Getting Active with your family in Antalya
When people think of trips to Turkey's Mediterranean coast, they often assume they're purely for relaxation. Some nice cocktails by the sea, sunbathing on a gorgeous beach, maybe a boat trip or two but there's so much more to this region than just boats and beaches. Your family will never be bored if you know where to look.
Rafting in Koprulu Canyon
Around 90 minutes from Antalya, you'll find the incredible Koprulu Canyon. Koprulu Canyon is a National Park and is famous for its gorgeous scenery and the many activities you take part in here.
River rafting through the Canyon is the most popular activity but you can also hike, kayak, zip-line, fish, snorkel, horse-ride or even take an ecological canopy tour! There are so many activities available here that I haven't even listed them all. There's plenty of tours available for all ages and levels of fitness and some companies run free shuttles from popular resorts.
For an idea of pricing for equipment and tours, and for a full-list of activities, click here.
Not for the faint-hearted (or those scared of heights!), para-gliding in Antalya is a once in a lifetime experience. Unless you have a lot of prior experience, you'll be on a tandem flight with one of their professional pilots. Go-pros are often provided or available to rent so you'll never forget your adventure.
There are no specific age limits (provided you're taking a tandem flight) so this can be a great unusual activity for the whole family.
Be sure to check out the company before booking - although the region does have a great track record and places like Antalya Fly School have a 25 years experience with zero incidents on over 80,000 flights. Prices vary by company, length of flight and the package chosen but it's worth keeping in mind that it's usually much cheaper if you go directly to the company rather than booking with a tour operator.
Explore the Lycian Way
One suited for older or very active children, the Lycian Way is one of the great long-distance trails. Beginning in Antalya, the trail stretches 540km along the coast until Ölü Deniz. Now, we aren't crazy! We aren't expecting either you or the little ones to walk 540km (although - major kudos if you do!) but it is a great place to explore either by foot or by bike before turning back.
There are plenty of companies who rent mountain bikes in the area and many offer tours if you don't fancy adventuring alone. Before you leave, make sure to bring water, sun cream and snacks.
Do go chasing Waterfalls
Did you know Antalya has some incredible waterfalls? If your family loves relaxing spots, beautiful scenery and peaceful walks, make sure to visit at least one of the gorgeous waterfalls in the region - no matter what TLC said!
Kursunlu Waterfalls are located in a nature park around 20km outside Antalya, it's a peaceful spot (provided you miss the many tour groups that visit here) and can be a great break from the busy beaches and bustle of the resort. There's a bit of a walk to reach the waterfall as the waterfall cascades through seven ponds and it can be a bit slippy so sensible shoes are a must!
The Upper Duden falls are around 10km from the city centre and is part of a gorgeous green paradise. If you look carefully, you'll see rock tombs engraved beneath the waterfalls and be sure not to miss visiting the caves beneath the waterfalls either!
The Lower Duden falls are perhaps the most spectacular and certainly the most unique. Found 8km from the centre, here you'll see all the rushing water fall for 40m off a cliff into the sea. It's a stunning site to see and can be viewed either by foot on a nearby cliff or from a boat.