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Holidays in Antalya 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. The resort itself is a historic and beautiful city and makes for a great balance to sunbathing on the excellent beaches.
Antalya is the gateway to the pleasures of the eastern coastal region of Turkey known as the Turkish Riviera...
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.
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 Antalya holidays are popular at any time of the year for holidaymakers who are keen to have it all.
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.
Whether you are looking for cheap deals on self-catering breaks or all-inclusive holidays to Antalya, use the TravelSupermarket search tool to discover what's available when you want to go.
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