Planning a trip to Antalya – Lara Beach

In September I travelled to Turkey for the first time in my life and stayed in Istanbul for a week. I really liked the Turkish mentality and I would like to explore Turkey a little bit further next year. One of my first choices in Turkey would be Antalya. Antalya is known for its beautiful beaches, waterfalls and wonderful sightseeing opportunities. It is also a great destination for golf lovers with 21 golf courses.

There a seven main destinations to stay in Antalya: Alanya, Belek, Kemer, Lara Beach, Manavgat, Side and Tekirova. I like the look of Lara Beach and the Barut Lara would be the perfect destination for my holiday. Lara Beach is only 12 kilometres away from Antalya on the south coast of Turkey. It is known for its luxury hotels, which were designed to look like famous landmarks. The main attraction is the 8 kilometre long beach. Pretty much of the beach is golden sand, just occasionally you find darker patches and some pebbles. The water is shallow and makes it perfect for children. Usually every hotel has their own stretch of the beach, but there is also a public beach where you can rent sunbeds and parasols.

My hotel of choice would be the Barut Lara, it is a premier five-star resort located along the golden beach of Lara. It has curvy pools, sunbathing jetties and à la carte restaurants. Not to forget a fancy spa – it really is the perfect place to leave your stressful daily life behind and relax. I am already thinking about packing my suitcases. The bedrooms are modern and minimalist with flat screen TV’s and fluffy bathrobes. Should you choose you upgrade to a suite, you will get a private hot tub on the balcony. How fantastic is that?

Antalya is only half an hour away from Antalya and there you can find the perfect souvenirs at the bazaars. You can also visit some of the museums and drink Turkish coffee in one of the little cafes along the harbour. In July and August the temperature can rise to 40°C, but sea breezes keep it bearable. During the rest of the summer, spring and autumn the temperate is between 30 and 35°C. In summer the water temperature is around 28°C and even during the colder months, it never falls below 15°C.

It takes only four hours from Gatwick airport to fly to Antalya Airport and from there it is only 20 minutes to Lara Beach. Turkey is two hours ahead clockwise and the currency is Turkish Lira. 100 Turkish Lira is around £28. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months on the day of arrival in Turkey and at least three months after the departure date. From the 1st of January 2015, your passport must also be valid 60 days beyond the expiry date of your Turkish visa. As a British citizen, you need a visa to travel to Turkey and can apply online for it here:  Turkey Visa .

Antalya is the perfect destination for a luxury vacation in Turkey. Tour operators like First Choice are well-established in the Antalya area and can assist you with everything from finding the perfect resort to fantastic self-catered apartments.


  1. October 28, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    I stayed for a week close to Antalya for a conference. Even though it was work, i felt a bit like holiday. I thought i was not a beach person but i fell in love with it in Antalya. Between the sessions i was always at the beach relaxing and the food was amazing and so light. So yes, i can recommend it totally. Since i was working, i did not have a lot of time for sightseeing. On the social event (every conference has one) we went to see some of old Antalya and some sort of old ruins. I usually love this type of historical places but this was decidedly to touristy for me. So if i would return to this location i would probably stick to the hotel beach and just relax or visit some of the less touristy areas.

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