The ancient city of Antalya is one of Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Often referred to as the pearl of the Mediterranean, Antalya borders the eastern edge of Turkey’s stunning Turquoise coast.
Well used to hosting holidaymakers, Antalya is one of the world’s most visited cities. This Turkish destination benefits from a rich history as well as breathtaking natural beauty, and there are a wide range of hotels in Antalya to suit all requirements and budgets.
Many regard Kleopatra beach in Antalya as one of Turkey’s finest. This mile-long stretch of golden sand is popular with sun seekers and waterspouts enthusiasts alike and is fringed with some lovely little bars and eateries too. By night, the harbour area buzzes with life, dancing to the beat of live, Turkish music, or tunes spun by DJs in the busy clubs.
There are beachfront luxury hotels in Antalya, as well as cheap hotels in Antalya such as local guest houses which can offer a delightfully personal and authentic holiday experience. Many hotels have their own swimming pools for those refreshing daily dips, and some of the larger complexes feature spacious, landscaped outdoor gardens and terraces, as well as several pools and restaurants.
Whichever kind of property you choose to stay at, the range of food on offer in the region will ensure no one goes hungry. The Antalya coast can tickle the taste buds of even the most dedicated foodie. Turkish kebabs are succulent skewers of delicately spiced meat and the freshest, chargrilled vegetables. Turkey’s own version of pizza is pide, and it comes with the most mouth-watering toppings, including fragrant minced lamb. The ocean also provides some of the freshest fish and seafood you might ever try.
Wherever you decide to base yourself, there’s lots to discover in this fascinating region that’s steeped in culture. Visit the ancient ruins of Olympus and discover the eternal flames that lie close by. Head inland to explore tiny villages or the Taurus Mountains.
Visit Side for some of the cheapest and most delicious street food in Turkey. When you’ve had your fill, absorb the plentiful history of the place, which features the Temple of Apollo and a vast amphitheatre, as well as other ancient Greco-Roman ruins.
Antalya itself has an old quarter, Kaleiçi, which offers some of the best shopping in Turkey. You can peruse an array of goods, including jewellery, leather products and Turkish carpets at astonishingly low prices.
If you’d like to discover this beautiful part of Turkey, why not have a look at our range of hotels in this stunning holiday spot?