As well as the beauty of the Gulf of Antalya, this city has a wonderfully preserved old centre, Kaleici, which is one of the best places to stay in Antalya. Complete with Ottoman era houses and ancient monuments, Kaleici sits within the old city walls keeping out the noises of the modern city.
The streets are narrow and maze like, linking beautiful minarets, mosques and towers, and lined with restaurants. This is where you can find many of the best boutique hotels.
Antalya also has a Roman harbour and one of Turkey's best museums. And, in addition to the lively restaurants, bars and clubs which have sprung up to entertain the summer crowds, Antalya also has a famous opera and ballet season, performed in the Aspendos Amphitheatre - one of the world's best preserved Roman amphitheatres.
Antalya has a reputation for good, reasonably priced food, especially when it comes to seafood. Antalya also has a reputation for genuinely warm service.
Here's two facts about Antalya:
If you're looking for more of a beach hotel, but you still want to travel independently, some of the best places to stay in Antalya can be found around Lara Beach. These four and five star beach hotels are smaller than the package holiday options.
Antalya is also a good place to stay if you want to explore some of the great ruins, both Lycian and Roman, of the Lycian Coast. And there are plenty of charming villages and beach destinations within a short drive. There are also buses from Antalya to the hot springs of Pamukkale, and other centres like Fethiye, Bodrum, Mamaris and Selcuk.
Antalya (Karanlık Sk)
An historic townhouse set in lush gardens. Traditional rooms and suites with boutique flair have private balconies and hot tubs. Excellent restaurant and pool. Walking distance to the main attractions and close to the best beaches. Ideal for a beach holiday, family friendly too.