Due to its luxurious hotels, clean coves, breathtaking beaches, and ancient cities, Antalya, which is located on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, serves as the centre of the country’s international tourism. Antalya hosts a number of important national and international festivals as well as performances by well-known artists that bring people from all over the world together via the unifying power of universal art. These events and festivals in Antalya offer a wide choice of possibilities for locals and visitors who are interested in culture and the arts.
For the enjoyment of festival goers, traditional festivals in Antalya are also hosts. Two good examples of this kind of festivity are the Traditional Demre Camel Wrestling and the Traditional Kumluca Camel Wrestling. Festivals including camel wrestling are among the oldest celebrations in Turkey. The Elmal Abdal Musa Festivals, Kumluca Oil Wrestling, Traditional Alanya Gökbel Yaylas Oil Wrestling competitions, and Traditional Elmal Oil Wrestling are other well-known traditional events for individuals interested in Turkish culture and traditions.
Gastronomy Festivals in Antalya includes The GastroAntalya International Antalya Gastronomy Festival, the International Street Food Festival, the Antalya Meze Festival, and the Ernez Honey Festival are the notable gastronomy events conducted in Antalya.
Sporting Events and Competitions
Among the many international sporting events and competitions that Antalya, one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations, frequently hosts are the international triathlon Alanya Cup, the international orienteering festival, the World Winners Cup, the Grand Prix Velo Alanya, the Antalya Open, and the Tour of Antalya.
Belek was named the “Best Golf Region of the Year in Europe” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators in 2008, while Antalya was named one of the most popular golf destinations in the world (IAGTO). The Turkish Airlines Challenge and Turkish Airlines Open are only two of the more than 50 national and international golf tournaments that are held each year in Belek.