Cradled by colossal snow-capped mountains and surrounded by the crumbling ruins of antiquity, the gateway to the Turkish Riviera promises long warm summers of seaside frolicking, sprightly hiking and voluntary idleness. The Roman harbour turned modern marina unfolds in a carefree Mediterranean spectacle of blonde beaches, flaming hot springs, cascading waterfalls and primordial mountains.
Antalya is home to Sefa Hamem, a 650-year-old Turkish bath still operating and open to the public.
In the heart of Antalya's quaint and peaceful old town, among dangling bougainvillea and the mingling scent of jasmine, ancient Ottoman architecture and rustic red-roofed houses sit quietly on narrow cobbled streets. Polished green parklands pose dramatically on the cliff's edge above the Turquoise Coast – a dazzling backdrop to busy bazaars selling colourful trinkets. Pop into a friendly meyhane restaurant for a taste of börek, the scrumptious filled pastries, and refreshing raki, the local drink – with a side of traditional Turkish song amongst the locals.