Turkey is one of the most visited countries in the Asia or European region. Yes…it belongs to both, but still ranks as one of the best in both. The city of Antalya certainly helps Turkey with this reputation. It is a large city found on the beachfront area of the Mediterranean coastline. It is the most significant seaside resort town in the country.
Just a short distance by cheap flights from Istanbul, the city of Antalya is the perfect spot for a sun-soaked holiday, with a pinch of ancient tradition mixed in. Tourists can find an Antalya City Centre hotel around every corner of the downtown area, and most are quite comforting. While holidaying in the city, the activities offered are both exciting and relaxing, so visitors can take their pick, depending on their mood!
Excitement packed activities can be found across the city centre of Antalya. The shopping experience in the city centre is among the best in Turkey. There is nothing more exciting than bargaining a shop vendor down in price. The whole shopping experience has become a fun-filled activity for anyone. Even though haggling prices is not really practiced in the west, it is common in Turkey and yes, Antalya. Popular items to purchase include leather goods, including handbags, belts and shoes, and clothing goods.
Another exciting feature of the city centre is located at the edge of the central part of Antalya. The Dedeman Aquapark is one of the best water parks in the Middle East, and is a great place for thrills and spills during the summer weekends.
The night clubs in Antalya are generally pretty lively, although other cities in Turkey have a more renowned night life. Nevertheless, a great activity for excitement is certainly a night out on the town. Even the pubs are great places to meet people. The locals are extremely friendly, especially to tourists. There are a number of popular spots found throughout the city centre, and trying the Rika drink will add that extra bit of excitement to the night!
There are several exciting festivals worth experiencing when tourists reach the city centre of Antalya. The Golden Orange National Film Festival is one of the most exciting and important festivals in Turkey. In addition, the local Antalya Festival is filled with music, dancing, food and fun.
Many travellers come to the seaside town of Antalya for a bit or rest and relaxation. This is certainly possible when tourists spend part of the downtown holiday on the beaches of Antalya City Centre. Konyaalti Beach receives most visitors on the weekend, but it is quite large, leaving lots of space for everyone. Lara Beach is also available, and just a few minutes from the heart of this wonderful Turkish Mediterranean city.
What better way to relax than by touring the city by foot or bike. The old quarter is particularly popular for tours. In addition, there is a yacht or cruise tour of the city’s coastal edge. These are extremely busy in the late afternoon, as the sun sets over the mountains towards the west of the city, leaving spectacular views of orange, gold and red.
Relaxing with a nice drink and a plate of local food is possible in the central area of Antalya. Without a doubt, the food in the city is second to none, and with so many restaurants and cafés lining the streets, there is plenty of option available to visitors. The piyaz dish is one of the best local cuisines in the region, and shouldn’t be missed. An entire afternoon, evening and night can be spent sitting in an establishment, sipping beverages and tasting delectable cuisine.
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