They call it the Turquoise Coast, and with its gleaming seas and sweeping shores, the Antalya region certainly lives up to its name.

In southwest Turkey, the charming city of Antalya and the beaches that unfurl along the length of its coastline have become one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean. 

Here, ancient archaeological sites rub shoulders with action-packed waterparks, the stunning natural scenery is complemented by a rich, storied history and the sun shines all year round.

Travel to Antalya with Jet2holidays and you’ll find an impressive array of 4 and 5-star hotels and resorts to choose from, whether you’re looking for a self-catering or all-inclusive getaway. 

There’s a reason the Antalya region of Turkey is known as The Turquoise Coast

Ranging from luxurious retreats with vast lagoon-like pools to beachfront resorts where the whole family will enjoy an unforgettable getaway, Jet2holidays has picked out the best places to stay and packaged them up with flights and transfers.

There’s more, too. You have complete flexibility to choose the length of your ATOL-protected holiday, flights will depart from your local airport at convenient times and you’ll enjoy 22kg of baggage included. 

Not to mention Jet2holidays‘ family-friendly deals with free child places* and you can even secure your ideal holiday with an ultra-low £60pp deposit* and then pay monthly to spread the remaining cost.

And once you get to your chosen resort, don’t forget to ask your Jet2holidays in-resort customer helper for their tips and recommendations. They’re all on hand to share the best things to see and do in the local area.

Inspired by Antalya? Here are eight reasons why it should be your next holiday hot spot.

1. Dreamy beaches

From hidden coves to stretches of golden sands, there’s a beach for you on the Turquoise Coast

The Antalya region is known as the Turquoise Coast, so you can expect dazzling beaches as far as the eye can see. 

Some come with golden sands that stretch for miles while others are dotted with rocky outcrops lapped by waters of the clearest blue. 

East Beach is the perfect family spot, while lively West Beach is lined with hotels and thrill seekers can make a splash with the water sports on offer. 

From the shallow waters of stunning Cleopatra Beach to the lush backdrop at hidden Moonlight Park and Beach, there’s a spot in the sand for everyone.

2. Glorious golf courses

Antalya is a golfing paradise for fans of the sport

Antalya is a golfing paradise for fans of the sport

The golfing set is leading the charge in the discovery of Antalya. 

In the upmarket resort of Belek you’ll find 17 courses strung out along the coast and set among fragrant pines. 

The PGA European Tour Turkish Airlines Open has been hosted in Belek with big-name courses like Carya Golf Club and Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club, in the area as well as wonderful golf resorts where the whole family will be entertained. 

They come with everything from private beaches to water parks and gourmet cuisine to soothing spas, so even if golf isn’t your thing, you’ll still have a memorable holiday.

3. Natural beauty

Explore beyond the coast and you¿ll find everything from deep canyons to frothing rivers and caves to emerald-hued national parks

Explore beyond the coast and you’ll find everything from deep canyons to frothing rivers and caves to emerald-hued national parks

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, you’ll soon discover that Antalya is filled with natural riches. 

The Taurus Mountains beckon while the Duden Waterfalls emerge from a jungle-like landscape to cascade right into the Mediterranean Sea. 

Explore beyond the coast and you’ll find everything from deep canyons to frothing rivers and caves to emerald-hued national parks. 

Try white water rafting, rock climbing and canyoning, or simply explore by bike or on an energising hike.

4. Archaeological wonders

Ancient ruins abound in this historically important part of Turkey

Ancient ruins abound in this historically important part of Turkey

Antalya played a key role in both the Eastern Roman and the Ottoman Empires and the landscape is liberally sprinkled with remnants of its storied past. 

Famous for having repelled Alexander the Great, the ancient walled city of Termessos is set within a national park and its theatre, tombs and temples still stand, just waiting to be explored. 

Explore sites along the famous Lycian Way trekking trail and discover the ancient towns of Phaselis, Olympus, Demre, Side, Kekova and Xanthos-Letoon. 

Or take a trip to Perge, home to the mathematician Apollonius for a true journey back in time.

5. Fun-filled theme parks

Make a splash at one of the region's thrilling waterparks

Make a splash at one of the region’s thrilling waterparks

Make a splash with the whole family at the region’s thrilling theme and waterparks, where loop-the-loop rollercoasters meet water flumes, wave pools and surf simulators. 

Not to mention on-site restaurants for an energising snack and shows and entertainment the whole family will love.

From vertical drops to gentle slides, there’s something for everyone, from the smallest children to big kids looking for an adrenaline rush.

6. Old town charm

Enjoy a tranquil stroll around Antalya's old town, Kaleici

Enjoy a tranquil stroll around Antalya’s old town, Kaleici

The city of Antalya is a fantastic destination in its own right, a gleaming modern city wrapped around an historic core. 

The old town district of Kaleici means ‘within the castle’ referring to the fact this romantic tangle of streets and Ottoman houses is embraced by Roman walls. 

There’s a picturesque harbour of bobbing yachts, the clifftops offer panoramic views out to sea and to the mountains inland, and the Blue Flag city beaches are a delight. 

Plus, don’t miss Hadrian’s Gate, built in 130AD to commemorate a visit by the Roman emperor.

7. Sensational shopping 

In the Antalya area you'll find more than enough retail therapy to keep you happy

In the Antalya area you’ll find more than enough retail therapy to keep you happy

Who doesn’t love a spot of holiday shopping?

Getting to know local labels and picking up one of a kind souvenirs to take home is all part of the fun. 

And in the Antalya area you’ll find more than enough retail therapy to keep you happy. As well as modern malls with high street brands, you’ll find more traditional markets and bazaars.

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Antalya Bazaar where you can browse fresh food and spices, as well as clothing, alongside the locals. Don’t be afraid to barter and you could just bag a bargain.

At the Sultan Bazaar, once you’ve shopped ’til you’ve dropped, grab a bite to eat in one of its many cafés or go for a steam in the centre’s Turkish bath.

Even at the beach you could find that perfect holiday souvenir as small boutiques line the beachfront, selling handmade gifts, jewellery, silver and decorative kilim rugs. 

8. Amazing hotels

Whether you¿re looking for a boutique style hotel or a larger resort the whole family will love, you¿ll find it in Jet2holidays¿ carefully curated collection of hotels.

Whether you’re looking for a boutique style hotel or a larger resort the whole family will love, you’ll find it in Jet2holidays’ carefully curated collection of hotels.

The Turquoise Coast is the perfect setting for some of Turkey’s most impressive beachside hotels. 

These palm-fringed hideaways offer everything from glittering infinity pools to sumptuous spas and private beaches. 

Whether you’re looking for a boutique style hotel or a larger resort the whole family will love, you’ll find it in Jet2holidays’ carefully curated collection of hotels. 

All you have to do is decide whether you’re looking for a golf resort, a hotel with its own water park, elegant suites or perfect pools.

Antalya is fast becoming a star of the Mediterranean and with so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why. 

And with flights, transfers and 22kg baggage included when you book your escape to the Turquoise Coast with Jet2holidays, all the details are taken care of so you can just relax and enjoy every moment.

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