Antalya travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 10-35°C

With glorious sunshine throughout the year, there’s no bad time to visit. However, if you want to soak up some serious sunshine, book your break between June and August. For slightly cooler weather, book your holiday between September and November, when average temperatures hover in the 20s.

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Antalya is best for...

Beach lovers: For a touch of Vegas-style glamour, head for Lara Beach. Offering 8km of pine-swathed sands and a nearby Old Town that’s brimming with character, Lara Beach is the highlight of any holiday here.

History lovers: Antalya is littered with remnants of its rich past. Divers can explore the sunken sarcophagus near Kekova Island, while history buffs can step back in time with a visit to the ancient city of Phaselis.

Golfers: Perfect your swing at the various golf courses in Belek, many designed by world-class golfer, David Jones.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken here is Turkish. While the locals may speak a bit of English, it’s worth downloading an app or packing a phrasebook on your Antalya holiday, so you can try a couple of phrases to impress the locals.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Turkish Lira (TL) before your Antalya holiday.

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

Fly to: Antalya Airport. The transfer time to Antalya is between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Antalya is 4 hours.

Holiday destinations related to Antalya:

  • Alanya
  • Beldibi
  • Belek
  • Goynuk
  • Kemer
  • Konakli
  • Lara Beach
  • Side
  • Getting around

    By minibus: The minibus system covers the centre of the city, right across to the outskirts and is a cost-effective way of getting around.

    By tram: 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 much smaller Nostaljic Tramvay passes several historic sites and the main beaches, along the resort’s boulevard.

    By taxi: Taxis are plentiful here. To make sure you don’t pay over the odds, check the meter is running, or be prepared to negotiate a price for longer journeys.

    Events

    Outdoor opera: The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival has been delighting audiences for almost 25 years, with performances from leading lights in opera and ballet. Set in the restored Roman amphitheatre, the festival is an absolute must for culture lovers!

    Summer fun: June to September are lively months for summer fun in on the beaches and in the bars.

    The big screen: In September, the prestigious International Antalya Film Festival sees the screenings of hundreds of independent films from around the world. The spectacular closing ceremony usually takes place in the historic Aspendos Amphitheatre.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Antalya, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/safety-and-security