Winding cobbled streets, Ottoman era dwellings and Roman ramparts point to Antalya’s past as a time of conquests and contrasts. Today tourists gather here for the gorgeous Mediterranean weather, dramatic scenery and fresh local cuisine that, thanks to centuries of ever changing empirical influence, is as eclectic as it is delicious. The largest city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is bursting with charm.
Luxury holidays to Antalya
Luxury holidays to Antalya with Kenwood Travel are just the ticket for those for whom sunseeking alone is never quite enough. By all means, bask in the glorious 30-plus temperatures, but don’t forget to explore too the majestic waterfalls, archaeological wonders and cultural monuments that this fascinating old city holds dear.
Great reasons to holiday in Antalya
- History – Since 150 BC when King Attalus II of Pergamon established rule in the ancient city, Antalya has undergone tumult and tyranny until as recently as World War I when it finally wrested independence from Italy. The hallmarks and relics of such a story are everywhere, making Antalya sightseeing an unforgettable experience.
- Dining – It’s the catch-of-the-day seafood coming in at Yacht Harbour that defines much of Antalya’s regional cooking. Sizzling fresh fish filling the air and flavouring your grida, tirmis, tahini and piyaz.
- Relax - Dotted around Antalya’s old quarter you’ll find lovingly restored guesthouses and boutique hotels. The town of Lara and it’s popular beach meanwhile provide the 5* luxury resorts. Whichever you choose, you’re in for a relaxing holiday characterised by world-class accommodation.
- Climate – If you love sun you’ll love Antalya. It might be too hot for some in summer however, when the mid thirties is where the mercury typically lands. Why not plumb for the months either side, when the heat is more comfortable but nonetheless capable of giving you a tan?
Things to do whilst on holiday in Antalya
Step back in time when you walk around Kaleici, Antalya’s ancient walled city whose founder King Attalus II stands proud (albeit in statue form), waiting to welcome visitors at the historic Kale Kapisi gates.
Scrub up with a visit to one of the traditional Turkish baths, where you can opt to simply bathe or indulge in the soap and massage treatment.
Cool off at Aqualand water park and beach park in Konyaalti Beach to the west of the city. Lara Beach lies to the east and supports a lively hotel and restaurant scene.
Hit the shops for designer brands, or just a memento of a memorable holiday. 5M Migros, Terracity and Ozdilek are some of the mega malls to be found in and around the city.
Weather in Antalya
The Taurus Mountains take the brunt of the northerly winds, leaving Antalya to bask in a hot Mediterranean climate. Winters tend to be mild with occasional rain. 300 days per year of sun is typical, creating almost 3,000 hours of sunlight. Average temperatures are around the 34C mark, although readings as high as 45C have been recorded.
Facts about Antalya
Area - 547 sq miles
Population - 994,900
Currency - Turkish Lira
Time zone - EET (UTC + 2)
Antalya holidays 2021 / 2022
No longer an overlooked thoroughfare for denizens of Turkey’s southern resorts, Antalya now sits firmly on the luxury holiday map and becomes more popular every year. Get ahead of the crowd and save money too when you book your 2021 Antalya holiday early with Kenwood Travel. Call our tailor-made-holiday experts today for an unbeatable quote.