Places to go
One of the most popular areas of Antalya is the old quarter – known as ‘Kaleiçi‘ which consists of old ottoman houses which have been converted into hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops. This is a place you must visit on your trip to Antalya. There are daily boats trips from the award winning Marina area situated at the bottom of the hill.
The Beach is a great place to go anytime of year. There are all the usual watersports available as well as restaurants, snack bars and even a fairground in the Beachpark area.
Antalya also has a large Fairground / Amusement Park just opposite Migros Shopping Centre. This is a great place for adults and kids alike and they are adding rides all the time. A few of them look a bit scary, but the teenagers seem to love them. That is, if screaming at the top of your voice while upside down at 50 feet in the air is a sign of having a good time.
Things to see
Antalya has some great Museums, with the Archeological one in Konyaalti being the pick of the bunch; the amount of extremely well preserved artifacts is astonishing.
So far I have only been to the Lower Düden Waterfall in Lara, but I plan to go to the big one, Upper Duden, next year when my folks visit again.
Minicity is a park with highly detailed models of the famous buildings of Turkey. For only a 2 YTL entry fee you can have a fun family day there. There are places to eat in the complex, and there’s a playground next to the minicity park, so kids can amuse themselves there if model buildings don’t enthrall them. You get a booklet which gives you info about all the buildings, so you can really take your time and become familiar with them.
Turkish people take their Football very seriously. Antalya has a football team called Antalyaspor which is definitely worth going to see, even if its just to watch the crowd.
Antalya has a couple of Golf courses but the main place for Golf in the region is Belek. For those of you who are unaware, Belek is THE golf capital of Europe. With 11 professional courses all within 20 minutes drive of each other, it attracts Golfers from all over the world. With even more courses planned, Belek is an excellent place to invest in property.
The Antalya Region also has quite a few Horse Riding Centres. The horses are all well looked after, so if you are an enthusiast, or even a beginner, you will have a great time. Even young children can sit on the horses. There’s always a cafe or restaurant on site as well.
I love to Scuba Dive and I am certified, having completed my Advanced Open Water Certificate in the Maldives. Turkey is already a hot spot for scuba divers, and I believe that Side is going to be THE place to go Scuba Diving in the future.
So far I have not yet managed to go Skiing either, but I have read reports on the various forums on the internet that say how good it is in Saklikent ,which is only 30 minutes drive from the centre of Antalya. When the mountains next get some snow I will pay a visit with my camcorder to show that you can ski in the morning and then swim in the afternoon here in Antalya.
I love Waterparks because I am essentially a big kid at heart. I have been to the two large waterparks in Antalya and if I had to choose one I would go for the Düden one ahead of the Konyaalti Beachpark one, but they’re both really good.
Unfortunately I have not been on a Blue Voyage ride either. This is something I would love to do as it looks absolutely stunning. I first heard about the Gulet trips in Turkey when I was working in a Thomas Cook call centre in Scotland, and out of all the holidays I sold to people I thought that they looked the best. Check out my tour section for special archeological tours on the Gulet. Fun and educational at the same time!