Best Family Holidays to Turkey

Turkey is a nation I have always been fascinated about because of its rich history, power, and influence across Europe, especially through architecture. The best family holidays, Turkey come in different threads and fibres according to your budget, the city you wish to visit, the attractions either educational or cultural, the activities either adventurous or relaxing. Turkey has something for everyone. Although Turkey is big and several cities in Turkey can provide a memorable family holiday experience, this post focuses on Antalya, Turkey.

Why?

Antalya is a city in Turkey located in the southern Mediterranean region. It is full of gorgeous beaches in its turquoise coastline, with a huge selection of architectural designed luxurious beach hotels and ancient ruins of the Roman era. I believe the best family holiday to Turkey is Antalya because it is budget-friendly, beautiful, historical and it needs more amplification and attention.

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The Turquoise clear waters in Antalya, Turkey

Best Family Holidays, Turkey: How to book your holiday.

To book your family holiday to Antalya, I will recommend booking through a travel agent because you want a professional who is trained to cross the t’s and dot the i’s for you. Once you see the value a travel agent has to offer, you will never book a family holiday without an agent again.

What value can an agent offer?

Peace of Mind – You want to be assured that your family travel will go as planned and you want someone to help you out in the events of any delay, cancellation, lost luggage or any other unforeseen circumstance.

Maximising your budget – Travel agents have unique access to exclusive benefits including free room upgrades, free airport transfers, free spa access and many more. A travel agent will find you the best prices and maximise your budget in the best way.

Great Customer Service – No online booking website will give you that personal touch that comes from working with a travel agent that has your interest at heart. Travel agents will save you time by organising the logistics, creating an itinerary and possibly find you the best tour guides.

Best Family Holidays, Turkey: Where to stay in Antalya, Turkey

The area most popular with tourists is called Lara. Lara, Antalya is unofficially nicknamed Turkey’s Las Vegas because of the design of the huge selection of luxurious hotels on offer. The buildings are designed elaborately and you will find buildings that are shaped like Titanic boats, Concorde air plane and the Moscow Kremlin.

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Concorde De Luxe Hotel by 13 Weeks Travel

For your luxury best family holidays Turkey, stay at the luxurious Concorde De Luxe Resort in Antalya, Turkey.  This lively and luxurious hotel is perfect for both families and couples looking for high – tech spa facilities with complimentary Turkish baths treatment; a fantastic range of restaurants (including fine dining and a la cartes), bars and lounges.

Rooms

The rooms come with a balcony that is either with a sea view or a garden view.
The family De Luxe suite room (where we stayed) had facilities that included family room 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a walk-in wardrobe, a living room, and three flat-screen LG TV. Concorde De Luxe Resort is an all-inclusive resort and as such, everything was provided.

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Best Family Holidays Turkey Hotel room

Best Family Holidays Turkey: What to do In Antalya, Turkey

There are many things to do during your best Family holidays, Turkey. Read the eight fantastic activities that will make your family holiday holiday fabulous.

1. Hit the Beach

You can’t go wrong with exploring the beaches in Antalya with the number of beaches on offer. The crystal clear, lush sandy beaches have facilities that will provide fun for the whole family.

Here are my top 5 beaches to visit for the best family holiday in Antalya, Turkey.

Lara Beach is a must-see blue flag beach with private access if you are staying in one of the luxurious hotels along the beach in Lara, Antalya. For activities here, stroll down the promenade, build sandcastles in the golden sand, visit the amazing sandcastle exhibition, ride a horse or just spread your beach towel and enjoy the views.

Konyaalti Beach is surrounded by the views of the Taurus Mountains. It is famous for parasailing, peddle boat and beach volleyball activities. The walking trails lead to some fantastic restaurants that you will love to try.

Topcam Beach
is a quiet beach because it is located about 30 minutes from the city centre. It has beautiful pine trees and the Toros Mountains. It is popular with yachts and you can take a yacht to Sican Island

Adrasan Beacis one of Antalya’s hidden treasure because it offers a priceless landscape view, sand and pebble ground surface and accommodation that will enable you to explore Kemer.

Cirali Beach is a secluded beach that is famous for its flaming rocks on a mountainside and the sights of the Hellenic ruins of Olympos.

2. Visit Lara Street Market

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Just a stroll down from the luxurious hotels of Lara, Antalya is Lara Street Market which is set up every Saturday. At the market, you’ll find stalls selling all sorts of products. The clothing stall got my attention – grab a bargain on leather jackets, shoes, and bags.

3. Take gorgeous family photos

You want to cherish the memories from your best family holidays, Turkey and there is no better way to do that than to get professional photographers to do the job. There are always professional photographers at every destination but watch out for the photographers that roam the hotel corridors.  Remember to use a registered photographer at the hotel or through a tour company. Read about my experience of photography scam here.

Our photographer did a good job in taking over 450 pictures. The pictures were quite expensive to pay for and after several bargaining, we agreed to have some of the pictures printed out into an album and a digital copy of all the other pictures. We paid 495 Euros against the 1500 Euros we started with. We felt satisfied because the pictures were worth it. It was also the first time we were capturing moments with my youngest who was just 6 months old.

4. Visit the Magnificent Waterfall

This is the region’s most popular natural attraction. The Duden Waterfalls – it has two impressive falls fed by a river that runs all the way from the Taurus Mountains and terminates in the Mediterranean Sea. The upper Duden waterfall is around 15km outside of Antalya, can be reached by car or local bus. The entrance of the Duden Waterfall was also home to ancient tombs and you can wander around the tombs before making your way through some steep steps down to the cave that cuts behind the veil of water. Wondering through the cave will give you an impressive perspective of the waterfall.

The lower Duden is best viewed from on board a ship and it crashes down the cliff face into the Mediterranean Sea..

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Splashing Waterfall

5. Go on the cable car

The Tunektepe Teleferik (Tunektepe cable car) ascends the Tunek Tepe hill ( high) on the west of Antalya city. The cable car was opened in 2017 and there is a frequent service with 36 enclosed cars each holding 8 people.The length of the cable car is 1706 metre618ms and it takes about 12 minutes in total to get to the top.  At the top, enjoy the views of Taurus mountain, the rapid developments around Antalya and Antalya’s beautiful coast. The cost is 15TL for adults and 7.50TL for children.

6. Explore the mountains on a buggy

Schedule in an adrenaline-pumping day on the quad bikes on the river and around the Taurus mountains. Enjoy the landscapes and beautiful sight that quad bikes offer and feel at peace with nature.

Buggy ride

7. Have a Turkish Bath

Can you visit Turkey without having a Turkish Bath?

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Turkish Hammam is a traditional way to have a complete body scrubbing and massage. It involves 15 minutes of sitting in a hot room to open your pores and then 45 minutes of washing with a handwoven washcloth known as kese.

The first wash involves a scrubbing down of your body with kese and then a rinse off. The second wash involves a foam wash with bubble-like cloth, this is expected to massage your body. Further body treatment is available on request and we had a deep oil massage and a clay face treatment. It is truly a rejuvenating experience
What to wear
It is important to wear swimwear. Men opt for a swim short while ladies should wear a bikini.
Top Tip:
Remember to haggle properly in Turkey. 3 men came in and ask for the package we had and they were told – it was 200 lira for the Turkish bath alone.
We paid – 255 TL for the Turkish bath, deep oil massage and clay face treatment.

8. Visit the Historical Ruins

Antalya is a hotbed of historic stories and monuments such as Hadrian’s gate, Perge, Aspendos Theatre and many more.

Hadrian’s Gate

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As the name suggests, Hadrian gate was built in the name of Roman emperor Hadrian when he visited the city in year 130. It stands beautifully with three archesways and walls that surround the city.

Perge

Perge

The ancient city of Perge is about 15km east of Antalya city centre.
Perge was the former capital of the Asia Minor region of Pamphylia Secunda. As a result, it has many monuments in such high quality and good shape. This includes the Perge theatre, Perge stadium, towers and city layout that make it easy to picture what life looked like in the past. Perge looks uncharted and intact and I believe it is a must-see. The ruins are open daily and you will need 3 hours to immerse yourself in this experience.

The entrance to Perge is 20TL per person.

Aspendos Theatre

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The incredible Aspendos’ theatre is one of the largest ever built by the Romans in Asia Minor, and today it is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman theatre architecture. The theatre was built in the 2nd century AD during Marcus Aurelius’ reign. The seating plan could fit an audience of between 15,000 and 20,000. It has been thoroughly restored and is now used for music and drama festivals, including Turkey’s famous annual Aspendos Opera Festival.

What about the Kids?

Most kids will enjoy all the activities listed above but here is a list of more specific activities that are kid-friendly.

Kids-Friendly things to do in Antalya

1. Aktur Park

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Kids-Friendly things to do in Antalya

Aktur Park is about 6 km west of Antalya city centre. It is has three roller coasters (a spinning wild mouse coaster, a wacky worm kiddie coaster and a shark trip double helix coaster). Aktur Park is best seen at night, when the coloured lights brighten the atmosphere. There’s no admission, but you have to buy tokens pay for rides. A pack of 10 tokens is 30 TL.

2. Lara’s Sandcity.

Sand castle

A great place to admire beautiful sand sculptures by talented sand sculptors from around the world. The sculptures includes cartoon characters like Shrek, Princess Castles, buildings like Taj Mahal and Collesium and many more. It is better to visit after 4 P.M in the summer months to avoid the hot weather and also see these wonderful artefacts under various colourful led light in the night.

3. Dinopark

Dinopark is located on the coastal road between Konyaalti and Kemer and is reachable by bus. Dinopark is open every day between 9 am and 6 pm. Admission is 85TL for everyone. This amazing park has a diverse range of activities, kids can dig for dinosaur bones, cool off at the water park, do a riding tour on the ponies, visit the farm and feed the ducks, goats and rabbits or watch large plastic dinosaurs wandering around the park. This is not a natural history museum with actual dinosaur bones, so don’t expect a learning experience. In summary, if you want a day out with your kids where they can play safely all day, Dinopark is the place to go.

4. Aqualand Antalya

Aqualand is a top water park located between Ataturk Culture Park and Beach park. It opens at 11 am every day. It has 2 endless rivers, 4 children’s water play area and 2 giant wave pools. There are 3 water fun areas in addition to restaurants, wet and dry bar, boutique, souvenir shop, a spa centre and an express photo shop.

The water fun areas are:

  • The children’s area for kids aged 4 – 8 features a Mediterranean Pirate adventure pool, small water rides and shallow water pool.
  • The family area is restricted to 8 plus and has Giant slides, Crazy river, Family rafting, Multi hill slides and Wave pool
  • The Extreme games area is for adrenaline junkie and access is restricted to 12 plus. This area has Hydro tubes, Double twisters, Free Fall and Hurricane Twist Slides.

Summary

The best family holidays, Turkey is Antalya even though choosing the best family holiday destination can be daunting, this post covers why you should visit Antalya because it is budget-friendly, with proximity to Europe, fantastic culture and history. For more best family holiday ideas, check out my post on The Best family Holiday to Zanzibar.

Let me know in the comments if you have visited Antalya and if you will consider visiting Antalya if you haven’t visited before.

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I'm Bolupe, a luxury family travel expert, a mum of 3, an independent travel agent and a travelpreneur. I travel for 13 Weeks a year and work full-time as an educator.
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Fun fact: When I was 16 years old, I wanted to be a top model and the next face of Africa but I'm 5ft 7 and I was required to be 5ft 10.

32 thoughts on “Best Family Holidays to Turkey”

  1. This year I set out to go on vacation with my family in Turkey and I was really looking for such a useful article full of informative explanations. One of my favorite places is Antalya – Konyaalti Beach.

     I also searched for pictures on google with this beach and I was surprised how much people visit this place. The blue sea offers you a very beautiful view and the water is warm and clean throughout the summer. A great advantage of this place are the Taurus Mountains which gives you a unique feeling of two forms of great relief and mountain. 

    So far only in Greece have I experienced this experience and I can’t wait to do it in Turkey. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

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    • Thank you. I hope you enjoy your holiday to Antalya. Try the quad/buggy bike experience. It will give you that unique feeling you expressed.

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  2. Wow! These are quite great offers here of places that one can be to in Turkey and have the peace of mind and beautiful experience. One thing that I really like is the examples here because they all offer simple class and awesomeness. Thanks so much for sharing here. To be truthful, I would make all reasonable effort to visit turkey quote soon

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  3. Thank you for your post. it is useful for me. My friend in Turkey invited me to visit him this summer. I plan to go, but never take time to do research on the detailed travel plan.

    Here comes your article. You have everything I need for the trip. I particularly like your description on Visit the Historical Ruins. My friend told me a lot of historical stuff on Turkey. Now I have the chance to see the real things. 

    I am definitely going to visit Perge. It was a fascinating city. It is still possible to see the ancient theater, stadium, towers, and the entire city. I will surely arrange one day for this site alone.

    It is kind of you sharing useful information with us.

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    • Thank you, that’s very kind of you. I hope you enjoy your visit to Turkey. I’m glad you plan to visit Perge. It is definitely a must see.

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  4. First of all thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us .I love to travel and I went to Turkey last year to spend my family vacation .And this holiday was the best holiday for me because I enjoyed traveling to Turkey so much .I’m fascinated by Turkey’s rich history, power, and influence, especially with architecture. I made a booking through a travel agent .Antalya is one of the Turkish cities and to me the city really liked it .The magnificent beaches here, the luxurious beach hotels and ancient ruins of the Roman era fascinated me. 

    And I think this city is wonderful to visit. I will definitely get your article out to my friends and would recommend going to this city and would definitely share with you their new experience.

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  5. We absolutely love Turkey, we had our honey moon there. The cruises are amazing and food was🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🤩🤩🤩.Looking forward to taking the kids someday.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Amaka. I actually need to write a proper post about Turkish food. As you said, the food is amazing there. I hope you can take the kids one day.

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  6. Hi Bolupe,

    Thank you for your informative and insightful post.

    We have not been to Turkey yet, but this is in our bucket list. Your post is very rich with information that will be very useful when we do plan our trip to Turkey, most likely next year.

    Your section about Lara’s Sand City caught our attention. It reminded us of a top resort we went to the Philippines a few years back where local artists used the beach to create great sand sculptures for the visitors to see and appreciate their beauty as well as the talents of the artists.

    How long did you stay in the place?

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    • Thank you Jrand Zen for checking out this post.
      I’m glad Turkey is on your bucket list. I have had the opportunity to visit only a small part of Turkey because Turkey is very big. I’m hoping to return soon to explore other parts as well.

      I stayed at Antalya, Turkey for 8 days and it was such a refreshing and rejuvenating experience.

      Yes, your experience in Philippines is quite similar to what we saw at Cyprus as well. I think what makes The Sand City different is, it is illuminated with LED lights at night to make the sculptures glow.

      When you get to visit, don’t forget to try the Turkish Bath. It was quite an experience having someone else scrub you clean.

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  7. Hi Bolupe – this article has certainly helped me make my plans with no stone left unturned. You are really giving me a great user experience as it seems like the best laid plan. Thank you very much and keep them coming!

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  8. Hi Bolupe,

    What a comprehensive yet reader-friendly piece you have here on best family holidays to turkey.

    I totally agree with you regarding the value of using a travel agent – I remember my honeymoon trip with my wife to Mexico which was arranged by a travel agent – it is still the best trip I have had so far. But using an agent can be dear though this was our honeymoon so we weren’t too concerned about money then. Do you have recommendations when it comes to getting good agents that are value for money?

    My wife is keen that we go on a decent holiday this year and you have really given me a worth choice to consider with her here as we now have two children and a family destination is high on our minds.

    Thank you
    Femi

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    • Hi Femi,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      I am an Independent Travel Agent so it’s my lucky day, ha ha. I specialise in Family travel and Luxury travel. You can always send a message and we can start the planning process. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this article and that you found it comprehensive.

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  9. Turkey sounds absolutely amazing! Would love to take a vacation there soon. Your recommendations are very thorough. It’s great how you include family friendly attractions because that is always important for those traveling with children. I have always heard of the Turkish bath and it sounds so luxurious. Turkish coffee is always something I would love to experience as well.

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    • Hi Geri,
      You’re right, the Turkish bath is quite a luxurious experience! The Turkish tea and coffee is another topic that deserves a separate post. Thank you for your kind words, luxury family travel is the bread and butter of my site lol.

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  10. Wow, such a great and informative post. I never went to Europe for vacation. I need to bookmark this to be able to shortlist turkey on my list of destinations to visit. You make someone start packing and book to Lara without thinking twice about other destinations. At the moment, what about the issue of COVID 19? Is it safe to travel while it is still this high out there, and the scientist didn’t receive something to stop it from spreading?

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    • Hi Lucky,
      Thank you for reading my guide to Turkey. I understand your fears about COVID 19. It’s wise to follow the guidelines from your country. Each country has a guide that citizens need to follow.

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    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks for stopping by. It’s great that you got to travel to Turkey when you lived in Greece.
      I also love Greece, one of my affordable luxurious destination.

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