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Antalya Holidays

Antalya Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • The largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast
  • 213 Blue Flag beaches
  • Historical sites
  • Home to the majestic Taurus Mountains
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    Beaches | Food & drink | Culture | Nightlife | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Antalya?

    If you’re like us and the beach is at the heart of your holiday, then you’re in luck. Antalya holds the record for the most Blue Flag beache in the world, with over 200 plush stretches of sand under its belt. Some of our favourites include Konyaalti Beach - a spacious shore just west of Antalya city, with the beautiful Beydaglari Mountains as a backdrop, and Lara Beach - a popular sand spot with sun loungers and plenty of cafes and bars nearby, perfect for a lazy day by the sea. Over at Belek Beach, you’ll find a whopping 16km of wonderful, fine white sands, and if you fancy an adventure, Patara Beach is just on the outskirts of the Antalya region - a beautiful unspoilt area that’s actually the longest beach in the country!

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    What's the food like in Antalya?

    ​Traditional Ottoman cuisine fused with European and Middle-Eastern influences - Turkish food doesn’t disappoint. From stuffed vine leaves to succulent kofta, you’re sure to find a taste to fall in love with. Treat yourself to a real kebab when in Antalya - the traditional Turkish ‘kebap’ is the cornerstone of the country’s diet, and after just one bite you’ll know why! Fried vegetables are also a large part of the local cuisine, and seasoned yoghurt is the garnish of choice. And let’s not forget dessert (our favourite) - baklava is sweet syrupy pastry bites that you won’t be able to get enough of. To wash it all down, the local alcohol is Raki - also known as Lion’s milk - made from twice-distilled grapes and aniseed.

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    What's the culture like in Antalya?

    ​It might be one of the most popular tourist spots in Turkey, but Antalya hasn’t lost its charm. The old town, Kaleici, is filled with rustic buildings on cobbled streets, home to the beautifully-designed Hadrian’s Gate, built in 130 AD. There’s a choice of fascinating archaeological sites to discover around the region, too, with the ruins of Perge and Termessos cities boasting their stunning ancient walls and theatres, waiting to be explored. Plus, in Side, you can visit the Temple of Apollo where Anthony met Cleopatra.

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    Where’s the best nightlife in Antalya?

    With plenty of towns to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect night scene to suit you. Like most of Antalya’s resorts, Kemer has a great pick of bars as well as some lively clubs like Club Inferno and Aura Club, great for those who like to dance the night away. Over by Antalya town’s marina, you’ll find a bunch of cool bars and pubs to enjoy laidback drinks in, while Side has a buzzing nightlife scene with an array of bars and clubs to explore. For a quieter place to enjoy evening drinks, you can head down to the scenic harbour.

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    Things to do in Antalya

    Land of Legends Theme Park

    This action-packed theme park is one for the whole family, offering a range of fun rollercoasters, waterslides, splash zones and smaller rides for the little ones.

    Green Canyon Boat Trip

    Set sail on a boat trip around the Green Canyon where you'll be surrounded by lush greenery and the Taurus Mountains - you'll even have chance to take a dip in the gorgeous emerald waters.

    Golf in Belek

    Tourists flock to Belek for golf holidays year after year, thanks to The Montgomerie MaxxRoyal Golf Club - the top-rated course in the resort with a brilliant club house and stunning views.

    The burning flames of Chimaera

    The eternal flames of Chimaera is one for the bucketlist. Visit the Cirali Mountains in the evening and experience the ever-burning fires that have eben alight since the ancient era; the flames are so bright that they were historically used as landmarks by sailors at sea. Though the fires were originally thought to be caused by a mythical fire-breathing creature, the flames are actually the result of natural gases being released between rocks. We'll let you choose which story you prefer to believe!

    Explore the old harbour

    Antalya's picturesque old harbour is a must=visit spot, filled with bobbing yachts and surrounded by pretty cafés and bars which overlook the Mediterranean Sea.

    Admire the Karst Springs

    If you're a fan of natural wonders then you have to tick the Karst Springs off your list when in Turkey. Antalya's limestone countryside is filled with enchanting waterfalls and springs, with lime deposits that have built up over the course of 1.5 to two million years!



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    What's the weather like in Antalya?

    Antalya is known for its sizzling heat in summer, but this region is even blessed with a warm climate in the autumn and winter months.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 10 °c 18 °c 5 h
    Feb 11 °c 17 °c 7 h
    Mar 13 °c 17 °c 7 h
    Apr 16 °c 18 °c 9 h
    May 20 °c 21 °c 11 h
    Jun 25 °c 25 °c 12 h
    Jul 28 °c 28 °c 13 h
    Aug 27 °c 29 °c 12 h
    Sep 25 °c 27 °c 11 h
    Oct 20 °c 25 °c 9 h
    Nov 15 °c 21 °c 7 h
    Dec 12 °c 19 °c 5 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Antalya

    How long does it take to fly to Antalya?

    It takes about 4.5 hours to fly from the UK to Antalya.

    What currency do they use in Antalya?

    The local currency in Antalya is the Turkish Lira.

    What's the time difference between the UK and Antalya?

    The time in Antalya is two hours ahead of the UK.

    What language do they speak in Antalya?

    The official language spoken in Antalya is Turkish.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Antalya?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Antalya?

    No, there is currently no tourist tax in Antalya.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Antalya?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Turkey on the FCDO website.

    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Antalya for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Claire Beach:


    Very quick and easy to book, all our agreed holiday paperwork came straight through by email.

    Helen Blair:


    Booking my holiday was quick, efficient & no hassle.

    David Jarvis:


    Booking was simple and straightforward, no problems. Would definately use again for future holidays.

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    Top Antalya Hotels

    Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa

    Side, Antalya, Turkey

    The Land of Legends

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Granada Luxury Belek Hotel

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Sherwood Suites Resort

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Calista Luxury Resort

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Kemer Holiday Club

    Kemer, Antalya, Turkey

    Mukarnas Spa & Resort Hotel

    Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

    Haydarpasha Palace

    Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

    Adalya Elite Lara

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Side Premium

    Side, Antalya, Turkey

    Limak Lara Hotel

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Titanic Beach Lara

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Papillon Ayscha Hotel

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Delphin BE GRAND Resort

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Delphin Imperial

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Eftalia Ocean

    Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

    Lara Barut Collection

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Eftalia Aqua Resort

    Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

    Side Prenses Hotel

    Side, Antalya, Turkey

    Eftalia Splash Resort

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    Xoria Deluxe Hotel

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    IC Hotels Green Palace

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Dosi Hotel

    Side, Antalya, Turkey

    IC Hotels Santai Family Resort

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Incekum Beach Resort

    Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

    Maxx Royal Belek Golf & Spa

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Kahya Hotel

    Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

    Limak Atlantis Resort

    Belek, Antalya, Turkey

    Wind Of Lara Hotel And Spa

    Lara, Antalya, Turkey

    Antalya Weather

    The weather is one of the main reasons why Antalya is so popular! Boasting, on average, 300 days of sun each year and only a few days of rain, Antalya is a fantastic holiday destination all year round.

    The summer months in Antalya are absolutely beautiful, with the hottest months of July and August getting boiling! The summer months are long in Antalya, lasting from April until November. Temperatures range from 16ºC in April, rising to 28ºC in July and August and back down to 21ºC in October and 16 ºC in November.

    During the winter months of December through to March the average temperatures range from 12 ºC to 13 ºC, making it pleasant weather if you want to get away from the UK’s cold winters. However, December and January are Antalya’s wettest months, so go prepared with an umbrella if you are going during these months.

    Jan 14ºC
    Feb 14ºC
    Mar 18ºC
    Apr 22ºC
    May 25ºC
    Jun 27ºC
    Jul 28ºC
    Aug 28ºC
    Sep 25ºC
    Oct 23ºC
    Nov 19ºC
    Dec 16ºC

    Things To Do on Antalya Holidays

    Antalya prides itself on offering such a diverse selection of attractions and things to do, that it will cater to everyone's tastes. Whether you want a relaxing beach holiday or an educational historical sightseeing tour, you will find so much to do in Antalya, you will find it hard to pack it all into one holiday!

    Culture

    The Antalya region is popular with those wanting to investigate its ancient ruins and archaeological sites of Turkey’s history. Inspiring attractions includes Olympus and the Fires of Chimaera, Termessos, Perge and Aspendos which are all definite must sees while you are in the area.

    Olympus and the Fires of Chimaera is where you can witness an unexplainable fire that erupts from holes in the Chimaera Mountain. It has mystified scientists and locals for thousands of years, and you are able to visit the site and discover the myths from over the years about what has caused the fire.

    Perge is one of the most important Greek and Roman towns in the region, ideally located approximately 30 minutes from Antalya. The site has many ruins including a theatre, Hellenistic and Roman Gates and a street with columns.

    Aspendos is one of the most important Roman theaters on earth. If you are lucky, you may see a classical music concert performing live, as they still allow performances.

    Antalya has a deep history and this is shown in its many beautiful mosques. The Kesik Minaret (Broken Minaret) Mosque demonstrates Antalya’s long history to the full to the full, the Yivli Minareli Mosque is a perfect example of 13th-century Seljuk stone carving and the 16th-century Murat Pasha Mosque is definitely worth investigating.

    Couples

    For a truly romantic experience, you should head 14 km north-east of Antalya and find the Upper Duden Waterfall, where you can enjoy walking behind a cascading waterfall. Once you have seen this breathtaking scene, you can watch the Lower Duden Waterfall drop into the sea from Lara Beach. Take a picnic and this will make an incredible day trip for you and your partner!

    Shopping

    Shopping in Antalya is fantastic! You will find many shops from designer stores, souvenir shops, traditional markets and many more!

    The narrow cobbled streets of Kaleici in the old quarter is one of the most popular spots to go shopping, where you will find lots of fantastic boutiques, craft and souvenir shops and jewellers, all with long opening hours so you can while away the time, browsing the stores.

    For a more traditional shopping experience, you will enjoy the many markets, roadside stalls and bazaars. You will be offered many bargains by the shopkeepers and stall holders, however never except their first price! They expect you to haggle, so be cheeky and you could get some local produce such as leather goods, carpets and jewellery at a great price!

    For a fantastic souvenir idea, buy the blue glass beads on offer in most gift shops and market stalls as Antalya’s legend state that these beads protects you from the evil eye!

    Eating And Drinking

    Antalya offers an amazing mix of traditional and international restaurants, so whatever your tastes and cravings, you will find a venue perfect for you! With an abundance of traditional restaurants serving authentic meze appetisers, to international restaurants serving all nationalities of food to fast food restaurants such as Mc Donalds, Antalya aims to please everyone!

    If you want to try a traditional dish while on holiday in Antalya, fresh seafood is Antalya’s specialty. Simple grilled fish and dishes including Mydye Tava which is deep-friend mussels are popular with locals and delicious to try! Other specialties include Dolmas, which is stuffed vegetables and vine leaves and lamb and herb Kôfte meatballs. To finish your meal off nicely, try a sweet apple tea or the Turkish coffee Kahve. Or for an alcoholic treat, try a local liqueur such as Raki.

    Who goes to Antalya?

    Antalya is such a popular holiday destination due to its diverse range of activities it offers its visitors. Fantastic for families, couples and even the more experienced traveler, Antalya’s mix of traditional, cosmopolitan and family friendly activities will ensure everyone will enjoy a holiday in Antalya!

    Book a Antalya Holiday now!

    A holiday in Antalya is ideal for everyone, whatever your needs you will find it in Antalya! For an all year round, fantastic holiday destination book your holiday to Antalya today!

    On the Beach offers a brilliant range of self catered, half board and all inclusive cheap holidays to Antalya including hotels in Alanya, Kemer, Belek and Side. We also have access to the best deals on cheap charter flights to Antalya and can combine the two to offer the best value for money budget holiday to Antalya.

    Antalya Resorts

    Alanya

    Alanya

    Your Turkey holidays would simply not be complete without a visit to Alanya. The 'Place Where the Sun Smiles' basks not only in clement sunshine but a…

    Read more on Alanya Travel Guide

    Belek

    Belek

    Holidays to Belek are among Turkey’ finest for the sheer level of local amenities, sports, decorative sights and wildlife on offer. If you crave a hol…

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    Kemer

    Kemer

    If you’re after sun and sea on your Turkey holidays, look no further than the quiet Mediterranean coast of Kemer. Holidays to Kemer primarily mean pea…

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    Side

    Side

    The white sands of Side are home to one of the most ancient cities you’ll find on your Turkey holidays, with ruins scattered along the pine-strewn pen…

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