Glamour and luxury define the harbour city of Antalya, aka the centre of the Turkish Riviera. This quickly growing region is home to upmarket resorts, boutique hotels and a bay filled with glittering yachts. Lara, in the east part of the city, is where you'll find most of the best hotels, while Old Town (Kaleici) is characterised by lovely architecture, meandering streets and hole-in-the-wall cafes. If you're after ancient ruins, natural wonders, stunning beaches, top-notch hotel options, and cheap and delicious food, consider planning a trip to Antalya.
Antalya is an eight to ten-hour drive south of Istanbul, in the southwest part of Turkey. You can get a cheap flight from the capital to Antalya Airport, or you can do the journey by bus. Many visitors hop on a boat from Rhodes, Greece, docking in Marmaris and then taking the bus overground from there.
It's not just the rich and famous that are drawn to Antalya; culture vultures, nature lovers and history buffs alike will also feel right at home here. Originally settled by the Attalid dynasty back in 200 BC, Antalya has countless important historic landmarks to explore, like the centuries-old Hadrian's Gate and the 13th-century Yivli Minare Mosque, also known as the Alaaddin Mosque.
When it comes to natural beauty, there's no shortage of that either. The verdant Taurus Mountain range surrounds the city, adding a scenic backdrop to any photo. And pristine beaches like the sandy Lara Beach and the ancient Phaselis bay are a haven for sun-worshippers and keen swimmers. Not far away, about 10km from the city centre, are the impressive Duden Waterfalls, which cascade from the cliffs into the sea.