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Antalya is a Summer holiday hotspot, with its yacht-filled harbour and beaches flanked with hotels. This Turkish resort city can be found on the southern Mediterranean coast. It experiences 6 months of summertime and has often been described as ‘Ancient meets modern’.
Antalya is an interesting region as its uniquely positioned in both Europe and Asia, making its history remarkably interesting. The ancient city of Patara was unearthed more than 30 years ago, and recent historical excavations and discoveries have made Ancient Patara an intriguing destination to explore. Additionally, remnants remain from Antalya's time as a major Roman port which was built to honour the roman emperors visit in 130 AD. Moreover, Turkey has made significant investments in golf course design over the last 20 years and is now a true golf destination. It has drawn golfers from all over the world because of its high-quality hotels and courses.
This is the perfect destination for families with small children. There is so much to do which will keep the little ones entertained. From theme parks to educational historic tours there is something for the whole family to enjoy!
Turkish Airlines offer direct flights to Antalaya from Dublin.
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Antalya's nightlife is quite the extravaganza, ranging from enormous discos packed to the brim with loud music to more low-key pubs and bars. It has it all!
Enjoy Turkish cuisines like çöp şis, a kebab variant from Turkey's Aegean area that translates literally as "trash shish" or "junk shish.”. Despite its peculiar name, this delectable delicacy is produced with roasted lamb scraps and fat, the remains from trimming the meat for the traditional shish kebab. Other cuisines are available in Antalya's numerous restaurants.
Antalya is ideal for a family trip because of its stretches of safe, white, sandy beaches where you can sunbathe, do water sports and enjoy the day in the neighbouring restaurants and shops. Some beaches have campsites close-by, as well as gorgeous scenery and plenty of sunshine. Families will appreciate the area's all inclusive resorts with kid's clubs, as well as the hotels and resorts' child-friendly food and service. Antalya also has a plethora of world-class theme parks and waterparks that provide amusement for the entire family. Antalya truly ticks all the boxes for a fun-filled family vacation.
The Lara Street market, one of Antalya's largest street bazaars, takes place every Saturday. These stalls feature souvenirs, apparel, accessories, and jewellery. This is a bargain hunter's delight and provides you a reason to strike up a conversation with the locals. After that, why not explore Antalya's more historic side by visiting Kaleici, the city's old town? It is old and elegant, dating from the late 15th century, and is located just north of Antalya's old town. Beautiful textiles, Iznik-style tiles, and spices are available from shopkeepers.
Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort and is surrounded by water on three sides, making for some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Due to the wide presence of historical sites in Antalya, you can even bask in the sun beside the Alanya Castle on the Cleopatra and Damlatas beach! Antalya's beaches range from tourist favourites to more local stretches with historic ruins and a laid-back feel. Whatever you are searching for, Antalya's greatest beaches have something for everyone. Lara beach is immensely popular among families with young children.
The best time to go would be during the months of April through September, when temperatures can reach a soaring 36°C.
The Turkish Lira is used in Antalya. Budget Travel would strongly advise always exchanging your currency to locally used tender.
Antalya is 3 hours ahead of Ireland (GMT+3).
Getting around Antalya is easy thanks to the wide variety of public transport that is available, including buses, taxis, trams and the local dolmus.