Lifestyle Review: Land of Legends, Antalya Turkey

It feels like a lifetime ago since I was in Turkey now, but when creating my Antalya foodie guide, it was great to go through all the photos and remind myself of what a wonderful press trip we had thanks to Jet2Holidays*. For me, one of the highlights was absolutely Land of Legends. As a lover of theme parks, retail therapy and food eating, it ticked all my boxes for a successful day out. Here's a little look...

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For those of you who haven't yet heard of it, Land of Legends is an outlet shopping complex just outside of Antalya, located on the seafront Rixos Park Belek. It combines an outlet shopping mall with a large water park with 41 slides and wave pool, a dry theme park with rollercoasters and family-friendly rides, with a luxury Kingdom hotel. It even has its own giant castle reminiscing of another famous park. It is one of the largest theme parks in Turkey and a few years ago they expanded the dry section of the park to be accessed independently (so no need to have to keep changing out of your swimming costume).

In terms of the theming, Land of Legends is an interesting one. When first arriving in to the park and walking through the beautiful gardens, it's quite something - but it's a bit of a weird mash-up of steam punk, the Old West, Masha and the Bear (which I'm told is an extremely popular children's television franchise) and a sort of adventure area which is a little unclear. It's clearly taken inspiration from existing popular parks, but without committing fully. That said, it didn't stop us from exploring and enjoying the rides. 

I was surprised to find that Land of Legends theme park is pretty small as most theme parks go. It is arguably aimed very much at families with young children and offers plenty for children of all ages. One of the members of our group, Hollie from HolliePlus, was so impressed with how well they had thought out the park in terms of activities for kids - and that they had air-conned soft play areas inside for when the sun gets a little too much. Her boys were also big fans of Masha and the Bear so she felt confident that they'd have loved it. 

I, however, was there for the thrill-seeking and for a day visit there is plenty for lovers of rollercoasters with Hypercoaster (a 62-meter-high Hyper Coaster with speeds up to 115 km/hour) and Typhoon Coaster (43 meter coaster reaching the water at a speed of 86 km), and 5th Dimension (a 5D cinema experience with over 12 exciting special effects) being my biggest highlights. 

I've never been a big fan of water coasters and tend to avoid them, if I'm honest. But when in Rome, I thought I'd dive in with both feet and managed to convince everyone to board the Typhoon Coaster with me. It starts out pretty tame, pleasantly floating through ancient Turkish/Grecian theming before getting on the track. Before you know it, you've hit a wall, which was actually my favourite part - this was a somewhat dramatic vertical lift which takes the boat to the highest point of the track before your downward descent. It's really fun and you will get soaked but it was very welcome given the heat and we dried in almost no time at all. 

My favourite of the day which called for repeat rides was the Hypercoaster. It tested the strength of my false eyelashes and is the tallest rollercoaster at the park (and the whole of Turkey), standing at 200ft tall. It's name and theming may not be the most unique or imaginative and, having done some research, appears to be a clone of Flash at Lewa Adventure in China which opened in 2016. That said, what it lacks in clear theming (there is a train in the queue line?) it makes up for in thrill and is almost a flawless rollercoaster experience.

Outside of the theme-park and waterparks, there are so many great shops and you can easily lose a good few hours here. It feels incredibly American. By nightfall, with the lights, gondola rides and fountains it feels reminiscent of Las Vegas at times. If you're in the park all day, I'd absolutely recommend staying here for food as there are plenty of great restaurants, including NEMO Lounge and Restaurant which makes for a truly memorable dining experience. You can find out more about NEMO on my Antalya foodie guide.

All in all, whilst I wouldn't necessarily make a point to visit Antalya again specifically to return to Land of Legends, I would definitely recommend it if you're there and it was certainly one of my favourite days from the trip - and I would without a doubt return to Antalya. When I visit anywhere in the world, I always make a point to see if there are any local theme-parks so I'd have been pleased with this discovery. It's a fun, clean, safe environment for all members of the family and perfectly positioned not too far from Antalya. 

A huge thanks again to Jet2Holidays for such an incredible press trip. I very much enjoyed looking back at our trip and all the photos. Jet2Holidays offer a range of holidays to Turkey which you can learn more about via their website.

Until next time travellers, 

*Disclaimer: My visit to Land of Legends was part of a press trip with Jet2Holidays. As always I was under no obligation to write a review and all opinions are my own and do not reflect that of the brand.


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