Antalya Holidays

This Mediterranean medieval harbour resort has so much more to offer than sun and sea. Set in amazing scenery this resort has a unique combination of history, nightlife and shopping which make Antalya such an attractive family resort.

Antalya, Antalya Region, Turkey

The Resort

The resort of Antalya is situated in the south of Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. Antalya is a cosmopolitan resort built on a sea cliff. The surrounding coastline with beautiful isolated coves; spectacular sea cliffs; glorious beaches and marinas is now known as the Turkish Rivera.

Antalya was named after the Attalos II, king of Pergamom in 150 BC where he took advantage of the natural harbour to base his fleet. Due to its strategic importance Antalya has fallen into different hands: the Romans, the Byzantines, Seljuks and latterly the Ottomans have all occupied this city and have also left their mark.

However, today the main invaders are not really a concern to the inhabitants of Antalya. Tourism has exploded in this area and has a dramatic impact on the city over the last thirty or so years. In 1970 the population was nearly 100,000 and now due to tourism is population is about 1 million.

Antalya has the perfect blend of culture, character and history of a city, with the beaches, hotels, restaurants and cafes of a resort which can be lacking in some other Mediterranean resorts.

Shopping

You can experience two different kinds of shopping the old traditional way of pazarlik (haggling) or modern shopping malls. The new Antalya Migros Shopping mall built in 2001 is the city's most recent and largest centre with over 100 shops. Here you can find high street brand such as Zara, McDonalds and Diesel.

If you are souvenir hunting then you should visit the local shops and bazaars where you can negotiate your own deals and perhaps get a bargain- pazarlik. The main tactic when haggling is to look confident and offer round about 50% as an opening salvo. Walk away from the deal if you're not happy or when the price goes up to about 75-80% of the original price. Things to take home are a Meerschaum pipe, carpets, gold jewellery and embroidery.

Family Entertainment and Trips

Antalya being a city resort means that you can get the best of both worlds. The cosmopolitan lifestyle of the city and the sea-side beach town feel of the resort mean that you'll not struggle to find family friendly places to eat, drink and relax.

The main attraction of Antalya is its beautiful 7km long beach, Konyaalti Plaj. This sand and shingle beach is big enough that you won't have any problems finding the perfect spot. It would be wise to buy some bathing shoes for the children as some may struggle walking on the difficult surface. For sandy beaches head west for about 7 miles where you'll find the glorious sandy coves of Buyuk Calticak and Kucuk Calticak.

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Information
Best Time To Holiday :Apr - Oct
Transfer Time :1hr
Night Life :Mixed
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Antalya Hotels

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Adonis Hotel


Located on a cliff top with uninterrupted sea views, the hotel offers a relaxing...

Atan Park Hotel


A small and traditional hotel with its own swimming pool for adults and children...

Barut Akra and Akra Park Resort Hotel


Enjoying private access to the beach and lovely sea views, this hotel has high l...

Crowne Plaza Antalya Hotel


The complex provides luxurious surroundings and accommodation with a good range ...

Lara Hotel


The hotel has an on-site bar and restaurant, swimming pools for adults and child...

Nazar Beach Hotel


The hotel offers a good base for families wanting to be close to the city centre...

Ozkaymak Falez Hotel


A family friendly hotel with a pool and kids club for children, a Spa centre for...

Porto Bello Hotel & Spa


This hotel has plenty of facilities for all the family to enjoy, including a kid...

Ramada Plaza Antalya Hotel


Ideally suited to those looking for a city centre hotel with a good choice of fa...

Sea Life Family Resort


Ideal for family holidays, the hotel offers modern facilities, a Spa Centre, org...

SU Hotel


A stunning designer hotel located on the beachfront which offers the best in com...

Suite Laguna Apart & Hotel


This aparthotel has spacious guest rooms and apartments as well as an on-site sw...

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