This trip was in collaboration with Jet2holidays and Go Türkiye.

Known around the world as the beautiful “Maldives of Europe”, the Antalya region of Turkiye is famous for is crystal clear water, stunning beaches, and quaint seaside towns. In addition to this seaside paradise, there is a side to this fascinating part of the world that is lesser known that other comparable parts of Europe – the incredible historical sights of Antalya.

With over 40 historical cities and settlements in the 100sqkms surrounding Antalya, this region of Turkiye is one of the most heavily dense historical regions in the world. Dating back thousands upon thousands of years, the history of Antalya goes way back to the very start of civilisation. 

On your next visit to Turkiye and Antalya, make sure to take the time to walk the paths of the ancient Romans, soak up the beautiful architecture of the Bizantian empire, and immerse yourself in the millenia of history that sits directly beneath your feet. 

In February of 2024, I was fortunate enough to join Jet2Holidays on a holiday to Turkiye to experience the fascinating history, culture, and beauty of Antalya. Let’s just say that I was not disappointed. 

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The Ultimate Antlaya Itinerary & Stay at Titanic Duluxe Golf Belek Hotel with Jet2Holidays

  • Flying from Manchester to Antalya with Jet2holidays 
  • Titanic Duluxe Golf Belek Hotel Full Review
  • Day One – Exploring Ancient Antalya
  • Day Two – The Ancient Cities of Perge and Aspendos
  • Day Three – Walking the Ancient Streets of Side
  • Day Four – Relaxing in the Land of Legends
  • Best Places to Eat in Antalya
  • Before you leave for Antalya

Flying from Manchester to Antalya with Jet2holidays

In order to reach Turkiye, our flight with Jet2 to Antalya left from Manchester airport, and was overall an easy and enjoyable experience.

Arriving at Manchester airport bright and early for our 9am flight, we transfered from the nearby Clayton Hotel thanks to their free airport shuttle service and began the smooth checkin experience. If you want to speed up your checkin, make sure to checkin online print off your boarding passes in order to use the contactless machines. 

After you drop off your bags, it is time to head through security and board the flight. We flew out of Terminal 2 to Turkiye. If you wish to relax before your flight, Manchester Airport has a number of lounges in all three of its terminals, some of which are available on the Priority Pass. 

If you are looking for an easy holiday experience then the package holidays to Antalya that Jet2Holidays offer are affordable, easy to book, and very well rated.


If you are looking for a good bag for hand luggage, we use the Wandrd Bag PRVKE 41L allowing us to carry our camera equipment safely when flying. If you are looking for a smaller backpack, The Nest by Tropicfeel is one of the most comfortable bags I have ever owned and perfect for hand luggage when travelling and a day bag on your trip.

Arriving into Antalya

A very scenic flight later, soaring over the Austrian alps and the turquoise water of the Aegean Sea whilst enjoying some promotional deal cocktails (I know it’s early in the morning but when on holiday, why not) we arrived into Antalya airport for some winter sun with Jet2Holidays.

The flight, was 4 hours and it went by quickly. Antlaya Airport is the closest airport to Antalya where we were staying. The airport was easy to navigate and after we collected our luggage we were met by our friendly Go Turkiye tour guide Volkan, who accompanied us to our hotel, the Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek. This was around half an hours drive from Antalya Airport.

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The friendly staff at the Titanic Deluxe Gold Belek welcomed us to this beautiful 5 star hotel with a welcome drink and a full run down of the hotel and the facilities. We were all added into a group Whatsapp chat with a hotel representative for easy assistance if we had any questions and were then shown to our rooms. 

As I wandered around the hotel, I quickly came to the realisation of just how big the hotel was. I was on the second floor with spectacular views over the swimming pool, the river front restaurants, and the distant Taurus mountains. 

In addition to regular hotel rooms (that are exceptionally big), there are also private villas, overwater “Maldives” villas, and quaint “Bali” villas for a more luxurious stay. 

The hotel itself has incredible facilities, with a number of different a la carte restaurants serving everything from Asian, Greek, Italian, and of course, Turkish food. There is also the all-inclusive buffet restaurant, a patisserie coffee and dessert bar, a snack bar, and poolside bars, as well as an Irish sports bar, a traditional Turkish Tea cafe, and a nightclub that opens every night. 

For kids, there is an indoor and outdoor children’s play area, a kids club for babysitting and daytime activities, and a full gaming zone with bowling, arcade games, and dodgem cars. There is also a cinema that plays a variety of films during the peak season.

For recreation and relaxation, the hotel boasts a total of 10 pools, a full spa with access to the sauna, cold room, hamam, gym area, and indoor heated 25m pool included. You can also pay extra for a range of spa treatments. In the peak season, there is also a waterpark with a number of waterslides and kids play area. 

In addition to the onsite golf course, you can also access the nearby beach that sits just 2km from the hotel. This beach can be reached by either taking the peaceful riverside walk or by jumping on the free river boat that commutes along the river regularly. 

At the beach you can rent a lounger or a cabana with a shaded roof to relax with the sound of the waves lapping upon the shore. There are also a range of seafront restaurants and bars where you can relax and enjoy the view or get food without having to go back to the hotel.

There is a petting zoo and horse/pony trekking available from here as well that allows you to take a relaxing ride along the beach.


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Day 1 in Antalya – Exploring Ancient Antalya

The ancient city of Antalya, also known as Kaleici, is a historic district located within the ancient walls of Antalya. It is a fascinating area to explore, filled with well-preserved architecture, Ottoman-style houses, and ancient landmarks. Stepping into Kaleici feels like stepping back in time, as the neighbuorhood’s history dates back to the Roman era.

One of the most significant historic attractions inside the ancient city is the Yivli Minaret Complex (Yivli Minare Külliyesi). This complex encompasses a collection of buildings from the Seljuk period, including the Yivli Minaret, a 40-metre-tall structure that is one of the iconic symbols of Antalya. In addition to the Yivli Minaret, there are other mosques, churches, and historical buildings within the city walls that offer glimpses into different periods of Antalya’s history.

Another famous ancient landmark in Antalya is Hadrian’s Gate, built by the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century. These imposing triple arches mark the entrance to Kaleici and are one of the most recogniaable symbols of Antalya’s ancient history.

The old town of Antalya also boasts narrow winding streets, bustling bazaars, and traditional Turkish houses that give visitors a sense of the city’s rich cultural heritage. Exploring the streets of Kaleici allows you to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and discover charming shops, restaurants, and historic sites along the way.

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When we visited the city, our tour began with a wander along its winding streets, admiring the architecture above and cobbled streets below. As the day wore on and our feet started to tire, we spend some time in the bar district where you can find a range of bars and cafes, including even the quaintly named Edinburgh and Dubh Lin bars. 

Once the sun had began to set, we decided to end our night by heading along to the Batı Seyir Terası, a large square that sits on the edge of a cliff and offers spectacular sunset views across the distant Antalya beach and onto the outlines of the towering Taurus mountains.

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Day 2 in Antalya – The Ancient Cities of Perge and Aspendos

Perge is an ancient city located near Antalya, Turkey, known for its well-preserved ruins and archaeological sites. Steeped in history, Perge offers visitors a captivating journey through the ancient world.

The city was initially settled by the Hittites in the Bronze Age but reached its peak during the Roman period. Stepping into Perge feels like stepping back in time, as the ruins showcase the grandeur and magnificence of this ancient metropolis.

One of the main attractions in Perge is the Stadium, an impressive structure that once hosted athletic competitions and could accommodate up to 12,000 spectators. Today, visitors can walk along the well-preserved stands and imagine the lively atmosphere that once filled the arena.

Another highlight of Perge is the Roman Bath Complex, a complex of buildings where ancient residents would gather for socialising, bathing, and relaxation. The intricate mosaics and marble columns that adorned these baths are a testament to the wealth and sophistication of the city.

Perge also boasts a well-preserved theatre, one of the largest in Anatolia, that could accommodate up to 14,000 spectators. This magnificent structure showcases the architectural prowess of the ancient Romans and offers a glimpse into the cultural life of the city.

Wandering through the ancient streets of Perge, visitors can explore the remains of the agora, the main marketplace of the city, and admire the monumental gates that once welcomed merchants and travellers. The city’s extensive city walls with towers and gates further demonstrate the strategic importance of Perge in ancient times.

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Located near Antalya, Turkey, Aspendos is an ancient city steeped in history and renowned for its well-preserved Roman theatre, one of the most impressive ancient theatres in the world. To this day you can still enjoy shows inside the ancient walls as the Romans would have once done.

Originally founded by the Hittites, Aspendos flourished under Roman rule, and its theatre stands as a testament to the architectural and engineering skills of the ancient inhabitants. The theatre’s grandeur and acoustics have earned it international acclaim and make it a must-visit site for history and architecture enthusiasts.

The Roman theatre of Aspendos is a marvel of ancient engineering, with a capacity of up to 15,000 spectators and remarkable acoustic properties that allow even whispers on stage to be heard in the highest rows. Visitors can walk through the well-preserved seating area, explore the stage building, and imagine the performances that once graced this grand amphitheater.

Aside from the theatre, Aspendos also boasts an impressive aqueduct that once supplied water to the city. The aqueduct stands as a remarkable feat of Roman engineering and offers a glimpse into the advanced infrastructure of the ancient city.

Underneath this aquaduct, there is also a huge number of market stalls selling everything from souvenirs to the local citrus fruits that have been freshly plucked from the nearby trees. I highly recommend trying the fresh oranges on a warm day as there is nothing more refreshing.

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Day 3 in Antalya – Walking the Ancient Streets of Side

Side, an ancient city nestled along the picturesque Mediterranean coast of Turkey near Antalya, is a captivating destination that invites visitors to step back in time and explore its rich history and well-preserved ruins.

Founded in the 7th century BC, Side thrived as an important port city during the Roman era, and its grandeur and prosperity are evident in the remnants that stand today. One of the highlights of Side is its magnificent ancient theatre, a testament to the architectural genius of the Romans. With a seating capacity for thousands, the theatre once hosted vibrant performances, and today visitors can wander through its impressive tiers and imagine the bustling atmosphere of the past.

Interestingly, this theatre is one of the only theatre sin the region that is not built upon a nearby hill as Side is a completely flat region. Due to this, the amount of work and materials required to produce this theatre, when compared to the one in Perge, is about 5 times higher.

Adjacent to the theatre is the iconic Temple of Apollo, an awe-inspiring structure that stands as a symbol of Side’s religious and cultural significance. Adorned with Corinthian columns and intricate carvings, this temple showcases the architectural prowess of the ancient Greeks and offers a glimpse into their dedication to the gods.

One of my favourite parts of Side is how the local government is making efforts to merge the ancient history of this area with the modern day tourism industry in a way that is unique to here. Instead of simply turning the entire peninsula that Side is sat upon into a giant archeological site like Pompei, they are working meticulously to uncover the ancient ruins, cover them with glass flooring, and then build cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, and even houses on top of this. It is a perfect example of a country that is preserving its past whilst not preventing the future.

Further adding to the allure of Side is its charming harbour. Once a bustling hub of trade and maritime activities, the harbour still exudes its maritime character and provides a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks or enjoying a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants. The harbour’s transformation over time is a testament to the city’s evolution and adaptability.

The quaint and peaceful restaurants and bars that line the coastline of Side, especially on its western side to make the most of its spectacular sunsets, are the perfect place to round of your day exploring the city. Find a spot along the waterfront and toast to another fantastic day in Antalya. 

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Day 4 in Antalya – Relaxing in the Land of Legends

Approximately 1km away from the coastline sits the Land of Legends, a renowned entertainment park located near Belek. It is one of the most popular theme parks in the Antalya region, attracting nearly 2 million visitors annually from around the world. From adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to 5D cinema experiences and water slides, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the park. This expansive family park offers a multitude of attractions and activities for all ages, making it a must-visit destination in Antalya.

One of the highlights of the Land of Legends is the theme park’s extensive water park, featuring numerous pools, wave machines, and exhilarating water slides. Visitors can dive into the endless fun of aquatic adventures, relax in the sun, or take a plunge down the park’s signature slides. The water park provides a refreshing escape from the Antalya heat and offers a perfect setting for families and friends to enjoy moments of exhilaration and relaxation.

In addition to the water park, the Land of Legends also offers live entertainment shows throughout the day, including dazzling performances, acrobatics, and dance shows. It also provides a range of dining options, allowing visitors to refuel and recharge during their exploration of the park. From restaurants serving international cuisine to fast-food outlets, there is a diverse array of culinary choices to cater to different tastes and preferences.

To enhance the overall experience, the Land of Legends offers a range of services and amenities such as shops, locker rentals, and shuttle services, ensuring that visitors have a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

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Best Places to Eat in Antalya

Whilst touring around the region of Antalya, we experienced some of the most unique restaurants and most delicious Turkish cuisine that this region of Turkiye ahas to offer. If you wish to experience the best of Antalya then make sure these places are on your list.

Nemo Restaurant at Land of Legends in Antalya offers an immersive dining experience with stunning aquatic decor and large aquariums, serving international cuisine, including seafood specialties, in an underwater-themed atmosphere.

7 Mehmet Restaurant is a renowned dining establishment located in Antalya. This restaurant offers a unique and authentic dining experience with its beautiful Ottoman-style architecture and charming courtyard. Visitors can enjoy a variety of traditional Turkish dishes made with fresh and local ingredients. The menu includes kebabs, mezes, and other Turkish specialties.

Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant in Antalya offers a sophisticated and elegant dining experience. With a blend of international and Turkish cuisine, guests can enjoy beautifully presented dishes made with high-quality ingredients. The restaurant’s luxurious atmosphere and impeccable service make it a perfect choice for a memorable dining experience.

Azumare in Side is a top-rated beachfront restaurant known for its fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. With breathtaking views and fresh ingredients, it offers a memorable dining experience that combines delicious flavors with attentive service. A must-visit destination for culinary enthusiasts in Side.

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7 mehmet Restaurant

Before You Leave for Antalya

Before you set off on your way to Antalya, there are a number of things you will need to get organised to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. These include what to pack, where to stay and what is the best insurance for your trip to Türkiye. All of this is discussed in detail below.

How to Get to Antalya

Antalya, located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, is a popular tourist destination and can be accessed by various means of transportation. Here are the different ways to get to Antalya:

Airplane: Antalya has an international airport, Antalya Airport, which is well-connected to many domestic and international destinations. Several airlines operate regular flights to and from Antalya, making it convenient for both domestic and international travelers.

Domestic Bus: If you are in another city in Turkey, you can choose to travel to Antalya by domestic transport options such as buses or minibusses. Many cities have bus stations that offer direct routes to Antalya, making it an affordable and widely used option for traveling within Turkey.

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Train: Although Antalya does not have a train station, you can still reach the city by train up to a certain point. The nearest train station to Antalya is in Denizli. From Denizli, you can take a bus or other means of transportation to reach Antalya.

Where to Stay in Antalya

We can highly recommend staying at the Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek in Antalya for a truly unforgettable experience in Türkiye. From the moment we arrived at this magnificent resort, we felt welcomed by the friendly staff.

It is quite far outside of the main town of Antalya though, so if you would prefer somethign more central then there are a range of beautiful accommodations available in the town itself.

What to Pack for Your Trip to Antalya

What you need to pack for Antalya will rely highly on when you make your trip there. During the Spring and Autumn months, temperatures and weather patterns vary wildly between beautiful sunny skies and rainy days. During the Summer, you are pretty much guaranteed nice weather with temperatures ranging from 20-35 oC. The hottest months are July and August, so these will be the most popular for a Summer holiday.

During the winter months in Antalya, the rain will become more frequent and the temperatures will drop to between 10-20 oc. If you need more inspiration on what to pack for your trip, check out our full packing guides for all-weather conditions over here.

When it comes to toiletries, we recommend that you don’t forget to pack sunscreen. The sun in Antalya is very strong, especially during the summer months. Apply a lot of suncream regularly to prevent a nasty burn from ruining your trip. We use this specific sunscreen to protect us as it is not as oily and irritating as other sunscreens.

Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you will see in Antalya, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.

You can read what else we keep in our camera bag over here.

What is the Best Travel Insurance for Antalya

I know travel insurance is the least enjoyable thing to purchase and look at when you’re planning a trip, however, you wouldn’t want to be without it in the event that something happened. Accidents can happen anywhere and the extortionate medical bills will ruin your trip if you are not covered.

To ensure you have a stress-free trip with no worries about potential medical bills, make sure you cover yourself when you travel. We can recommend using SafetyWing, a backpacker-friendly and cheap insurance company that provides good coverage and support. It is also nomad-friendly, unlike most other insurance companies, meaning you do not need to worry about being out of your home country for too long.

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So there you have it, your Antalya itinerary for your trip to Türkiye. If you are visiting this incredible city in Türkiye and have any other questions on what to expect, leave us a comment down below. We love to chat about this stuff! If you have already been, let us know how it was!

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