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Antalya is a resort town located in Turkey, on the Mediterranean Sea. Often called the pearl of the Mediterranean, the city boasts stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and centuries-old history.

However, knowing where to stay in Antalya can be quite tough.

For that reason, I have decided to put together this guide on where to stay in Antalya. Looking for a neighbourhood to stay should be a fun process!

After reading this guide, YOU will be the expert on where to stay in Antalya and will know which neighbourhood to choose depending on your style and budget.

Let’s begin immediately. Here is my guide on where to stay in Antalya.

 

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Antalya

  • Where to stay in Antalya your first time – Kaleici
  • Where to stay in Antalya on a budget – Konyaalti Beach
  • Best area to stay in Antalya for nightlife – Belek
  • Coolest place to stay in Antalya – Olympos Beach
  • Best neighbourhood in Antalya for families – Lara

 

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Kaleici
Kaleici is the name of the old town in the centre of Antalya. It shows remains of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman past of Antalya and is definitely one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city
Places to Visit:
  • Go look at the Hadrien’s gate, reminding us of Antalya’s Roman past
  • Have a relaxing drink at the historic harbour
  • Walk around the charming cobble streets

 

Where to Stay in Antalya

 

Best Hostel in Antalya: Gold Coast Hostel

The Gold Coast is located in the heart Kaleici (the old town of Antalya), which means of the cities attractions are conveniently nearby. It offers private rooms with an ensuite bathroom and gender-specific dormotories. Breakfast is not free in the morning, but for 4 euro you get a really nice spread. There’s also a nice rooftop terrace for chilling out and soaking in some views.

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Best Budget Hotel in Antalya: Sibel Pension

Sibel Pension is a charming hotel located in the heart of Kaleici, Antalya’s old town. It offers traditionally furnished rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a seating area and a wardrobe. Some of the rooms also have a private balcony. A very good breakfast is served in the morning and, during the summer, guests can take it in the garden.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Antalya: Akra V Hotel

The Akra V Hotel is a comfortable hotel near the beach offering rooms fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a flat screen TV with international channels and a free Wifi connection. The hotel serves a good buffet breakfast in the morning and has an indoor swimming pool.

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Antalya Neighbourhood Guide

Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Antalya

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Kaleici

  • Kaleici is the name of the old town in the centre of Antalya. It shows remains of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman past of Antalya and is definitely one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city
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Konyaalti Beach

  • Konyaalti Beach is located just a couple of kilometres away from the centre of Antalya. As such, it is one of the closest beaches to the city. Konyaalti beach is made of a long stretch of pebbles and rough sand
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Belek

  • Belek is a resort town located a few kilometres east from the main city of Antalya. It is dubbed to be the golf capital of Turkey
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Olympos Beach

  • Olympos, now mainly a beach resort, is an ancient town which was first established in the 1st century AC, during the Greek domination
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Lara

  • Lara Beach is located a few kilometres east of Antalya. It is one of the most popular beaches around the area, and one of the most beautiful in the whole of Turkey
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Antalya is the third biggest city in Turkey and is located on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular resort town especially during the summer when the waters are warm and the sun is shining. As a consequence, visitors mainly come to Antalya for the beach, but also for its history and its beautiful surroundings.

In the main town of Antalya, Kaleici is the old town. There, Hadrian’ss Gate can give you a reminder that the city was already populated during the Roman Empire times, and used to be an important political and commercial centre in the region. Its cobbled stone streets have kept a lot of building from the Ottoman period and are absolutely charming.

About a half hour drive away from Antalya city, the resort town of Belek has specialised into welcoming tourists who are looking to have a good time on the beach without worrying about anything else. Many of the resorts there offer all-inclusive packages, and golfing courses are well developed in Belek. As a consequence, prices also tend to be a bit more expensive around the area.

Konyaalti Beach displays more reasonable prices, and boasts a long pebble beach near the centre of Antalya. A lot of little cafés, restaurants and sick bars have settled in the neighbourhood to cater to the crowds of tourists flocking there on sunny days. Sun chairs and umbrellas can easily be rented and, from Konyaalti Beach, you can get an amazing panorama on the mountains around Antalya.

 

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5 Best Neighbourhoods To Stay In Antalya

At this point, you may still feel confused about which neighbourhood will be best for you in Antalya. Here is a more on depth look at the 5 best neighbourhoods to stay in Antalya.

 

1. Kaleici – Where to Stay in Antalya your First Time

Kaleici is the name of the old town in the centre of Antalya. It shows remains of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman past of Antalya and is definitely one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city.

The entrance to Kaleici is Kale Kapisi, which is the main square of Antalya. Notable things to see there are the clock tower, built during the reign of Abdul Hamid II, an Ottoman sultan, and the statue of king Attalus II of Pergamon, the founder of the city (called Attalia at the time) in 150 BC.

Inside the old town of Kaleici, take a walk around the narrow cobbled streets and look at the old Ottoman houses lining them up. A lot of the houses have been well preserved and are now home to charming little hotels and restaurants.

The historic harbour is also full of life, restaurants and cafés, and locals as well as tourists like to come here to relax in the evening.

Kaleici, Antalya

 

Things to see and do in Kaleici

– Go look at the Hadrien’s gate, reminding us of Antalya’s Roman past

– Walk around the charming cobble streets

– Have a relaxing drink at the historic harbour

 

Best Hostel in Kaleici: Gold Coast Hostel

The Gold Coast Hostel is a relative newcomer to Antalya but so far has been very well received. It has been praised for its amazing location, amzing staff, cleanliness, and breakfast. Above all else, this hostel is extremely welcoming and does a great job to ensure you have a good time.

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Best Budget Hotel in Kaleici: Sibel Pension

Sibel Pension is a charming hotel located in the heart of Kaleici. It offers traditionally furnished rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a seating area and a wardrobe. Some of the rooms also have a private balcony. A very good breakfast  is served in the morning and, during the summer, guests can take it in the garden.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Kaleici: Aspen Hotel Antalya

The Aspen Hotel Antalya is located in an old house in the heart of Kaleici. It offers spacious rooms with modern furniture and fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, air conditioning and a flat screen TV with international channels. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers.

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2. Konyaalti Beach – Where to Stay in Antalya on a Budget

Konyaalti Beach is located just a couple of kilometres away from the centre of Antalya. As such, it is one of the closest beaches to the city. Konyaalti beach is made of a long stretch of pebbles and rough sand. As a consequence, if you are planning to spend the day there, I recommend renting a sun lounger and an umbrella for more comfort. They are available everywhere and are not so expensive.

Konyaalti Beach is one of the beaches in Turkey with the blue flag, which means the water is clean and safe to swim in. It is a mark of quality, and means the little ones can go splash around safely as well!

The centre of Antalya is easily accessible from Konyaalti Beach, either by foot – it takes a bit less than an hour to walk and can make for a nice outing – or by taking the Nostalgi tram.

Most of Konyaalti Beach is lined by a park, where it is nice to have a stroll and a picnic. Tucked at the back is Aqualand, a water park with several pools, slides, and a dolphin and seal show.

Konyaalti Beach, Antalya

 

Things to see and do in Konyaalti Beach

– Laze the day away in the sun on the pebble beach

– Take the Nostalgia tram to the centre of Antalya

– Spend a fun water day at Aqualand

 

Best Hostel in Konyaalti Beach: Ozmert Hotel

The Ozmert Hotel is a small hotel run by a family. It offers single and double private rooms with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, a refrigerator and a tea and coffee machine. On request, the hotel can arrange a free breakfast in the morning as well as a free airport shuttle.

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Best Budget Hotel in Konyaalti Beach: The Corner Park Hotel

The Corner Park Hotel is located near the Konyaalti Beach Park and Aqualand. The rooms are modern and comfortable and are fitted with air conditioning, a private bathroom, a balcony with either a mountain or a city view, a seating area and a dressing room. The hotel has a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Konyaalti Beach: Crowne Plaza Hotel Antalya

The Crowne Plaza Hotel offers a 5-star treatment for a very affordable price in Konyaalti Beach. The modern spacious rooms are fitted with an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning, soundproofing, extra long beds and a free wifi connection. The hotel has both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa.

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3. Belek – Best Area in Antalya for Nightlife

Belek is a resort town located a few kilometres east from the main city of Antalya. It is dubbed to be the golf capital of Turkey. As a consequence, golfing is the main activity around Belek, and the lucky ones can even hope to meet Tiger Woods on the green.

There are also some nice beaches in Belek, in case you are not into golfing or if you want to take a day off. Many of the resorts around here offer all inclusive packages where you will not need to think about anything expect taking your sunscreen in the morning!

You can find some bars and nightclubs open late in Belek, and it is a good spot if you are interested in partying the night away.

To relax and eliminate the toxins, I recommend you try one of the local hammams or Turkish baths, a traditional steam room where, after sweating, you indulge into a body scrub and a massage that will leave you feeling refreshed.

Belek, Antalya

 

Things to see and do in Belek

– Play on the finest golf courses in Turkey

– Enjoy the beach from one of the resorts

– Watch the nesting of the green turtles

– Try relaxing in a local hammam

 

Best Budget Hotel in Belek: Ceres Hotel Belek

The Ceres Hotel Belek offers simple and spacious rooms fitted with an ensuite bathroom with a bath, air conditioning, soundproofing and a balcony. The family rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a free Wifi connection is available.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Belek: Innvista Hotels

Innvista Hotels is a resort in Belek, with all inclusive formulas. The resort boasts several outdoor swimming pools, a wellness centre, a fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant. The rooms are modern and spacious and are fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a flat screen TV with satellite channels and a free Wifi connection.

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4. Olympos Beach – Coolest Place to Stay in Antalya

Olympos, now mainly a beach resort, is an ancient town which was first established in the 1st century AC, during the Greek domination. At the time, it was the biggest city in the region and many remains of the period can still be seen today.

One of the main attractions in Olympos Beach is actually to visit the ancient city of Olympos. Do not miss the Acropol, and the monumental tomb of Olympos. Most of the ancient city is now located underwater, but many ruins of of the city can still be seen around.

The mount Chimarea displays an incredible natural phenomenon: eternal fire. The mount is made of a rocky formation with multiple little fires that burn continuously without any apparent source of fuel. It is also a nice region to hike around.

Finally, Olympos Beach has a nice pebble and sand beach, where you can spend the day lazing in the sun and soaking up some sun. The waters here are also good for swimming. Olympos Beach has always been a hit with hippies and some are still hanging around.

Olympos Beach Antalya

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Things to see and do in Olympos Beach

– Visit the ancient city of Olympos

– Experience the eternal fire in Chimarea

– Spend the day relaxing and sunbathing on the beach

 

Best Budget Hotel in Olympos Beach: Palm Konak Hotel

The Palm Konak Hotel is located near the beach and offers spacious rooms fitted with an ensuite bathroom, a private balcony or terrace, air conditioning and a free wifi connection. The hotel also offer small houses with two bedrooms to accommodate families. A good buffet breakfast is served to guests in the morning.

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Best Mid-Range in Olympos Beach: Aida Hotel

The Aida Hotel offers private rooms in a main building and private bungalows located in a beautiful garden full of flowers. Each room or bungalow is fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a mountain or a garden view and a mosquito net. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool.

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5. Lara – Where to Stay in Antalya for Families

Lara Beach is located a few kilometres east of Antalya. It is one of the most popular beaches around the area, and one of the most beautiful in the whole of Turkey. Families love it there as the beach is made of golden sand and stretches for 12 kilometres (no nasty pebbles around here!) and the waters are blue and transparent.

The beach also boasts a blue flag indicating it is safe to swim, which is definitely a plus when traveling with kids.

Just west of Lara, on the way to Antalya, take a look at the Düden river as it falls dramatically into the sea from a 40 meter high cliff. The best way to see the waterfalls is to take a boat and get as close as you can. Thrills are guaranteed for the little ones!

Finally, Antalya and its historic old town are just a bus ride away from Lara Beach.

Lara, Antalya

 

Things to see and do in Lara

– Spend the day on one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey

– Go check out the scenic Duden waterfalls as the river falls into the sea

– Take the bus to Antalya and visit the old city

 

Best Budget Hotel in Lara: Lara Kapris Hotel

The Lara Kapris Hotel offers simple and comfortable rooms fitted with air conditioning, a private bathroom, a flat screen TV with international channels and a private terrace. The hotel offers a free Wifi connection and features an in-house bar and a restaurant. The hotel is also close to the airport and serves a good breakfast in the morning.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Lara: Holiday Inn Antalya – Lara

The Holiday Inn Antalya Lara boasts a private beach area in Lara. It also features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a wellness centre and a fitness centre. The rooms are modernly decorated and fitted with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, a view over the city and a free Wifi connection.

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Final Thoughts On Where To Stay In Antalya…

Antalya is one of the best places in Turkey to go to the beach. It also boasts centuries old historical sites and stunning nature with wonders such as eternal fires.

My favourite place to stay in Antalya city, as you are in the heart of the action while being a few tram a bus ride away from some of the nicest beaches in the country.

The Akra V Hotel is my favourite one in the region, boasting comfortable rooms and an indoor swimming pool.

For backpackers, the Gold Coast Hostel is located in the heart of Kaleici, the old town of Antalya, and offers comfortable beds.

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments and I will add it to the list!

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