Antalya offers two very long sand and shingle beaches on either side of the city, as well as fine white-sand beaches just a short drive away at Belek.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this 7km-long golden-sand and white-shingle beach framed between Antalya's cliffs and the towering Beydaglari Mountains to the west.
Konyaalti is fringed by a pleasant palm-edged boulevard lined with bars, restaurants, cafes and several upmarket hotels.
The eastern end of the beach features a wide, kilometre-long beach park (photo) featuring an aquarium, a children's playground, a water theme park (Aqualand), a paintball area and several ‘beach clubs’ that provide facilities (for a small fee) such as parasols, sun loungers, changing cabins, showers and toilets. Water sports include jet skiing, parasailing, water skiing, kayaks, sea biking and windsurfing.
After dark the beach clubs transform into stylish outdoor nightclubs. Come for a day or stay for a while at one of the nearby hotels, such as the luxurious Sheraton Voyager Antalya.
Konyaalti Beach is located to the west of the Old City.
Unwind on this long golden-sand and shingle beach that nestles between a tree-lined promenade and the inviting turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The beach stretches east from Antalya’s falez (cliffs) just past the Lower Duden Waterfalls, where several hotels also provide bathing platforms on the flat rocks.
Beach facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and changing cabins. The seafront promenade is lined with a choice of restaurants, cafes and several hotels including the Lara Beach Hotel. Aquapark’s flumes, dolphin shows and museum are just a stroll away.
Lara Beach is located 10km to the east of Antalya.
Discover one of the best beaches in Turkey – a 16km-long stretch of fine white sand fringed by shady pine trees and facing calm turquoise waters. Facilities including parasols and sun loungers for hire.
Showers, toilets and kids’ clubs are offered by several of the beachfront hotels. Water sports include riding pedalos (foot pedal boats), kayaking, dinghy sailing and parasailing.
Inland activities include horseback riding, cycling, tennis and golf. The Troy Aquapark and Dolphinarium offers a range of flumes as well as the opportunity to swim with dolphins.
Belek Beach is located on the south coast of Turkey, around 35km east of Antalya. The beach is known as a popular nesting place for loggerhead and green turtles.
Unwind on this picture-perfect, pale golden-sand and pebble beach that nestles between a pine forest and the calm turquoise waters of a small cove framed by rugged bush-clad mountains.
A small mountain stream flows across the beach from a rocky gorge. Go swimming, snorkelling or kayaking.
Come on a day trip or stay at the beachfront Olimpos Lodge, an upmarket resort where you can find a range of facilities, or stay at the less expensive Kadir’s Tree House.
A short walk inland leads to the ruins of an ancient temple that lies scattered among pine trees on either side of the Ulupinar Stream.
The mountainous interior offers opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and white-water rafting in the nearby Köprülü Canyon.
Olympos Beach is located 80km southwest of Antalya, around one and a half hour’s drive.
Latest update: Best Beaches in Antalya: 18 November, 2018
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