A common question we get asked a lot: Which beach should I go to in Antalya, Lara beach or Konyaalti beach? Both these beaches are located near Antalya’s city center. Here we discuss what makes each of these two beaches special so you can pick the right one according to your preferences.
Konyaalti beach spans from central Antalya all the way to the West of the city. It is a long stretch of beach which features a wide variety of parks, beach clubs, restaurants and bars.
The most important thing when considering Konyaalti beach is to be aware of the fact that this is a pebble beach. This in conjunction with the fact that in some areas sea access can be a bit steep we would recommend you bring water shoes or sandals for comfort.
The main advantage of Konyaalti beach is its location. Its central location makes it very easily accessible and makes for some great opportunities to combine your visit to the beach with some other interesting activities.
The most recent development is Beach park at Konyaalti Beach that has opened in 2019. It features excellent beach clubs and public beaches. Apart from the beach there is a long promenade filled with restaurants, cafes and terraces. It has become one of the most popular hot spots for flâneuring and relaxing in the evening after a relaxing day at the beach.
Read our in depth article Konyaalti Beach – All You Need to Know for more details.
Lara beach is a sandy beach which spans from Lara all the way to Kundu. Most all-inclusive hotels in Antalya are situated along the coast that makes up this beach. Therefore you will find that for the largest part the beaches here are private and exclusively accessible by hotel guests.
There are also a number of beach clubs and public beaches available in case you are not staying at any of the hotels in this area. The public beach is located on the western most side of the beach nearer the city center. The beach clubs are all quite similar and offer snacks, drinks, shisha, sunbeds and parasols for a fee.
The main advantage of Lara beach is that it’s a sandy beach. This makes it perfect the perfect place for children to build sand castles and the sand makes it easier to access the sea compared to a pebble beach. Our favorite Lara beach club is Oba.
Besides the beach itself there aren’t many other things to do in the vicinity of Lara beach as it’s located on the outer edge of the city. The nearest place with activities like shopping, restaurants and bars is the Lara neighborhood (not to be confused with Lara Beach), which is around 15 minutes by taxi.
Read our in depth article Lara Beach – All You Need to Know for more details.
Which one should I choose?
If you’re looking for a sandy beach you have no choice but to go to Lara. Otherwise we would recommend Konyaalti beach due to its superior location and the broad variety of things to do in the surrounding area.