About Antalya, Turkey
Discover Antalya – the gateway to Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast – for an exciting beach holiday or romantic getaway.
From its magnificent cliff top position overlooking a crescent-shaped bay and surrounded by the rugged Taurus Mountains, Antalya offers all the ingredients you need for a perfect beach holiday in Turkey.
Things to do and see
Discover unique shopping and fine Turkish cuisine in the town’s historic old centre and explore several ancient city sites nearby. Enjoy numerous water sports and a range of hotel accommodation to suit all budgets on the two long beaches of this popular year-round holiday playground.
Admire more than 5000 priceless archaeological artefacts at the Antalya Museum (Antalya Muzesi) on Konyaalti Beach, some of them dating back 50,000 years. Then catch a beachfront tram to the nearby historic centre of Kaleiçi (pronounced Kah-leh-ee-chee).
From here descend a maze of steep and narrow streets lined with historic sites and restored wood-framed Ottoman houses to the historic old harbour – now a glitzy marina edged with quayside restaurants and renowned as the centre of the city’s vibrant nightlife scene.
Along the way, sip Turkish coffee at a sidewalk café then browse carpet, jewellery, leather and handicraft shops and see ancient stonewalls, protective gates and soaring towers dating from pre-Roman, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Visit the 13th century old Saat Kulesi (clock tower), the fluted 38m-high Yivli Minare (minaret) and the 2nd century Hidirlik Kulesi (Red Tower), which offers panoramic cliff-top views. Don’t miss the monumental Hadrian's Gate, built in honour of the emperor’s visit to the city in 130 AD.
Both Konyaalti and Lara beaches offer kilometres of beachfront on which to sunbathe and enjoy numerous water sports, all the while close to an array of amenities including themed water parks, cafes, fine dining restaurants and hotels.
In addition to swimming, snorkelling and cruising the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Antalya, try scuba diving above wreckage of World War II fighter planes and various shipwrecks that lie just off shore.
On land, tee-off from a choice of golf courses including the par-71 Antalya Golf Course, the two 18-hole championship courses at the Gloria Golf Club, the 27-hole Nick Faldo-designed course at Cornelia Golf Club and the two PGA-endorsed courses at the Kempinski Hotel in nearby Belek.
Inland, the rugged Taurus Mountains (or Toros Mountains) offer numerous outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, white-water rafting and even skiing opportunities.
Hike the long-distance Lykia Yolu (Lycian Way) from Antalya to Fethiye or the St Paul Trail leading north up to the Anatolian plateau. A network of hiking trails wind through pine forests above Antalya, across the Taurus Mountains into the Egirdir lake lands and on to Pisidia. In some cases these trails follow ancient mule tracks and Roman roads once used by St Paul on his travels through Asia Minor.
Jeep safaris offer a slightly less physical challenge but equally exciting journey through the lush canyons and waterfalls of the Taurus Mountains. Experts can kayak or white-water raft the Grade 4 and 5 rapids along the Manavgat River, while beginners may try the Grade 1 and 3 rapids of the Köprü River.
Horseback ride beneath shady 350-year-old pine trees in the Sorgun Forests and ride the Tahtali cable car from the resort of Tekirova (near Kemer) up to the 2363m-high summit of Mount Olympos (or Tahtali Dag) for breathtaking vistas.
From January to mid-April, go skiing on the lower slopes of Mount Bakırlı (2547m). Located in the Beydag mountain range, the Saklikent Ski Resort (1850m) is just 40km from Antalya. Antalya is also a good base for day trips to the nearby ancient cities of Perge, Aspendos, Olympos, Phaselis, Selge, Side and Termessos.
In Antalya, it’s easy to find accommodation options to suit most budgets, ranging up to luxurious 5-star hotels such as the Hillside Su Hotel and the Sheraton Voyager, both located on Konyaalti Beach. Alternatively, stay at the Minyon Boutique Hotel, a restored Ottoman mansion nestled within the ancient ramparts of the Old City.
Best time to visit Antalya?
With a mild year-round climate, Antalya can be enjoyed at any time of year. However the best time to visit is between the months of May and October when the average temperature is 25°C.
January is known for the heaviest rainfall of the year. Temperatures often exceed 30°C during the peak holiday season of July and August. For more climate info: Antalya Weather Guide
Location – Antalya is Turkey's fourth largest city and lies along the country’s south coast, around 298km northeast of Fethiye, 467km southeast of Izmir and 725km south of Istanbul.
Getting there – By air, Antalya’s international airport receives daily flights from Istanbul, Ankara and the major cities of Europe and the Middle East, and is located around 10km east of the city centre. Antalya is around 12 hours from Istanbul by bus. How to get to Antalya . . .