It’s beautiful, hot, sunny, and just a short flight from the UK, Antalya in Turkey offers newly weds the perfect honeymoon escape.
Whilst many couples look to faraway tropical islands for their honeymoon, there are perfect places for an unforgettable time away together closer to home. Antalya in Turkey is one of these ideal locations, where you can be sure of great weather, stunning surroundings, and as much luxury and relaxation as you and your new spouse can handle…
How to Get There
Antalya has its own airport, so after just over four hours flying time, you are a short taxi ride away from your hotel. The airport is serviced by regular international flights, so getting there is affordable and easy. Low cost airlines easyJet also fly to Antalya from three locations in the UK. Direct flights to the resort run from several major UK airports, including Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and London Airports.
Luxury Honeymoon Hotels
When you’re on honeymoon, you deserve the best. If you only splash out on luxury accommodation for holiday in your lifetime, this is the time to do it. Antalya has more than eighty 5-star hotels to choose from. Start your honeymoon in style with private transport from Antalya Airport, then spend a couple of days in each other’s company in the most luxurious hotel you can afford. One of the top choices in the resort is 5 star Ramada Plaza Antalya Hotel, located just a short walk from the Old Town centre. Set on a cliff edge, with stunning views overlooking the ocean, facilities include a spa, indoor and outdoor pool and direct access to the sea from the terrace.
Why Choose Antalya for your honeymoon?
Once you’ve fully recovered from the wedding, head out of the hotel and explore the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape. Legend says that King Attalos II of Pergamon sent his soldiers on a quest to find ‘Heaven on Earth’. When they found this glorious stretch of coastline, they declared their mission complete. And it’s not hard to see why. Golden sands contrast with the vibrant turquoise sea, against the backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. If you have the time, take a trip a little further inland to the majestic waterfalls of the Kurşunlu Nature Park. Antalya itself is built around a bay, so if you get tired of walking, you can pull up a chair at one of the many bayside bars and restaurants and watch the yachts coming and going.
Explore the area’s rich history, by taking a walk along the Lycian Way. This 320 mile long path, running from Antalya to Fethiye, gives access to ancient ruins, and stunning coastline you can’t reach by road.
Kaleci is the old centre of Antalya, populated with well preserved old red roofed Turkish and Greek houses, accessed through narrow winding streets. Check out the Roman clock tower and 13th century minaret, before hoping on the tram that runs down to the beach and to the Antalya Museum, one of the best collections of ancient artifacts in Turkey.
What to Do in Antalya
For a quick tour of the area, you can hire a car and take day trips to ancient sites, such as the classical ruins at Perge and Aspendos. Or travel by sea and get around the coast on a laid back gulet tour (a wooden sailboat), accessing sheltered remote coves.
While you’re in the area, visit the small village of Cirali, home of the loggerhead turtle breeding ground. In the Spring the females drag themselves up the beach in the dead of night to lay their eggs. By the full moon in the first week of September the eggs hatch and the baby turtles make their way down the beach towards the relative safety of the sea. You’re unlikely to witness these magical events in person, but pay a visit to the beach anyway as it is a great example of a strict conservation programme run by locals and backed by WWF.
The best beaches in the Antalya region are Konyaalti, a stunning beach with nearby restaurants and cafes, Patara, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and Phaselis on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. And for a bit of fun, head to Lara beach, home to world’s biggest sandcastle competition from May 20th to Oct 20th, where contestants create magnificent sculptures from just sand and water. This lively beach offers find fine golden sands, plenty of beach activities and water sports, and beach clubs and restaurants. If you’re looking for a little nightlife during your honeymoon, it’s the place to be.
With its warm climate and even warmer welcome, Antalya is the ideal honeymoon destination for newlyweds looking to mix relaxation with sightseeing and entertainment.