Antalya city on the mediterranean coast of Southwest Turkey  is the third most travelled city in the world by the International tourist. It is one of the popular wedding, skiing and aerosports destinations in Turkey. As part of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is set around a Roman harbor and old town and enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year which makes it one of the best wedding destinations globally.

I myself did not visit Turkey but got so fascinated by its photographs and kind of options, it offers, that I felt compelled to read about it. Being a first hand experience website, this article would be incomplete without a travel story. I would not disappoint you, travel story of Antalya is waiting to be read at experience at Antalya. Talking to a friend, I learnt that Antalya is a great and rare to find combination of sun, deep blue waters and mountains.

Places to see and things to do in Antalya

Kaleici ( Old Antalya)

Kaleiçi also known as Old Antalya, is also a great place to spend some time if you love history and culture. Not only is there a lot to see and do inside Kaleici itself, but you’re also within a tram ride of the Antalya Museum, one of the best in the country.

Clock Tower

Old Harbour

Yivli Min are

Keisic Minare

Hadrianus Gate

Archaeological museum

Caves of Antalya

Waterfalls- Manavgat, Kursunlu and Duden

For more active travelers, there are plenty of water sports on offer including windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing too.

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Beautiful view at Antalya

How to reach Antalya

By Air

Multiple airports to fly from Europe to Antalya. Turkish Airlines fly domestic charters from Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul.

By road

Highways connecting to Antalya are from Ankara, Central Anatolia, Caria, Istanbul, Izmir, Lysia, Lonia,  Mersin harbour

By Sea

Closest harbours – Izmir, Kusadasi, Mersin and Tasucu

Staying options

There are multiple staying options at Antalya. Either you decide by the class of hotel/resort or by the location. I am listing a few for you. They may or may not be the best.

Five star properties

Adora Golf Resort, Akka Hotels Alinda Beach, Amara Beach Resort,  Gloria Serenity Resort, Majesty Mirage Park Resort, Mardan Palace , Sirene Belek Golf Hotel,

Four star properties

Adonis, Leo hotels Arms, Marina residence, Turtas club, Sea Gull hotel

Three star properties

Arsi hotel, Montana beach club, Sural Garden etc

Foodie’s choice

7 Mehmet,Best Western Plus Khan Hotel,Concorde Resort and Spa, Seraser, Sultanyar Kebapkisi, Vanilla Lounge are some of the top listed.

Shoppers satiate at Antalya

Shoppers have all the resaons to be delighted at Antalya. They lots of choices to shop stuff and markets. Popular things to buy are like carpets, souvenirs, jasms, jellies, traditional pottery, wooden carvings, gold and copper work, fruits and vegetables etc.  There are ample options to buy from.   Covered whole sale food market, Deep outlet centre, G- Mall, Kipa, Laura shopping Center, Migros, Real shopping Mall,Tansas, white world center are some of them.

Important tip

While exploring locations at Antalya, to be in the safer side, it is better to take advice of hotel authorities about best time to visit.

P.S- Information and photographs in this article are courtesy Turkey Tourism.

Nidhi KM

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