Introducing holidays to Antalya
Head east from Antalya, the biggest resort on Turkey’s famed Turquoise Coast, and you’ll soon arrive at Kizilot, a village resort that mixes the outstanding natural attractions of this beautiful Mediterranean seaboard with village atmosphere and lots of peace and quiet.
If you want to explore and find a little more you’re in a brilliant spot. Antalya, with all its smart attractions, isn’t too far away. Side, blessed with both superb modern facilities and an ancient historical background that includes links with Anthony and Cleopatra, is closer still. Nearby Manavgat has both water parks and adventure experiences as well as a stunning river and sea setting that’s typical of the local coastline.
This is a brilliant area if you want to discover Turkey’s natural beauty. The beaches are almost uniformly of fantastic quality, with olive and avocado farms (the local food is fantastic) heading up the hills behind them towards the spectacular Taurus Mountains.
Life’s a beach
If you time your trip correctly, you might share the sands around Kizilot with some other seasonal visitors, the egg-laying turtles who call in during the summer. Some nesting sites are protected from visitors, others make an attraction of these beautiful migrants, so make sure you’re turtle aware in the Antalya area. Kizilot has 7kms of beaches alone. As is typical of this coast, you’ll find gently sloping sands that are very family safe.
Side can get busy, but the beaches are worth the crowds, with white sands and lots of seafront bars and restaurants on a lively promenade. It’s a good diving and water sports spot too, if you want to check out just how warm and inviting those turquoise waters are.
Alanya, to the east, is another busy city resort which attracts both local and international crowds but with 22km of sandy beaches on which to park your towel you should find somewhere to call your own.
Although Kizilot’s relatively low-key, if you’ve got the kids with you – or you’ve got a youthful spirit yourself – you’ll be grateful for the close proximity of the Water Planet water park just to the east of the resorts. It’s the biggest park of its kind on the Turkish Mediterranean coast and comes with a good selection of gentle rafting rides and high-speed slides to suit a wide variety of temperaments and ages.
Side’s a bit of an odd mix of big holiday resort and major historical site. You’ll be bowled over by either aspect if you throw yourself in to this great little coastal town. The Temple of Athena is right on the water front, mixing the town’s two worlds beautifully. The amphitheatre, up towards the hills, is still a dominant and impressive building. There are many more ruins, statues and sites to explore and the Side museum will add an extra level to your understanding.
The coastline around Kizilot has attractions enough to keep you busy for a good long time but if you want to move your focus from the glittering waters to the cooler greens of the interior, the foothills and rivers of the Taurus Mountains are within reach of the Med. The waterfalls at Manavgat, where you’ll also find an interesting town and boat trips up river, are a good place to start exploring further afield.