This year, January 1st, the official holiday in Turkey, is on a Wednesday. Many locals use this week to spend a short winter vacation on the Turkish Riviera and to celebrate the New Year. According to representatives of the tourism sector, up to 1 million vacationers are expected in the Antalya area. This year celebrities will be on stage in most of the hotels in Cyprus.
"Most of the facilities in Alanya are fully booked"
Reservations from home and abroad are running very satisfactorily, according to those responsible. Almost 35 percent of the coastal capacity is open during this period, and demand from abroad for Antalya continues. There is over 90 percent occupancy in hotels. Belek in particular is in high demand, it is said.
Ski vacation increasingly popular
Did you know that the Saklikent ski area near Antalya is the closest ski area in the world to the equator? Especially at the end of winter, you can lie here on the beach in Antalya in the morning and drive to Saklikent at around 50 km at noon to enjoy the snow or go skiing. With a rental car you only need a short time to make a detour into the snow. The most important ski areas in Turkey are further north in Uludag, Erciyes, Palandöken and Kartalkaya. Antalya is presently decorated for the New Year. The Christmas markets in Alanya and for the first time in Antalya are also very popular with locals. The occupancy rate for hotels that offer New Year's programs is 100 percent. Several hotels that were closed last winter are now open all year round, the season has become longer. The popular Christmas symbols such as Santa Claus or the Christmas tree are often put up here in Turkey on New Year, and there are also gifts on New Year's Eve.
Not only the hotels are happy about the increasing number of visitors, the car rental companies in the Antalya and Gazipaşa area are also very busy. The low prices for rental cars and many special offers and winter promotions also make it attractive to rent a car from Antalya Airport or Gazipasa Airport. With a rental car you are free and can explore the interesting surroundings of the Mediterranean on your own.