Lara Plajı (Lara
Beach) 10 km (6 miles) east of Kaleiçi (map) is a l-o-n-g
beach of gentle waves, darkish sand,
and some small pebbles.
Most parts of the
beach are backed by commercial
services offering beach
chairs, sun umbrellas,
snacks and drinks, showers and
perhaps even some entertainment.
The beach begins east of Antalya's falez (cliffs),
just past the Lower Düden
East of the waterfall a point of land
extends into the Gulf of Antalya. Hotels,
restaurants and other services host
visitors who swim mostly from docks
The real sand beach
starts on the east side of the point
and extends for several kilometers.
The first major installation is Lara
People's Beach (Lara Halk Plajı), with beach services
organized by the city of Antalya.
Beyond this municipal beach are various
private commercial installations which
bear numbers (1 to 8) and fantasy names.
I'd suggest that you have a look at
Lara Halk Plajı first, and if this
doesn't fit your needs, go farther
east to find one that does.
If you don't want to rent a beach
chair and umbrella, or use the other
services available, find one of the
vacant parts of the beach, spread your
beach towel, and soak up the sun.
You can reach Lara Plajı from
the center of Antalya by City Bus 8. The
ride from Atatürk Caddesi near Kalekapısı to
the beach takes
a few minutes less if you're only going
as far as Lara Halk Plajı.
Antalya's other beach, Konyaaltı
west of the city, has coarser sand
and more pebbles, but better beach
installations, and is
quicker and easier to reach by Nostalji Tramvay
—by Tom Brosnahan
Below, a commercial