Top things to see and do in Antalya
I love holidaying in new places, and one destination that I’m itching to see more of is Turkey. While I’ve stopped at a couple of its major cities like Bodrum, I’ve never actually had a long beach holiday here. However, after researching Antalya, I hope that quickly changes.
The city is located on top of cliffs and looks stunning. There is a load to see and do, something which is important to me as I sometimes like a break from soaking up the sun to explore tourist attractions. Don’t get me wrong, when I start my search for cheap all-inclusive holidays to Turkey, I’ll be making sure there is a beach nearby – and Antalya certainly delivers on that front.
It boasts an array of top resorts, such as Kemer, Adrasan and Belek, with each one filled with an array of hotels to choose from, not to mention lively bars and restaurants. However, while there are lots of coves dotted around Antalya, the two main beaches are Konyaalti and Lara. The latter has gained a lot of tourist fans over the years as a result of its golden sand, so is the perfect spot for sun-worshippers and those of you with kids.
On the other hand, Konyaalti is a long pebble beach, but it’s still lovely to sit back and relax here. As you soak up the Mediterranean sun, you’ll notice a beautiful backdrop of mountains. If you would like to stretch your legs and burn some calories after all of the mouth-watering food you’ll no doubt sample, make sure you hike up these peaks.
Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the beach and ocean below, as well as the chance to cool off in the dazzling Duden and Kursunlu waterfalls. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you’ll want to capture the pretty vistas and the cascading of the water.
As well as getting closer to flora and fauna, you might also like to learn a little more about the history and culture of the area. I always make sure I visit museums, galleries and other attractions when abroad, as I want to tell my friends and family back home a bit about the places I’ve visited.
This corner of the country boasts an array of historical sites. Aspendos is around a 50-km journey from Antalya, but I think it’s well worth heading to. Its theatre is famous, and I’m amazed that despite being built in 162 AD, it still holds shows to this day.
Throughout June and July, the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival is held at this landmark, which can seat a spectacular 15,000 people. There’s also the historic site of Phaselis, and many of the remains here come from the Roman times. Some of the things to keep your eyes peeled for include an acropolis, Hadrian’s Gate, aqueducts and baths.
In the past, the port city’s three harbours were some of Turkey’s most revered commercial hubs, although now visitors tend to come here for the Roman ruins, as well as the chance to swim and sail in crystal-clear waters.
There’s also Perge, which lies around 18 km from Antalya. Here, you can learn more about the missions of St Paul, who came to spread the word of Christianity.
Have you ever been on holiday to Antalya? If so, leave your favourite tourist hotspots below to inspire others to visit them.