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Antalya Holidays

Sprawled across a stunning portion of Turkey’s southern coast, Antalya is a tale of two places. One is the beautiful, historic old-town of Kaleiçi in Antalya city itself – popular with history buffs and culture vultures. Two is the comfortable, modern beach resorts such as Kemer and Side that dot the province’s coastline, reaching away either side of the city for the space offered in Turkey’s countryside. Kaleiçi is within easy reach from Lara Beach.

This makes Antalya (the name for the larger area and its main city) the perfect place if you like beach lounging as much as street exploring. Or if members of your holiday party simply can’t decide on the type of break they want.

But Antalya has more than beaches and cafes; it has golf. As well as its impeccable courses, Antalya’s year-round sunshine and the beautiful sea views are to thank for the swathes of visitors who come here to tee off.

Where to stay: Top Resorts in Antalya

Beyond the narrow streets of old Antalya city, you’re spoiled for choice with several fantastic beach-based resorts:

Belek

  • Regarded as Antalya’s golf capital. There are plenty of high-quality courses to choose from.
  • It’s a modern town full of all the amenities you could need to feel at home away from home: from well catered hotels to air-con shopping.
  • Some of Belek’s hotels are simply remarkable, with lush stretches of grass slicing between tennis courts and warm, blue swimming pools.

According to some, Belek was pretty much built for golf – or rather, to attract the thousands upon thousands who’ll happily travel for the kinds of stunning golf courses and beautiful coastal views Belek offers. But there’s plenty here (and nearby) if you’re not interested in playing a few holes.

Lara Beach

  • It’s close enough to Antalya city that you can have the best of both worlds: beach living and town life.
  • It’s home to fantastic hotels that would give other four- and five-star establishments a run for their money anywhere in the world.
  • The nearby bars are some of the best in the area.

If you like to shop, Lara Beach hosts TerraCity; a large shopping complex that hosts all of Turkey’s big name brands and chain eateries.

Side

  • Side has the type of white sand beaches you thought you’d only ever see on postcards.
  • It doesn’t quite have the golfing reputation of Belek, but the courses here are just as good.
  • It’s steeped in history to explore. The likes of Alexander the Great and Roman general Mark Anthony have all left their mark.
  • Originally an ancient Roman town, although Side has grown massively over the past 30 years you can still find the awe-inspiring ruins left behind by the Greeks and Romans.

Kemer

  • Kemer is abound with water-based activities: whether you want a banana boat ride or simply a stroll around the harbour.
  • Whether you’re into walking the local countryside (Goynuk Canyon) or tasting the local nightlife (town centre), Kemer has you covered.
  • Just like most resorts in Antalya, you won’t have to go far to find a great beach in Kemer.
  • The hills that surround Kemer, combined with the all-round brilliant weather, make for fantastic pictures to make your friends jealous back home.

Beaches in Antalya

The lively Lara Beach’s well-established nightlife scene makes it particularly well suited to those looking for a fun-filled party holiday. You shouldn’t have trouble finding a space to stretch on Konyaalti beach, a great strip of sand next to Antalya city that offers nearby upmarket eateries the locals love.

But you don’t just have to lounge on the beach if you want to get close to the water around Antalya. One of Kemer’s main attractions is scuba diving, thanks to its many bays and coves.

Golf in Antalya

Millions of people visit Antalya every year and plenty of them arrive with their golf clubs in tow. The region is rich in courses, and Belek is a world class golfing resort.

  • The PGA Sultan course has hosted big tournaments and is known to be a challenge for even experienced players. The surrounding forests blend into the course, making you feel as if you’re back in Europe.
  • National Golf Club in Belek is the resort’s oldest but perhaps best. Opened in 1994, it was designed by pros David Feherty and David Jones and is loved by nearly everyone who tees off here. We’re sure the beautiful Taurus Mountain backdrop has something to do with it as well.

Things to see and do on holiday in Antalya

Antalya isn’t short on historical and architectural gems. It’s simply impossible to cover them all here, and the locals know about more of them than the guidebooks ever show.

Our tips would be the well preserved Roman hippodrome and bathhouses in Perge, and the ancient Greek town of Myra. Chilling, stunning and remarkable all at once.

Out towards the sea, plenty of towns and resorts offer day cruises that let you see lots of this brilliant coastline in only a day. Water streams over the cliffs at the Duden Falls on the southeast of Antalya city for an amazing sight – ask if your route will take you past.

Not after a package holiday to Antalya? Why not see our range of hotels throughout the region, as well as our cheap flights to Antalya.