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About Antalya

As well as the beauty of the Gulf of Antalya, this city has a wonderfully preserved old centre, Kaleici, which really 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, and is the perfect location if you want to enjoy your beach holiday with some added culture.

The streets are a narrow maze linking beautiful minarets, mosques and towers and lined with restaurants. They also play host to many of the city's 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. Each year Antalya gets about 300 days of sunshine and the sea temperature ranges between 16 and 27 degrees Celsius.

With the majority of package holidaymakers usually bussed directly to their resorts up or down the coast, Antalya is nothing like the resort hub you might imagine. It has easy access to some of the great ruins of the Lycian Coast, both Lycian and Roman, and there are plenty of charming villages and beaches within a short drive. There are also buses from Antalya to the hot springs of Pamukkale and to other centres like Fethiye, Bodrum, Mamaris and Selcuk.

What not to miss:

  • Walk around the ruins of Phaselis, once an important trading point in the region.
  • Explore Kaleiçi, Antalya's Old Town, where you can admire the mixture of Roman and Ottoman architecture.
  • Visit the eternal flames of Chimaera.
  • Stop by at the Antalya Archaeological Museum.
  • Discover the scenic Güllük Dagi National park.

During the peak summer season the best places to stay in Antalya get booked up quickly so be sure to plan your trip early.

Historic Townhouse Hotel

  • The Tuvana Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Antalya if you're looking for something traditional. A historic townhouse set in lush gardens with a central courtyard, this hotel has a pool and an excellent restaurant. Some rooms have private balconies, some private hot tubs. With 46 rooms priced from just £67 per night, this is also a great option if you're on a limited budget.

Out of town

  • If you don't want to be in the hustle and bustle of the city, head down the coast a little bit and you'll find the Olympos Lodge. A little bit of paradise, this property is set amid 15 acres of lush gardens tumbling down to its own private beach.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to Antalya Airport located just 10km from the city with good connections internally and across Europe.
  • April, May, September and October are pleasantly warm so are typically the best times to visit Antalya.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Antalya

  • Hotel 1207 Antalya 15 rooms from £48

    A charming traditional property right in the heart of the Old Quarter of Antalya. Cosy rooms have a homely feel with antiques set against whitewashed walls. A large patio houses a swimming pool and outdoor dining area. A perfect spot to access both the beaches and attractions of the city.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city with the marina and historic centre all within walking distance
    Value chic  -  Lovely accommodation, plus courtyard pool and on site restaurant at amazingly cheap prices.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a stroll along the cobbled streets down to the ancient marina in Kaleiçi (the old quarter)
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Delight Deluxe Boutique Hotel Antalya (Muratpaşa Kaleici) 16 rooms from £54

    A charming traditional property in the heart of Antalya's historic quarter. Offering rooms and apartments which are simply styled, allowing the building's original features to stand out (think exposed stone walls and wooden floors). Added bonus of a courtyard pool and restaurant. A tranquil base.

    Value chic  -  With smart accommodation, plus a swimming pool from under €70 per night including breakfast, it's superb value.
    Local exploring  -  Located within the historic walled city and also within walking distance of the beach
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through the pretty cobbled streets of Kaleiçi (the old quarter)
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Dogan Hotel Antalya 41 rooms from £59

    An Ottoman-style property occupying a rare quiet corner in the heart of historic Antalya. Spacious rooms all feature exposed stone, beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Local cuisine is served for breakfast and dinner. Staff are incredibly friendly and the large courtyard pool is a real draw.

    Local exploring  -  With most of the city's main attractions within walking distance this an ideal spot for exploring the city by foot
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through the picturesque cobbled streets of the Old Quarter
    Sailing  -  Kekova is a haven for yachting enthusiasts
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool (seasonal)
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  • Tuvana Hotel Antalya (Karanlık Sk) 46 rooms from £70

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  In the centre of historic Antalya only 450m from Hadrian's Gate
    Private Hot Tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Palm House 17 Antalya (Kaleici) 6 rooms from £63

    Charming and traditional this coastal guesthouse is a sweet city hideaway. Rooms have bags of character, filled with antiques and local artefacts and displaying bare stone walls and polished wooden floors. Bathrooms are, however, a more modern affair. Walking distance from the beach and Old Quarter.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed, on the coast, lending easy access to the city's main cultural attractions
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll through the old quarter and find the Broken Minaret, Hadrian's Gate and Antalya Clock Tower
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset stroll along the marina and beach
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 years of age are welcome
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