Introducing holidays to Tekirova
Definitely at the smarter end of the scale on the Turkish Mediterranean coast of Anatolia, Tekirova has big historical and natural attractions behind its beautiful sandy beaches. Your accommodation here will tend towards the luxurious, with lots of activities and excursions thrown in to entertain a discerning crowd.
Tekirova lies about 45-minutes’ drive from Antalya, the busy resort city that’s the capital of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast region.
You’ll love the beach, which is long and sandy and if you want to check out those turquoise waters then the local water skiing, diving and boating schools will be only too happy to help you out.
There’s ancient history to be found in the ruins of the city of Phaselis. Nature parks and pretty hillsides aren’t very far inland, including the spectacular peak of Mount Tahtali, which can be climbed or experienced on a hair-raising cable car ride with some wonderfully spectacular views that’s a highly recommended day trip during your Tekirova stay.
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 4h 5m
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Life’s a beach
Tekirova’s beaches are excellent quality. Broad and sandy with a gentle slope into crystal clear waters. The local luxury hotels and the villas that climb the slopes behind the resort mean there’s a big demand for, and supply of, water sports and diving facilities. You need never be bored on these sands. You should be aware that diving is restricted on this coast of Turkey in order to protect the environment and the spectacular local history. Make sure you use reputable diving operators.
A short drive away you’ll find Kemer and you’ll soon be agreeing that it’s one of Turkey’s best and most beautiful beach resorts. There’s a set of wonderful beaches here, including Moonlight beach, the resort’s biggest and most popular.
Along this coastal stretch it’s also worth exploring the 2km of Adrasan’s sands. Check out the white stones of Cirali or head to Olympos and Phaselis beach which both have interesting historical sites to tempt you to take a break from swimming for a few minutes.
Tall enough to be shrouded in snow even in these warm surroundings, the top of Mount Tahtali is a challenging walk. If you want to tick off the peak, but don’t feel like destroying your walking boots to get there, then snag a ride on the Olympos Teleferik (cable car) for a swift, painless ascent to the top. You’ll sit pretty at an altitude of 2,365m, with spectacular views over the Olympos Valley and the Mediterranean.
Phaselis is an ancient archaeological site without any of the dryness you might associate with an educational day out. The setting would be well worth visiting even if no-one had ever built anything here – pine trees grow around the Roman ruins, which run down towards protected beaches where ancient harbours can be seen.
Moonlight Park in Kemer has all the modern attractions you might need on a family sea-side break. Attached to the town’s beautiful beach of the same name is a collection of parks, water attractions, restaurants and accommodation. It’s relatively pricey by local standards but you can easily spend a whole day here, swimming with dolphins and dining before checking out the nightlife in the town itself.