If you want to make your vacation in Antalya Turkey sporty and active, you have many options. Whether in the water when diving, surfing, kitesurfing and rafting, in the air with paragliding or in nature when hiking, mountain biking or quad biking, you will definitely get your money’s worth. Here you get an overview of what you could do.
A popular holiday destination is Antalya in Turkey. The big city is located in the south of Turkey, directly on the Mediterranean. Since there are long sandy beaches, this region is also called the Turkish Riviera. The best travel times are April, May, September and October. These months offer good opportunities for swimming due to the pleasant temperatures, but also to explore the city and the surrounding area. The months of June, July and August are simply too hot and not always pleasant for a vacation, while the autumn and winter months and early spring are too cool and sometimes too wet for a vacation.
In Antalya you will find many hotels in different price ranges, but also cheap guest houses and apartments. Antalya offers you enough opportunities to simply relax from everyday life and let your mind wander. The long white sandy beaches invite long walks, but you can also lie in the sun or swim in the sea. However, that’s not all, because the city has some sights and offers many opportunities for activities and trips.
A vacation in Antalya would be incomplete if you didn’t explore the sights of the city. You can reach the sights on foot or by public transport, you don’t always have to take the rental car. One of these sights is the Hadrian’s Gate, which dates back to the Roman era. The two-stage, 14-meter-high Hidirlik tower also dates from the time of the Romans. Near this tower is the Kesik minaret, which was part of a mosque that has since been destroyed. The Ulu Mosque with the Yivli Minaret is a large complex. This minaret, together with the rather simple mosque, is the symbol of Antalya.
Antalya has many museums on various topics, with testimonials from the past. The Archaeological Museum is particularly worth seeing. There are many cafes, restaurants and shops in the city, so you can always relax in between. The old town district Kaleici offers a lot of shopping possibilities, of course you can also try to haggle there. Do not forget to visit the old port of Antalya, it invites you to stroll and offers the spontaneous opportunity for boat tours in the surrounding area.
If you just want to enjoy the sun and relax from everyday life, Antalya offers you two beautiful sandy beaches. Konyaalti beach is 8 km long and extends from a serpentine to the commercial port. There are bistros and beach cafes everywhere on the beach. On the beach you have the opportunity to meet many locals. The beach park, which is located on the beach, has many restaurants and bars as well as top-class entertainment. Sometimes you can experience live music there.
The Lara beach has a length of 10 km and also offers many bistros and restaurants. If you have the courage, you can experience bungee jumping there and, attached to a rubber rope, jump from a 40-meter-high tower into the depths. There are shops and amusement parks on the beach, and there is live music on the weekends. On the beaches you can not only enjoy the sun and bathe, but you also have the opportunity to go snorkeling and jet skiing.
Last but not least, nightlife in Antalya is not neglected. There are many bars, especially in the old town district of Kaleici, and you can also dive into the nightlife at the harbor. In the numerous clubs in Antalya you can turn night into day with music and dance. Meet many locals there and immerse yourself in the full life and culture.
Summer in Antalya lasts eight to nine months, with a scorching summer heat in July and August. Even if these maximum temperatures of more than 40 degrees are merciless, the fresh breezes that blow from the Mediterranean and the eastern north winds from the inland are a real relief. The cool breeze that blows from the Mediterranean, as well as the soft west wind, which is known as “Dokkun”, cool the city, especially in the evening, and have a refreshing effect.
There is a Mediterranean climate on the Turkish Riviera and thus in Antalya. Thus, the temperatures in winter are around 15 degrees Celsius rather spring-like, with rainfall occurring up to 14 days a month. The rainiest months are December, January and February. During the summer time, temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius prevail in Antalya, where the drought dominates and the sun shines for up to 12 hours a day. During this time, the water heats up to 27 degrees Celsius.
A day visit to the Duden waterfall, Scuba diving and Horse safari is the most popular day trip and activities to take from Antalya. Also Boat trips to various sights are offered from the harbor Antalya.
Castle: Since Antalya’s foundation, 2,200 years ago, the city has experienced a lot. Its rich history is reflected in the streets of the old town. The old town district Kaleici, located above the cliffs, houses most of the sights in downtown Antalya. Buildings of the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans stand close together. Of course there are also shopping streets, a bazaar, cafes, bars and restaurants.
The air usually has a temperature of more than 20 ° C already from April and the good weather lasts until November. The winter months alone are not necessarily recommended for a holiday in this region, because during this time there is a lot of precipitation and it can get quite cold, especially at night.
Most Popular Activities & Tours in Antalya. There is also a wide range of family-friendly activities at the water sports schools, from water skiing to introductory courses in surfing and kiting. The Aegean coast is more suitable for wind-dependent sports. The good wind conditions and the many small islands make the region a real sailing or surfing paradise. An experience is a so-called “Blue Voyage” on a traditional sailing boat (“Gulet”), which is offered off the Lycian and Aegean coasts. Surfers will find the best conditions at Cesme and in the region around Marmaris and Fethiye.
The Turkish Riviera between Kemer, Antalya and Alanya is very popular with divers. The Turkish waters are also worth seeing under the water surface. Shipwrecks, dolphins, manta rays and seals delight divers as well as caves and underwater canyons.
You can take diving courses at various diving schools, regardless of whether you are a beginner or advanced, and complete them with an internationally valid certificate.
Snorkelers and divers also get their money’s worth on the beaches near Bodrum on the Aegean. The so-called “Big Reef” and the “Smal Reef” are located directly in front of Bodrum. Here you can see moray eels and octopuses, groupers and prickly marrows and you can see up to 40 meters in the clear water.
The Taurus Mountains are also ideal for kayaking or dinghy rides. A popular river is, for example, the Kopru Cay near Antalya. Enjoy white water waves and rapids of any size and enjoy the spectacular view of the Taurus Mountains and the surrounding national park at Köprülü Canyon. As a canyoning fan, you can also try it out and explore the canyon. Another popular river for rafting or kayaking is the Alara between Alanya and Side. The Dalaman between Fethiye and Marmaris is also known and popular with active holidaymakers for these water sports.
The Taurus Mountains near the southern coast are a popular travel destination for hiking and mountain bike excursions. You can discover mountain slopes with pine forests, waterfalls and interesting rock formations here. The mountain slopes of the Taurus Mountains can be reached quickly from Side, Antalya and Kemer.
If you have a lot of experience in hiking, you should not miss the Lycian long-distance hiking trail. On the coast from Antalaya to Fethiye, the hiking trail runs over 500 kilometers and gives you wonderful views of the mountains, fascinating cliffs and picturesque bays.
In autumn and spring, the volcanic landscape of Cappadocia is also a very fascinating hiking area. The Rose Valley area is near the Goreme National Park. The place was named Rose Valley because of the many pink rock formations that enchant the travelers. An easy walk path leads through Rose Valley to the so-called red gorge. Starting from Kayseri, numerous hiking tours are offered. The Ihlara Valley in the southwest of Cappadocia also offers a fairytale backdrop and is ideal for hiking. It houses 50 rock churches and numerous cave structures. The route is about 15 kilometers long and goes up to 150 meters deep into the gorge. On these hiking trails you can get to know the great landscape of Cappadocia from new perspectives far away from the large number of tourists.
You can glide down from the Baba mountain from 1900 meters or jump from the Asaz mountain near Kas from 1000 meters. At Alanya you can also take the thrill and book a tandem paraglider flight. As a souvenir, you will then receive many great photos that your pilot took during the flight.
You can take quad tours through the Taurus Mountains from most of the holiday resorts on the Turkish Riviera and the Aegean. You will receive a safety briefing and many tips for driving the quad in advance. Then it can go. Enjoy driving with the rather unusual means of transportation and discover the sometimes rough landscape of the Taurus Mountains with its beautiful dunes, pine forests and spectacular rocks. Maybe take a few breaks to swim, take photos or enjoy the view. Quad tours are also offered in the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia.
If for you the luck of the earth is on the back of a horse, you will also get your money’s worth in Turkey. You can book a riding holiday near Antalya or between Kemer and alanya. But there are also plenty of opportunities in the popular holiday areas, for example on the Turkish Riviera, Lycian coast or the Turkish Aegean. Riding holidays in Cappadocia are very special, where you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the landscape from a horse. Similar to mountain biking or hiking, you can explore paths off the beaten track on horseback.