Charmingly antique with splashes of the 21st century
The city of Antalya has a rich history, as shown in the Roman harbour and Ottoman inspired architecture, and today it remains Turkey’s largest resort located on the Turkish Riviera. The beaches stretch far and wide and roaring up behind the city are the astounding Taurus Mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop to a very special getaway, that’s only four hours away.
At the foot of these mountains, you’ll find Konakli, a serene and traditional Turkish village that enjoys vast scenic views. A day out to the luxurious Cleopatra Beach should be on the cards, as well as having a go at rafting on the Dimcay River. There’s also Aqualand, which is sure to be a hit with the little ones.
If dipping your toes into cool, fresh water is for you then Manavgat won’t disappoint. The Manavgat River flows into a gorgeous waterfall near the town and you can take a boat trip along the river towards the Mediterranean Sea where you can catch the turtles swimming by. Quaint and shady tea gardens are speckled along the river’s edge providing perfect spots to refresh and enjoy the sights.
From here you can carry on to Side for even more breathtaking experiences. Side is known for its magnificent and colossal Roman amphitheatre ruins and well-preserved city walls.
Coined as the Beverly Hills of the Turkish Riviera, Belek is known for drawing an international and exclusive crowd. Lining its edges is a sizeable, 16-kilometre beach with Mediterranean waves that are fabulous for a multitude of watersports. A thermal spa is a welcoming accompaniment too – all wrapped up invitingly by greenery and prestigious golf courses.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
Head straight to the beaches of Antalya in July if you’re a sucker for scorching temperatures as the summer months can reach over 30°C. Easter is perfect too if you fancy it a few degrees cooler and winter for the coolest temperatures of between 15°C and 20°C. There are still a lot of blue skies available in the winter too but expect some rain speckled through this season.
Whenever you decide to holiday in Antalya, if you book your holiday within eight weeks of travel the best last minute deals are available.
Other popular holidays in Turkey
If you’re not sure where else in Turkey you could book your last minute holiday, also take a look at the Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir regions.
Antalya has a lot going for it though, to find out more take a look at our travel guide and the top last minute Antalya hotels below.
The 4* TUI Blue Palm Garden was treated to a lovely renovation in 2016 and now sits proudly amongst it's blooming, lavish gardens. Once you pass through the lawns you'll be right on the sand and shingle beach or whizz down one of five slides at the pool. You can also brush up on the local lingo here with its Turkish language classes and get involved in a plethora of sports. It's just a seven-minute walk to the small village of Kizilagac to pick up souvenirs and other gifts.
As the TUI Sensimar Hotel Andiz is an adults-only hotel, it's fantastic for couples looking to get away from it all and have some quality rest and relaxation at the spa and dine at a la carte restaurants. The location is blissful and you can make waves in your own private section of the beach or stroll along the promenade to reach the wonderful Side itself in just 20 minutes. The pool includes a whirlpool bath and up on the rooftop terrace, there's a further pool and hot tub.