Antalya is known as Turkey's Turquoise Coast and one look at the glittering jewel-like waters you will understand why. Holidays in Antalya are full of inspiration and sheer delight. Legend has it that 2,000 years ago the King of Pergamon declared this very strip of coastline heaven on earth after witnessing the shimmering blue sea flanked by the rising Taurus Mountains. Now the ancient royal playground is a first-class destination for those seeking an off the beaten track trip to Turkey.
Things to do in Antalya
Find paradise on earth in Turkey
Swim and ski
If you can’t decide what you want out of your holiday to Antalya, then don’t worry. This is the perfect place to mix and match activities to meet your delights. Antalya is one of the only destinations in the world where you can spend your mornings skiing down the slopes of the Taurus Mountains and then finish the afternoon with a warm swim in the Mediterranean. Lara Beach offers apricot sands and sun worshippers whereas Cleopatra beach offers family activities both in and out the water.
City and country
Antalya is the perfect location for either living it up in the chic and cool old city of Kaleici or exploring the fragrant flora and fauna of the mountains. Kaleici hasn’t been spoilt by mass tourism and the pretty winding streets are well worth walking around to discover sweet little souvenir shops, charming restaurants and a number of boutique hotels. Outside the city streets you can explore the black pine forests of Belek or head back into the lush mountains for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Antalya holidays are all about luxury with the area boasting a wide range of boutique hotels and first class resorts. Wining, dining and pampering yourself has never come easier than when in Antalya. Golf lovers can head out to Belek, golf capital of Turkey for exquisite courses like Cornelia Golf Club.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr
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