The sandy Konyaalti Beach
Backed by the dark Bey Mountains, which stretch out towards the west, Konyaalti is a rather spectacular spot. Although the beach is popular with summer crowds, especially on weekends, the beach is long enough that you won’t have to share ‘your’ spot with anyone else. Konyaalti’s popular with the locals, but also a few tourists, too.
The beach is a long stretch of shingle, which means that although it’s rough underfoot the water is extremely blue. We recommend taking a cheap pair of flipflops to navigate the stony shore.
There’s lots to do along this stretch of beach. If you like your water sports, there’s banana boat rides, parasailing and jet skiing. At the western end of the beach you’ll find a marine animal park and a waterpark, side by side. And of course, there are endless options for dining, drinking and snacking, with some superb bars and restaurants clustered around the beach. Try Antalya Beach Park’s upmarket food court. This is open into the evening and serves up tasty snacks and cold drinks.
You can lounge on the many sunbeds on the shingle beach, for the price of a couple of drinks. You’ll find the waiters work hard for custom, especially in the more popular parts of the beach, and you’ll find yourself being waited on hand and foot. If this is a bit much head further down the beach where it’s a little quieter. You can also take stroll along a wooden boardwalk, ideal for people watching or stretching your legs after a nap in the sunshine.
When Konyaalti’s charms wear off you can catch a dolmus or the tram into town. The trip takes around 15 minutes and leaves from the museum.
Konyaalti Beach has also garnered a reputation for investment. The city’s population has swelled in the past decade with young professionals travelling to this economic hub to find work. Investors are cashing in by buying apartments in the sought-after Konyaalti area and renting them out. The steady income provided from a Konyaalti property buy-to-let is around 5% annually, making Antalya City investment a favourable alternative to pricey Istanbul.
Antalya’s Konyaalti apartments are generally in high rise blocks with excellent facilities such as gyms, pools, 24-hour security, playgrounds for the kids and inside, all the usual mod cons you’d expect as well as balconies. Prices start at around 50,000 Euros, and prices are rising by around 10% annually, thanks to the increasing demand and lack of space for new complexes in the area because of the geography of mountains and sea.