Lazy beach days
The long stretch of golden sand is the focal point in Colakli, and it’s surrounded by delightful restaurants and bars servicing the many sunloungers. The shoreline slopes gently into the calm, shallow Mediterranean and its warmth makes it perfect for the little ones to splash around in.
Once you’ve had your fill of sunbathing you’ll find a wide selection of watersports on offer, from windsurfing to canoeing. Hiring a canoe is a great way to explore the coastline around Colakli and you’ll find hidden coves while enjoying the kind of spectacular views that Turkey holidays are renowned for.
Visit the ancient city of Side
For those seeking great value Turkey holiday packages, Colaki is an peaceful spot from which explore the busier local sights. A 15-minute drive away is the ancient port city of Side and its Greek and Roman ruins. Lose yourself in the charming old town, which still feels untouched. Or head down to the chic harbour, dine at one of the waterfront restaurants and cool off with a cocktail at a vibrant bar.
Gladiators once did battle at Side’s colossal Roman amphitheatre and it’s used for summer concerts to this day. Or head to the 2,000-year-old Temple of Apollo down by the beach at sunset for the perfect holiday snaps. The dolmus – bus – connects Colakli to Side every 20 minutes or so, making a visit an easy and inexpensive excursion.
Cruise the Green Canyon
Of the many dammed lakes in Turkey, the Green Canyon is the only one that allows boat excursions and promises a quiet and relaxing day out while you take in this area of outstanding beauty.
As you cruise along the emerald-green lake and through the canyon, you can take in the incredible views of the Taurus mountain range, surrounded by lush woodlands. You can take a dip in the peaceful water, stop at a traditional waterside cafe for a bite to eat – or simply lie back and take in the magnificence of the area.
Marvel at Manavgat waterfall
If places of breathtaking natural beauty are your thing, head inland to just north of Manavgat where you’ll find one of Turkey’s most impressive waterfalls – it’s even had its image on Turkish banknotes. Dip your feet in the emerald-green water or enjoy a boat tour and explore the rest of the Manavgat river.
The foaming white water powers over the rocks as you enjoy a refreshing drink in the shady tea-gardens or tuck into freshly caught trout at the delightful fish restaurant. Or you can pack your own picnic and enjoy the serenity of the flowing river in the nearby woodland.
Daytrip to Antalya
Antalya is the region’s capital, an hour’s drive west along the coast. Here you can immerse yourself in Turkish history and culture. This vibrant city has a chic and contempary harbour lined with tea gardens, bars and restaurants with the old town of Kaleici winding up the hill.
The wonderfully preserved old town is a maze of cobbled lanes enclosed by Roman walls. Many of the Ottoman-style houses have been converted into boutiques and pretty cafes. The area offers dramatic clifftop views of the Roman-era harbour and distant, hazy mountains.