It can be argued that the term ‘paradise’ is bandied about a little too much and some places simply don’t live up to the tag.
However, it would be hard not to gaze upon Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and disagree that it is the definition of the paradise. The miles of milky white sand contrasting with the blue of the ocean and the vibrant green of forestry ensure that this is the perfect relaxation destination. The historical city of Antalya sits in the heart of this region and forms an excellent base for exploring the Turquoise Coast.
Here are a couple of activities to ensure you make the most out of your stay in Antalya.
Visit the Old Harbour
The old harbour has been the focal point of Antalya for generations. Given its location, the city was seen as a strategic port during the Roman, Seljuk Turks and Ottoman empires. Daily life in these times would centre on the harbour as people would come to buy goods from the boats returning from far flung lands.
It is no different today as the harbour is constantly abuzz with locals and holidaymakers gathering in the cafes and restaurants lining the promenade. The only slight change is that the cargo ships are now private yachts and pleasure cruise gullets.
Tee-off on world class golf courses
A short drive from Antalya is the upmarket resort of Belek. Known as the Beverly Hills of the Turkish Riviera, this is the place to be seen. Along with the designer shops, stylish boulevards and white sand beaches, Belek has some of Turkey’s best golf courses.
If you fancy yourself as the next Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy, you can test your skills on the wealth of PGA-standard courses. Not only will the likes of Sultan Golf Club and Carya Golf Club provide a challenge for even the best golfers, you will be teeing off surrounded by dramatic scenery.
See the Yivliminare Mosque
For anyone that visits Antalya, the first thing they will see is the Yivliminare Mosque. Translated as the ‘Fluted Minaret’ mosque, and commonly known as the Alaaddin Mosque, it is the symbol of the city and somewhere you absolutely have to visit.
Built by the Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubad I in the 13th century it is considered to be among the World Heritage Sites in Turkey. Towering above the city it welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to sample the unique atmosphere of this sacred building.
Experience an authentic Turkish bath
You cannot come to Turkey and not experience an authentic Turkish bath. The custom of visiting the local hamam has been a feature in Turkish culture for generations and there are numerous places to visit across Antalya.
Live like the emperors of years past by being pampered in these traditional surroundings. Experience cleansing and relaxation methods that have been practiced for centuries and leave feeling totally rejuvenated.
Cruise along the Manavgat River to see the waterfalls
There are many natural beauties surrounding Antalya but one of the most breathtaking is the Manavgat River and Falls. From the bustling town of Manavgat you can hop aboard a river cruise ship and sail down to the crashing water.
Enjoy the ambiance of this corner of south-west Turkey and once you reach the falls you can even take a dip in the river water and enjoy the magnificent setting.
Relax on the incredible beaches
There is another reason why holidaymakers flock in their droves to Antalya in the summer months – the beaches. Dramatic scenery, pillow soft sand and crystal clear ocean water, the beaches of Antalya have it all. The only hard part is deciding which one to visit.
The go-to destination for many is the lively Lara Beach which is backed by a promenade lined with bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you can enjoy the views on the pebble beach of Çıralı, swim in the transparent waters of Phaselis or see the rare sight of caretta-caretta turtles nesting on Patara beach.
Sample the vibrant nightlife
As the sun sets over Antalya, the city transforms into a neon-bathed hubbub as the streets are filled with locals and holidaymakers alike sampling its unique nightlife. There is plenty on offer to suit all tastes whether you’re looking to dance ‘til dawn or want to unwind after a busy day.
Both Belek and the Old Harbour are the best places to be seen with the former boasting glitzy nightclubs while the latter has a number of traditional cafes.
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