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Antalya region holidays take you to eastern Turkey where the scenic coastline looks especially stunning beneath the spectacular sunshine.
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.
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.
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.
Antalya's most luxurious resort looks like the backdrop of a holiday postcard. Palm trees line the beach, golf courses are easily found in the sunshine and the beach runs for an incredible 16km.
Even the hotels have stepped up a gear here with each one offering superb facilities, attractions and activities. The hotel complexes are also large enough to offer their own shopping facilities, restaurants and nightly entertainment.
Belek is located along the centre of Antalya so you can travel west to the city of Antalya or east to discover the Manavgat Waterfalls and Side's ancient ruins.
Located west of Antalya, Kemer is a resort proud to share its natural beauty with all visitors.
Both Moonlight Bay and Adrasan Bay offer sandy and shingled surroundings that front the vibrantly blue sea. Behind the town there is the large area of the Olympos National Park where you can take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Olympos.
The town also has a great selection of shops, a marketplace, plenty of restaurants and a fun nightlife to cater for all tastes and preferences on holidays to Kemer.
Thanks to the luxury and the extravagant themes of the hotels in Lara Beach, this resort is often referred to as Turkey's Las Vegas.
The true star of Lara Beach is the 8km coastline that the hotels line. The smooth space is a terrific location to utilise the sunshine and you can also set sail, ride the waves or take a dive into the glorious sea that brushes the beach.
Lara Beach is a short distance from Antalya so you can explore the old town and tourist attractions offered by the region's capital too.
Though this town is described as lying in ruins, the resort is very much alive with superb hotels offering comfortable accommodation from which to explore Side's history.
The East Beach and West Beach provide relaxing spaces under the sunshine while the many ancient structures offer great exploration opportunities both day and night. Running by East Beach the River Aras runs by Side and into the nearby resort of Manavgat where you'll find the famed waterfalls.
Side is beautiful, atmospheric and cultural but there are also plenty of tourist facilities available including a couple of lively bars by the waterfront.
Temperatures across the Antalya region rise to an average high of 34C during July and August. The region provides a wide window of opportunity for sunny getaways with 300 days of sunshine experienced each year and high temperatures that stay above 20C from April until early November.
Antalya's festivals and events are usually sympathetic to visitors who can't handle the hottest months of summer. This means that some of the town's celebrations are held in May or September where the goal is to share the local culture with visiting tourists.
Powerful and beautiful are two appropriate words used to describe the waterfalls of Manavgat. It isn't the largest waterfall you'll ever see but the sparkling blue water of the pools below will invite you in for a swim. Further down the River Aras you have the option to go river rafting.
Found by Kemer, Beldibi and Tekirova on the western part of the Antalya region, Mount Olympos sits high above the Olympos National Park. Tour the beautiful green areas below before taking a long cable car journey to reach the 2,365 summit of the mountain.
In a region and a country where ancient ruins are often found, Side's relics of times gone by stand out in beautiful surroundings. Even as you drive into the town you'll pass the ruins of houses and buildings that have been pristinely preserved. Elsewhere there is the Temple of Apollo, the amphitheatre and the standing columns of Side's theatre.
Your family days out at waterparks can take many forms across Antalya. Some offer fun themes like the Troy Waterpark (complete with a giant wooden horse) in Belek while others offer animal fun with the option to swim with dolphins. No matter where you're based you'll never be too far away from an exciting waterpark.
While visiting areas close to Antalya and Lara Beach, you can set sail to see the glorious spectacle of the Duden Waterfalls. Guided tours atop the sea will take you up close to the natural area and will also get you wet by sailing directly underneath the 40-metre high stream of water.