Hotels in Antalya

The jewel in the crown of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. In 2012 it nabbed the title of third most visited city, just behind Paris and London. It’s easy to see why: sparkling beaches, lush mountains, and plenty of history makes it a hotspot that suits every kind of traveller.

Antalya is the perfect summer getaway, but it’s a great year round destination too with cultural events taking place throughout the autumn. There’s a huge film festival in September, a Mediterranean music festival in October, and plenty of smaller events in between.  In the winter months you can go skiing in the Taurus Mountains, visible from the coast.

There are lots of great places to stay in Antalya, and it is well worth exploring the city’s different quarters. Whether you’re a beach bum, a culture vulture, or a bit of both, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.

Lara

Famous for its luxury hotels and sandy beach (the longest in Turkey), Lara is the place for sun worshippers. The hotels are very upmarket, and a number of them are modelled after famous buildings from around the world: lending the area the nickname “Turkish Las Vegas”.  If you tire of tanning, there’s plenty of entertainment on offer in the form of boat trips, waterslides, and performances from local entertainers. 

Kaleiçi

The old town of Antalya is very different from the beach resorts. Narrow winding streets lined with restored buildings provide the perfect setting for boutique hotels, B&Bs, and hostels. There’s a good collection of ancient architecture, including Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.  Enjoy a Turkish bath at the 650 year old Sefa Hamam, or head down to the harbour and admire the yachts. There’s plenty in the way of nightlife in the old town, with bars and restaurants offering great food and drink at affordable prices.

Konyaalti

You can get the best of both worlds in Konyaalti, as the clean and peaceful beach is well within walking distance of the distractions of the city centre. It’s the perfect place for a refreshing dip, as the sea water is cooled down by an underground stream. If you’re bored of the beach, head to the water slide park on the Western edge. The restaurants and cafes in nearby Antalya Beach Park are a foodie’s fantasy, and are often visited by well-off locals rather than package tourists.

Downtown

The modern city of Antalya is where the main shopping and commercial centres are, as well as the hustle and bustle of the one million people who call Antalya home.  Pay a visit to the award winning Antalya Archaeological Museum, or enjoy a stroll in Karaalioglu Park with its wonderful views across the sea. It may not be the most touristic part of Antalya, but it does boast a good selection of hotels including some big brand names.

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