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The Duden Waterfall in Antalya, Turkey

Antalya - What We Know

Antalya has been referred to as the Turkish Riviera because of its natural beauty and archaeological wealth. As you can imagine taking holidays to Antalya is a pleasant experience. Antalya is one of the most ancient cities of Turkey and many historians regard it as the birth place of human civilisation. The history of Antalya starts with the Pergamum King Attalus, who landed in the region having searched for a place of an earthly paradise. It is this “earthly paradise” that drives so many Europeans to take their holidays in Antalya.

The region has been inhabited ever since by ancient Anatolian civilizations such as Hittites, Lydians and Urartus followed later by the Greeks and then the Romans and more recently the Ottomans. Now the area has a new invader, the tourists who flock to their holidays in Antalya during the summer months. The city is located in the Mediterranean region, on the southern coast of Turkey named the “turquoise coast”, and is the capital of the Turkish province with the same name.

If you're thinking about taking your holidays in Antalya this year, you might want to consider one of the 5-star luxury hotels. However, there is also alternative accommodation, particularly if are looking more at options for cheap holidays in Antalya.

What to do When in Antalya

Ancient Lycian Myra rock tomb ruins at Turkey Demre

The options for activities when in Antalya spread far beyond the beaches and beautiful resorts. Though the scenery and beaches are simply breath-taking there are many different things you can do to stay entertained when in Antalya.

For just a small taste you can:

- Experience white water rafting
- Explore their historic museums
- Enjoy their night time dance clubs
- Take on the mountains that surround Antalya
- Relax on a yacht tour

This is just a sample of some of the activities you can embrace when in this Southern part of Turkey. Specifically, a vacation in Antalya would not be complete without a visit to the Antalya National Museum of Archaeology. This award-winning museum is literally a journey back into time as it takes you from the times of the Palaeolithic Age to the Bronze Age, and into the Greek and Roman periods.

If you feel the need to immerse yourself in the history of the Turkey then there are so many other historical attractions to visit. These include the Hadrian’s Gate of the Roman period, Hidirlik Tower of the Hellenic period, the Karaalioglu Park, containing the architecture of the Ottoman period, the 18th century Tekeli Mehmet Pa?a Mosque and the Yivli Minare of the Seljuk period, the ultimate landmark of the city. Natural wonders like the Duden waterfalls and the archaeological ruins of Aspendos and the ancient city Perge are also sites of interest.

Antalya is also a cultural centre and plays host to many of these events, such as the Antalya Festival, which is held in September, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, International Eurasia Film Festival, Aspendos International Opera and Film Festival and the Festival of Flowers.

Get More Bang for Your Buck in Antalya

Street shopping, colourful handbags on sale in Antalya

Have you ever sampled Turkish cuisine? Take your holidays in Antalya and you will discover why the Turks are so proud of their food. They will tell you time and time again how they have one of the best cuisines worldwide. The exotic aromas and flavours will stay with you forever, treasured memories.

Food and restaurant prices in Turkey are relatively cheap compared to the rest of the Med and even cheaper still if you get out of the tourist areas and off the beaten track. Discovering new delicious local food adds so much to the adventure of travelling, sampling local cuisine and finding new exciting flavours!

Not only is the food selection something to remember, the shopping is fantastic too. As always when you are travelling with a favourable exchange rate the temptation to blow the budget on bargain goods is immense, and this is no different when travelling in Antalya. For example going to the grand bazaar to discover exotic carpets, spices, ceramics and jewellery can leave your wallet light and your suitcase heavy but what an experience!

Travelling through Antalya offers so much more than just the sensational beaches, it offers a full on cultural experience taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a culturally rich area of the world.

Weather and Climate

The Temple of Apollo

The weather in Antalya can get to very high temperatures, so if you’re not an extreme heat weather person you may want to check before travelling. During the months of July and August, when the average temperature remains above the 30°C mark and can reach 45°C. Therefore, the weather may become uncomfortably hot at times and a “siesta” is commonly taken to shelter from the sun.

The average winter temperatures range between 6°C and 10°C. Antalya is known for its sunny climate, with over 300 days of sunshine. A constant sea breeze plays a central role in reducing the humidity caused by all the heat.

Where is Antalya?

Take a look at this map of Antalya before you go. Click to view an interactive version.

Map of Antalya
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