Holidays to Antalya

Holidays to Antalya

When it comes to beach breaks, Antalya really does have it all. With long stretches of golden sand, sizzling temperatures and mouth-watering food, it just doesn’t get better than this historic yet beautiful region. Also known as the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya opens the door to everything that makes Turkey a popular holiday destination. And there’s truly something here for everyone. Travelling with little ones? Bag yourself a family-focused resort with waterslides and a kids club. Fancy a romantic getaway? There’s nothing quite like a walk along an Antalyan beach to set the mood. Holidays to Antalya can be anything you want them to be; all you have to do is book.

Why Holiday in Antalya?

Beaches. Sunshine. Good times. When it comes to these three must-haves, Antalya holidays always deliver. Whether you’re after an all-singing, all-dancing All Inclusive hotel or an out-of-the-way boutique place to stay, you’re sure to find your perfect Turkish escape. Think delicious buffet meals with international spreads and local specials. Think relaxing on a sun lounger with blue sky and turquoise water for as far as the eye can see. Think total bliss, and you’re close to imagining how you’ll feel when you check-in.

Antalya getaways are hot-to-trot in summer, with average temperatures reaching a dreamy 28°C in July. If winter sun is more your style, then you can brighten up your January with mild highs of 15°C; we can’t think of a better way to start the year than enjoying some Turkish sun. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea is gorgeous here too, with temperatures reaching bath-like highs of 29°C in August. It doesn’t matter if you’re a toe-dipper or a diver-inner, the weather’s lovely in Antalya.

Beach Holidays in Antalya

Situated along the famously beautiful Turquoise Coast, Antalya’s beaches are well-known for being everything you need for your sun, sea and sand. With hidden coves and bays for days, there’s no shortage of sunny spots to lay your towel or relax on a lounger. What’s more, the dramatic backdrop of the Taurus Mountains means that swimming and sunbathing on this stretch of shoreline is always a stunning experience.

Konyaalti Beach is a pebbly piece of paradise, fringed with plenty of beach bars and restaurants. Vibrant but with plenty of space to find a quiet corner, this beach is as great for families as it is for couples and groups of mates. There’s also Lara Beach, with fine sand and a more laid-back vibe; Kaputas Beach, one of the most Instagram-worthy beaches in the world; Mermerli Beach with shallow water that’s perfect for paddling; and Akcagerme Beach, which is brilliant for snorkelling. If you’re staying close to the city, you’ll find that regular buses and taxi services run between the town and the popular beaches, especially Lara Beach and Konyaalti Beach.

Food and Drink in Antalya

As far as we’re concerned, Turkish delight doesn’t just refer to one type of delicious dessert. It’s also the best way to describe the food in Antalya as a whole. Seafood lovers are in luck. Being a seaside town, the menus of many restaurants in Antalya make excellent use of the fruits of the sea. More of a kebab fan? Forget the takeaways you’ve tasted before, the grilled meat, soft bread and flavourful sauces of kofte and doner kebabs are on a completely different level. Look out for Turkish meze for starters – there are often some mouth-watering plant-based options on these platters too if you’re a veggie or vegan. If you’re looking for a Turkish tipple to toast your meal with, it has to be raki. This star-anise flavoured liqueur is a very traditional drink.

And now for pudding. We’ve already mentioned Turkish delight, which often has travel parties debating whether they love it or hate it with a Marmite-level split between the two opinions. Baklava is a sure-fire favourite, though. This sweet pastry is often served drizzled with honey and is the perfect accompaniment to a coffee or a cup of tea. More of a chocoholic? Keep an eye out for some mozzaik pasta. This, surprisingly, has nothing to do with pasta and is more like a Turkish spin on a rocky road biscuit.

Visiting Antalya

This seaside city offers a historic old town called Kaleici, which is housed within ancient walls that have been rebuilt and restored again and again over the centuries. Here you can wander down cobbled streets taking in the Ottoman architecture and stumbling across Roman ruins, such as Hadrian’s Gate, as well as exploring the pretty marina. Antalya is also a great location for golfing holidays, especially in the cooler – but still mostly sunny - winter months. Grab your clubs and head out onto the greens of Gloria Golf Club, Antalya Golf Club, National Golf Club and more.

To really take in the views, take the cable car to the top of the mountains to see Antalya from a really flattering angle. Love nature? Head to the Duden Waterfalls or book an excursion to the Kursunlu Waterfalls for something really spectacular. Water features of a different kind can be found at Aqualand, a waterpark with plenty of slides and pools to keep little ones and big kids happy. There’s even an aquarium and a shopping centre nearby to discover.

Useful Info for Visiting Antalya

Direct flights to Antalya from the UK usually take about four and a half hours. And, with the conveniently-located Antalya Airport nearby, transfers to your chosen hotel are typically fairly quick too, with scenic drives through the pretty landscape of hills and sea views as a bonus. Your holiday spends will be in Turkish Lira rather than Pound Sterling, so make sure you get your pennies changed over before you go. The official language of Turkey is – you guessed it – Turkish, but you’ll find that English is widely spoken in the main tourist areas of Antalya.

Before travelling, you’ll need to get £20 e-Visa from the official Republic of Turkey website. Check your passport before you book too, as you’ll need six months’ validity from your return travel date, a valid ticket and at least two clear pages inside your passport.

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