Antalya is the Mediterranean coast’s principle city resort and tourist destination hosting over 10 million tourists a year. It’s not difficult to see why so many visit Antalya; it’s a large, attractive city boasting a fabulous climate, excellent shops and facilities, stunning views, beaches, a world class marina and a fascinating past. The Old Town Kaleiçi makes up the heart of Antalya City with its pretty walled interior a warren of cobbled alleys ideal for exploring. Fancy little shops, restaurants and boutiques are all waiting to be discovered, the locals too happy to haggle you into buying a leather handbag, souvenir, genuine fake or some jewellery. In contrast, the newer districts, such as Konyaalti beach area and Lara Beach, play home to modern day Antalya. Here you find fancy holiday apartments and condos, numerous 5 star hotels, shopping malls, government buildings and all inclusive resorts.
The Turkish city of Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast of Southeast Turkey, an area also known as the Turkish Riviera. A popular tourist destination, it is Turkey’s largest international sea resort with a world class marina and lies at the foot of the impressive Taurus Mountains.
If you drive east from Antalya city following the coastal route, you will pass by Lara coast, which is one of Antalya city’s main holiday home destinations, then head toward Belek and thereafter Side and Manavgat. If you continue in the same easterly direction, approximately an hour from Side, you will reach well-expanded and busy resort town of Alanya, which is now almost a city in itself.
If you drive westerly from Antalya city you will enjoy the stunning scenery of Konyaalti beach, then twist toward the mountains, enjoy the elevated route through pine forests all the way to popular resort and marina town of Kemer some 30 minutes from Konyaalti. If you then continue on the same route, several hours later you will arrive at Kas and then Kalkan. If you cross Kalkan further west, then you will exit the providence of Antalya and drive into Mugla county, where its first popular resort town of Fethiye will meet you some 70 minutes after Kalkan