Mediterranean Coast (Antalya) Sights
Side has two golden sandy beaches on either side of the peninsula and a small sandy cove in the town centre. Lara Beach, the resort's star attraction, is soft powdery and golden sands, which stretch as far as the eye can see. Belek also has fabulous beaches.
An astonishing spectacle that's well worth visiting, Cappadocia is strewn with strange, multi-coloured lava towers and ancient underground cities, chapels and churches - all carved from the lava from volcanic eruptions which occurred millions of years ago. Here, you can see extraordinary natural lava towers known as 'fairy chimneys' which have been eroded into their strange shapes by the wind, creating a weird fairytale landscape. There's also the chance to explore the upper tunnels of remarkable man-made cities where as many as 60,000 people lived, as well as painted rock churches and ornately decorated cave chapels - all created by the Romans and Arabs who once lived here.
Perge, Aspendos & Kursunlu
The Antalya area is rich in ancient and natural wonders, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing. Just east of Antalya itself, the remains of the Greco-Roman city of Perge make a superb day out and feature a vast 14,000 seat theatre and triumphal Roman gate, as well as a column-lined avenue, shops and courtyards. At Aspendos, you can tour one of the world's finest remaining Roman amphitheatres; a huge auditorium which seated 15,000 people. You'll also see the doorways where wild beasts were released into the arena. For a more relaxing excursion there's the beautiful Kursunlu Falls, where woodland trails lead to fantastic high waterfalls which crash down into a series of crystal-clear pools.
These massive, sweeping mountains form the backdrop to Antalya and this slice of the Turkish coast, and make lovely walking and hiking country if you feel the urge to get out and about. Awash with vividly coloured anemones and gorse in February and March, they're wild and spectacular and offer unmissable opportunities for bird and butterfly watching. The mountains also play host to a number of national parks and magnificent natural landmarks. These include the dramatic Koprulu Canyon or 'Canyon with a Bridge', where you can walk along the rim of an awe-inspiring river gorge spanned by two high Roman bridges.
Mediterranean Coast (Antalya) holiday resorts
|Belek Holidays||14 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Lara Beach Holidays||8 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Side Holidays||6 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Kemer Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|