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Antalya Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Antalya
The city of Antalya is nestled in the luxury of nature with Taurus mountains at the backdrop, and a vast expanse of the Mediterranean on the other side. The happening city is full of life as millions of tourists visit this beach holiday destination each year. In a city that has been welcoming travellers for so long, it’s really easy to find an ideal accommodation in Antalya. If you are on your family holiday then you can go for an all-inclusive package offered by all 4 and 5-star hotels in Antalya, that also includes kids’ fun and entertainment. For those looking for a tranquil and isolated places and go for apartments with kitchen and private pools. In Lara and Muratpasa nearby, you will find the cheapest deals.
Antalya city is Turkey’s largest international beach resort sitting on the panoramic Turkish Riviera, on the southwestern part of Turkey. The sandy Lara Beach lies to the east and on the west is pebbled Konyaalti Beach that also offers a view of the breathtaking Taurus mountains. The sun, the sea, the rich history and culture and food are Antalya’s some of the biggest features that attracts millions of tourists each year to make the best of your Antalya holiday. The centre of the resort has the Turkish and Ottoman vibe while the beach promenade looks like a whole new world.
Where to Stay on your Antalya Holiday
Finding cheap hotels in Antalya is a cakewalk as you will find amazing deals online and even great discounts if you book in advance. The idyllic Antalya beach is lined with luxury 5-star hotels, apartments, hostels and even 3-star budget hotels. Most of the hotels in Antalya are all-inclusive so you can enjoy your family holiday without worrying about food and drinks. For large parties or weddings there are many hotels and aparthotels that offer 100s of rooms. If you want to stay in the true Turkish way, then you might want to rent an apartment in the heart of the city, that still has the Ottoman style charm. Being the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast, Antalya will lure you with its magnificence.
Things to See and Do in Antalya
Antalya has plenty of sunshine from May to October, when it is typically full of tourists. Nature, history and adventure form a core of the things you can do on your Antalya holiday. Nature lovers would love a visit to the Antalya Aquarium, Antalya Aqualand and Dolphinland, Yavuz Ozcan Park, etc. Then you can go for golfing, rafting, diving, jeep safari, horseback riding, if you are looking for adrenalin rush. Antalya holiday is incomplete if you don’t go the hammam once. History lovers are in for a treat as the rich heritage of Antalya is preserved in the monuments like Antalya museum, Karaalioglu Park, Ataturk Park, Hadrian Castle gate, Hidirlik Tower, Ataturk Museum and house, Antalya Toy Museum, Yivliminare Mosque, Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Clock tower, old harbor, etc. Above all there is the pristine Blue Flag Antalya beach on the Mediterranean that makes Antalya world famous.
Nightlife in Antalya
The colourful and happening nightlife of Antalya is concentrated in the areas around Marina, Kaleici streets and Titreyengol. From May to October, the resorts are full and the hotels in Antalya organize DJ nights, live music entertainment and theme nights in this peak season. You will find all kinds of bars here from traditional Turkish bars to rock bars and open air dance clubs at the beach. The James Joyce Irish Pub, Coco Bar, Antalya Turkey club, Soho Club bar, Sheffield Pub, Paris Café bar, Kale Bar, Sheffield Pub, Pio Gastro pub, are some of the popular options lined across the Marina. Some of these pubs host DJ nights in the weekends, while others organize live music and Turkish theme nights.
Food options in Antalya
Turkish cuisine is one of richest cuisine in the world and involves a lot of use of lamb, beef, rice, seafood and fresh vegetables. You will also find different kinds of nuts used in the traditional dishes. In Antalya, you will find traditional as well as modern Turkish cuisine that is fusion of Central Asian, Middle eastern and Balkan cuisine. The region has inherited their food culture from the Ottomans who ruled here. Bulgur, koftes, türlü, stuffed dolmas, keskek, manti, are some of the must try traditional dishes. You will also find veal dishes widely in many restaurants. A delicious rich Turkish breakfast is a must try and something you will find in all hotels in Antalya. Ship Inn Marina Restaurant, Mermerli, Kaleici, Meyhanesi, Sultanyar Kebap, Ramiz Grill, Lara Balik Evi, Sedir restaurant Konyaalti, are some of the well-known restaurants in Antalya known for great food and service.
Shopping in Antalya
Antalya is the Mecca for shopping for whole of Turkey. If you are looking for retail therapy on your Antalya holiday, then you are going to be spoilt with choices. You can take home textiles, clothing, traditional pottery and wood carvings, ornate meerschaum pipes, carpets, prayer rugs, gold and copper work, gold, silver, sequins and souvenirs. One thing you must bring back is local made carpets called Kilim, that are made by semi-nomadic Yoruks. Many independent designer boutiques are there in Konyaalti street, Ataturk Street. You can also visit the covered food market and buy local jams, jellies, fruits and vegetables, etc. The Antalya bazaar that is the best for cheap shopping where you can also try your hand at bargain. The Park Aantalya mall, Selek Bazaar, Terra city, 5 Migros Shopping centre, Deepo Outlet centre, are some important malls.
Interesting facts about Antalya
The best time for Antalya holidays is between April to September and travelling around the city is really easy as the city is conveniently connected with public transport. The country is also home to Saint Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) and Prophet Abhram. Turkey gifted Tulip to the world way back in 16th century. In the city of Antalya is situated another old preserved city of Kaleici which means ‘within the castle’. The burning flames of Chimera burn 24-hours. The National Sport here is Oil wrestling. Turkey is located in the centre of the world and also one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots thanks to 100,000 species of flora and fauna that the country is home to.
Fast Facts about Antalya
Currency: Turkish Lira
Nearest airport: Antalya airport (AYT)
Transfer time from airport to Antalya: 15 minutes
Flight time from Dublin to Antalya: 6 hours approx.
Time difference between Antalya and Dublin: Antalya is 3 hours ahead of Dublin