There are only a couple of months left to see the incredible sand sculptures of SANDLAND in Antalya. The festival ends on the 15th December and is one of Antalya’s most exciting events. For something a little different on your holiday to Turkey, head over to Antalya this autumn to check out some of these awe-inspiring works of art.
8th International Antalya Festival
The International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival, or SANDLAND, is one of the largest exhibitions of sand sculptures in the world. The exhibition graces Antalya’s beaches with its breath-taking art pieces once a year and after seven previous years is bigger and better than ever. The pieces on show at SANDLAND are skilfully carved by sand sculptors from all around the world and the festival is visited by thousands of people every year with adults and children coming to marvel at the incredible creations. Each year the festival has a different theme for its sculptures and this year’s theme is the Seven Wonders of the World and Mythology. SANDLAND is set on the beach of Antalya (where there’s plenty of sand!) and this year features giant sculptures of famous sites like the pyramids, the Roman Colosseum and the Taj Mahal, plus characters and scenes from some of the world’s most famous myths and legends. Some of these incredible pieces tower over visitors at several feet high and with over 10,000 tonnes of sand spread over 10,000m2, SANDLAND is a seriously impressive wonder in its own right!
Activities at SANDLAND Antalya
Alongside the many sand sculptures, the festival will be holding a range of activities for visitors to take part in including a chance to design and make your own sand sculpture with the help of one of the event’s sculptors. Of course, if you’d rather just build sandcastles or take a dip in the sea, the beach isn’t far away!
The exhibition space spans out over thousands of square metres and one of the best ways to see it all is by joining one of SANDLAND’s ATV safaris. Zoom over the dunes of Antalya’s beaches and marvel at the gigantic sculptures which give the excursion a far more otherworldly feel.
If you’re in Antalya for a couple of days it’s well worth visiting the festival at night when the sand sculptures are lit up with LED lighting for an incredible colour changing light show, plus screenings of the official SANDLAND documentary which will further explain the process of creating these magnificent sandy art pieces. The festival grounds are open until 11pm every night so SANDLAND makes an ideal place for evening activities as well as days out on your holiday to Turkey.