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Two sides to Turkey


Take the stress out of choosing between Antalya and Dalaman with our guide. Whether you love pubs, kids’ clubs or spa scrubs, these two hotspots love to please.

Looking for your next holiday to Turkey but unsure which is the best place for you? Look no further. We’ve got a guide to two of the most loved parts of Turkey. Antalya and Dalaman both have boundless beauty, impressive hotels and great value for money.

So how are they different? They’re both great options but one is a bustling tourist region close to a city in the south while the other boasts wild and rugged wildlife nestled in the Muğla Province. Whether your priority is nightlife, fun activities or relaxation, Antalya and Dalaman pack a punch. Let’s dive in.

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Here is one of Turkey’s biggest cities so if you love that hustle and bustle you should make a beeline for Antalya and its surrounding resorts. It’s a great choice because of its buzzy nightlife scene, incredible beaches and huge resorts with everything you need.

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There’s no shortage of shopping opportunities in Antalya – even with the children, shopping can be exciting at The Land of Legends Shopping Avenue. There are plenty of boutiques, bazaars and markets to peruse, so shop ‘til you drop! The old town by the harbour is a must-see for its beauty – not to forget the charming souvenirs and tasty cuisine. The good news is that when the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop. Choose from endless restaurants, lively clubs and fun shows. Even if you like to stay in-resort, there are plenty with incredible on-site entertainment.


Things to do

For those of you that like balance, you’re not restricted to the city. It’s easy to reach famous waterfalls, spend days lounging on Blue Flag beaches or embarking on exciting day tours. Many beaches in Antalya stretch for miles and they’re paired with great amenities which can be useful for families. Whether you love history, architecture or wandering round a museum, Antalya loves to please.

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All-encompassing resorts

From Lara Beach to Belek, resorts in Antalya rock. These resorts are large with no need to travel far or fun days out. And the city’s within reach for when you do fancy stretching your legs! Choose from Experience More for fascinating on-site waterparks and swim-up rooms or from the Luxe Collection for excellent children’s club and luxury spas. It’s all for the taking.

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Our top picks:

Take advantage of the direct access to the Eftalia Island beach complex, daytime and evening entertainment as well as the choice of All Inclusive. Bonus!

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We’re talking beachfront location and panoramic views. Six bars, including a beach bar and disco? Tick. Relaxing outdoor pool? Tick. Modern rooms? Tick.

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You’re likely to get an authentic Turkish experience during a stay on the Turquoise Coast. With less tourists and memorable encounters among friendly locals, you’ll make it a trip to remember. The peace that comes hand in hand with many resorts here is unbeatable. Dalaman’s natural backdrop is heavily sought after by many. Everything you need is within walking distance, and you’re bound to enjoy exploring from this beautiful base.

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Discover fragrant pine forests, magical trails and unforgettable views. From family walks to expert treks, there’s a route for everyone. The ancient Lycian rock tombs can be seen by climbing rugged stairs or by breezing past on a boat tour. You should head to Iztuzu Beach to admire the protected loggerhead turtles and enjoy the golden sands. You’ll turtley love it!

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Popular resorts are within easy reach from Dalaman, such as Fethiye, Marmaris and Ölü Deniz. Local markets and fruitful orchards make for a great experience – what produce or artisan bits will you find? Fethiye Fish Market is a sight to see where you can even choose the fish that takes your liking and take it to a nearby restaurant for a feast.

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Things to do

You can tick off one of Turkey’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites by visiting the Blue Lagoon in Ölü Deniz. The shallow, turquoise waters and mountainous backdrops make for a special beach day. Why not get in touch with your holistic side and indulge in a mud bath experience? The natural minerals and therapeutic properties will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Marmaris nightlife has a great strip full of music, cocktails and live performances, so you don’t have to choose Antalya solely for its social scene.

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Our top picks:

Does a Family Favourite sound like what you need? Take twirly slides, a complimentary shuttle bus to the beach and a lively atmosphere and run with it.

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Are you ready to sip mouth-watering cocktails, feast on Turkish cuisine or unwind with some yoga? You can even get a water taxi to Marmaris from this VIBE haven.

We’ll leave it in your hands.

Posted: 8th Sept 2023. Updated: 19th Mar 2024.

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