The city of Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast in the south west of Turkey. A popular holiday resort, the city boasts a huge variety of accommodation which ranges from luxury spa resort complexes to more basic hostel-style accommodation.
Visitors can enjoy sights within the city such as Hadrian's Gate and the Yivli Minare Mosque (Ulu camii) as well as venturing further afield to see places such as Alaynya Castle and the Taurus Mountains.
Antalya has a great atmosphere and its many cafes and restaurants are generally situated on the broad streets lined with palm trees. The old centre of the city has been restored to preserve much of its history, which contrasts sharply with the city's modern marina. There are golden beaches such as the Lara and Konyaalti Beach Parks nearby. Lara has one of the longest beaches in Turkey and the area is home to several luxury hotels as well as restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and sports facilities.
Other Antalya resorts which are outside the city but still close enough for you to visit and experience include Belek, Aksu, Side, Manavgat, Konakli, Beldibi, Goynuk, Kemer, Kiris and Tekirova, any of which would provide the perfect base to visit some of the attractions further afield. This region of Turkey is full of contrasts so you can see everything from pine forests to cliffs, hollows and caves. It is even possible to ski here as the winter resort of Saklikent is only 45 kilometres from Antalya and is open from November to May.
There is no shortage of history, with many ancient sites and monuments such as Olympos National Park and Perge, where you can see the ruins of both a theatre and acropolis. Another attraction is the famous hot springs at Pamukkale, a World Heritage Site. Other landmarks in the area include the sunken city of Kekova and the Karain cave as well as the towns of Side, Aspendos and Demre/Myra.
If you are visiting as a family with children then you will find that there is much to recommend Antalya hotels as there are several large hotel chains represented as well as a large number that are operated on behalf of package tour operators. Most of the larger hotels offer kids' clubs to keep the children entertained as well as several swimming pools and a good choice of entertainment. Many hotels are all-inclusive but it is always wise to check before you travel about what is and is not included as this can vary between hotels.
If you are someone who enjoys activities on a holiday then you will not be disappointed as most of the hotels that are situated near the beach offer water sports as well as other sports such as golf, horse riding and tennis. Antalya also hosts many events throughout the year, including several film and music festivals and sporting events, so if you plan to visit when these events are on then you will need to book your accommodation early as the resort is popular.
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