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Antalya, Turkey

A popular holiday destination, Antalya has lots to offer and is a great place to visit for sun, sea and adventures. You can enjoy a relaxing beach holiday or take you pick of the many activities that you will find in the area.

Most hotels in the area are all inclusive so you don't need to worry about food and drink costs, keep your spending money for trips and activities and maybe a little bit of bartering in the local shops. Turkey is renowned for its 'fakes' make sure you look at the quality of the product (stitching, zips, logos) before you buy and haggle over the price of everything to bag yourself a good deal. You'll find plenty of shops in the Antalya region, there are markets which even appear at the hotel and a bus trip into Antalya city will give you even more choice. Expect bright lights, lots of fountains and the hustle and bustle of city life. Terracity is the largest shopping mall with over 100 stores, stores selling 'designer brands and local brands'. The bazaar sells more traditional and handmade gifts and of course the famous Turkish sweets.

For men, a visit to the traditional Turkish barber is a must for the best shave available.

The beaches in Antalya are lovely and sandy, the Blue Flag winning Lara Beach area with its 5* hotels, is a popular area for tourists and it's clear to see why. Long stretches of sand, turquoise waters and plenty of sun loungers for you to rest on. You'll find plenty of water activities available to you; pedalo's, water-skiing, and kayaks are amongst the list. personally we didn't find the sea very good for snorkelling but have heard the Fethiye area is popular for snorkelers and divers, with ship wrecks to explore and turtles a common sighting. Be aware that the beach shelves in the Antalya region can be quite steep and whilst the beaches are lovely and clean, a safe place for children to play, if they are entering into the sea, it is wise to keep an eye on them, even if they are good swimmers.

Kaleici is the most historic site where you'll find old houses converted into shops, Hadrians Gate, a Roman harbour, now a marina and plenty of café bars and restaurants to visit. You can take a boat trip from the harbour to view the region from sea.

Don't forget to visit a Turkish bath whilst you visit, the Hamam usually consists of sauna, steam bath, foam massage, and aromatherapy oil massage. It's very relaxing and probably the best massage I have experienced abroad.

There's plenty more to do if you fancy filling up your days with activities, you can visit the museum or archaeological sites, visit sandland or a waterpark, book quad bikes or a jeep safari, visit the various beaches or waterfalls and even go river rafting or tubing.

You'll also find plenty of golf resorts if this is your chosen sport. Due to the good weather, Turkey is an excellent choice for golfing holidays.

As for eating out, there is a multitude of restaurants and cafes that offer a varied mixture of foods ranging from steaks to local culinary dishes. Google Turkish foods and you'll be listing all the mouth watering local dishes that you want to try before you get there.

Enjoy :)

We stayed at the Topkapi Palace, Lara Beach, Antalya, for our review click here.

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