Spotlight on Antalya: Why this Turkish gem should be on your radar for your next corporate retreat
By Cat Preston
Boasting beautiful beaches, historical landmarks, and a vast array of dining and shopping options, the Turkish city of Antalya is the perfect destination for a corporate incentive that is both relaxing and stimulating. And, as Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, it’s no wonder it’s the country’s fastest growing province. Let’s dive deeper…
Antalya, one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, has a fascinating history that is reflected in its architecture and cultural landmarks. Every nook and corner of this charming place reveals its past. In the winding streets of the old town of Kaleici, you can encounter the simply beautiful Yivli Minare Mosque. Many of the town’s Roman roots, such as the city walls and Hadrian’s Gate, still stand. Just a short ride away, the ancient ruins of the Roman amphitheatre make for an excellent day excursion that is bound to wow employees.
With crystal-clear turquoise waters and soft sand, the beaches offer the perfect setting for those who want to enjoy some water sports or simply relax and recuperate on the sand. Lara Beach or Konyaalti Beach, equipped with all the amenities you could ask for, are perfect respites for those who went above and beyond for the company!
Gastronomes will love the culinary delights that the city has to offer. Home to a plethora of restaurants, your team can have their pick from traditional Turkish cuisine or high-end international meals, all tastes can be catered for. As a Mediterranean sea port, Antalya is renowned for its seafood, all caught locally in the area, and those looking to truly experience the regional specialities will want to try Goleviz – a potato-like vegetable served with meat cubes and chickpeas. You definitely won’t be left hungry.
The old town of Kaleici is also where you’ll find the Kaleici Bazaar, a must-visit for those who love to shop. Vendors here sell everything from handmade jewellery and ceramics to traditional Turkish carpets. Vendors not only accept haggling but seem to enjoy it, providing a fun shopping experience whether your team are part of Sales or not. The Bazaar offers just one of the many great options for your team to grab mementos of an amazing experience.
Antalya is a great, and often overlooked, destination for a corporate incentive trip. With rich history, stunning beaches, diverse dining options and extensive shopping opportunities, it is sure to please even the most discerning of guests.