Antalya is a Mediterranean city in southwestern Turkey that is the world’s third most visited city.
It has a population of just over 1000,000 and is the 8th most populous city in Turkey.
Antalya is also home to the country’s largest sea resort and is often known as the “Turkish Riviera”.
Types of Antalya Holidays
Antalya is a diverse resort with a number of different attractions to suit all types of holiday makers.
With its sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate, it’s a popular location for a beach holiday.
However, those looking for a more cultural trip will enjoy the historic nature of the city, with the old town the perfect place to visit to learn more about the history of the area and the civilization.
With a number of different sports and activities available here, it’s also ideal for those looking for a more active holiday.
The Main Holiday Season in Antalya
Antalya’s weather is typically Mediterranean, with long hot summers and mild winters.
On average, Antalya sees 300 days of continuous sun per year and very few days of rain.
Summer in Antalya is essentially 8-9 months long. The temperature is an average of 16°C to 28°C from April to November.
Antalya is your basic tourist haven during the summer as it provides one of the best warm water beaches in the region.
The months of December to March are considered the winter season in Antalya as the temperature drops to as low as 6°C. This is also the wettest and most humid time of the year.
Popular activities/excursions in Antalya
Day trips and excursions are popular with tourists in Antalya.
The most widely known excursion in Antalya is the Blue Journey- a cruise that will take you around the Turkish coast. It starts at approximately at 10 o’clock in the morning and goes until 16:30 in the afternoon.
Holidayers can also enjoy a Jeep Safari into the Toros Mountains. There are generally several jeeps in a convoy accompanied by one tour leader.
Beaches in Antalya
There are a number of beaches that you can choose from when you are in Antalya.
Many of the beaches here have been awarded the Blue Flag Award for their cleanliness and most are family friendly and have decent amenities.
Cleopatra Beach offers miles of white sand and warm, clear waters.
Kemer Beach is a popular tourist spot.
Kaputas Beach lays in a cove between Kalkan and Kas. Because of this, the sea tends to be rough and deep, which makes it ideal for some water sports, but is not as family friendly as other spots.
Antalya is famous for its active nightlife. Both tourists and locals often visit Antalya for a night of dancing and drinking.
Club Arma (Club 29) is more popular with younger adults.
Club Cece is a local club for a little more toned down but still lively night.
The view of the ocean at Gizli Bahce is perfect for romantics and older couples in search of a more classy evening.
Highlander comes with bars both indoors and out.
James Joyce Irish Pub is the place to go for a hometown style pub experience.
For vacationers who love to have fun and to party, North Shield is the place to be.
Olympos is also a wonderful choice for bar hoppers who are after endlessly flowing booze.Accommodation in Antalya
Finding accommodation in Antalya is quite easy as there are many places to stay for a reasonable rate.
A good value for your money is the Hotel Lunay, a small and clean family run hotel located near Konyaalti beach (5 to 10 minutes away) and the old town of Antalya. The price runs from £27 - £42 per night and includes amenities such as in-room Wi-Fi, swimming pool and garden lounge. It’s a great budget hotel away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Tria Hotel is a boutique hotel. It’s located just a few minutes’ walk from old Antalya city. Perfect for single and couples travelers, not so much for families with children. Prices start at £18 - £56 per night.
Beach hotel, Green Beyza Hotel offers holidayers budget accommodation without sparing amenities. Prices start at £23 - £48 per night.