Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Holiday & Travel Guide For Antalya, Turkey


Underneath the blue skies of Antalya, there are some beautiful beaches with wonderful backdrops of lush green mountains, where tourists from all over the world come to soak up the sunshine that reaches up to 30 degrees throughout the long summer of May to September. The entire range of beaches offer a variety of water sports from those wanting a fun banana boat ride to the more exciting and faster activity of Jet skiing. You will also find there are many small boat cruises available so you can sail out into the warm waters of the Mediterranean for a sun soaked relaxing cruise, and swim. If you're looking for fun on the sea then you could also try an exciting booze cruise. These are usually aimed at the 18-25yr olds so can be rather lively.


You won't be short of things to do in Antalya. There are many tour excursions available and dozens of street vendors selling them at a very reasonable price. Please check that you are insured if you have decided to participate in any wild or extreme excursions that are on offer. Not too far out of the city is Perge, where you will be able to explore the ancient ruins from the Roman times and take a dip in the Southern baths that were originally built for male use only. These days ladies are able to use them at certain times of the day. After this you can take a guided tour around the marvellous Roman canal system that used to keep the city cool in the summer months. It is an interesting tour and the large Roman gate tower amongst the ruins in Perge is very impressive with great photo opportunities. On the outskirts of Antalya you will also find the impressive ancient theatre called Aspendos. Back in the city of Antalya stands the 13th century Mosque and Minaret. These won't be difficult to spot, as the Yivli Minaret stands 38 metres tall. There is also the old city to take a leisurely walk around and view some more historical sites. This is an interesting part of the city with old Ottoman houses that have been preserved and parts of the ancient city wall can still be seen. Antalya has enough history and sights to keep most tourists occupied while on their holiday with fabulous waterfalls that cascade into the sea, through to museums and lovely parks.


There is no shortage of nightlife in Antalya with the hotels offering a variety of evening shows to suit all the family with live entertainment and traditional dancing. Romantic couples can have a cool drink in one of the many sea front bars. For those looking for lively venues playing the hottest sounds, then you won't be disappointed, there are plenty of nightclubs open until early hours. You will find that most of the restaurants serve a variety of traditional and international cuisine accompanied by local entertainment while you eat.


Shopping is very fulfilling in the city with more than enough markets, stores and small shops that offer to hand make you an item of clothing for the very next day. The stores sell everything from fashion shoes to souvenirs and fancy gifts, but do be careful you are not duped with items that have a designer name on but are not actually authentic.

Happy Holidays

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