A destination that’s growing in popularity year after year, Antalya is doing everything right. From food to nature and beaches to water parks, the region is filled with exciting attractions for all jet-setters. If you’re wondering what exactly makes this hotspot so special, then get ready to find out with our 11 reasons to visit Antalya.
The hot, hot weather…
The Turkish sunshine is renowned for being a scorcher and with Antalya being the most eastern tourist region, you’re also met with the middle-eastern heat. Average high temperatures between May and October range from a warm 26°C to a sizzling 34°C. So, if you’re looking for a long, hot summer without having to travel far and wide, Antalya is the ideal destination for you.
…only a few hour’s flight away
With the flight time sitting around the 4.5 hours mark, you can jet off on an exotic, sun-soaked beach break without the hassle of long-haul flights. Caribbean temperatures without the 10+ hour flight time is perfect for anyone, but especially for those with little ones who need entertaining throughout the journey.
Record breaking beaches
A region with a whole lotta coast, that can only mean one thing… beaches, beaches, beaches! Antalya holds the world record for the city with the most blue-flag beaches, with a whopping 200 of its shores holding the certification. Did you know the word ‘turquoise’ comes from the description of the Turkish riviera? You’ll know why when you see the breath-taking colour of the sea.
Escape to the nature
When you think of Turkey, the focus is usually on the beaches, however Antalya also features stunning greenery and some weird and wonderful nature. To the east of the city, the Duden and Kursunlu Waterfalls are certainly sights to see, surrounded by enchanting hanging trees and shrubbery. Plus, the region has a magnificently mountainous landscape, featuring the Tahtall Mountains, Musa Mountain and Mt. Olympus.
Cool and captivating history
Whether you’re a history buff or not, the historic sites and ancient ruins of Antalya are nothing short of astonishing. The Perge archeological site shows the remarkable ruins of the ancient city, including a stadium, columns, fountains and Roman baths. Another fascinating preserved ancient city in Antalya is Termessos. Nestled between two peaks of the Gulluk Mountain, you can discover the ruins for hours on end, the highlight being the striking theatre. Also, visit the Temple of Apollo in Side, a beautiful site where Anthony met Cleopatra. Romantic.
Take your pick
As a vast coastal region, Antalya offers plenty of choice when it comes to resorts. Find pure relaxation with a luxury twist in Belek, unwind by the beautiful beach in Lara or find the harmonious mix of city and seaside in Alanya. With plenty more to choose from, there’s an ideal area for every holidaymaker.
The charming old town
With an entrance as extravagant as the monumental Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya’s old town (Kaleici) is a gem waiting to be explored. Now a popular tourist destination, Kaleici features plenty of shops and restaurants but still surrounded by preserved ancient architecture and lined with cobbled streets. A must-visit for anyone in the area, but definitely a lovely place for a romantic stroll with a loved one.
Tonnes of fun for kids
Such a stunning destination, but what about the kids? Antalya has an amazing amount of water parks, theme parks, hotels with fabulous kids clubs and there’s even a toy museum! From the awesome rides at Land of Legends Theme Park to the cool shows and extreme slides at Dolu Su Park, wherever you are in the region, there’s something to keep your young ones smiling from start to finish.
Hotels with the ‘wow’ factor
Yes, all holiday resorts have their large hotels, but Antalya is on another level. These grand resorts aren’t just a roof over your head with an outdoor pool, some of the properties you’ll find in Antalya are pretty much small villages that would take forever and a day to fully explore. Unbeatable services, spas, kids clubs, multiple pools and even on-site water parks, these top-class properties are there to accommodate absolutely everyone.
The eternal flames of Lycia
Those who love a touch of mystery will love the famous mystical burning flames of Chimaera. Over in the Cirali mountains, you can visit the unique landmark, an eternal fire that is reported to have been seen for hundreds of years. Although the fire has stories of mythical creatures surrounding it, the scientific explanation of the never-ending flames is actually the release of natural gas from between the rocks.
Food, glorious food
Delightfully influenced by both Europe and Asia, Turkish food is an absolute delight. Experience the taste of a proper kebab (no, not the one you order at 3am), mezes, kofta and the sweet syrupy treat that is Baklava. Staying in Antalya means you need to prepare for indulgence as you’ll be tasting foods that are so irresistible, you just can’t stop!
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