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Antalya has been conquered and occupied by many people in the past. From Ancient Greeks to the Ottoman Empire and the Romans, everyone has had a piece of this gorgeous Turkish city. Bordered by the Bey Mountains on three sides and the beautiful Aegean Sea on the fourth, isn’t it time you followed in famous footsteps and grabbed yourself a slice? You could be unpacked and on the beach within five hours of leaving home. You’ll want to book a holiday in Antalya if you’re a sun worshiper, amateur archaeologist or a family looking for a fun and safe beachfront experience.
A holiday to Antalya buys a chance to experience its history first hand. You’ll be tripping over architectural delights in the Roman - Ottoman quarter of Kaleiçi with its perfectly restored buildings, or getting spiritual with ancient statues of the Greek gods in the Antalya museum. Daytrips to Perge will take you to the place many of the artefacts in the museum were unearthed. To be part of Antalya’s modern crowd, there are a number of film and music festivals running throughout September and October.
If you’d rather examine your suntan than ancient history, Antalya has two main beaches. The beach at the holiday resort of Lara is the larger and more glamorous of the two, with extensive golden sands and warm, sparkling waters over looked by four and five star hotels. Konyaalti is at the end of the city and the waters are slightly cooler, thanks to an underground creek which flows into the sea. With temperatures soaring to a toasty 44C at times, this could be the better option for families.
Some of the best restaurants in Turkey are available when you holiday in Antalya. If you want to soak up local culture along with a pint or two of Efes, head over to one of the cities many open air restaurants. Grab some of the traditional grilled meats, mezes and kebabs for an authentic taste of Turkey. If you want to hit the clubs in the evening there are many to choose from, each more ear bursting than the last. From folk bars to techno and jungle, all music fans will have a place to let loose.
Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Turkish Riviera’, Antalya is an up and coming tourist destination with expansion in its sights. It has all the culture and class you’d expect of a more established holiday destination but lacks the hefty price tag. For fantastic beaches, great food and a wonderful sense of history, Antalya is the perfect choice for anyone who wants everything. Book your holiday to Antalya today with lastminute.com
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