Where can you find such a picturesque yet affordable dream? Antalya, one of Turkey's most beautiful destinations makes this mirage a reality.
Situated on the Mediterranean Sea on what is known as the Turquoise Coast, Antalya is an affordable paradise with intriguing historic sites, legendary hikes and views, and high-end, yet affordable dental treatments.
If you are planning to visit Europe, but don't want to return to the UK with an empty bank account, here are several reasons you should consider making your destination Antalya, Turkey.
In general, the cost of living in Turkey is less than in other European countries. Utilities are typically cheaper, making operating costs for businesses lower.
However, the main reason visiting Antalya is so cheap is because of the exchange rate from the British Pound to the Turkish Lira. One Pound Sterling is worth around 20 Turkish Lira. You'll only need about 6 quid to grab yourself a nice meal in Antalya.
Historic Sites in and Around Antalya
Travel back to the ancient Roman Empire by visiting Hadrian's Gate, an architectural delight built by the Athenians in the second century in honor of the Roman emperor, Hadrian. The gateway is made predominantly of white marble and is decorated with reliefs of flora and fauna native to Antalya.
Hadrian's Gate is a mere appetizer for even a casual history buff. From Antalya, you will also be able to visit the ancient city of Phaselis. This site makes for a perfect day trip, with a variety of incredible ruins, and a tranquil bay for swimming.
Another ancient city with swimming opportunities, as well as a possibility of seeing some Caretta turtles, is Patara. According to myth, it is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. You'll be able to explore ancient baths, churches, and a granary.
Perhaps the most visually perplexing set of ruins can be found in Myra. "The Place of the Supreme Mother Goddess" features awe-inspiring tombs cut into a rocky hillside. You can also visit one of the most well-preserved amphitheaters the Lycian region has to offer.
From Myra's historically significant port, you can add on a boat trip, during which you will visit several smaller sites. The boat tours also allow you to swim around glittering coves.
Antalya is a beach town, so you can guess that they are a key feature of what the city has to offer. It is said that queen Cleopatra fell in love with the crystalline waters the Antalya seaside offers. One of the most popular beaches is even named after her.
Further down Cleopatra Beach, you will find Damlataş. This beach also has attractions to vary up your day, like the breathtaking Damlataş Cave. It is a natural 15,000-year-old formation featuring iconic stalactites and stalagmites, and its air is said to have healing properties.
If you are looking for a resort experience, popular amongst families with children, Lara Beach is perfect for your trip. There are many classy hotels along a sandy strip, and the water is calm and temperate.
For those looking for the perfect Instagram or TikTok location, you will want to go to Kaputaş. This beach of soft, yellow sands is situated between vast cliffs and is a perfect spot for snapping decadent shots. There is also a pirate's grotto to visit for the more active beachgoer.
These are but a mere sampling of the over 20 beaches you can choose from when visiting Antalya.
Medical and Dental Treatments
One of the more surprising attractions of Antalya is the dental clinics. Dentists in the UK are expensive, and dealing with the NHS can be a hassle. In Antalya, dental clinics are luxurious and offer first-class services for a fraction of the price.
Dental clinics in Antalya are able to offer affordable prices due to low overhead costs and government support for medical tourism. Clinics utilize the latest technologies, and dental school in Turkey is incredibly competitive, meaning that only the brightest citizens are able to graduate and become dentists.
From veneers to gum contouring, and implants to an entire smile makeover, you can find all of the most important and usually expensive treatments in Antalya. What's more, many clinics offer attractive discounts and packages, making it all the more affordable experience.
In addition to dental treatments, many tourists come for other procedures such as hair transplants and cosmetic surgery. These are also far cheaper in Antalya than in the UK.