Five fun things to do in Antalya
With holidays to Turkey more popular than ever, a trip to Antalya can offer the holidaymaker more than just amazing all Inclusive eats, fabulous pools and water parks and miles of golden sandy beaches. Antalya also has a range of unique and interesting things to do to keep all members of the family fully occupied for the full two weeks.
If you’re thinking about booking an Antalya Holiday but need that final bit of convincing, let us give you five great reasons to visit Antalya.
It may be surprising to see Antalya’s hotels as being one of the “fun” things to do in the destination but Antalya has some of the best hotels for facilities, all inclusive restaurants and things to do at the hotel than most holiday locations around the world.
Many of the hotels are directly on the beach and offer water sports, tennis and hotel based activities, so much so, that it’s not even necessary to leave your hotel to be entertained! This is especially true for kids, who can enjoy some of the best indoor and outdoor activities in Turkey in Antalya.
With a kids club, kids pool, evening entertainment and waterslides, we recommend the five star Haydarpasha Palace as one of the best hotels to take a family holiday in Antalya. Looking more like Disneyland than a hotel, the Haydarpasha Palace can be enjoyed for as little as £322 per person per week.
One of the largest cities in Turkey and an important city on the West of the country and known as the “Gateway to the East”, Antalya is brimming with history and interest.
Hadrian’s Gate. also known as the ‘Three Gates’, is a magnificent triumphal arch built in 130 AD for the Roman emperor Hadrian’s visit to the city. Scholars acknowledge Hadrian’s Gate as one of the most beautiful city wall gates in the world, and the decoration and intricacy of carving is stunning. It is believed, pre-dating Hadrian by a millennium, that this is the spot that the Queen of Sheba relaxed on her way to visit King Solomon.
The historical centre of Antalya is worth a full day’s exploration with treasures from throughout the centuries around every corner. The first order of business would be to visit the main square – the Kapisi, with its ancient clock tower and the statue of the city’s founder Attalus II. Then take a walk among the rows of bazaars, Ottoman buildings and amazing mosques in the area. This is the area of the city in which to get lost on purpose and happen across a small Turkish restaurant offering a lunchtime menu meze for a bargainous price!
If you’re looking for some R&R then one of the most peaceful spots in Anatalya is the Duden Waterfalls. A natural wonder, nature reserve and picnic area, the falls will delight the nature lover in your party.
The two sources of the waterfalls are the Kirkgozler and Pinarbasi rivers. They converge to form the Biyikli pothole and disappear into it. The word Duden means “a hole that swallows water sources”. The falls consist of two sites, the Upper and the Lower Duden, both of which can be visited for free.
The reasons most people come to Antalya is for the fabulous Lara Beach. Home to many of the best hotels, restaurants and clubs, Lara Beach is a excellent spot to spend your time in Antalya. A wide, scenic, sandy beach at just over 12kms long, this is the place to see and be seen in Antalya. If you’re looking to enjoy beach life, cocktails in the evening and peaceful places to relax during the day, then Lara Beach is the place to be. For a chic stay in Lara Beach we recommend the Liberty Hotel Lara Beach. This five star hotel is available from just £230 per person per week.