The city of Antalya located on the Mediterranean coast has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists looking for holidays to Turkey. With lots of churches, mosques, sunny beaches and festivals it really does have a lot to do and see. So here are the top things to do in Antalya.
Why not set aside some time in Antalya to sit down and have a picnic next to the Duden Waterfalls. With its surrounding gardens and hidden cave behind the falls, makes it a fabulous place and relaxing place to be. There are restaurants, boardwalks and picnic tables set up around the gardens, famous with the locals, so is also a good way to catch a bit of the locals way of life. This is a good chance to get away from all the main tourist areas and enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in Antalya.
Konyaalti Beach is one of the two main beaches that Antalya has to offer, stretching across 7km from the nearby cliffs all the way to the Beydağları Mountains. The mountains give this beach spectacular scenery to look at while relaxing on the beach and in the summer they become so clear they look close enough to touch. Make sure you bring your towel and swimming trunks; because you will always find a place to sun bathe while your kids get involved in the water sports such as Banana boats and Jet-skis. Surrounding the beach are lots of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels.
Not only is this a canyon but has also been a national park since 1973, the canyon stretches over 14km along the Kopru River and is 400 metres deep in some places. Why not enjoy a walk through the canyon along the route set out passing through forests and over waterfalls. In the rest area of the park a few fish restaurants can be found with trout as the specialty.
Visit the Antalya Museum
Why not grab some history and culture of the city in a prize winning way, the museum of Antalya won the “European council special prize” in 1988. It has 13 different exhibition halls and an open air gallery, with 5000 works of art that are exhibited, and cover over 2,500 years of Anatolian history. It is known to be one of the biggest and most important museums in Turkey. With the adults entrance fee only being 15Lira, and open from 9am-7.30pm all week apart from Mondays.
Enjoy a Turkish Bath
Why not relax at a Turkish bath in Antalya and at the same time catch a glimpse at locals joining in on a Turkish tradition that has been around for centuries. Spending time at a local bath will leave you feeling more natural than ever, with its steam rooms, and even a private masseur. As this is a social Turkish tradition why not join in with the chat, sit around with your friends or family with a cup of apple tea and enjoy your experiences or arrange your holiday. If you are wondering what to wear, put on your swimming costumes and don’t be shocked when the locals wear nothing but a towel as this is custom in Turkey. If you are female and do not want a male masseur go on ladies day were it is just women, no males permitted.
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