The city of Antalya offers some great attractions for those who visit, from stunning architectural sites and enthralling museums, to diverse shops and some fine restaurants. The city itself splits into two parts, the old town and the newer, more modern city. The old city is filled with Ottoman buildings and small, cobbled streets, which you can spend an afternoon wandering around.
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The city is ideal for taking some long strolls and just getting lost in the beautiful architecture, which spans across eras and movements. You can shop in the traditional bazaars, unique boutiques and in the Turkish markets, which are filled with local produce and crafts. The beach is ideal for swimming and water sports, while the surrounding landscape is ideal for walking and hiking trips.
You can join the friendly, welcoming locals and enjoy some authentic Turkish nightlife in the city centre, where entertainment such as belly dancing and folk dancing is enjoyed alongside some delicious local cuisine. The centre of the old town is home to a variety of night-time venues, such as outdoor bars and discos.
The Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel is found in a beautiful, ancient building that dates back to the 18th century and sits in the heart of the old town.
Antalya is ideal for couples who are looking for a relaxed city where they can explore some sites and chill out. The old town offers a wealth of historic sights, as well as the Turkish baths where you can take some romantic relaxation time. The city is also filled with unique boutiques and restaurants, so it's worth taking a romantic wander across the winding cobbled streets.
The beach is the perfect place to head to for a stroll under the stars, as it offers stunning views as well as a dreamy atmosphere. Head into the town centre and you will find a range of vivacious bars, restaurants and cafés, where you can dance, eat and be entertained. If you'd prefer a more laid-back evening, there are plenty of beer gardens around, where you can enjoy a quiet drink.
Treat yourself to a stay in the Rixos Downtown, which is set on the beautiful Konyaalti Beach. You can relax in the hotel and its extensive grounds, or venture into the town and explore some city sites.
There are a number of romantic activities you can enjoy while in Antalya, including some once in a lifetime experiences, such as a hot air balloon ride over the city. It is one of the best ways to see sights such as the Taurus Mountains and the Aspendos Theatre. Head to the other end of the scale and explore the crystal clear waters together with some diving or snorkelling, and see some captivating underwater sights.
Not only is the city filled with plenty of architectural sights and attractions, but the surrounding landscape presents some great opportunities for explorers. The Duden Waterfalls are well worth seeing, and provide a perfect afternoon of chilling by the water. In the centre of the city is Karaalioglu Park, a beautiful setting filled with exotic and vibrant flowers.
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There are a number of outdoor sports and activities you can try while on holiday in Antalya. Those who are looking to get the heart pumping can follow a mountain-biking trail leading outside the city, and those looking for something more chilled can enjoy some fishing. The city is home to a number of rare birds, so bird spotting is also a popular thing to do.
Antalya's calendar is rich with festivals throughout the year, so you can tailor your stay around one of the many on offer. The 18 day long Antalya Festival in September is great for all the family, and the Sunsplash Music Festival in late May is a unique boutique offering of stylish dance music, which is presented in a week-long series of sunny parties.
Antalya's old town, Kaleici is the place to head to if you wish to see some enthralling architecture, as it is filled with gems that span various eras and architectural movements. You can see buildings from the Roman to the Byzantine eras, as well as a number of mosques and churches which are intriguing, both inside and out.
Antalya is filled with ancient sites to visit and cultural experiences that the whole family can enjoy. Hadrian's Gate, built in the year 130, is one of the city's most historic attractions. You can sit back and people watch at the bustling city harbour, which is sprinkled with restaurants, cafés and bars, and boasts a backdrop of beautiful Ottomam buildings.
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There is plenty to do for both adults and children in the Antalya area. The biggest water park in the Mediterranean is found just moments from the city and is where adults can relax in the sun while children play on the water slides. Shopaholics will also be kept happy in the city, with everything from shopping malls to markets and bazaars to indulge in a little retail therapy.
The nightlife in Antalya offers a lot to families on holiday, with plenty of warm and welcoming restaurants and cafés where you can spend a relaxed evening together. You'll find a great choice of restaurants across the city where you can try the traditional Turkish cuisine and its rich flavours, alongside some entertainment, such as dancing and live music. You will also find many restaurants that offer international cuisine and British meals.
The Sealife Family Resort Hotel is a great place to stay with the whole family, as it offers a range of entertainment options, and is only 100 metres from the lovely Konyaalti Beach.