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Antalya Region

Antalya region holidays 2016/2017

Antalya region holidays take you to eastern Turkey where the scenic coastline looks especially stunning beneath the spectacular sunshine.

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The Antalya region presents a wonderful spread of choices when it comes to which resort to stay in. You have beach-centric towns, cosmopolitan cities, history-steeped locations and extravagant hotel resorts, all based along a varied coastline.

You're never too far from the sand on Antalya region holidays with most resorts being based along the beach. Manavgat bucks the trend as it is based slightly inland but there is an idyllic river running through its core.

Whether you're aiming for a quiet getaway vibe or an active adventure holiday, you'll find it somewhere across this varied land. Within the hotels and around the towns you'll find fantastic shopping and dining facilities while the evenings are lit up with the promise of a range of entertainment.

Where to stay in Antalya Region

AlanyaView on Map

The largest city in the eastern part of the Antalya region, Alanya has the largest selection of shops, restaurants and activities for miles around.

With two great beaches, a modern harbour area, the prominent Red Tower and an ancient shipyard, Alanya's coast is filled with superb attractions.

The nightlife is no slouch either with a great choice of music bars and some nightclubs found through the streets and by the waterfront of the harbour. There is also a super-club found on the outskirts of town for those who want to stay up really late.

AntalyaView on Map

The capital of the region, Antalya is large enough and accommodating enough to offer something for every kind of visitor. It is also the closest resort to the airport.

On days out in Antalya you can visit the beautiful waterfalls, ancient ruins or the waterparks and animal parks. By night you have a terrific selection of bars and clubs to choose from.

Much of Antalya is newly built for visitors but Kaleici is the old town section with plenty of cultural and traditional places to shop and dine. The historic area is surrounded by a grand wall which has stood for centuries.


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Beaches, mountains and waterfalls

Many of the beaches along Antalya's coast are part sandy and shingly but the majority are graced with plenty of sun loungers and parasols available to rent. Central Antalya is filled with the longest and smoothest beaches; Lara Beach runs for a large 8km while Belek is home to an impressive 16km coastline. Both feature hotels along the beachfront, you can roll out of bed and onto your sunbathing space by the sea.

There are also attractive natural areas dotted around Antalya with forests, mountains and waterfalls available to tour. In the western half you ride a cable car up to the peak of Mount Olympos or sail under the streams of Duden Waterfall. Towards the east Manavgat hosts beautiful gardens that rest by the River Aras.

Ancient ruins and luxury hotels

Previous Roman and Greek presence in Turkey is obvious from the ruins that have been preserved across Antalya. By the capital of the region, Termessos and Perge have stood for centuries while Side's ancient sites are legendary with temples and an amphitheatre to explore.

Some of Antalya's resorts boast glowing comparisons with Lara Beach referred to as a Turkish Vegas and Belek as the Beverly Hills of Turkey.

Tourists are well taken care of within all resorts with comfortable and familiar shopping and dining options. There are some examples of local culture found within some restaurants and marketplaces while annual events and celebrations are designed to introduce tourists to the local culture.

Thrills both day and night

There are plenty of fun activities to take part in on holidays to the Antalya region. Water sports, boat trips, white water rafting, sports facilities, spa facilities, waterparks and animal parks are all found across this area, perfect for a family getaway.

By night there is always some form of entertainment to keep you up late. Many of the larger hotels feature their own brand of entertainment in the evenings while the bars and clubs are found within larger resorts.

Antalya and Alanya both offer a great selection of late night hotspots while Belek, Lara Beach and Kemer host a range of music bars and cocktail lounges.

Weekly markets

Weekly markets give you the opportunity to browse for true Turkish items made locally. The stall sellers will expect you to haggle for your souvenirs too so prepare to negotiate. Check the resort pages to see which resorts hold a market and when.

The larger cities of Antalya and Alanya give visitors the best shopping opportunities with streets filled with stores and larger malls to browse too.

Antalya cuisine

Antalya's culinary themes are a blend of Arabic and Mediterranean food. Kulaki Soup, Tahinli Piyaz and Tandir Kebab are all local delights that visitors are urged to try.

Each resort does provide a good selection of European and international flavours with pubs, Italian restaurants and often Indian restaurants available.

Getting there

The flight from the UK to Antalya Airport will take around four hours in total. After you have landed the transfer to your accommodation will be anywhere between 20 minutes and two hours. Alanya is the furthest resort from the airport at 125km away.

Dolmus busses provide the most effective way to get around the Antalya region with regular services running around each resort and connecting many towns to each other.

Car rentals are available and you're also likely to find a place that lets you hire electric scooters and bicycles too.