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Antalya is best for...

Beach lovers

Visit lively, pine-forest-draped Lara Beach or go diving from Topcam beach

History lovers

Explore the old town Kaleiçi, a maze of narrow streets lined with 18th-century Ottoman wooden houses

Golfers

Perfect your swing at world-class golf courses in Belek, a growing sporting beach resort

Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken in Antalya is Turkish.

Currency: The currency used in Antalya is the Turkish Lira (TL).

Local time: Antalya is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Antalya International Airport is a busy year-round airport, located around 12km east of central Antalya.

Flight time from UK: 4-5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Antalya tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Antalya.

Weather & Climate

Temperatures: Average temperatures reach 28°C in July and August.

Best time to visit Antalya: September when it cools to a comfortable 25°C.

The Antalya weather is perfect for your summer holidays – especially if you love a hot, Mediterranean climate! But it’s not just about summer holidays; 30 miles northwest of Antalya, head to the slopes of Saklikent in winter for top-class skiing.

Getting Around

By minibus: Hop on a dolmus (minibus), each one plying a different route, or the main city buses.

By tram: Two tramways give you contrasting experiences: the new AntRay is the major light rail line, a streamlined service linking the main bus station with other areas of the city. In contrast, the historic little Nostaljic Tramvay passes Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya Museum and the main beaches, along the seafront boulevard.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available; make sure the meter is switched on, or negotiate for a longer journey out of town which is the best option for small groups.

Events

Outdoor opera: A highlight of the year is June’s Aspendos International Opera And Ballet Festival, with live performances from top companies in the gloriously restored Roman amphitheatre.

Summer fun: June to September are lively months for summer fun in Antalya’s beaches and bars.

The big screen: In September, the prestigious Golden Orange Film Festival sees the screenings of dozens of independent films from around the world.

Top tip Keep up to date with religious festivals in Turkey – the dates alter according to the lunar year. Ramadan is a month of fasting, where most Muslims refrain from eating and drinking in daylight hours. Following this, Eid al-Fitr sees many Turks travelling to visit friends and family.

Holidays in Antalya

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Turkey’s founder, Atatürk, said that Antalya was 'the most beautiful place on earth' – and millions still agree. Known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, this picturesque resort combines natural beauty, buzzing beaches and archaeological gems. There’s something for everyone with a holiday to Antalya, from the triple-arched Hadrian’s Gate, to fish restaurants around the natural yacht harbour, and energetic watersports on sun-drenched beaches. It’s also a handy base to see the Roman sites of Aspendos and Termessos.

Prices start from £224

At Lara Beach, east of the city, gentle waves lap along this long sandy beach. There are many hotels to choose from, including near the Lower Duden Waterfall where you can swim in the Gulf of Antalya. Immerse yourself in Antalya’s history at Side, 65km east of the city. This lively resort combines unspoilt sandy beaches and waterfront restaurants, with the imposing Temples of Apollo and Athena, a quaint harbour and lively shopping. Budding golfers will be spoilt for choice at Belek, a small town 35km east of Antalya, famed for its growing number of world-class golf courses and luxury hotels.

Belek

Belek

Backed by pine forests and the Taurus mountains, this resort consists of two villages, Belek and Kadriye: Belek boasts cafés and gift shops, and Kadriye has a selection of restaurants and bazaars. Ideal for golfers, Belek offers several courses nearby and plenty of luxury Belek hotels to match.

Lara Beach

Lara Beach

The blossoming yet peaceful resort of Lara Beach is scattered with luxury hotels and blessed with a golden sand beach. Pick up a souvenir in the small selection of designer boutiques in the Sultan Bazaar shopping centre, handily located from your Lara Beach hotel.

Side

Side

The old town of Side sits on a headland, with several beaches to either side. The resort's hotels stretch out along the main road amongst shops, restaurants and discos. An ancient amphitheatre and two second-century temples ensure Side is also a must for history lovers. For a less-developed resort, a Side hotel is perfect.



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