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Waterfall Duden flowing into sea, Antalya, Turkey

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Antalya is a city located on the eastern end of the Mediterranean coast in south-west Turkey. A large seaside resort, it has become a popular destination and it is famed for its golden beaches, the Kaleiçi Museum, the Clock Tower and many other historical sites.

Why go?

With its long sandy stretches, pretty marina, palm-lined streets and collection of restaurants and cafes, Antalya offers all the ingredients for a perfect holiday.

Resorts such as Belek, Aksu, Side, Manavgat, Konakli, Beldibi, Goynuk, Kemer, Kiris, Lara Beach and Tekirova each have their own unique attractions. Such a wide choice of places to stay means visitors can enjoy holidays of all types, from budget through to high-end luxury.

Visitors choosing to make a trip to Aspendos will be treated to a picturesque Greco-Roman city boasting a large ancient theatre, a prize-winning museum and some excellent examples of Roman architecture, particularly the basilica.

Many tourists also visit places such as Sede and Perge. You should make sure not to miss the sunken city of Kekova or the world-famous springs, cliffs and hollows of Pamukkale. The town of Demre (the site of the ancient city of Myra) is ideal for those looking for spa hotels and golf courses. Take a trip to the Turkish Riviera to view the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and see sites such as Termessos and the ancient ruins of Perge.

Other places that should be on the itinerary include Olympos, the Karain Cave, Alaynya Castle and the Taurus Mountains. Don't forget to visit Hadrian's Gate and the great triumphal arch named after the Roman emperor Hadrianus.

The summer months are the most popular with tourists, although whenever you go you will find that Antalya flights will take you to a magical place with wonderful beaches and a vast number of fascinating archaeological sites.

How to get there

With a selection of flight options to Turkey, find out the best for you so you can begin your Antalyan adventure.

Visitors to this part of Turkey will arrive at Antalya Airport (AYT). Flights from the UK take between four and five hours. During the summer flying season, from late March through to early November, you will find non-stop flights from many UK airports, with many of them linked to the big holiday companies such as Thomson, Thomas Cook and Olympic Holidays and operating as charter flights.

In addition to these flights, easyJet flies in from Gatwick and Manchester, Monarch also runs services out of Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Leeds Bradford, and Pegasus has low cost flights from Gatwick and Stansted.

If these options don't suit your needs you can fly via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines from London, Birmingham and Manchester, and also via some European hubs such as Zurich and Dusseldorf with Swiss and Air Berlin.

During the winter months you will find very few flights operating, although the tour companies do offer a limited series of departures during this time. For fast connections at this time fly via Istanbul.

Getting to and from the airport

Once your plane touches down, you'll want to find the most hassle-free way to get to your accommodation. Here are your options.

A public bus service runs every half hour between the airport and Antalya city centre, located 13km away. If you are looking to travel to other Turkish cities, take the bus to the Antalya bus terminal and here you will find routes to most major cities. If you would prefer to travel by taxi, there is a rank located in front of the arrivals exit of all terminals.

Where to stay ?

A mixture of ancient and modern, the fabulous city of Antalya offers a variety of accommodation for every type of holidaymaker. 

Culture hunters may want to base themselves close to the beautiful historical district of Kaleici. Here you will find mosques, Ottoman houses, Byzantine architecture and a Roman harbour.

Alternatively, sun seekers may prefer to book accommodation close to the beach. The resort of Belek will greet you with a pine-fringed coast and long sandy stretches. For sporty types, there are a number of golf courses, while others can enjoy lazy days spent in cafes and wandering around the gift shops of the resort.

Lara Beach is another popular resort you may wish to consider. With golden sand and a clear glistening sea, you can peacefully flop with nothing to disturb you but the gently lapping ocean. The Sultan Bazar shopping centre is within easy reach for those who get itchy feet.

For those who want both beaches and culture, the resort of Side is surrounded by a number of beaches, but you'll also be able to explore the ancient amphitheatre and temples.

Venturing further afield, unspoilt Cirali is about 90 minutes' drive from Antalya and will treat you to outstanding beaches, fantastic walking trails and the ruins of Olympos.