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Use our Antalya holidays travel guide and hotel recommendations below to help you plan your holiday. Holidays in the Antalya region are situated in the South of Turkey and are dominated by the warm coast of the Mediterranean.
Antalya Holidays in the Antalya region include many popular resorts, which offer a beach lovers paradise. Resorts such as Antalya, Alanya, Beldibi, Belek, Kemer, Lara Beach, and Side can all be found in this area of Turkey. The Antalya region sits alongside the Mediterranean Sea in the South. Beautiful beaches meet stunning Turquoise waters on this stretch of coast, against a backdrop of the Taurus (also called 'Toros') mountain ranges to the West and East. There are many ancient sites to visit close by.
The Antalya region was once an integral part of the ancient world, with many features in this area being traced back as far as the 1st Century BC. Also known as the hub of the so called 'Turkish Riviera' Antalya resorts are plentiful in a mixture of golden beaches, waterfalls, ancient historical sites and cities, small coves, harbours, beautiful turquoise seas and wonderful Turkish seaside towns. Modern day Antalya resorts also includes lively bars, restaurants and buzzing Turkish markets, set against the charm of Turkey and its traditional customs. The City of Antalya itself, situated by the Gulf of Antalya, consists of an attractive harbour and an old town which is the historical centre of the City known as Kaleici.
Aswell as the City of Antalya and surrounding historical sites, many holidaymakers travel to the Anatalya region of Turkey to enjoy the well established holiday resorts there.
The Mediterranean climate here means that the Antalya region benefits from long hot Summers and mild Winters. The ideal time to visit, as with much of Turkey, is between April and October. Average daytime temperatures in Antalya can reach up to 28°C during July/August although highs of 44°C have been recorded here. The Mediterranean Sea helps bring cooling winds, helping to make this area a great seaside holiday spot.
Antalya consists of many popular holiday resorts, due to its golden beaches and pleasant climate. Antalya, Alanya, Beldibi, Belek, Kemer, Lara Beach, and Side to name but a few of the resorts popular with UK tourists. Antalya itself is an ancient city, set on the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Kaleici (the old town) was originally a roman town and harbour and is the small historic section at the centre of the modern City of Antalya. Discover the history of Antalya and neighbouring regions at the archaeological museum, visit the many caves, waterfalls and many other historical attractions in this area, enjoy the buzzing nightlife, or just chill out at the harbour or on one of the beaches nearby. Lara Beach is only 6km away from Antalya City with its upmarket well developed hotels, stunning blue waters and many watersports to choose from. A holiday resort that has been allowed to develop in keeping with its natural beauty, Lara Beach offers the ultimate sun, sea and sand holiday. The combination of old and new in Alanya will satisfy those looking for a taste of the traditional Turkish life, with modern hotels coupled with old traditional and historical areas such as Alanya Castle, ancient city walls and traditional Turkish food. 75km from Antalya is Side, again steeped in history with ancient archaeological sites and attractions such as the Roman baths and temples, plus the amazing amphitheatre here. A place where old meets new, Side also offers excellent beaches and a wealth of modern hotels.
The Antalya region is serviced by the main airport in this area Antalya International Airport which is situated just 10km from the City of Antalya itself. Providing for approx 10 million tourists each year, the airport is in a great location for many of the popular resorts in Antalya and is considered to be Turkey's primary airport. Turkey is considered a short haul destination from the UK, with flights lasting on average 4 hours. Flights are available in the UK from many main airports and with scheduled and charter airlines from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle amongst others.
If you're looking for nightlife, you could look no further than the old town in Antalya itself. This popular nightspot offers huge open air clubs, bars and discos for you to party in. Kemer, although a smaller resort, also offers a fast paced nightlife with a wealth of waterside clubs to choose from. If dancing into the early hours isn't your style, enjoy a Turkish themed night at one of the hotels in all of the main resorts and experience belly dancers and traditional Turkish food and drink. Or take a wander to one of the many bars or restaurants the Antalya region has to offer and watch the sunset over the turquoise sea.
There are so many ancient ruins to visit and see in Antalya you'll be spoilt for choice. Experience the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos - with it's amazing Roman amphitheatre, the vast history of Kaleici (old town) including the Roman harbour and Hadrian's gate, Side's Roman baths, nymphaeum (fountain), temples and Byzantine ruins and Alanya's castles. There's also an abundance of natural wonders to visit, with approx. 20 waterfalls in the area, although the three main ones are considered to be the Karpuzkaldiran waterfall near Lara Beach, the Kursunlu waterfall towards Belek and the Manavgat waterfall, to the East of Antalya. The Damlatas caves are also worth visiting, near Alanya, aswell as the Dim Valley and Dim caves. Aswell as ancient sites and natural wonders there are also plenty of activites to pursue such as sailing, watersports, scuba, horseriding, golf and rafting.
The Antalya region has been called Turkey's tourism capital due to its popularity and nickname as the Turkish Riviera. Situated on the South West side of Turkey, lapped by the Mediterranean Sea amidst mountains and forests, the area offers a wealth of ruins, harbours and beaches, with a choice of many modern hotels. Well developed enough to be comfortable but traditional enough to remain interesting, holidays to Antalya, Turkey, are likely to remain popular for years to come.