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Set in a splendid bay ringed by mountains and overlooking a picture-perfect marina, Antalya was fortified by the Romans, and the Turkish Riviera’s principal resort retains much of its former charm. In the mid-afternoon, an air of leisurely calm descends over its old parts. The bazaar remains open but half-staffed, the owners squatting in the shade, sipping apple tea. Antalya’s new town offers superb shopping, great nightlife and a vast choice of restaurants, cafés, and bars.

The archaeological museum is a must, and the town is surrounded by some of Turkey’s most fascinating historical and natural sites. Ancient Aspendos’ well-preserved amphitheatre is home to regular summer concerts which are an unforgettable experience.