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Antalya (Turkey)

The gateway to the most popular part of the Turkish coast, Antalya is a rising star as one of the world’s favourite resorts. In fact, some refer to Antalya as the perfect holiday destination and it’s easy to see why. Walk through the beautifully preserved old city district of Kaleici filled with restored Otoman houses, a Roman-era harbour with cliff-top views and Antalya Museum or visit many of the ancient sites and elegant ruins scattered around the Turquoise Riviera such as the ancient city of Perge located just outside Antalya.

In close vicinity to Antalya, you can find huge waterparks, an aquarium, more than a dozen golf courses, zoos and of course the famous coastline. You will be spoiled for which beach to choose but make sure to visit Cleopatra Beach in Alanya. It’s regarded as one of the top 10 beaches in Turkey and is famous for golden sands, a palm-lined promenade and its elegant hilltop castle. Another great choice is the Blue Flag Lara Beach, this lengthy stretch of sand is a perfect place to lie back and enjoy the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Antalya. The surrounding resorts are known as the ‘Las Vegas of Turkey’ due to the luxury themed hotels.

Fly directly from Edinburgh to Antalya on a NEW Thomson service starting 3 May 2016

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