Over the last few years, Turkey has become a major big-hitter in the tourism business, and it’s no wonder, with so many beautiful resorts to choose from and the low cost of package holidays.
Antalya is a beautiful city and resort all rolled into one, with the added bonus of having its own airport. I’ve traveled around Turkey a lot, and a short transfer to resort is a rarity, so Antalya scores points.
There are many cheap flights available, with added extras available to make life easier, whilst saving money at the same time. Airport taxis can be expensive and stressful, so I’ve become a convert of airport parking. The convenience of traveling to the airport in my own car, and knowing it’s ready for me on my return is priceless, but thankfully the cost is very low! I’ve recently tried Gatwick Airport parking, and found it great value. This service is available from most UK airports, with Manchester Airport parking offering fantastic rates.
Once you land in Antalya, you’ll find it easy to get around, and that’s a bonus as there’s plenty to see and explore. The dolmus is your friend – the local minibus that runs around the main streets cheaply.
Turkey, for me, is about the beaches, with some beautiful ones to sun-bake yourself on. Antalya has two main beaches, and if you’re after sand, I’d suggest heading to Lara Beach, with many facilities and water-sports to keep everyone occupied.
Speaking of water-based activities, one suggestion and definite must do, is a boat-trip. For acceleration of that tan, it’s a great day out, but the coastal scenery is truly beautiful and needs to be seen – remember that camera!
For fans of culture and architecture, Antalya won’t disappoint, and a day exploring the city will leave you with your culture fix. There are many examples of Roman history around, but for something a little more informative, head to Antalya Museum.
If you’re like me, you’ll be keen for a spot of retail therapy, and the markets and bazaar are perfect for souvenir shopping. Haggle, haggle, haggle is the name of the game, and although it might feel odd at first, you’ll come away with many bargains, so it’s certainly worth it!
Night-time brings about a change in the pace, as the lights brighten and the noise cranks up. Night-life is vibrant and varied, so if you want to party, you’ll have plenty of opportunities, however if you fancy something a little more sedate, there are plenty of quieter bars and restaurants to chill-out in. I’d certainly recommend trying some Turkish cuisine in a traditional restaurant, as the food is simply divine, not to mention very cheap! If that’s not for you however, don’t worry, as there are plenty of international menus around, so nobody will go hungry.
Antalya is a great choice for an all-round destination. Cut the cost of travelling, not to mention stress levels, by taking advantage of low cost extras, such as airport parking. Another suggestion, especially if you have an early flight, is booking into an airport hotel prior to travelling. I did this recently and found the whole travel experience more enjoyable because of it. I stayed at one of the Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport, and there’s many to choose from, all at great rates, so check them out for yourself.
Turkey offers many fantastic resorts for a holiday to remember, and Antalya is one with added extras thrown in for good measure.