Known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean and one of the best holiday hotspots in Turkey. Surprisingly undeveloped, this picturesque resort combines natural beauty, buzzing beaches and archaeological gems with all the amenities you could wish from a 21st century holiday. Antalya holidays offer something for everyone, from the triple arches of Hadrian’s Gate, to fish restaurants around the natural yacht harbour and energetic water sports on sun-drenched beaches. It’s also a handy base to see the Roman sites of Aspendos and Termessos. If you’re travelling with the family, there’s plenty for them to do on your holiday from the fairground fun of Aktur Park, to the water rides, slides, and flumes in the nearby aquapark.
Things to do
If you’re able to tear yourself away from the glorious beaches, you’ll find there’s plenty to see and things to do. If you’re holidaying with the kids, pay a visit to Minicity. A miniature replica of Turkey’s best-known geological landmarks and architectural highlights, it’s both enchanting and educational. Alternatively, explore centuries of history at the Archaeological Museum, with elaborately carved coffins and statues of gods from the ancient city of Perge. Kaleiçi's little shops are ideal for buying souvenirs from your holiday, and for practicing your haggling skills. If all the sightseeing gets a bit much, head to a 15th century hammam for a relaxing rub-down, before taking a boat trip around the stunning coastline.
Beaches and resorts
Antalya is home to a number of bustling upmarket resorts, making it the ideal base for a luxury Turkey holiday. Amongst these resorts are Belek, Lara Beach, Side and Alanya. Lara Beach is the city’s longest and most popular beach. Along here, you’ll find that many of the hotels have their own private section of golden, soft sand. Konyaalti Beach is the closest one to the city centre and is a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. Altogether, you do have over 400 miles of fantastic beaches to choose from.
There’s more to Antalya than just being an excellent beach destination. The city and surrounding area is dotted with countless historical sites and ruins that are well worth the time to explore. Discover the city’s ancient past as you wander the narrow streets of the old town, golf courses to tee-off at.
Places to stay
At Lara Beach, east of the city, gentle waves lap along this long sandy beach. There are many hotels to choose from, including 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.