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Antalya is the glittering centerpiece of the Turkish Riviera. Glorious sandy beaches fringe the Mediterranean rim of the city from east to west. Pristine seas accentuate the towering mountain peaks that unfold as far as the eye can see. Intense natural beauty aside, Antalya is an all-season holiday choice due to its temperate, sub-tropical climate. In summer, beaches teem with sun seekers, while from December through March, a ski resort just an hour away in Saklikent offers simple skiing. The city dances to the tune of tourism and has hundreds of all-inclusive resorts and themed holiday villages where families enjoy sun, sea, water sports ...

Antalya is the glittering centerpiece of the Turkish Riviera. Glorious sandy beaches fringe the Mediterranean rim of the city from east to west. Pristine seas accentuate the towering mountain peaks that unfold as far as the eye can see. Intense natural beauty aside, Antalya is an all-season holiday choice due to its temperate, sub-tropical climate. In summer, beaches teem with sun seekers, while from December through March, a ski resort just an hour away in Saklikent offers simple skiing. The city dances to the tune of tourism and has hundreds of all-inclusive resorts and themed holiday villages where families enjoy sun, sea, water sports facilities and top-notch evening entertainment.

The modern city of broad, palm-lined boulevards descends steeply to a sheltered harbor and quaint Old Town (Kaleiçi), where Ottoman-era mansions cluster around the lively marina. Within the precinct are Seljuck and Roman remains, the most conspicuous being the 13th-century Yivli Minare, or fluted minaret, the city’s iconic landmark. Every October, the city hosts the Golden Orange Film Festival that draws international film stars, directors, programmers and film buffs to the sunny metropolis.

The Antalya Archaeology Museum has stunning collections that rate it tops on visitors’ agendas. Check out the outstanding new extension in the shape of a Lycian sarcophagus. Hadrian’s Gate commemorates a visit by the itinerant emperor in 130 AD and wheel ruts from thundering chariots are authentic. A toy museum and remarkable aquarium complex round out the city center’s feature sights. Additionally, Antalya affords the ideal base for day trips to numerous Greco-Roman and biblical sites in the vicinity. Several long-distance treks start in or pass through Antalya. Impressive prehistoric caves, canyons, waterfalls and water sports like whitewater rafting and diving round out Antalya’s visitor attractions.

Suzanne Swan
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Suzanne Swan is the main author of DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey. She updated and wrote original material for DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide Istanbul.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera.
  • Language: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    May-October for summer season; November to March for winter skiing.