A guide to things to do in Antalya
Whether you love sightseeing or just relaxing on the beach you’ll find something you enjoy along this slice of coastline. If you have children they’ll always have a fun activity to enjoy on Antalya holidays, be it watersports, boat trips, waterparks, or theme parks. Antalya really is an all-around holiday hotspot for the whole family. If you’re wondering where to head first, here’s a list of some of the best things to do while you’re out and about in Antalya.
Discover the history
The first place to visit is The Antalya Archaeological Museum, a must-see for any history enthusiasts. The museum has 13 display halls with exhibits from the Palaeolithic Age to that of the Ottoman Empire. You’ll see artefacts like coins and jewellery and also statues from Perge, Asperos and other ancient sites. There’s even a children’s section for little ones to explore.
Another interesting ancient sight is the old city of Antalya, called Kaleici. Venture around unique buildings and pop into a cafe by the marina, before heaidng to the preserved historical site of Termessos, an ancient Psidian city built up on a mountain platform. Make sure you bring decent shoes as there’s a bit of a walk, but it’s well worth it when you reach the ancient theatre.
The historical sites in Antalya seem almost never-ending, and if you’re not too worn out by all the walking you can explore the standing pillars of the Temple of Apollo in Side, a collection of ruins that really shouldn’t be missed.
If you’re more of a ‘lay on the beach and soak up the sun’ type of holidaygoer, don’t worry, Antalya isn’t all just history. Antalya’s coast is 640 kilometres long and has numerous stunning white sand beaches scattered along it.
Kaputas Beach in Kas has calm clear turquoise water, with sunloungers and parasols to rent. There’s 184 steps down to the water, means it’s not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Kleopatra beach has wonderful views of the Alanya Castle and its own cave to explore once you’ve finished lying on the pristine sands. Patara Beach is 18 kilometres long and boasts a backdrop of rolling hills. There’s also a lifeguard keeping watch over the water, so you can feel safe with any little ones paddling in the shallows.
Practice your swing
There are more than 10 golf courses in the Antalya region, which means there’s lots of opportunities to get a few rounds in this holiday. One of the most popular spots to hit the green is the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Belek. The courses here were designed by the master golfer himself, Colin Montgomerie. This 18-hole course is surrounded by a high forest of trees and the ocean. There’s also a club house serving satisfying meals all day. If you get thirsty you can even order a beer from one of the buggy bar boys and they’ll bring it directly to you.
There are several waterparks to help little ones cool down from the heat, including the Troy Aqua and Dolphinarium in Belek. This massive park has winding slides, leisurely river rides and wave pools, as well as an aquarium. There’s also Water Planet Aqua Park in Antalya with slides, tunnels, water rapids and bungee jumping for the big kids of the family.
Another way to keep kids entertained is to take them to Sandland in Antalya, where you can wander through a stunning open air sculpture exhibit. It’s one of the largest events dedicated to sand sculptures in the world, with more than 100 pieces on show.
Alternatively, head to Dinopark in Goynunk. This forest is full of life-sized statues of dinosaurs, and also provides horseback riding, a petting zoo, zip wire rides and trampolining sessions. Cheap Antalya holidays have never been so action-packed!