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Miles of pale sandy beaches on an Antalya holiday

Antalya holidays are the perfect remedy for the blues - there's an abundance of sunshine, pine-tree-lined mountains, aquamarine seas, and plenty of lovely resorts to choose from.

Antalya itself is a historic and beautiful city, and it's the gateway to the pleasures of the eastern coastal region of Turkey known as the Turkish Riviera.

Miles of pale sandy beaches and a host of magnificent resorts can be reached on holidays in Antalya.

Flights arrive at Antalya Airport (AYT) following a flight time of around five hours. From there, the treasures of Turkey's coast are within easy reach for holidaymakers seeking the perfect mix of sun, sea, sand and a great big splash of ancient history.

This lovely stretch of coast might attract swimwear-clad visitors in their droves today, but this region is massively significant in history, as people from all over the ancient world arrived to stake their claim on the land. There's a host of sites to visit and car hire is an excellent idea if you plan to see more than just the beach or the pool during your holidays here.

The resorts around Antalya range from quiet fishing villages to areas filled with luxury all-inclusive hotels. There is accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets and all age groups. Families, groups and couples will all be warmly welcomed in this sizzling tourist destination. Resorts to select from include Belek, Aksu, Side, Manavgat, Konakli, Beldibi, Goynuk, Kemer, Kiris, Lara Beach, and Tekirova.

The city of Antalya is also a popular choice for holidaymakers as there is a marina and many cafés and restaurants lining the broad streets where palm trees grow.

Those seeking peace and solitude, plus a beauty treatment or a massage, will be spoiled rotten with a choice of spa hotels in the Antalya region, while golfers will be able to swing their way around one of the many fine courses the region offers.

Sipping cocktails by the pool or splashing about in the waves are popular ways to spend precious holiday time in Antalya, but there are a number of very good reasons to get out and about and see some of the region's attractions.

Stunning scenery on an Antalya holiday

Side was an ancient Greek city and visitors make their way here to see the remains of the Temple of Apollo. Perge is another ancient Greek city. The city's ruins can be seen alongside a Bronze Age acropolis. Another former Greek stronghold, Aspendos, was a Roman city too, and the spectacular Roman theatre testifies to its fascinating history.

Myra, formerly Demre, features an ancient Greek theatre and tombs cut into the cliffs, and Olympos is home to fantastic beaches and Roman baths.

Going back even further in time, the prehistoric Karain Cave is another tourist attraction worth seeing, while the more modern 13th-century medieval Alanya Castle also attracts crowds.

Natural wonders get rave reviews around Antalya too. The white cliffs of Pamukkale have been shaped by the hot springs that bubble up here and there are terraces made of minerals to marvel at.

On the nearby island of Kekova, there's evidence of a sunken city, and divers can pay to explore the watery ruins.

Add all of this to the majestic Taurus Mountains, which loom over the region and provide not only hiking opportunities, but also the chance to ski in winter, and you can see why holidays in Antalya are popular at any time of the year for holidaymakers who are keen to have it all.

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Weather

Antalya sizzles in summer with temperatures rising past 30C. Spring is pleasant, when temperatures push past 18C, with the same kind of weather in autumn, when the sea has heated during the summer. Winter is mild and can be wet.

Events


Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival; June/July:
The ancient Roman theatre is the impressive setting for this annual festival of music and dance.

Antalya Honey Festival; August: Celebrate the region's famous sweet export with fun and festivities in the Gundogmus area of Antalya.

Antalya Festival; September: Party for 18 days with the locals as they celebrate all that is great about the culture and traditions of Antalya.

Best of Antalya holidays for...



Relaxing:
If your idea of the perfect holiday is to flop on the beach with a good book and a long cooling drink, Antalya won't disappoint. With a variety of sandy stretches to choose from such as Lara Beach and Kaputas Beach, you'll be feeling revived and re-charged in no time.

Romance: The stunning Duden Waterfalls offer the perfect setting for romance. Pack a picnic and, for a more impressive view, take a boat trip from the harbour.

Grown-up families: Koprulu Canyon National Park offers a range of activities for adventurous families. Canyon walking, white-water rafting, abseiling, trekking and jeep safaris - which one do you and the family fancy?!