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Antalya, Turkey

See Also Our Guide to the Turkish Riviera, From Alanya to Kuşadası, And Our Guide to İzmir

Located on Anatolia’s southwest coast and bordered by the Taurus Moutains, Antalya is capital of the ‘Turkish Riviera’ and the country’s largest international sea resort. The city also has historical significance, having been under Roman occupation, and then part of the Ottoman Empire for 500 years. Running in Antalya is focused on the 25 km of paths that line the Mediterranean coast, plus some good ‘runseeing’ in Antalya’s ‘Old Town’ above the water.

The best places to run in Antalya are along the coast. There’s nearly 25 km of waterfront promenades and coastal paths between the Konyaaltı District and Lara Beach, which we’ve divided into western (closer to the city) and eastern sections. We’ve also designed a ‘runseeing’ tour of Antalya’s hilltop Old Town, starting at the famed Hadrians Gate.

Runners should be aware that Antalya is hot in summer — use the proper precautions! As for getting around, in addition to buses, a good light rail/tram has been built over the past 20 years, providing good access to our coastal routes.

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Antalya has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers, and mild, wet winters. Runners should take precaution during the summer, where high temperatures typically reaching 34-35C (95F), with nights dipping to 22-23C. Winters are mild, with average highs in the 15C range (near 60F), and cool, 5-6C (mid-40sF) nights. This is a sunny climate, with 300 days of sunshine a year, and most of the 1,000mm (41-inch) precipitation falling from November-March.

Owing to the fact that Antalya attracts 15 million visitors annually, there’s a huge selection of hotels in the area. From a running perspective, we recommend staying as close to the coast as possible, which provides access to the 25+ km of paths and promenades that are the highlight of running in Antalya.

Running Stores

There are no independent running shops in Antalya, but there are outlets of Nike, New Balance, and Adidas that are centrally located, plus a Decathlon and a Nike Factory Store near the airport. See the overview map on our Antalya home page for more information.

Running Groups

Antalya Runners is a fairly active group.