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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.

Where 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.

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10-35 ℃

With its year-round sunshine, you can enjoy holidays to Antalya at any time. For the highest temperatures, go between June and September, when the mercury hovers between the late 20s and the mid-30s. If you prefer it cooler, the temperatures during October and November are much more manageable, while the months between December and May are cool, but starting to climb.

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4-5 hours

Antalya International Airport is a busy year-round airport and about 15 minutes’ drive from the resort.

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