Antalya Holidays 2015

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Holidays to Antalya

Nestled on the Turkish Riviera, the region of Antalya is the perfect blend of beautiful beaches and lively resorts. With such a perfect mix, an Antalya holiday is diverse and you can find yourself from town to beach in mere minutes.

Antalya itself has a fascinating Byzantine past, while stunning resorts such as Lara beach and Side are perfect for families and couples. Expect lazy days by the sea, trips to ancient sites such as the Temple of Apollo plus plenty of shopping opportunities at Antalya’s thriving markets.

A Turkish Delight

Boasting a stretch of stunning coastline, Antalya has a wealth of hotels along the ocean front and located near the city centre, which is great for those who are looking to make the most out of their Antalya holidays. If you’re on a romantic getaway then Side is a good option. Located to the east of Antalya it is steeped in history and boasts sites such as the Greek amphitheatre and modern complexes including nightclubs - the perfect mix of old and new.

For sunshine lovers, Lara is a good place to stay, and is where hotels are designed to look like major global landmarks. Another popular choice is the idyllic Belek, boasting several exclusive hotels and a stunning sandy bay, it’s great for a relaxing beach retreat. Mermeli beach is also centrally located and holidaymakers love to revel in its soft golden sand and family friendly swimming waters.

Sun, Sea and Sand!

Remember to pack your sunnies – the Antalya region is famous for being scorching hot in the summer months. Thanks to its proximity to Africa, it’s also warm in the winter months too, meaning you can enjoy holidays to Antalya all year round. Enjoy spending your days on one of the region’s many Blue Flag beaches, such as Konyaaltu, which has plenty of water sports available, including snorkelling and banana boats.

If you get tired of lazing in the sun all day – although we can’t imagine that will be quickly - then delve into Turkey’s fascinating past by wandering along the seafront in smaller towns such as Denizkent or Goynuk. Or if you feel like getting back to nature then visit the stunning Taurus mountains for some spectacular photo opportunities.

If you want to get a true taste of Turkey, then head to the old town in Antalya city, where you can sit alongside locals and sample spicy adana kebab with toasted pide, a type of flat bread. If you plan your Antalya holidays in July then be sure to check out the Manavgat Festival too; you can sample traditional food while experiencing fantastic Turkish music and dance.

Things to do in Turkey Antalya Area

Located to the northwest of Antalya is the awe-inspiring ancient ruin of Termessos by the Gulluk Dagi National Park, which is easily accessible and great for a day trip. For a spot of pampering then visit Pamukkale hot springs, perfect for couples and those who are looking to relax. Of course, a Turkish bath is another must on your Antalya holiday; most towns have traditional baths, which are often quite cheap and great for maintaining sun-kissed skin.

If you fancy a bit of an exploration then visit the Duden waterfall, where visitors can climb down behind the water into the magical caves hidden underneath. Back within the city walls, wander through the Antalya bazaar where you’ll find a colourful array of stalls selling everything from trinkets to carpets. Alternatively, cool off with the kids at Dedeman Water Park and make sure your holiday really goes down with a splash!

Please note that UK Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr

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Language: Turkish
Currency: Turkish Lira
Local time: UTC +2 hours

Arsi Hotel

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Alanya, Turkey Antalya Area

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Flight + Hotel from £138.50 pp

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Grand Seker

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Side, Turkey Antalya Area

Based on 2 sharing, All Inclusive, 7 nts, from London Stansted more info >

Flight + Hotel from £186.50 pp

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Oba Time Hotel

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Alanya, Turkey Antalya Area

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Flight + Hotel from £191.00 pp

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Titan Select Hotel

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Konakli, Turkey Antalya Area

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Flight + Hotel from £205.00 pp

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Venus Hotel

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Titreyeng, Turkey Antalya Area

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Flight + Hotel from £219.00 pp

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Attractions

When you go on holiday in Turkey you expect friendly locals, good weather and of course, fantastic beaches! When you take your beach holidays in the Antalya area you can be sure of warm Mediterranean sunshine. What's more, there are some fascinating caves to explore in the area and taking a boat trip to visit them makes for a great day out.

Activities

The glorious sunshine here means that it's absolutely perfect for one thing - sunbathing! Of course, make sure that you bring the sun cream. If it does all get a little bit too hot, you can just cool off with a nice bit of sea swimming in the calm waters of the Mediterranean. Holidays don't need to be about doing as much as you can – relaxing is our number one activity for your beach holidays here.

Top Beaches

There are some incredible beaches in the Antalya area and we've picked out our top three for your beach holidays here.

Lara is a fantastic beach area with golden sands – and it's really, really long! There are plenty of amenities here, and there are some privately owned parts of the beach that you can get into by paying a small fee.

Kleopatra Beach is in the town of Alanya, not far from Antalya city itself. This is a bit quieter than Lara Beach but is still really well appointed and has a promenade with bars and cafés.

Side Beach has perfect white sandy beaches and is well equipped for tourists –it's great for families, couples or groups of friends.

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Beach Hotels

If all you want is to enjoy the beach, then there are plenty of hotels that are perfect for you! There are quite a few hotels in the area that are right on the beach, and there is a pretty wide range in their price tags. The Divan Antalya Talya Hotel is a good, mid-priced option that would suit families or couples.