Turkey: Ancient and amazing Antalya

Konyaalti_Beach Antalya

Tucked away right in the south west corner of Turkey is Antalya. This is an area of the country that is often called the Turkish Riviera, because of its popularity and because the conditions here are perfect for many types of holiday. The city of Antalya is undoubtedly the star of the region.

It is considered a very cosmopolitan place, with a buzzing nightlife and chic bars, restaurants and cafes. There is a modern marina and bustling promenade that has everything a modern resort should have. As well as this, there are the delights of the old town, which is characterised by a mix of Ottoman, Roman and Byzantine architecture.

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The other main draw of the city is the large beach, known as Konyaalti Beach. It’s backed by huge mountains, and the golden sand and shingle are perfect for a spot of relaxing. The waters are warm and ideal for a dip or even trying your hand at a variety of watersports. The beach is very close to the city and with excellent transport links, it’s very easy to get to. A little further away is Lara Beach, one of the biggest in Turkey, and equally as beautiful.

Around 25 minutes drive away is the Upper Duden Waterfall, just one of the local sights that you definitely shouldn’t miss. Pathways take you right up to the edge of the waterfall for a spectacular view. There are also Roman ruins at nearby Perge.

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Within the city itself is the old district of Kaleici, starting at Hadrian’s gate and comprising everything within the old city walls. It’s an ancient and mysterious place, but also very beautiful too.

At night there are some traditional restaurants where you can sample local food.

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As you might expect for Turkey, the weather here is good all year round. However, it is in the summer time when temperatures get really hot. Expect things to be up in the 30s for large periods of the summer.

Whether you’re browsing for trinkets in the old town, making the most of the beach life on your holidays or exploring the ancient architecture of the region, Antalya holidays offer a little something for everyone. Why not make it your next summer holiday destination? With a range of great resorts to choose from, this could be the place you’ve been looking for.

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