The province of Antalya sits on the south-western coast of Turkey on the edge of the Mediterranean, and one of the most popular regions of the country for those looking for a HOT Holiday in the sun.
Referred to by many as the Turkish Riviera, it isn’t hard to see the appeal, particularly when it comes to the favourable weather conditions that are to found during the summer months.
Head anywhere in Antalya during peak season and you can expect to find high average temperatures that run into the 30s with next to no rain to spoil your trip.
Book a break during the winter months and there is no escaping the fact that rain is possible, but you can also still expect to find temperatures that run comfortably into the mid-to-high teens.
The big selling point of the region, aside from the weather, is the fact that some of Turkey’s best beaches are to be found both in around Antalya.
In fact, the white sandy beaches of Antalya stretch for hundreds of miles along the coast, meaning there are plenty of options when it comes to where to lie back and take in the sun.
Away from the beaches, you can expect to find pine-clad mountains, wide open plantations packed with olives and avocado and huge canyons where you can hike through the countryside or take an action-packed ride down the river on a white-water raft.
There’s also plenty of opportunity to explore history and culture and to see the traditional side of Turkish life with a stroll through old cobbled streets to visit backstreet bazaars and small taverns.
No matter whether you are travelling as a couple, with the family, as a group of friends or even on your own, the area around Antalya is certainly one you’d do well to consider.
Around half an hour away from Antalya, you’ll find the ruins of the ancient city of Perge. Dating back to approximately 1000BC, the remains are now regarded as an important archaeological site, with visitors able to explore an old Roman theatre and the remains of ancient Roman baths.
Land of Legends
If you are travelling with the family then the Land of Legends park will hold huge appeal. The themepark is home to a range of different water-based rides to suit all ages and also houses a selection of animals that range from tigers to whales and dolphins. There’s also plenty of opportunity to enjoy some shopping or fine dining during your visit.
Kaleici is the Old Town within Antalya and is an area that you’ll certainly want to spend some time exploring during a break in the resort. Within the Old Town you’ll be able to take a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets to visit a range of historical sites that include the Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate and the Hıdırlık Tower. There are also various impressive restaurants around the Roman harbour area.
Olympos Aerial Tram
The Olympos National Park is easily accessible from Kemer and the main attraction is the cable car that will take you on the ten minute journey to the summit of Mount Olympos. Taking visitors to a height of more than 7,700 feet, the end reward is stunning views of the surrounding area although it’s worth noting that the temperatures at such heights will be much cooler than at the base of the mountain – so dress accordingly.
The preserved Roman amphitheatre at Aspendos is another prime example of ancient architecture but this one is still used to this day. Whereas in the past it was a scene of gladiatorial battles, you’re now more likely to catch a ballet or opera performance in the open air.
If you are a nature lover then a trip to the Göynük Canyon should be pretty high on your ‘to do’ list during your trip to the Antalya region. There is plenty of opportunity to go hiking through pine forests to visit scenic waterfalls whilst there are various leisure activities for those who want to sample something a bit more extreme – with zip lines and the chance to go canyoning being particularly popular.
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