Escape to the Mediterranean and enjoy a sun-drenched getaway in Egirdir. The lakeside town is set at the foot of Mount Sivri and features sandy beaches, cobalt-blue water and lashings of sunshine. Relax on the golden sand beach, explore the Iron Age castle and dine at waterfront restaurants. Venture into the surrounding mountains to hike, cycle and visit ancient villages.
Things to do in Eğirdir
Sparkling blue water and a long arc of gold sand give Altinkum Beach a Mediterranean feel. Rent a sunlounger for the day and make a splash with water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Boat tours are a fun way to explore the lake and admire the surrounding mountains. The six-kilometre return hike to the summit of Mount Sivri is a great alternative to a beach day.
Egirdir Castle commands a strategic position on the peninsula. The castle was built in the Iron Age but features additions from throughout the centuries. Look closely and you’ll see elements of Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk architecture. You’re a stone’s throw from several other archaeological sites, including the ancient city of Prostanna hidden in the mountains.
Restaurants dot the lakefront and treat you to delicious food and beautiful views. Enjoy freshwater fish caught in Lake Egirdir and local specialties like doner kebabs. Many restaurants serve traditional Turkish breakfasts complete with flatbread, honey, jams, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, cold meats, yoghurt and eggs.
A short causeway links Yesil Ada with the mainland. The tiny island was once home to a lively Greek village and is dotted with traditional stone houses. You can wander along the tree-lined streets and enjoy refreshments at a Turkish coffee house.
Getting around Eğirdir
Egirdir is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The resort is in Isparta Province, a two-hour drive from Antalya. Buses are a fast and affordable way to visit nearby beaches and attractions in Isparta Province. Antalya Airport is a two-hour drive away.