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Don’t be fooled into thinking Antalya’s yet another city the Romans littered with antiquities. Yes, there are ancient walls, artefacts and an olde world harbour to enjoy, but then there’s the rest of Antalya. Which, frankly, is an area so epic and diverse, they really should consider scaling it down a smidge for the more FOMO-challenged among us. Hop in the hire car for 90 minutes to visit a glorious beach – you’re still in Antalya. Drive 45 minutes east to the Turkish Riviera… still in Antalya. We could go on. If all this talk of road trips has you worried that Antalya central is somehow lacking, rest assured, it’s a corker.

We’ll get the malls out of the way first. Sizeable shopping of this kind is rarely seen outside of Dubai. Glitzy, brand-packed halls of retail are air-conditioned places of respite in the scorching summer. At other times, swerve them for Antalya’s shimmering coastline, steep canyons and outdoorsy fun. Museums range from the quaint and cute to the exhibit packed and mighty. Out of the city, Antalya’s wilderness is home to jackals, bobcats and bears. Which really comes as no surprise in a place with such biodiversity. And that’s just scratching the surface of Antalya’s best bits.

Don’t be fooled into thinking Antalya’s yet another city the Romans littered with antiquities. Yes, there are ancient walls, artefacts and an olde world harbour to enjoy, but then there’s the rest of Antalya. Which, frankly, is an area so epic and diverse, they really should consider scaling it down a smidge for the more FOMO-challenged among us. Hop in the hire car for 90 minutes to visit a glorious beach – you’re still in Antalya. Drive 45 minutes east to the Turkish Riviera… still in Antalya. We could go on. If all this talk of road trips has you worried that Antalya central is somehow lacking, rest assured, it’s a corker.

We’ll get the malls out of the way first. Sizeable shopping of this kind is rarely seen outside of Dubai. Glitzy, brand-packed halls of retail are air-conditioned places of respite in the scorching summer. At other times, swerve them for Antalya’s shimmering coastline, steep canyons and outdoorsy fun. Museums range from the quaint and cute to the exhibit packed and mighty. Out of the city, Antalya’s wilderness is home to jackals, bobcats and bears. Which really comes as no surprise in a place with such biodiversity. And that’s just scratching the surface of Antalya’s best bits.

   
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Adding up in Antalya…

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    3 course meal for 2: £9.90

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    A regular cappuccino: £1.23

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    A medium beer: £1.58

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    One-way (Local Transport): £0.35

Adding up in Antalya…

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    3 course meal for 2: £9.90

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    A regular cappuccino: £1.23

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    A medium beer: £1.58

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    One-way (Local Transport): £0.35

Soundtrack of the city

All the sun in Antalya…

Toasty doesn’t begin to describe Antalya’s summer. Expect 30°C and above from June to September. Does that make it the best time to visit Antalya? we’d go with no. Somewhere this vast and explorable commands a lower temperature. May and October are near Goldilocks perfection for heat. Rain? Expect a little. Year round, temperatures rarely dip below 14°C.

Discover the real Antalya

Mall life has brought Antalya many joys. Not least the chance to take a global tour of fast food chains. But look closely enough in the shopping behemoths and you’ll find Turkish bakeries quietly serving carb-packed wonders. Then there’s the fine dining, coffee houses, socialite hang outs and waffle-slinging al fresco spots you’ll never want to leave.

It’s fair to say Antalya sprawls. And, unluckily for the time poor among us, there’s a lot packed into a whopping amount of acreage. What to do? Keep your spontaneous side on the down low and pick and choose from our handpicked must dos. We’ll point you towards Antalya’s best bits, leaving you time to snuffle out a few hidden spots of your own.

Perhaps it might be easier to compile a brief rundown of things you can’t do in Antalya – such are your options here. Hike to waterfalls, thwack your way across many a verdant golf course, mooch the malls or tick off no end of everyday items. Then there’s the unique treasures Antalya’s hiding. Where to start? We’d suggest the mountain of fire…

Food & Drink

Mall life has brought Antalya many joys. Not least the chance to take a global tour of fast food chains. But look closely enough in the shopping behemoths and you’ll find Turkish bakeries quietly serving carb-packed wonders. Then there’s the fine dining, coffee houses, socialite hang outs and waffle-slinging al fresco spots you’ll never want to leave.

Guides & Tips

It’s fair to say Antalya sprawls. And, unluckily for the time poor among us, there’s a lot packed into a whopping amount of acreage. What to do? Keep your spontaneous side on the down low and pick and choose from our handpicked must dos. We’ll point you towards Antalya’s best bits, leaving you time to snuffle out a few hidden spots of your own.

See & Do

Perhaps it might be easier to compile a brief rundown of things you can’t do in Antalya – such are your options here. Hike to waterfalls, thwack your way across many a verdant golf course, mooch the malls or tick off no end of everyday items. Then there’s the unique treasures Antalya’s hiding. Where to start? We’d suggest the mountain of fire…

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