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Destinations you can visit from Linz Airport
Touristic and diverse cultural traditions based on a colourful history naturally blend in with each other in Antalya. The combination of historic sights and attractions and a variety of entertainment offers make the Turkish seaside resort an attractive holiday destination. Relaxation-seekers and sports enthusiasts feel right at home on Antalya’s beaches. What’s more, the large city by the Mediterranean Sea is a great destination for families. Hotel facilities with special family rooms and an attractive value-for-money ratio create a perfect infrastructure for them.
The best part: With 300 days of sunshine, you’ll enjoy summer feeling year-round.
Holidays in Antalya
The gateway to the Mediterranean Coast
Did you know that Antalya was an important seaport during the Roman Age? Many architectural vestiges still tell of this fascinating historical period – among them, Hadrian’s Gate built in honour of the Roman emperor visiting Antalya in 130. Hidirlik Tower from the second century boasts a stunning view of the harbour. From there, you can see the numerous yachts in the old harbour and the beaches now seamed with big hotels.
Kaleiçi, Antalya’s old town, is located on a hill – and that’s where you’ll find the 38-metre-tall fluted minaret of Yivliminare Mosque. Centuries-old and lovingly restored houses seam the narrow alleys of the old town. If you would like to go on a historic journey of exploration, you’ll find an extensive collection of artefacts and information at Antalya Museum – from many different time periods up until early prehistory. Impressive witnesses of the past are ruins like the Theatre of Aspendos or the astonishing Greco-Roman Perge Theatre located just outside of the city.
The city’s two main beaches are the popular Konyaalti shingle beach and the sand beach of Lara. On Kleopatra beach near Antalya, the Egyptian ruler of the same name is said to have bathed more than 2,000 years ago already. The beautiful lagoon near Ölüdeniz with its chalk-white sandy beach and green pine forests is well-worth visiting, too. Because the water sparkles in all shades of blue here, it’s also known as the Blue Lagoon. Another wonderful beach in a stunning location can be found in the nearby Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi).
Wind-surfing enthusiasts get their money’s worth on Calis Beach. Other popular outdoor activities include golf, diving and hiking – fans of the latter should visit the 500-kilometre Lycian Way.
By the way: Antalya in southern Turkey is considered the gateway to the Mediterranean Coast, and the stretch of land on which it is located is also called the Turquoise Coast due to its stunning blue waters.
Popular sights and attractions
- Düden Waterfalls: a river and a touristically well-developed 15-metres-tall group of waterfalls near the sandy beach of Lara
- Hadrian’s Gate: gate which commemorates the Roman emperor’s visit to the city in 130
- Konyaalti Beach: a long shingle beach and one of Antalya’s two primary beaches
- Antalya Museum: an exhibition of Anatolia’s astounding history
- Kusunlu Waterfalls: natural spectacle with wild lianas, old trees and ice-blue water
Ideal time of travel
Between May and September, most travellers visit Antalya because that’s when there’s plenty of sunshine. Dry and warm on the beach, cool and refreshing in the water – what more could you ask for? In July and August, temperatures climb even higher which might make tourists break a sweat. In November and December, an international film festival is held in Antalya – one of its most important local events.