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A gem of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is a vibrant city that doubles as a paradise for vacationing families from all over Europe. The coast is sprinkled with enticing beaches, a myriad of budget-friendly and upscale hotels, and restaurants aplenty. And for those wanting a break from the all-inclusive poolside days, a wealth of intriguing ancient sites awaits nearby.

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Antalya Archeology Museum
Antalya Müzesi, Konyaaltı Caddesi 88, Muratpaşa/Antalya

The Antalya Archaeology Museum hosts a remarkable array of exhibits, from perfectly preserved Roman statues and impressive sarcophagi to remnants of the theatre in Perge. Nestled amongst the icons, discover a jawbone alleged to belong to Santa Claus, born in Patara and buried in Demre. The Museum also showcases a captivating collection of traditional folk costumes and exquisite rugs, further enriching your cultural exploration.

Yivliminare Mosque
Yivliminare Camii, Selçuk Mahalle, Muratpaşa/Antalya

The fluted minaret Yivliminare Mosque was built by the Sultan Ala ad-Din Kay Qubadh I in the 13th century. Decorated with dark blue tiles, is a landmark and symbol of the city. Just a stone's throw away lies the bustling city centre, along with an evocative equestrian statue of Kemal Atatürk, adding to the location's vibrant appeal.

Seraser Fine Dining
Selçuk, Paşa Cami Sokak 14, Muratpaşa/Antalya

Nestled in a 300-year-old mansion, Seraser Fine Dining restaurant presents a lush garden terrace that pleases all senses. This enchanting backdrop perfectly enhances the artistry of their culinary masterpieces, creating an overall dining experience that's hard to forget.

Vanilla Restaurant
Barbaros, Hesapçı Sokak 33, Muratpaşa/Antalya

The family-run Vanilla Restaurant is situated in Antalya's old city known as Kaleiçi and boasts elegant Ottoman architecture in a contemporary setting. Their modern menu revolves around Italian cuisine. The burrata salad comes highly recommended.

Old Bazaar
Balbey, 403 Sokak, Muratpaşa/Antalya

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the old bazaar, located just opposite the clock tower. A popular spot for locals, it offers an intriguing blend of everyday items and glittering gold. Here, not only can you shop for local and international textiles, gold and silver jewellery, and carpets, but you also get to participate in Turkey's rich tradition of bargaining. Remember, negotiation is expected, even encouraged. Take the time to explore: amidst the variety of leather goods, clothes, and other treasures, you'll be offered apple tea — a delightful Turkish custom. The charm of this bustling market, open even on holidays, goes beyond shopping; it's a window into the Turkish way of life.

5M Migros — Antalya Migros Shopping Center
Arapsuyu, Atatürk Bulvarı 3, Konyaaltı/Antalya

Antalya Migros Shopping Center stands as one of the largest malls in the region, boasting an impressive selection of over 128 high-quality boutiques and stores. From brand-name clothing and sparkling jewellery to intriguing books — the centre caters to diverse tastes. Enhance your shopping journey by catching a movie at the onsite cinema or take a break to savour a meal at the expansive food court.

Best Time to Visit

The optimum time to visit Antalya tends to be between April and September, when the Mediterranean Sea is deliciously warm. Peak summer months of July and August can get quite toasty. Yet, Antalya is blessed with great weather all year round. A trip slightly off-peak can prove rewarding, offering more beach elbow-room and potentially lower hotel rates.

Antalya Airport (AYT)
Antalya Havalimanı, Muratpaşa/Antalya

Antalya International Airport (AYT) is located 13 km (8 miles) northeast of Antalya city centre, and is used both for regular and charter flights. You will find the taxi stands in front of the arrival exits of all terminals. There is also a number of buses from the airport to central Antalya. The public shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes between Antalya Airport and Antalya bus terminal (Otogar). The trip to central Antalya takes about 15 minutes depending on the traffic situation.

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