Antalya is one of the Mediterranean's most important cities and a popular holiday spot in its own right, with the districts of Konyaaltı and Lara to west and east respectively, both popular beach resorts. An attractive marina and palm-lined streets lend a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the city, alongside excellent restaurants and lively night-life.
Heading in an eastward direction about half an hour away from Antalya is Belek, Turkey's premier golf resort. A little further along is the bustling resort of Side which in addition to the obligatory golden sandy beaches is famed for its sunsets over the Temple of Apollo and a sizeable ancient theatre.
The next big town east of Antalya is Alanya, a panoramic port city on the southern slopes of the Taurus Mountains surrounded by orange, lemon and banana groves. Alanya has a shipyard from the Selcuk period, a 9th century castle as well as a choice of beaches at which to enjoy an array of watersports or simply relax and soak up the sun.
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