Antalya in Turkey sits in the southern Mediterranean province and is known as the tourism capital thanks to the stunning beaches which are famous worldwide, as well as the stunning historical aspects that attract thousands of visitors per year. What makes this region even more special is that it hosts visitors all year round offering a superb ski centre which appeals to foreign tourists.
Where else can you visit where you can take full advantage of the sunny climate, enjoying the sea and the sand whilst having a ski centre just 30 miles away from the city centre? Antalya is a stunning resort that boasts a yacht filled harbour, natural and historic charm, ancient landmarks, cultural buildings, and luxurious Turkish hotel options.
Antalya offers visitors four different novice skiing tracks dependent on ability, with each allowing them to ski or snowboard for just over three miles without interruption. one of the ski coaches in charge of the tracks said that the season had started earlier this year than ever before, stating: "Some 70% of our guests are foreigners. We have guests mainly from Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Great investment has been made in our facilities. We have seven ski tracks. We also have 4,500 and 3,200-metre tracks."
Swim or ski? Take your pick
A tourist told how much she had enjoyed her first visit to the ski centre Saklikent. The name is rather apt as in Turkish it has the meaning hidden city. The tourist said that this is like no other mountain she has ever seen and added: "I struggled with skiing at first, but I got help from the coach. It is very comfortable to spend a vacation in Turkey as we were able to swim and ski."
Another traveller from the Netherlands, said that he used to ski with his travelling companions in either Austria or Switzerland every year, but they chose Antalya for a change. He noted how different the climate is and said: "The temperature in Antalya city centre was 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit). We went to the beach and then came here to ski. We learned that there will be snow until April. So, we will come again in April."
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