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Holidays to Antalya

The beautiful region of Antalya, nestled on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in southwest Turkey, is a major tourist hub. Home to numerous beaches, it’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and leisurely walks by the sea. No wonder holidays to Antalya are so popular!


Relax with views of the Taurus Mountains while sipping seasonal cocktails. Enjoy visits to aqua parks, amusement parks, the world's largest tunnel aquarium, a zoo, and cable cars leading to Tunek Tepe Mountain.


Capture moments in front of the famous Düden and Kurşunlu waterfalls. Modern shopping centres offer a wide range of items and brands at great prices. Experience Turkish hospitality and diverse international cuisine at various restaurants and cafes, catering to all budgets.


As Antalya enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, holidays in Antalya can take place from mid-April to mid-October.


Antalya Highlights

Here are some key facts to know before flying off on your holiday to Antalya – it pays to know what to see and where before you go to ensure nothing is missed!


Konyaaltı Beach

Located on the west side of the region, it offers spectacular views of the Taurus Mountains and is the ideal place to get some amazing snaps for your socials.


Kaleiçi

The old city, built around a Roman harbour, showcases ancient Roman-style buildings and offers a glimpse into the region's past.


Chimaera Flames

These burning flames – created by gas escaping from deep below and bursting into flames once they reach fresh air- are visible 24 hours a day, although the best time to visit is at dusk.


Antalya Aquarium

Found near Konyaaltı Beach, this huge aquarium features the world's largest tunnel aquarium and an endless array of underwater creatures to discover.


Museums

Explore classic museums such as Kaleiçi Museum, Antalya Toy Museum, and Suna & İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum. Antalya is a culture lover's dream!


When to Visit Antalya

Antalya has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The best time to visit is between June and September if you enjoy the sun. July is the hottest month, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C. This period is perfect for activities on the beach or by the pool.

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Essential Information

Getting Around

The excellent public transport network and taxi service in the Antalya region means that hiring a car isn’t necessary to explore the area. However, if you would prefer to have the independence that a self-drive offers, car hire is easy to arrange. Dolmus buses are convenient and cheap. There is also a local bus service, and a tramway that connects the city centre with Konyaalti Beach.


Travelling by bus or car

Buses run regularly within the city of Antalya. The dolmus service also connects the city with the rest of the region, and is an authentic – albeit cramped – way of getting from A to B. Travel is cheap.


If you’re a confident driver, and you’re happy to take on the often hectic roads in Turkey, car hire is a great way of getting out and exploring the sights. Drive on the right hand side of the road.


Passports and Visas

You will need a visa to enter Turkey, which can be bought in advance via the e-Visa website for $20. Passports should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from time of entry. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/


Health and Safety

You should make sure that you have adequate travel insurance, which will help to protect you while on holiday in Turkey. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/health


Vaccinations

Routine jabs should be up to date, but no extra vaccinations are needed for Turkey. For the most up-to-date advice, see your doctor before you head off on holiday.

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Places to go and things to do in Antalya

Fun Activities to Try

Fun Activities to Try

Holidays in Antalya offers numerous activities for adventure seekers:


  • Watersports at Konyaaltı Beach. Engage in swimming, diving, and snorkelling on this sandy and pebbly beach.

  • Antalya Cable Car. Also known as Tünektepe Teleferik, it provides a broad view of the landscape from the crest of Tünektepe.

  • Antalya Dinner Cruises. Enjoy 3 to 5-hour sunset or dinner cruises departing from various ports like Kas Marina and Antalya Çelebi Marina.

  • Rafting at Köprülü Canyon. Book packages to raft in the clear waters of the Köprüçay River within the national park.

  • Enjoy the Nightlife. Explore clubs, bars, discos, live shows, and night markets in areas like Kas Harbour, Kaleiçi, and Alanya.
Best Beaches in Antalya

Visit these beaches when on Antalya family holidays:


  • Konyaaltı Beach. It is one of the main city beaches. It is monitored by lifeguards for safety, so is perfect for those on family holidays to Turkey, or those who want to feel safe and secure when splashing around in the warm sea.

  • Sarısu Kadınlar Plajı. This will appeal to many - this is a women-only beach set against a mountain backdrop. Ideal for girl-only trips or days out away from the boys!

  • Zuga Beach. A beach club with azure waters is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying food and drinks in a comfortable setting.
Food and Drink in Antalya

Antalya is a foodie's paradise. Check out these popular restaurants on your Antalya holidays and you will leave feeling totally full yet also wanting more and more!


  • Il Vicino Pizzeria. Known for its extensive menu of Italian classics and cosy atmosphere, it is ideal for couples wanting a romantic dinner or lunch with food that tastes familiar.

  • Gazette Brasserie and Bar. Located in Kaleiçi, it offers a variety of pizzas, antipasto dishes, pastas, and salads with live music as the backdrop. The ideal place for a lively yet relaxed night out.

  • Arzum Döner. Famous for its signature yarak döner and İskender, this is the place to go to if you want to experience some classic Turkish meats and local delicacies.
Nightlife in Antalya

These local districts promise memorable nightlife experiences when on Antalya holidays:


  • Kaleiçi. A vibrant area with numerous bars, clubs, karaoke spots, restaurants, and pubs.

  • Konyaaltı. Known for a variety of clubs, bars, and restaurants, with the Beach Park area being a popular spot.

  • Lara. Renowned for its lively nightlife along the popular Lara Beach, featuring numerous clubs and bars. The place to head to after a long day tanning on the nearby beach.

Places to go and things to do in Antalya

Fun Activities to Try

Fun Activities to Try

Holidays in Antalya offers numerous activities for adventure seekers:


  • Watersports at Konyaaltı Beach. Engage in swimming, diving, and snorkelling on this sandy and pebbly beach.

  • Antalya Cable Car. Also known as Tünektepe Teleferik, it provides a broad view of the landscape from the crest of Tünektepe.

  • Antalya Dinner Cruises. Enjoy 3 to 5-hour sunset or dinner cruises departing from various ports like Kas Marina and Antalya Çelebi Marina.

  • Rafting at Köprülü Canyon. Book packages to raft in the clear waters of the Köprüçay River within the national park.

  • Enjoy the Nightlife. Explore clubs, bars, discos, live shows, and night markets in areas like Kas Harbour, Kaleiçi, and Alanya.
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Best Beaches in Antalya

Best Beaches in Antalya

Visit these beaches when on Antalya family holidays:


  • Konyaaltı Beach. It is one of the main city beaches. It is monitored by lifeguards for safety, so is perfect for those on family holidays to Turkey, or those who want to feel safe and secure when splashing around in the warm sea.

  • Sarısu Kadınlar Plajı. This will appeal to many - this is a women-only beach set against a mountain backdrop. Ideal for girl-only trips or days out away from the boys!

  • Zuga Beach. A beach club with azure waters is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying food and drinks in a comfortable setting.
Read More
Food and Drink in Antalya

Food and Drink in Antalya

Antalya is a foodie's paradise. Check out these popular restaurants on your Antalya holidays and you will leave feeling totally full yet also wanting more and more!


  • Il Vicino Pizzeria. Known for its extensive menu of Italian classics and cosy atmosphere, it is ideal for couples wanting a romantic dinner or lunch with food that tastes familiar.

  • Gazette Brasserie and Bar. Located in Kaleiçi, it offers a variety of pizzas, antipasto dishes, pastas, and salads with live music as the backdrop. The ideal place for a lively yet relaxed night out.

  • Arzum Döner. Famous for its signature yarak döner and İskender, this is the place to go to if you want to experience some classic Turkish meats and local delicacies.
Read More
Nightlife in Antalya

Nightlife in Antalya

These local districts promise memorable nightlife experiences when on Antalya holidays:


  • Kaleiçi. A vibrant area with numerous bars, clubs, karaoke spots, restaurants, and pubs.

  • Konyaaltı. Known for a variety of clubs, bars, and restaurants, with the Beach Park area being a popular spot.

  • Lara. Renowned for its lively nightlife along the popular Lara Beach, featuring numerous clubs and bars. The place to head to after a long day tanning on the nearby beach.
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Popular Locations in Antalya

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best area to stay in Antalya?

For 5-star beachfront luxury, opt for Lara or Belek. If sightseeing is high on your Antalya holiday agenda, head to Side or Kaleici.

Antalya is one of Turkey's most popular holiday destinations, its luxurious hotels, stunning beaches and impressive historical attractions attract millions of holidaymakers each year.

Thanks to its history, natural beauty and the fact that cheap Antalya holidays are easy to come by, it is 100% worth it.

Holidays in Antalya are a great option at any time of year. Summer is hot. If you like it a bit cooler, go in Spring or Autumn.

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