"With our beautiful mix of boulevards and beaches we're the number one Mediterranean holiday resort in Turkey. After all, we've been attracting discerning holidaymakers for centuries."
The boulevard / beach combo is indeed attractive, but Antalya is so much more than that. It's a destination that caters for all tastes, from beach babes to those who like some history with their holiday. Throw in great food and even greater weather and you're on to a winner.
Cosmopolitan - Antalya is part of the ancient region of Pamphylia, meaning 'land of all tribes' and this cultural diversity can still be seen in its architecture, music and food.
The locals of Antalya welcome tourists with open arms – if you’re travelling with your family expect an especially warm welcome.
Antalya enjoys 300 days of sun a year, with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 15°C to a scorching summer high of 40°C. Winter brings the rainy season.
Try kulakli soup of chickpeas and small diced meat, tahinli piyaz - a dried-bean salad with sesame seeds or kabak tatlisi, pumpkin dessert with grape syrup and bergamot jam.
Celebrities flood into town for one of the many film and music festivals that are held here. Keep an eye out for red carpets and big cars with blacked-out windows.
The region's population is said to have bloomed when Greek refugees settled here after the Trojan War, around 1184 BC.
“It's this winning combination of sun, fun, cultural richness, and a conveniently located state-of-the-art international airport that has made Antalya the focal point of the Turkish Mediterranean.” – Frommer’s.
An ancient fortified tower, perfect for playing soldiers. Also offers stunning, panoramic views of the Gulf of Antalya.
There's no car access but you can park in nearby Hesapci Sk.
Folklore says the architect Sinan built this mosque to show his love for the daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire's longest-reigning sultan. Unfortunately she was already married to someone else.
Street parking is available on Tuzkapisi Sk.
Boasting an impressive 38-metre tower, this mosque is one of the oldest Islamic buildings in Antalya. Its blue-tiled minaret is a city landmark.
There's no car access, so park on the nearby Pasa Cami Sk.
The triumphal arches were built to celebrate the arrival of the bearded emperor in the city in 130 AD.
Park at Ataturk Cd or Clvelek Sk and then walk to the gate.
Few museums have a story as exciting as their artefacts. This one was created to save Antalyan treasures from Italian archaeologists who claimed to be removing them in the name of civilisation.
There is ample on-site parking.
These compact falls are a soothing place to relax and escape from the chaos of the big city.
Take the D400 east from Antalya to Manavgat, which is about 60 miles from Antalya.
Just 40 minutes' drive from Antalya are the rolling waves of the Mediterranean. Most of the beach here is shingle but you can find sand near the marina and at Yörük Park.
Take the D400 south from Antalya to Kemer, which is only about 20 miles away.
Get some fresh air with some wholesome mountain activities. Hike, ski or climb in this impressive roaming range.
This range is about 100 miles north-east of Antalya. You'll need a map though, because the mazy route takes in the D400, D695, D340, D350 and D715.
Bliss out on the glorious sandy beach or, if you're feeling a bit more active, stretch your legs and go exploring in the nearby forest.
Take the D400 south from Antalya to Tekirova, which is about 27 miles.