Delightfully set on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coastline, compare holidays to Antalya and prepare to visit a booming resort that is the gateway to the country’s Turquoise Coast. With a rich history and oodles of natural beauty, our holidays to Antalya from Manchester will help you enjoy the very best of a destination known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.
Antalya was dubbed the ‘most beautiful place on earth’ by the founder of Turkey, Atatürk, and you can discover why with holidays to Antalya. The resort offers a sweeping sandy beach and crystal waters, along with gorgeous weather and a fascinating old quarter.
The city has an ancient history that encompasses its founding around 150 BC, prosperity under Roman rule and an explosion of tourism in the 21st century. Landmarks that attest to Antalya’s intriguing past include Hadrian’s Gate, built in honour of the Roman emperor’s visit, 13th century Yivli Minare Mosque and 16th century Murat Paşa Mosque.
Learn more about the local area at one of Turkey’s largest museums, the Antalya Museum in Konyaaltı, or the significantly smaller yet still interesting Atatürk's House Museum. Outside of the city Side is an ancient Greek settlement that is one of Turkey’s most important classical sites, while the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos can both be visited in a single day, the latter offering a wonderfully intact amphitheatre.
Antalya’s natural allure is the foremost thing on many visitors’ minds, and the inherent beauty of the region is spectacular. The beaches such as Konyaalti beach are of course a huge draw, although there’s more than that; including the nearby Düden Waterfalls that plunge from a clifftop into the ocean, and can be reached by boat.
Boat trips are very popular in Antalya, and range from low-key cruises with plenty of stops to high-class sailing on a stylish yacht. If you prefer your water-based fun to be faster-paced then head inland to the village of Beskonak for some white water rafting, or maybe you'd rather hit the off-road tracks on a 4x4 safari.
Wander the streets of the old quarter, check out the local attractions and sample the charms of Turkish cuisine with holidays to Antalya from Manchester Airport.