If you haven't made it to the Turkish coast yet, this summer is the ideal time for a holiday in Antalya. Here you'll find both quiet beaches suitable if you're going with little ones, and luxurious beaches with exotic influences, but a little more crowded. Below is a full travel guide. Discover beaches with the finest sand, affordable hotels close to the beach and more!
Transport and accommodation
As Antalya is a resort famous for its resorts, many of them provide transport from the airport to your accommodation, so you won't have to worry about the journey.
Choose your accommodation according to what you want from your stay in Antalya. If you come with your family and have small children, we recommend you to stay in the Konyaalti beach area. It is 8 km from the city centre and you can also find affordable accommodation starting from about 100 lei/night. We recommend accommodation that will make you feel more relaxed than any other holiday! Sealife Family Resort Hotel is right by the sea and offers activities for the whole family: wellness centre, swimming pool with slide, snorkelling & diving equipment and kids club. Prices start from 700 lei/night if it is all-inclusive. Want to explore as much of Antalya as possible? Then stay in the centre to be as close as possible to the most popular beaches. Prices here also start from 100 lei/night.
Other accommodation recommendations:
- Antalya Suite Hotel & Spa - price starting from 350 lei per night with breakfast included (by the sea)
- Crystal Flora Beach Resort - Ultimate All Inclusive - price starting from 800 lei per night -All inclusive (seaside)
- Elysium Green SuitesSe - price starting from 700 lei per night -Breakfast &cina included (at the seaside)
- Best Western Plus Khan Hotel - price starting from 500 lei per night -Breakfast &cine included(in the city centre)
- Crowne Plaza Antalya, an IHG Hotel - price starting from 700 lei per night -Breakfast &cina included (at the seaside)
Top Antalya Beaches
Konyaalti Beach is among the largest beaches in Antalya, stretching for 7 km. From sandy areas to rocky views, it's a beautiful beach with clear, calm water. Access is free to all areas, and prices for umbrellas or sunbeds start from 10 lei. You can get here by tram or bus (2-4 lei/person) from the city centre in about 10 minutes. The best time to visit is between 16:00-19:00 when the sun is not so bright and the area is less crowded. You can find restaurants and cafes around even with children's menus.
Lara Beach is located in the east of the Old Town of Antalya, so about 20 km from today's city centre. Like Konyaalti Beach, Lara Beach is among the largest beaches in Antalya. The sand here is much finer and golden. The turquoise-tinged waters will take you to southern Italy, as the beach is known as a luxurious and select one. The view and its beauty will surely convince you to spend at least a day there. Access is free and prices for sunbeds and umbrellas start from 5-10 lei. From the city centre you can get here by bus (5 lei/person) or by taxi for 30-50 lei.
Mermerli Beach is located right in the centre of town along a cliff that creates a special landscape. Once you've descended the stairs, an absolutely gorgeous landscape awaits you with clear blue and the finest sand. The beach is narrow, so it has become quite a select area. Access costs about 20 lei and includes sun lounger, umbrella, access to showers and bathroom.
Suluada lies in the westernmost part of the Gulf of Antalya and is long considered the Maldives of Antalya. Why? Because you'll find both turquoise water, fine white sand and volcanic rocks and fairytale bays. The locals believe that the water here has a sealing effect.
It is actually an uninhabited island full of interesting caves. For a day here you'll need a boat tour that leaves from Adrasan and costs around 100 lei person. More details here.
Side resort has 2 large and wide beaches. They are suitable for all types of tourists, with variously landscaped areas. Take into account that there are also areas allocated to hotels in the area. The beaches of Side are also a good choice for those who prefer sports, with various options such as: skijet, surfing, volleyball, parasailing, snorkelling or diving.
Kaputas Beach is not only famous in the Antalya area, but it is also considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Turkey.
Under steep cliffs hides a bay that can be reached by descending 187 steps. And yes, it's worth it! Once you're at the bottom, you'll be amazed by 150 meters long of paradise. Turquoise water, fine sand, a true oasis hidden among the rocks. The entrance on the beach is freeOnly sun loungers and umbrellas are available for a fee.
You can also get here by day cruise ships, which can also visit the famous caves in the area. One of the most famous is Blue Cave. It can also be reached on foot from the beach.
What to do in Antalya - Activities
For tourists who cannot stay only in the resort, we have prepared some ideas for activities:
If you're holidaying in Antalya, it would be a shame not to visit one of the world's largest aquariums: the Antalya Aquarium. With a long underwater tunnel, themed exhibits, some of the rarest species and more, it's a surprising and educational experience. Tickets start from around 30 euro for adults and 20 euro for children. The location is about 5 km from the city centre. By tram you will take about 20 minutes for about 2 lei per person.
The port of Antalya is in the vicinity of Konyaalti beach and consists of a modern and an old part, linked to the founding of the city in 860. It was a naval base for Arab conquests.
It is now a perfect area for nightlife, being filled with restaurants, bars and pubs. From here you can also take various cruises around the world.
Antalya Archaeological Museum
Once here it is worth a visit to Archaeological Museum, especially as Turkish history is very rich and interesting. Due to its special architecture and impressive collections, it is considered one of the most beautiful museums in Turkey.
The museum can be visited daily from April to October between 08:30 - 18:45 and from October to April between 08:30 - 17:30, a ticket costs up to 15 lei person.
Visiting Managvat - Side
Lovers of ancient history should not miss Side resort in Managvat, 60 km from the centre of Antalya. Many choose to stay in this area, the most popular hotels being Bosphorus Sorgun Hotel, recommended for young couples or Pegasus Worldwhich has a water park.
Side is the former Roman province of Pamphylia, which is why there are numerous ruins all around, which can be visited for free, without being surrounded by fences and walls. There are two sites where access is by ticket, namely Host and Museum Side.
Side is also a perfect location for shopping, the area is full of shops and stalls with something for every taste.
Antalya is a tourist area, so the restaurants are bursting with all sorts of flavours - from Turkish to international cuisine. In the eastern area near Lara beach we recommend Seraser Restaurant for fine dining à la carte with prices between 10-90 lei per preparation. You will be able to taste Mediterranean, Italian, Asian and, of course, Turkish dishes. For those times when you're in the city centre and have no idea where to eat, try Ayar Meyhanesi Restaurant. You'll find mostly seafood and Turkish dishes with prices ranging from 10-200 lei per preparation. And for the western area at Konyaalti beach we recommend a restaurant with tasty and affordable food: Kaleici Meyhanesi. Prices vary between 10-80 lei per preparation.
Visit this pearl of Turkey this summer! The important thing is to book your tickets and accommodation early to get the most affordable prices. Enjoy this paradise and get ready by visiting the useful links below.