The resort of Antalya is one of the premier destinations for people looking to enjoy a beach break on Turkish soil, and it isn’t hard to see why.
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Antalya provides a fascinating blend of old and new for visitors, with the opportunity to explore the Byzantine Old Town and plenty of Turkish history before heading for modern day bars where there are entertainment options aplenty to be found.
Sitting on the lively Turkish Riviera, it should come as little surprise that Antalya benefits from first class weather conditions that will provide plenty of sun during your summer break.
In fact, head for the resort in peak season and not only will there be little – if any – rain, there’ll also be high average temperatures that run into the 30s. Even in winter, when the rain might well arrive, the temperature will still be comfortably in the mid to high teens.
The whole Antalya region is known for its beaches, and the resort that shares its name is no different.
If you are looking for golden sand then nearby Lara Beach has it in spades, with the clear waters of the sea being particularly inviting. It’s a similar story at Konyaalti, albeit with the beach being made up of a mix of shingle and sand.
Here, you can also partake in a wide range of different watersports, whilst there is a large number of secluded coves that back onto the surrounding mountains for those who want to escape the crowds.
Within Antalya, you can enjoy the opportunity to spend time exploring the Old Town, which is home to a number of old Roman structures that date back thousands of years.
You’ll also find bustling markets and bazaars alongside bars and restaurants aplenty that provide the chance to sample both local and international cuisine.
With a range of modern and stylish accommodation options, many that have been designed with the family market firmly in mind, Antalya provides a fascinating alternative to the normal Mediterranean break and one you’d do well to consider.
Upper Duden Falls
There are a number of waterfalls within easy reach of Antalya, but perhaps the most famous are the Upper Duden Falls, which are located around 25 minutes from the resort. Situated within a scenic park, the dramatic 20 metre high falls are surrounded by caves and pools that are also worth exploring.
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.
Antalya Aquarium is home to the largest tunnel aquarium in the world, which runs for an astonishing 131 metres and helps to provide the best possible views of the many different species that are to be found within its walls. Marvel at creatures from the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, watch sharks being fed by hand or even visit the Snow World Ice Museum.
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.
If you want to take home souvenirs from a trip to Antalya then a visit to the colourful bazaar is something you don’t want to miss. Mingle with locals and fellow tourists as you explore the various stalls in search of a bargain, with ample opportunity to try and barter to get a better deal.
Less than an hour away from Antalya, Aspendos is one of the best examples there is of a preserved Roman amphitheatre. Once used for gladiatorial battles, the ancient theatre is still used for ballet and opera performances in the modern day, with the chance to take a guided tour to discover the history.
Visit a Hammam
Whilst staying in Antalya, you could pay a visit to a traditional Turkish bath for a relaxing taste of what life was like in the days of the Ottoman Empire.
If you want to spend time on the beach then Lara Beach is probably the best place to go during a break in Antalya. You’ll find plenty of golden sand on which to relax, whilst the shallow waters off the coast are perfect for children who want to take a dip to cool off.