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Antalya

Antalya Holidays

Sitting along what is known as the Turkish Riviera, Antalya City is the fastest-growing city in Turkey. It's famous for its old town and beaches, as well as its top restaurants. A holiday here will keep you occupied throughout your stay. There's nightlife aplenty and shopping opportunities galore.

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An action-packed trip

Antalya City is the third-largest city in Turkey, and a popular choice if you're looking for the luxury of making your Antalya holidays All Inclusive thanks to the array of great accommodation on offer. It has all the contemporary amenities of a modern metropolis, but – thanks to its fascinating old quarter, Kaleici – it's also managed to retain plenty of historical charm.

Beachlife enthusiasts will relish both Lara beach and and the picturesque Konyaalti beaches – and if you're a fan of waterparks, Antalya Aquapark, with its awesome waterslides, and Dedeman Aqua Park are both within easy reach of the city.

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Shopping in Antalya City

If you're in search of some retail therapy during cheap holidays to Turkey, you'll be able to shop 'til you drop in mysterious and magical bazaars as well as ultra-modern shopping malls.

The Iki Kapilar Hani is the place to go for some genuine and beautiful Turkish souvenirs. From waterpipes and exquisite copper goods – you can even visit the copper-workers hammering out trays and ornate pots in their workshops – to contemporary clothing and fashions, all have their place in this sprawling market just north of Kaleici.

Close to the centre of town is an ultra-modern shopping centre, where you'll find some wonderful quality clothing shops offering fashions at very reasonable prices.

Kaleici – the old city

Dating back to Roman times, this part of Antalya City is famous for its beautiful narrow winding streets, its fantastic restaurants and its stunning architecture. Even if you're not that keen on history, you can always drop into a nearby cafe or restaurant and enjoy a delicious seafood meal, a mezze or simply relish the taste of a traditional Turkish coffee while deciding where to go next.

The awesome Hadrian's Gate, built by the Romans, can still be found in this part of town and if you go down the hill towards the sea, you'll be able to see the city's ancient Roman harbour.

Though not in Kaleici itself, but a 20-minute walk away, the Antalya museum has been garnering rave reviews from visitors for years. With displays of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture – as well as many other exhibits detailing the history of this fascinating region – you could pass a very pleasant and relaxing time here.

And while the old town and Antalya's museums can inform you about the region's history, you can explore the past for yourself at historic sites like Termessos and Perge. Though the amphitheatre, large stone arches and various statues now rest in ruins, they're all still amazing sights to behold.

Chilling out in and around Antalya City

Holidays aren't simply about history or eating – they're also about exploring the area and having fun. Green Canyon Tours offer boat trips around the region as well as watersports. A trip to the nearby Green Canyon will reveal some stunning rocks and inland freshwater lakes – as well as revive your spirits.

Adrenaline junkies will be able to indulge in some white-water rafting and other exciting activities. Novaraft is the place to head for if your passion is climbing rocks, or canoeing down rivers.

The Duden waterfalls – to the south of the city and close by the sea – are ideal if you want to enjoy a family day out, or you simply want to enjoy some spectacular scenery. Boat trips are also on offer here so you can really appreciate the majesty of the falls.

A cool vibe

At the end of a long day, Antalya City has plenty of opportunities for you to party the night away. Most of the nightclubs are based in Kaleici, but if you head over to the marina you'll also be able to enjoy a tasty meal, and enjoy a cocktail or two. Club 29 has an outdoor party area and Club Arma is famous for its vibrant scene – and you can overlook the yachts in the marina while you dance until dawn.

And when you're looking for something a little different, the city's concert halls and theatre offer an interesting alternative for an evening's entertainment.