Hotels in Antalya
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Great-value, high-quality accommodation is a hallmark of the Turkish Riviera, so make sure you check out the Antalya area’s top-end places to stay. 5-star All Inclusive Antalya hotels are in reach! Like Aska Lara Resort and Spa, one of the most sought-after hotels near Antalya city and its charismatic Old Town. Maybe it’s because of the private beach. Or the huge waterpark. Or the beautiful spa, kids’ Hobby Garden, ten places to eat, swish rooms and suites – whatever, this Antalya hotel is a total champ!
How about another of the top Antalya All Inclusive hotels? Granada Luxury Belek hits the spot with its beguiling views, glimmering fairground, and enticing poolscapes. From family thrills to time-slowing adult chill time, it’s all your holiday fantasies wrapped up in one gorgeous hotel.
If you’re looking for the best waterpark hotels in Antalya, then Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa is The One. From multilane-slide races to the scream-inducing King Cobra chute, it’s a showstopping contrast to the serene spa and haven-like rooms. And pack your explorer’s hat – you’re off to Side’s ancient streets, Roman ruins, and the Manavgat waterfall.
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Popular hotels in Antalya
Aska Lara Resort and Spa
Turkey, Antalya, Lara
Beach Club Doganay
Turkey, Antalya, Alanya
Kleopatra Arsi Hotel
Viking Garden Hotel & SPA
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Side Crown Palace
Turkey, Antalya, Side
Sealife Family Resort
Turkey, Antalya, Konyaalti
Senza The Inn Resort & Spa
Turkey, Antalya, Alanya
Limak Atlantis Deluxe Hotel & Resort
Turkey, Antalya, Belek
Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa
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Belle Ocean Hotel
Side Star Resort
Turkey, Antalya, Side
Cook's Club Alanya
Turkey, Antalya, Alanya
Holiday resorts in Antalya
If you enjoy the finer things in life, a Belek holiday is sure to tick all the right boxes. You’ll find this ritzy resort on the sun-soaked Turkish Riviera, complete with one of the region’s most spectacular beaches, pristine championship golf courses, and superb scenery at every turn. Belek is an ideal destination if your idea of a perfect holiday involves plenty of down-time and lots of glitz and glamour.
There are many exciting attractions nearby, too! The resort is just a stone’s throw from some of Antalya’s most famous historic sites, including the ancient city of Perga (or Perge). Visitors looking to get their culture and sightseeing fix can travel to nearby Antalya city centre in no time. It's one of the Turkish towns and cities close to Belek offering traditional food and an authentic urban atmosphere. So you can get a taste of local life before heading back to your beautiful resort for some peace and tranquillity.
Things to do
Sit back and relax at one of Belek’s beautiful beaches. The long stretch of golden sand is ideal for sunbathing, while a swim in the tranquil water is sure to cool you down. To discover this Turkish town’s history, plan a day or two of sightseeing during your Belek holiday. Head for the Roman ruins of Antalya, including the ancient Greek/Roman city of Perge and the vast Aspendos amphitheatre.
If you’re a golfer, why not hit the fairways of one of Belek’s impressive clubs? Six tremendous championship golf courses are dotted around the area. Enjoy a backdrop of scenic green hills and picturesque forests while you play on a green that Tiger Woods has also enjoyed.
That's not all – there are actually around 20 golf courses dotted around the pine forest landscape of Belek, whose warm, dry climate makes for perfect conditions all year round. World-class golf courses are open to beginners and pros, with lessons or independent golfing available to suit you. Belek’s luxurious clubhouses are always fully-stocked, so you can enjoy a relaxing day working on your swing and never need to worry about a thing.
Belek’s long stretch of golden sand shelves gently into the warm, shallow waters of the Mediterranean, making it a great paddling spot for little ones. Recline on a sunlounger and soak up some rays, or shade beneath a parasol and unwind with a good book. Looking for more adventure? Why not hire a jet ski from Belek beach? And if you have other watersports in mind, there are plenty more activities available here.
Many of the best hotels in Belek boast their own area of the beach. If that sounds like a dream come true, it really is that lovely – you’ll be able to enjoy a clean, quiet spot to relax. Fancy a drink? You won’t need to move a muscle when you pick a luxury resort with a bar and snack service straight to your sunbed.
Our top pick of Belek’s fantastic beach hotels? That’s a tough one! But for a brilliant all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with Limak Arcadia Sport Resort Hotel. Walk straight out onto the sand from the gorgeous gardens – utter bliss!
Belek has unique ancient surroundings, making it an excellent destination if your dream holiday includes history and sightseeing. Some of Turkey’s most famous archaeological sites are a stone’s throw from Belek, so book a day trip or head out on your own to discover the area.
The Roman Theatre of Aspendos dates back to 180 AD. It’s just 20 minutes’ drive from Belek, making it easy to see during your holiday. The ruins have held a fair amount of their original structure, ready and waiting for you to explore. One of the best-preserved Ancient Roman theatres in the world, Aspendos would once have seated an audience of over 7,000! Make your way up the stairs and marvel at the arena in all its glory. On the other side of the theatre’s hand-carved archways, views of the landscape are similarly impressive.
If you’re interested in discovering even more history, visit the Ancient City of Perge, a half-hour drive out of Belek. These Lycian, Greek and Roman ruins date back to 1300 BC and feature an even bigger amphitheatre built for an audience of around 14,000. Take a guided tour and learn fascinating stories and facts from times gone by, a memorable way to spend a day on your Belek holiday.
Belek is a purpose-built resort, founded in the 1980s for luxurious golfing holidays. But while there isn't much local culture to discover in the town itself, there's plenty in the surrounding area. Make sure you pay a visit to Manavgat Market, just a short drive from Belek. This traditional Turkish shopping spot boasts a variety of goods, from fragrant herbs to fresh local produce, so you’re sure to find lots of treasures that suit your taste. Browse glistening glass lampshades and handwoven textiles to take a little piece of Turkey back home.
Belek boasts many luxury hotels with sleek bars and restaurants, perfect for relaxing nights on holiday. Head out to dine then kick back and sip a cocktail or two. The swanky resort settings and live music are ideal for holidaymakers looking to unwind. Total night owl? Granada Luxury Belek should be number one on your list, with three bars serving till the strike of midnight, and a disco where you can strut your stuff into the early hours.
Belek itself is a quiet town with very low-key nightlife, so if you’re looking for a big blow-out, you might need to travel a little further. For a buzzy atmosphere and dancing into the night, head to nearby Antalya, 40 minutes’ drive from Belek. The city is home to all sorts of restaurants, bars, and clubs, so it’s popular with people looking for fun in the sun. Well worth visiting for an exciting night out on your Belek holiday!
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You’ll find this cosmopolitan resort on Turkey’s golden-sanded Riviera, on the ancient Antalya coastline. Once a little village, today Kemer holidays are all about glorious beaches, lively nightlife and stunning scenery, coupled with wall-to-wall sunshine. You can expect to find Olympos National Park, towering mountains, and thick forests right on your holiday's doorstep. This region of Turkey is ideal for exploring as a couple or with the little ones, as are the nearby ancient cities of Olympos and Antalya.
Things to do
Holidays to Kemer, Turkey, are perfect for couples and families alike. The resort’s beaches (there are two of them) are a great place to start, where you can sit back and sunbathe while you watch the kids play. If you’re ready for an adventure, you can head for the bustling marina, where you can sample some water sports action. You’ll also find somewhere to while away an evening here, including classy restaurants serving tasty local fare.
Want to explore elsewhere? Take the bus out to Phaselis and see Roman ruins and an ancient amphitheatre for yourself, or plan a family day out at Aquaworld. Hiking and cycling is a great way to discover the great outdoors surrounding the resort. Kemer lies on the Lycian Way walking trail, which winds through the lush green landscapes.
Kemer is a beautiful seaside resort, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and crystal clear waters. The sea is shallow and calm, making the area great for water sports and a safe place for families to paddle together.
History and culture
Kemer had a specially designed upgrade from the small Turkish village it once was. Surrounded by impeccable beauty, it’s now a modern haven for tourists with its buzzing nightlife and well-equipped amenities along the pedestrian walkway. Antalya has a rich Roman history that can be seen through the several archaeological sites near Kemer. Wander through the
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Konakli is a tranquil and traditional Turkish village in the Antalya region. Loved for its scenic location at the foot of the majestic Taurus Mountains, the resort is the perfect quiet spot that is still within easy reach of the region’s favourite attractions. Pick from days out at the golden Cleopatra Beach, rafting down the Dimcay River or taking the kids to Aqualand, returning to Konakli in the evenings for mezes on the waterfront.
Konakli Beach sits against the lush green backdrop of the Taurus Mountains and in front of a beautiful blue sea. Its peaceful surroundings make this an excellent choice for long lazy days on the sun- lounger. Its shallow shoreline is safe for kids to paddle in making the beach a popular choice for families.
There’s no time like family time. On your holiday to Konakli you can take the kids to Aqualand for an unforgettable day on the water rides. After you’ve explored the park, why not take a more relaxing water excursion with a gentle cruise down the Dimcay River nearby.
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Sitting pretty on Turkey’s southwest coastline is Lara Beach, a glamorous resort that’s packed with glitzy hotels and hot entertainment. In fact, it’s often seen as Turkey’s answer to Las Vegas, except here you get the added benefit of a picture-postcard eight-kilometre beach – what’s not to love?
Suppose you can tear yourself away from the sights and sounds of the resort for the day. In that case, a trip to historic Antalya is almost definitely in order. The biggest city on the Turkish Med, it should come as no surprise that Antalya is packed with things to see and do.
Lara Beach holidays are the perfect choice for plenty of fun in the sun, no matter what you want to do during your Turkish holiday.
Things to do
Take a stroll along Lara Beach’s sun-soaked waterfront and set up for a day on the sand. Sink into a sun lounger, kick back, and relax. Enjoy a few hours dozing in the beautiful weather before heading out for a snorkel in the crystalline sea.
There are many luxurious hotels along the waterfront, all of which come with their own entertainment, bars, and restaurants. You’ll be welcome to dip into any of these glitzy spots for an afternoon or evening. Lara Beach holidays are perfect for couples, groups, or families looking to relax, with many different areas to suit every taste.
If you love a bit of retail therapy, check out the designer shops in Lara Beach, or pick up a unique souvenir at the local markets. Or if you’re interested in the local culture, head to the ancient city of Antalya, which is brimming with history.
The clue’s in the name; Lara Beach is an ideal holiday destination if you’re looking to relax on the shore. The resort is centred around its beautiful Blue Flag beach, which boasts soft golden sand and shallow turquoise waters, perfect for paddling. The beach is lined with luxury resorts, which means plenty of facilities like sun loungers and parasols to make you more comfortable.
If you prefer to enjoy the beach from the sea, dive in! There are opportunities for watersports and snorkelling at Lara Beach, so take a stroll along the shore and see what you can find.
Turkey’s Las Vegas
They don’t call it Turkey’s Vegas for nothing! Lara beach boasts a vibrant and diverse nightlife, thanks to its number of glamorous hotels and resorts drawing in a fun-seeking crowd every year. There are several bars and clubs within the resort’s five-star hotels to keep you entertained, while lots of more laid-back spots can also be discovered.
If you’re in the mood for a big night out, head away from Lara Beach to Belek or Antalya. These two major Turkish cities are around 30 minutes’ drive from Lara Beach and are home to all the nightlife you might expect from a busy urban area. Whether you’re searching for a sports bar, cocktails and live music, dance music until the early hours, you’re sure to find your perfect evening in one of these exciting destinations.
Keen historians can discover many unique sites and ruins near Lara Beach, with excursions running from many hotels in the area. Head out to Termessoss National Park, and you’ll find Gulluck Mountain, which is adorned on its side with the ruins of a Pisidian city. Visitors will need to hike to reach these ancient ruins, but it’s well worth the effort to see something so special.
Antalya is also home to some one-of-a-kind rock tombs, which lie in an ancient town called Myra. Myra has a rich and varied past. Once Ancient Greek, then Roman, Byzantine Greek, and Ottoman Greek, the area is steeped in history. From connections to Saint Nicholas to Apollo, the God of the Sun, there are plenty of things to see and learn about when you spend a day here.
Food & drink
Food and drink often make up a big part of our holidays. You won’t be disappointed when you choose Lara Beach! The glitzy destination is home to many luxury hotels, all of which come with their own excellent restaurants. Dress up and dine in style when you head to one of these swish spots.
If you want to sample something a little more traditional, head into Antalya city centre, where the streets are peppered with exciting local restaurants. Try Antalya’s unique piyaz salad, one of the city’s most famous dishes of small beans and tahini. More Turkish dishes to look out for include rich, tomato saksuka, vegetarian mercimek kofte, or a delicious, hearty kebab.
Looking for something sweet? It has to be fresh Turkish delight. Grab some from a local maker to carry with you while you explore. The bustling atmosphere in Antalya goes on well into the night, so stay for a few after-dinner drinks before heading back to the comfort of Lara Beach.
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You’ll find the quiet beach village of Side on the Turkish Mediterranean, an hour or so from Antalya. Expect a flawless mix of old and new in this Roman-inspired resort, with its untouched old town and glamorous harbourside; a blend of impressive ancient sights (like the amphitheatre) and chic waterfront restaurants await you.
On both sides of the maze of winding streets are two sandy beaches, which are perfect for relaxing in the sunshine or tackling some high-octane water sports. Holidays to Side are ideal if you want a laid-back break with friends or a loved one, and thanks to those soft, sandy beaches, they’re perfect for family breaks too.
Things to do
When the hot Turkish sun is beating down, there’s nowhere better than the resort’s long, sandy beaches; and with two of them to choose from, you’ll have to find your favourite. If you can tear yourself away, the old town is well worth a visit. Both day and night, it has a great atmosphere, with bustling bazaars and Turkish restaurants galore.
Just beyond the town limits are its most famous attractions, including the huge ancient amphitheatre. It’s an absolute must for lovers of culture. If you’re a bit of a foodie, then you’re in luck as holidays here give you the perfect opportunity to try the local delicacies. Head to the harbourside restaurants, where they’re serving up tantalising Turkish fare and fresh seafood all day long.
White Water Rafting
For a great way to see Koprulu Canyon, you should have a go at Old Town. This gem is largely unspoilt, and has a museum of Greco-Roman exhibits and stunning views of the sea. Visiting the Temple of Apollo; the most famous landmark in Side, is an absolute must. It’s also the best place in all of Side to see the incredible sunsets.
Dance the night away
There is always a lot to do when the sun goes down in Side, with many vibrant bars, clubs and restaurants for you to enjoy. You’re sure to find a restaurant with a great view and romantic atmosphere for couples and for the people who want to party until the sun comes up, Side has many vibrant nightclubs which are open all night.
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Nestled just behind the Taurus Mountains, Alanya is a pretty little medieval town with a long stretch of sandy beach that’s perfect for families. Find a quiet spot on the shore and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea, or head to the bars and restaurants around the harbour for a great night out, Turkish style.
Things to do
Find yourself a quiet spot on Cleopatra Beach and lie back and enjoy the sunshine. Admire the emerald waters as you parasail or cruise along the coast. Make sure you follow the long road to the famous Seljuk castle and watch the boats as they enter the harbour. Kick your evening off with a refreshing cocktail in a bar on the beach. As the sun goes down, head to the centre of town to one of the lively bars or clubs.
Alanya is well known for its beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. Take your pick from a duo of award-winning sand spots, separated by a peninsula. On one side you’ve got the two-kilometre stretch known as Cleopatra (aptly named after the world-renowned Egyptian Queen) with its dramatic castle views, bar-lined promenade and family-friendly facilities. While Eastern Beach is a rockier number, perfect for avid snorkellers looking to explore the underwater wonders of the Med.
And you’ll find plenty of stylish stays along Alanya’s coastline too, just think of the sunset viewings! Looking for an all-singing, all-dancing All Inclusive break just footsteps from the ocean? Long Beach Resort not only places you 200m from the Turkish Riviera, but it’s home to four a la carte restaurants, boasts 5 flashy stars and has its own waterpark as well as a funfair! The beachfront base of the luxurious Eftalia Ocean won’t disappoint either. But if the spa scene is just as important as the seascapes, Alan Xafira Deluxe should be on your must-visit list.
History and culture
The popular resort has both a contemporary and traditional feel to it and is located on the south west coast of Turkey. This means that anyone wanting to travel here can expect to find long stretches of golden sand and beautiful, turquoise waters. Tourism in the city developed in the late 1950s as many people came to Alanya to visit the Damlatas Caves, which are well known for their healing qualities. Alanya was once called Korakesion, which translates, to beautiful mountain, thanks to the rocky landscape and magnificent mountains that surround the area.
Food and drink
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink in Alanya, with variety to suit any appetite. Whether you want to sample traditional Turkish delights or even Belgium waffles and crepes, this resort has it all. Vintage Brasserie & Winehouse is a popular restaurant that has a hassle free approach to fine dining. If you don’t know what you want to order, the helpful staff are on hand to recommend delicious dishes. Sample freshly made cuisine and drink from the carefully selected wine menu in a calming, cosy setting.
As well as the food, Alanya is also home to a selection of bars that open daily. Grab a partner and dance in the Latino themed bar or boogie the night away on the two dance floors to the latest music at the Havana Club. Have a fresh, fruity cocktail or two and party the night away under the indoor palm trees.
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Halfway between the lively city of Antalya and the bustling holiday hotspot of Kemer lies the tranquil resort of Beldibi. A perfect spot for quiet beach breaks, you’ll find golden sands lapped by cool, clear waters, and year-round sunshine.
If you can bear to tear yourself from the beach, you’ll discover lush, green forests with some unexpected historical treats; Stone Age caves and ancient cave-paintings! Those who like to get out and about can spend their Beldibi holidays hiking through the mountains, or plunge into the Mediterranean for a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling.
If you’re after a memento of your holidays to Beldibi, there are plenty of markets where you can flex your bargain-hunting muscles, or relax in one of the many restaurants and bars. For a taste of Turkey’s rich past, head to the neighbouring towns, which are full of ancient monuments and museums.
Things to do
Although most people take their holidays to Beldibi for the glorious, golden beaches, there’s plenty to see and do, even if you’ve got little ones with you. In nearby Antalya, you’ll find the Aqua Park, full of watery rides, slides, thrills and spills. If it’s history you’re after, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice!
The town’s Stone Age history is evident in in its ancient caves and the ruins of the city of Phaselis. After a long day in the sun, take a stroll along the mall on the side of Taurus Mountains where you’ll find a selection of boutiques and restaurants, and the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views offered by Göynük Canyon.
Feeling active? Then lace up your boots and hike up the green mountains, scented by orange and lemon groves.
Visit Antalya City
Just a short distance away from Beldibi you’ll come across the vibrant city of old district of Kaleiçi. This rustic area is a traffic free zone with narrow streets filled with souvenir shops; the perfect place to pick up presents for friends and family back home.
Explore the ancient city of Phaselis
Learn about the history of the area at this Göynük canyon is a beautiful natural attraction and is perfect for a bit of time out. Along with relaxing fresh water pools and majestic waterfalls you’ll be able to whizz around on zip wires and do a spot of rock climbing too.
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Places similar to Antalya to visit
Holidays to Greece are a must for the sunseekers, the foodies, the history buffs and the revellers. The beaches alone are an Instragrammers dream.
Why go on holiday to Greece?
Greece and its islands are nothing short of captivating. With those glittering coves, sun-bleached ruins and postcard-worthy cobbled streets. And when you’re done admiring the country’s good looks, you’ve got historical sights at every turn - so you’ll always find things to do.
Greece holiday highlights
• Climb the Acropolis in Rhodes
• Visit the abandoned shipwreck in Zante
• Sunbathe on the pink sands in Crete
• Swim through the tunnel of love in Corfu
Where to holiday in Greece?
To the mythic mainland or the idyllic Greek islands? Holidays to Greece will tick endless swimming spots, historic trails and instagram-worthy beaches off your checklist. From crowd-free spots in Skopelos to big-name party destinations like Zante - Greece can be as high-octane or secluded as you want them to be.
Best for couples: While Santorini is the honeymoon favourite, the Greek islands are brimming with romantic sights. From the pink sands in Crete to the Canal D’Amour in Corfu. For some 5 star Greece luxury, check out the Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa.
Best for families: Hersonissos, Corfu and Crete are a must for classic family holidays in Greece. Check out 5 star Corfu Holiday Palace, with its child-friendly waterparks, or the Mitsis Blue Domes with its 10 pools! Bonus points if you visit the Star Beach water park, it’s voted one of the best in Europe.
Best for beaches: Crete is the most popular spot for beach holidays in Greece, with 650 miles of turquoise coastline. From golden stretches to rocky coves. Find genuine paradise on the white sands of Balos Beach Lagoon.
Best for party-goers: Energetic Mykonos, Crete and Kos are known for their vibrant nightlife, with world-class beach parties, A-list revellers and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Malia, Stalis, Faliraki, Kardamena and Laganas are all lively hotspots.
Best for sights: Historic Rhodes is home to a medieval Old Town, impressive fortresses and archaeological ruins. Be close to the sights with a stay at The Ixian Grand. Athens’ ancient history also makes for a bucket-list worthy Greek getaway.
Best for adventures: Corfu’s olive groves and pine-clad forests are a must for avid hikers. For secluded bliss, head to the pocket-sized hideaways in Skiathos and Kefalonia, or under-the-radar Lefkas and Thassos .
Unsure of the best time of the year to visit? Check the weather in Greece to see which month is right for you.
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Greek island holidays remain the top choice for sun lovers, foodies and adventure seekers. With balmy sunshine, ancient sites and harbourside tavernas, these rugged beauties know just how to reel you in.
And when you’re not lapping up blue skies on sandy coastlines, or trekking through whitewashed mountain villages, you’ve got the best nightlife in the Mediterranean at your feet. From their stunning good looks to the endless things to do, it’s no wonder Greek island holidays are a summertime favourite.
Greek islands at a glance
• Watch the sunset over the blue domes in Santorini
• Rub shoulders with A-listers in party hub Mykonos
• See loggerhead turtles in under-the-radar Kefalonia
• Uncover the medieval city of Rhodes
All the Greek islands have their own unique charm, but which is right for you? Let's dive in...
Best Greek island holidays for hopping
Always fancied island hopping? Why not pack multiple destinations into your Greek island holiday? Touch down in Crete and board the direct ferries for a day trip to Santorini, or from Kos to Rhodes. Or stay in Kavos and springboard to the tiny islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
Best Greek island holidays for peace and quiet
In search of less touristy Greek island holidays? Step away from it all with a peaceful stay in Kefalonia. You can spot sea turtles in Katelios Bay, ride horses through the Sami mountains and descend into the Drogarati caves, 60 metres below ground.
Laid-back Lefkas (or Lefkada) is another under-the-radar destination for those seeking quieter holidays to the Greek islands. This rugged beauty boasts pastel-coloured boulevards, fringed by wild waterfalls and striking natural caverns.
Best Greek island holidays for romance
For first-timers and romantics, Santorini is a must. All blue-dome chapels and whitewashed walkways, this has to be one of the most magical Greek island holidays for couples. Take the 300-step descent down to Amoudi Bay for a swoon-worthy sunset stroll.
Best Greek island holidays for party animals
Holidays to the Greek islands aren’t limited to sun lounging and feta-eating. If you’re looking for a party scene to rival Ibiza, Mykonos is it! Behind its pretty facade, this island is host to the wildest celeb hotspot in the Med.
Best Greek island holidays for families with kids
Rhodes is one of the best Greek islands to explore with the kids. Alongside its sheltered beaches and shallow waters, its Old Town feels like an endless museum, with knights and ancient relics galore.
Away from party-central Laganas, Zante is another one of the best Greek islands for a family holiday. Watch turtles nesting on Kalamaki Beach, find thrills at Water Village and take in the sights from the Trainaki train. Why not make the most of your trip with a Greek island holiday package.
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Majorca is made up of idyllic beaches fronted by turquoise-tinted waters, epic waterparks perfect for fun-seeking families and lively party spots in the shape of VIP beach clubs. This holiday hotspot is no one-trick pony. Both Palma and Alcudia have stunning Old Towns, making them versatile city break destinations, ideal for both culture vultures and beach lovers.
Is Majorca the same as Mallorca?
Yes, the Balearic’s largest island is referred to as both Majorca and Mallorca. The capital is Palma de Mallorca, often shortened to Palma, but not to be confused with Palma Nova, a coastal resort town around 13km away.
Places to stay
If one thing's for sure, you’ve got your pick of the bunch when it comes to resorts. Whether you’re after neon-lit bars in lively Magaluf, low-key secluded sand spots backed by adorning mountains in C’an Picafort. Or how about safari zoo adventures and scuba explorations in Sa Coma? And if you’re looking to get away from it all, the east coast is dotted with small cove-like areas including Calas de Mallorca. Here, you’ll stumble across authentic tapas eateries and sprawling Sunday markets. That’s when you’re not hiking its cliff tops, of course. Most Palma hotels are city break style, ideal if you’re looking for a centrally located hotel to use as your base for exploring.
Majorca’s beaches should be at the top of your to-do list. Some stretch around beautiful bays for several kilometres, while others are tucked into sheltered little coves that are known locally as ‘calas’. There’s even a Palma de Mallorca beach - Ca'n Pere Antoni is 750m long and has the famous Palma Cathedral as its backdrop.
If you don’t want to spend your entire holiday on a beach towel, this Balearic Island beauty has plenty of other natural marvels to admire. Including its mysterious caves, especially the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Cave), one of Mallorca’s top sights. It’s home to the largest underwater lake in Europe and the spectacular stalactite formations that you’ll want to share on your Insta feed.
If you think holidays to Majorca are only about its world-renowned clubbing scene, you couldn’t be more wrong. Away from its party-all-night-long vibe (especially in Magaluf and Palma Nova), you’ll find yourself enjoying awe-inspiring views from waterside bars, tucking into Mediterranean favourites at seafood shacks and eating barbecued bites at the island’s famous Pirate Adventure Show. Food aside, there’s acrobatic stunts, gymnast performances and dazzling dance routines.
Days are just as impressive with the animals of Marineland and Palma Aquarium awaiting your visit. And there’s plenty of waterparks in Majorca, for splash-filled excitement. From tipping buckets to vertical drops on the most daring slides and wild wave pools. You can even book a hotel with its own waterpark, such as Sol Katmandu Park & Resort, which boasts over 150 interactive water elements.
Towns and cities
Majorca holidays are more than just sun-kissed beaches. Culture vultures will feel right at home with an array of museums, galleries, and castles to explore. The pick of the crop is the island’s sophisticated capital, Palma de Mallorca. Flaunting gothic and Roman influences throughout its cobbles, you’ll get lost in its history. The 14th century Palma Cathedral is the city’s crown jewel with stunning interiors designed by Antoni Gaudi. For sightseeing on a smaller scale, Alcudia will give the bigger resorts a run for their money. With a Moorish fort wall protecting its timeless Old Town alongside exhibits showcasing Roman archaeological objects, you can deep-dive into Mallorca’s heritage.
When’s the best time to visit Majorca?
Majorca is dry and warm year-round. For those who like to sunbathe, June to September is the perfect time to visit. April, May, October and November are a bit cooler, but still warm, so ideal for sightseeing. Even in December and January you won’t need a thick winter coat, but you will need a jumper or jacket, especially in the evenings. If you’re looking for a cheap holiday to Majorca it’s normally best to book early and to avoid school holidays, but you may be able to grab a last minute bargain.
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If you’re seeking the best of both worlds, holidays to Egypt tick all the boxes for an unforgettable escape. From its historic treasures in Cairo dating back to the Ancient Gods to its idyllic Red Sea coastline teeming with marine life. When it comes to toe-sinking beaches, bustling bazaars and a stand-out party scene, Sharm El Sheikh holidays should be your go-to. And for world-famous coral reefs combined with lazy days in the sun, Hurghada holidays are the perfect destination. Thanks to Egypt’s year-round sizzling climate, it’s the ultimate winter warmer too!
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When it comes to world-renowned experiences, Egypt holidays won’t disappoint. Discover the Great Pyramids of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World. Or, for millennia-old monuments of another kind, Nile River Valley is a must-visit. But no trip is complete without exploring Luxor’s temples and Pharaonic sites. Between sand dunes and dusty ruins are the bazaars of Cairo, where handmade treasures and traditional cuisine provide a glimpse into local culture. As for adventures through the desert, a camel ride is one for the bucket-list.
With Red Sea holidays at your fingertips it’s never been so easy to uncover unique marine life. After all, Egypt is home to some of the world’s best scuba diving spots. Swim its depths to find hidden caves and famous wreckages. Simply pack your snorkel and check out Sharm El Sheikh’s renowned coral reefs or get your diving gear on and discover the marine-life rich waters of Hurghada. And if you prefer dry land but love marine wildlife then Hurghada Grand Aquarium is perfect for families and those wanting the best of both worlds!
When you’re not in awe of the Valley of the Kings or cruising the Nile, you have Hurghada marina with its quirky stores, fine dining and endless entertainment options. Bahariya Oasis is another one for the to-do list when you want to experience nature's handy work. This oasis in the middle of the desert is made up of natural springs and adorning mountains. You may even spot a tomb or two while exploring its vast terrain.
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Bodrum is an authentic Turkish gem. As you approach the bay, enjoy being enchanted by its beautiful beaches, the forest of masts along the shores, and the peaceful atmosphere radiating from every cave and corner. With its exotic and romantic atmosphere, Bodrum never fails to surprise visitors from around the world. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway or want to enjoy some lively nightlife, the city has something to suit all tastes.
When the Ottoman Empire stepped in and took over the city in the early 1520s, this marked the beginning of Bodrum’s revolution. Until the 1970s, the town was home mainly to fishermen and sponge divers. It quickly developed into a vibrant and dynamic centre of trade, art, and entertainment.
Bodum’s south coast is lapped by the Aegean, providing this beautiful destination with a unique and glamorous charm. There are diverse beaches to suit both families and couples, as well as plenty to see and do inland; whatever you’re searching for, a holiday in Bodrum is always unforgettable.
Where is Bodrum in Turkey?
Located on Turkey’s southwest coast, the city is surrounded by 32 islands and islets on the Bodrum Peninsula. The town of Bodrum itself lies 270 kilometres south of Izmir, on the Aegean coast, and faces the Greek island of Kos.
Because of its location, this stretch of coastline is blessed with expansive, golden beaches and home to plenty of world-class hotels and resorts. Not to mention the village of Gumbet, one of the most popular destinations in the area.
What to expect from a holiday in Bodrum? Delicious food and drink, shimmering crystal-clear waters, and lots of activities to suit the whole family.
Things to do in Bodrum
Bodrum boasts many things to see and do, with something to make everyone smile. From the modernity of its resorts and restaurants to the traces of ancient times and the calmness it preserves, a holiday in Bodrum offers it all, so you’ll never be out of options.
The Castle of St Peter
The Castle of St Peter is Bodrum’s most iconic landmark, framed by picture-perfect bays. It has five well-preserved towers and an unearthed 7th-century Byzantine wreck in its Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The view from the castle is simply breathtaking, so be sure to visit if you can only spare one afternoon in the city.
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
Once called Halicarnassus, Bodrum was home to one to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Constructed in the 4th century BC, the tomb of Mausolus is today only a ruin. However, it still attracts millions of tourists every year thanks to its historical significance. It gifts the city with an enduring and precious charm and brings whoever decides to visit back in time.
Just a couple of steps away from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus are the stunning remains of Bodrum Amphitheatre, built in the 4th century BC. With a capacity of 13,000 guests, the Amphitheatre is one of the best-preserved structures of the ancient Halicarnassus.
Places to stay in Bodrum
The beautiful Bodrum Resort is loved by visitors for its narrow lanes and colourful sugar-cube houses scattered throughout the town. It’s where you’ll find the buzz and glamour of the resort, not to mention plenty of places to eat and drink.
For relaxing beaches, head to Gumbet, a self-contained holiday resort with a large beach and plenty of restaurants and bars. From bustling Bodrum, it’s just a short journey to Torba, on the north side of the peninsula. This peaceful mountainside village seems a world away, with olive grove-clad hillsides, a tiny harbour with fishing boats, and a narrow beach. Bodrum holidays are contrastingly ideal for visitors looking for plenty of action or those who want to escape the crowds.
Perfect for families
Bodrum is an ideal choice for holidaymakers travelling with the family, with plenty to keep even the fussiest visitors occupied. From beautiful beaches, perfect for relaxing, to exciting waterparks for family fun, there are many ways to stay cool in the sunshine. History fan? Visit ancient sites and museums scattered around the area. Or enjoy excellent local food and drink in one of many welcoming local spots.
The city owes most of its popularity to the majesty of its beaches. Do you prefer sand to rocks? Then Yahsi Beach and Ortakent Beach are the places for you. If you’re on the lookout for a picturesque spot away from the crowds, head east to Kumbahҫe Beach and unwind on the peaceful shore.
Fancy exploring Bodrum’s surroundings instead? Why not catch a boat trip and admire the picturesque coast with the sea breeze in your hair. Or take a trip to Bafa Lake for another way to explore by boat.
Bodrum offers plenty of activities for kids too, which is why it’s a favourite among family groups. Treat your little ones to a fun-filled day at the Bodrum Aqua Park in Ortakent, the most popular on the Bodrum peninsula. Or try Pirates Inn Cactus Aquapark, another favourite spot in Yalikavak.
Best for beaches
What could be better than whiling away the days on a lovely beach, surrounded by crystal-clear waters? Not much! Bodrum’s beaches are a delight no matter how you spend your time there.
Bitez Beach is a magnet for tourists, and it’s easy to see why. It’s ideal for families and water sports-lovers, with calm waters providing the perfect conditions for scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, and more.
Camal Beach is located at the southern end of Kargı Bay. This wonderful beach sits in a scenic bay away from hotels and hospitality venues, making it ideal for relaxing in peace and quiet. If you fancy an adventure with your kids, why not book a camel ride along the water? Enjoy the crystal-clear gentle waves from a unique perspective and make memories that will last a lifetime.
A few miles from Bodrum, hidden behind lush hills and pine forests, you can find Torba beach. Stroll along the shore to the farthest point to grab the best spot around, beneath the leafy shade of an enormous eucalyptus tree. Perfection!
Food and drink
Bodrum is well known for its beautiful and golden beaches. Still, its culinary scene is just as crucial to its unique attraction. Turkish food is famous for its fusion of flavours from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. And that’s just what you can expect from your holiday in Bodrum.
Explore traditional Turkish bars and restaurants, where you can pick from various cold and hot mezes packed with local ingredients that you may never have tasted before! Altinkum and Didim, with their exotic and vibrant markets, offer some of the best in the area. Don’t miss börek or dolma, traditional baked pastries filled with spinach, cheese, meat, or sweet ingredients – they’re super-traditional and a must while you’re in Bodrum!
Köy Restaurant is excellent for traditional Turkish food. Besides the classic durum and doner, the pide, a pizza-like flatbread with various toppings, is another delicious local speciality.
In the mood for a drink or two? You’re on holiday, after all. Head to Gumbet, the heart of Bodrum’s nightlife, with plenty of bars and nightclubs to suit any taste. If you fancy something more laid back, visit Limon Gümüşlük, where you can recline with a house lemonade made from freshly picked citrus – delicious!
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Located at the heart of the Turkish ‘Turquoise Coast’, the Dalaman region is home to some of Turkey's most popular sights and attractions. You’ll find some stunning sun-kissed beaches all the way along the coast, and if you want some peace and tranquillity, there’s hidden caves and secluded bays to discover. The town has its own beautiful beach, which is famous for attracting Loggerhead Turtles and bright blue crabs.
Inland, you’ll find lots of places to explore on your holiday: soak up the splendour of the Butterfly Valley, wander around the 16th century Marmaris Castle, or dive into the local history with a visit to the ancient Lycian rock tombs. With so much to see and do, you can make your holidays to Dalaman exactly what you want them to be!
Places to stay
Dalaman lies right in the middle of the Turquoise Coast. A short ride east, friendly Fethiye sits in an idyllic harbour where you can enjoy a relaxed beach holiday. You’re also near Ölüdeniz lagoon – a magnet for once-in-a-lifetime paragliding onto one of Turkey’s most stunning beaches.
For a Dalaman holiday that's buzzing with nightlife, stay in Marmaris where the party is centred on Bar Street. Choose a hotel in the pretty riverbank town of Dalyan to see the dramatic Lycian tombs on the cliff face, and have fun splashing around in the therapeutic mud baths – the kids will have a whale of a time!
Enjoy the view at Kalkan
When you start to feel a bit hungry, you should head over to the charming fishing village of Kalkan and experience one of the many restaurants there. During the day you can pass the time on the golden beach and try one of the many water sports and at night, you can feast in one of the pop-up roof top restaurants for a great view of the moonlit bay.
Explore the underwater town of Simena
The nearby town of Kerkova has a whole town that has been underwater since ancient times. You can either take a guided boat tour and learn out about how it disappeared as the result of an earthquake, or hire a kayak and explore the market squares and rooftops yourself.
Chill out in a mud bath
For something a little different, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing mud bath to get you into a chilled-out holiday mood. The Dalaman River has its very own healing mud bath, so take a dip and let the mud rejuvenate your skin before washing it off in the shower. Afterwards you can splash around in the lake to make sure the mud has all gone, before taking a trip to Turtle Beach where loggerhead turtles go to lay their precious eggs.
Where is Dalaman?
If you’re wondering ‘where in Turkey is Dalaman?’ you’ll find it as part of the stretch of golden sands and sapphire seas, known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’. Famous for its beautiful, unspoilt beaches, Dalaman is perfect for sun-worshippers who want nothing better to do than laze on a beach and catch some rays. However, if you like things a little more up-tempo, you’ll find an exciting array of water sports on offer and some astounding natural attractions, such as a chance to see the rare Loggerhead turtles on Iztuzu Beach.
Butterflies and buttresses
Beyond the beaches, you’ll find other places to explore such as the beautiful Butterfly Valley, a nature reserve full of glittering waterfalls and the home of the Tiger butterfly. If history’s more your thing, the imposing Marmaris Castle offers an exciting insight into 16th Century life, and the eerie Lycian rock tombs give you an atmospheric peek into Dalaman’s ancient past.
Familiar food and local cuisine
Foodies will be in their element in Dalaman, with a stunning range of food on offer. While there’s plenty of pizzerias and burger outlets selling food that’s familiar for fussier palates, don’t pass up the chance to try some of the local cuisine that’s on offer in traditional tavernas and rustic restaurants.
For upmarket eating, head to the high-end harbourside restaurants in Marmaris or dine on simple but delicious dishes at one of the family-friendly beach cafés. Fethiye and Dalyan are both excellent for chilled-out bars where you can sip on chilled local beer or nurse a cocktail, as the sun slips over the horizon.
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The lively port city of Izmir is situated on Turkey’s spectacular western coastline. It’s the third biggest settlement in the country, and has been a significant port on the Aegean Sea since ancient times. Today, Izmir holidays will take you to a cosmopolitan place, complete with a buzzy harbour, modern boutiques and a glorious pier built by none other than Monsieur Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame).
But you’ll still get a feel for tradition when you head for the bustling bazaars and explore the ancient landmarks. You’ll also find plenty of white-and-gold beaches in the area when you’re ready to relax.
Things to do
During holidays to Izmir, you’ll want to make sure you see every inch of the city. There’s a blend of old and new here, from the buzzing bazaars to the chic marina restaurants. And if you’re going in search of beaches, you’ll find a superb selection of sandy shores and quiet coves a short way away. If you’ve always fancied hanging ten then grab your board and paddle out to the line-up, as some of the beaches are great surfing spots. You won’t want to leave this region without seeing some of the region’s most famous historical sites, including the Ancient City of Ephesus.
There are several beautiful beaches near Izmir where you can spend your afternoons lounging on the soft, golden sand and paddling in the clear waters. Recline on a sun lounger whilst you enjoy the view of the water glistening in the sunlight. The beaches in Çeşme, Foca and Dikili are easily accessible via public transport from the city centre. Ilica Beach in Cesme is popular for its great amenities and cove of soft sand that gently shelves into warm shallow waters.
There’s a great choice of nightlife in Izmir from traditional dining to cocktail and wine bars. Spend your evenings in the wide range of bars and pubs and enjoy the lively atmosphere. There’s plenty of opportunity to dance the night away in one of the nightclubs if you fancy it, the majority of which can be found in the Kordon and Alsancak areas.
History to be explored
Izmir was once the ancient city of Smyrna, but is now a developed tourist destination surrounded by lush green mountains and set by a tranquil bay. The historical hub has a range of ancient buildings, castles and museums to visit. One thing that should be at the top of your to do list is the Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, as this unique building is crammed full of hand crafted artwork and has a brilliant view of the city.
Visit the area’s most famous archaeological site; the Ancient City of Ephesus, in the small town of Selcuk. It was once the Mediterranean’s thriving commercial centre and is significant for early Christianity. Visit the 4th century AD House of Virgin Mary, which is said to be where Mary lived after the death of Jesus. See the small church and bedrooms and drink from the fountain; its water is said to have curative properties. The impressive archaeological site has the remaining foundations of this once great city and carved columns from the Hellenistic Age. The area is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Temple of Artemis, and the Basilica of St John.
Places to stay
Located on the sparkling Aegean Coast, Kusadasi is one of the most idyllic spots in the region. The resort is loved for being the picture-perfect beach destination, with beautifully smooth white sand lapped by the azure ocean. Kusadasi is also the gateway to the region’s ancient sites and has a busy old town filled with authentic bazaars. Its modern centre is also something to shout about, with a top clubbing scene and plenty of bars and restaurants to pick from. The resort is within easy reach of Izmir city and Ozdere.
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