The gentle sea, sunny days, chocolate tanning, gorgeous views, boats, yachts, smiles, comfort and delicious cuisine - all this is about a perfect beach holiday, about the Turkish Riviera with the best resorts and azure shores. Travellizy Team will tell you about unforgettable beach holidays in Turkey.
The best resorts of the Turkish Riviera
A part of the country's coastline with the most developed tourist infrastructure is conventionally called the Turkish Riviera. This concept includes the shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, resort cities of the provinces of Mugla and Antalya.
Antalya is both the most famous resort on the Turkish Riviera and a whole province. The city has two best beaches in the country: sandy Lara and pebble Konyaalti. In addition to relaxing on the coast, tourists can walk around the historic center, look for ancient sights, climb observation platforms, walk in park areas with exotic plants and go for colorful shopping.
The coast of Antalya is mostly rocky, so many hotels do not have direct access to the sea, making their beaches in the shape of pantones. Some hotels built lifts and stairs to the water. Others offer a free shuttle to the beach and back.
The resort region of Antalya includes Side, Kemer, Alanya and Belek.
- Side Resort
An excellent choice for combining beach and sightseeing holidays is the resort of Side. It is also called an open-air museum, because historical sights are located here side by side with beach areas. Travelers are fond of water sports: skiing, motorcycles, diving and fishing. Going on an excursion, tourists must visit the ancient city of the same name and the Manavgat Waterfall.
Relaxing for two in a 4-star hotel will cost from € 500. The beach season in Side lasts from March to October. The resort area also includes the villages of Cholakly, Sorgun, Kizilot, Kumkoy and Kyzylagach.
- Kemer Resort
Tourists come to Kemer to enjoy the view of the mountains, picturesque natural oases and ancient monuments. The resort almost merges with the city of Antalya and becomes its continuation. Travelers will find here first-class service and a comfortable seaside holiday. Kemer's beaches are pebbly, which can be inconvenient for vacationers with children. Some hotels equipped sandy beaches, but the seabed is still pebbly.
Kemer offers two guests to rest in a 4-star hotel from € 550 for 8 days. The largest number of tourists comes from May to October. The villages of Goynuk, Beldibi, Camyuva, Kiris and Tekirova are included in the resort area of Kemer.
- Alanya Resort
For family holidays, travelers choose Alanya with sandy beaches, interesting architecture, harmoniously integrated into the picturesque landscape of the Taurus Mountains.
Tourists have fun, when they go diving, rafting, mountaineering and yachting. In the evenings, many go to the nightclubs Havana or Robin Hood. Children will be interested in visiting the Dolphinarium or the Aquapark.
An 8-day stay in a 4-star hotel for 2 adults will cost € 600 on average. The duration of the tourist season is from early May to late September. The resort area of Alanya also includes neighbouring resorts Avsallar, Konakli, Incekum, Okurcalar and Mahmutlar.
- Belek Resort
Belek is an expensive, modern and respectable resort with the cleanest coastline and luxury hotels. It is Turkey's premier golf resort with mountains and long sandy beaches. Vacationers are invited to go rafting, mountaineering, water sports.
From here, it is only 30 minutes to Antalya with its interesting Old City. Another advantage is proximity of the ancient cities: Side, Perge and Aspendos. Tourists are happy to visit The Land of Legends theme park.
All inclusive residing cost for 2 adults starts at € 2000 for 8 days. The tourist season lasts from May to September.
- Bodrum Resort
It is impossible not to mention Bodrum, the best resort of the Turkish Riviera in the province of Mugla. It is also known as Turkish Ibiza. There is a vibrant nightlife with a lot of entertainment. And the town itself is very beautiful with white houses, authentic streets, a huge embankment with yachts, clubs and restaurants. The resort attracts tourists with many bays, beautiful sandy and pebble beaches surrounded by gardens and groves. Some of them have the Blue Flag, which is awarded for a clean ecological environment.
Around the peninsula, there are small islands with clean, deserted shores, where tourists often go to sunbathe and enjoy solitude.
A vacation in Bodrum will cost from € 580 for two vacationers. The bathing season at the resort lasts from June to September.
How to get to Antalya resorts from the airport
Antalya International Airport https://www.antalya-airport.aero/anasayfa welcomes almost all guests of the Turkish Riviera. From the airport, thrifty tourists use public transport to get to the Antalya bus station. Buses run from the bus station to any resort town on the coast. Travelers often pay for the hotel transfer. Sometimes the transfer is already included in the price. Many people prefer a taxi. For example, a taxi from the airport to Alanya will cost € 52, to Kemer - € 28, to Belek and Side - € 32.
Where to stay on the coast
On the coast, tourists are offered 3 main types of housing:
- All-inclusive beach hotels. Most often, every hotel has its own part of the beach with a well-thought-out entertainment infrastructure.
- City hotels with accommodation services and a tourist set of services. Guests of this type of accommodation use urban paid beaches or public ones.
- Apart hotels will delight you with the presence of a kitchen, there is often a swimming pool, laundry, gyms.
What to see
Once satisfied with a beach holiday, vacationers go sightseeing. After all, the Mausoleum in Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, is located here. You find here the ruins of the ancient cities: Olympos, Side, Termessos. The birthplace of Nicholas the Wonderworker is in Patara, and the city of Demre is the place of his service. You can also visit Castle of St. Peter in Bodrum.
Travelers have no time to get bored, because the region is the center of Turkish paragliding, diving and rafting. Many tourists are attracted by the 500 km hiking trail of the Lycian Way. Others choose multi-day cruises along the coast on Turkish gulets.
For the record
In a private house or a mosque, you must definitely take off your shoes and leave them at the entrance. If the mosque is crowded, you can take your shoes in a bag with you.
Bargaining in Turkey is a special ritual that will delight sellers and buyers, if not taken too seriously, but as a playful game.
In the country, it is forbidden to take pictures of the local population, especially women in black scarves.
Drinking alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the streets. In some establishments, alcohol is excluded from the menu during religious holidays.
Travellizy Team knows for sure that you can do everything you want in Turkey! Get a bronze tan. Explore historic sites. Feel the breeze on the beaches of the Turkish Riviera. And all this is at surprisingly affordable prices. Haven't you rested in Turkey yet? Now is the time!