Good looks are in the Antalya area’s genes. This region, in Turkey’s south-west corner, boasts a 400-mile sweep of white-sand beaches and secluded coves. And the coast is backed by olive groves, avocado plantations and the pine-clad Taurus Mountains.
Over the years, nature has been given a helping hand, and the Antalya area is now one of Turkey’s most upmarket regions. In fact, it’s often referred to as the Turkish Riviera. In resorts like Side, the coastline is complemented by a yacht-filled marina and avenues of designer boutiques. In Belek, immaculate golf courses sidle up to the sand. And in Lara Beach and Kemer, hotels come with a luxury label.
For all the Antalya area’s glamour, it’s easy to experience the region’s traditional side. In Antalya town, for example, the backstreets are brimming with bazaars, Ottoman architecture and restaurants serving up sizzling kebabs. Elsewhere, Side has its fair share of historical sites. The Roman baths, Byzantine basilica and Temple of Apollo are just the start of the story here.