotels and a stunning sandy bay, it’s great for a relaxing beach retreat. Mermeli beach is also centrally located and holidaymakers love to revel in its soft golden sand and family friendly swimming waters.
Sun, Sea and Sand!
Remember to pack your sunnies – the Antalya region is famous for being scorching hot in the summer months. Thanks to its proximity to Africa, it’s also warm in the winter months too, meaning you can enjoy holidays to Antalya all year round. Enjoy spending your days on one of the region’s many Blue Flag beaches, such as Konyaaltu, which has plenty of water sports available, including snorkelling and banana boats.
If you get tired of lazing in the sun all day – although we can’t imagine that will be quickly - then delve into Turkey’s fascinating past by wandering along the seafront in smaller towns such as Denizkent or Goynuk. Or if you feel like getting back to nature then visit the stunning Taurus mountains for some spectacular photo opportunities.
If you want to get a true taste of Turkey, then head to the old town in Antalya city, where you can sit alongside locals and sample spicy adana kebab with toasted pide, a type of flat bread. If you plan your Antalya holidays in July then be sure to check out the Manavgat Festival too; you can sample traditional food while experiencing fantastic Turkish music and dance.
Things to do in Turkey Antalya Area
Located to the northwest of Antalya is the awe-inspiring ancient ruin of Termessos by the Gulluk Dagi National Park, which is easily accessible and great for a day trip. For a spot of pampering then visit Pamukkale hot springs, perfect for couples and those who are looking to relax. Of course, a Turkish bath is another must on your Antalya holiday; most towns have traditional baths, which are often quite cheap and great for maintaining sun-kissed skin.
If you fancy a bit of an exploration then visit the Duden waterfall, where visitors can climb down behind the water into the magical caves hidden underneath. Back within the city walls, wander through the Antalya bazaar where you’ll find a colourful array of stalls selling everything from trinkets to carpets. Alternatively, cool off with the kids at Dedeman Water Park and make sure your holiday really goes down with a splash!
Please note that UK Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr