Antalya Travel Guide
Antalya Turkey is the largest city on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, and is one of the hubs of the so-called Turkish Riviera.
1. About Antalya, Turkey
Antalya Turkey is Turkey’s leading holiday city and one of the most popular and frequent tourist destinations in Turkey.
This piece of paradise continues to be a preferred holiday city with its natural beauties and historical riches, Blue-flagged beaches along the clear waters.
Antalya Turkey which is one of the places that come to mind first regarding summer tourism in Turkey.
Here is a guide has detailed clarification about Antalya, hotels, beaches, shops, photos, transportation, archeological sites, etc.
From swimming and sailing to sightseeing, mountain climbing and family fun, Antalya offers something for everyone.
Around April, when you can quietly get a suntan and the weather is much more tolerable than summer months, it is one of the best time to visit Antalya.
2. Where is Antalya ?
Antalya is located on Anatolia’s flourishing southwestern coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains; it is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over two million people in its metropolitan area.
located 36.91 latitudes and 30.70 longitudes and situated at elevation 61 meters above sea level.
operates on the EEST time zone.
The west of the Antalya Gulf extends to the Bey Mountain group and Toros Mountains which are located on the northeast side.
3. Arrive to Antalya
Antalya Airport is 13 km (8 miles) east of the city center, and it’s the most suitable airport to reach the city for those preferring to use an airplane. (As little as $60, A lower price is available for early booking).
Impressive airport, There are many shops and places to grab a quick bite to eat.
As the airport is huge, there are enough places to sit for everyone while waiting for the flights.
Don’t miss the Duty-Free Zones At this airport.
Dozens of flights from various airports in Europe to Antalya airport.
Phone: (+90242) 330 32 33
Phone 2: (+90242) 330 3600.
Fax: (+90242) 330 31 30
Are you looking for a respite after a long flight or planning a return trip? Browse hotels nearby.
Airport public buses
Antalya Airport Transportation provided using tour operating companies, transfer companies, Havaş services, public buses, and taxicabs.
Here you will get more information about the city buses from the airport to the town center and Bus Terminal.
Line 600 Airport-Bus Station, Serves for 24 hours.
Leave from the station every thirty minutes.
Antalya Airport – City Center: Approximately 40-45 minutes.
Antalya Airport – Bus Station: Approximately 50-60 minutes.
Line 800 Airport-Lara-Konyaaltı, Serves between 06:15 and 22:15 Airport
Leave from the station every 2 hours and cost 4 TL (as of January 2017).
Antalya Airport – City Center: Approximately 45-50 minutes.
Antalya Airport – Bus Station: Approximately 55-60 minutes.
You have to buy a contactless payment card (Akbil) at the bus station, which costs 5 TL, so expect to pay 10 TL at the station.
To catch the public bus from the International Terminal, you have to go to the domestic terminal (300m, simply turn right when you leave the International Terminal). There is a small blue “D” sign beside the taxi stand in front of the International Terminal; holding up there more often attracts taxi drivers (telling you: “There is no bus leaving here!”) offering you a ride.
A taxi ride between Antalya airport and the city center will take around 20 minutes, and it will cost about 15 $ (50 TL) during the day.
All the local highways in Antalya are high-quality asphalt roads, and the main highways are connecting the city to various regions of Turkey.
So you have four different routes to reach Antalya by the road.
1- The main highway connecting Antalya to Central Anatolia over Manavgat Konya
2- The highway extending along the Mediterranean coast, which is connecting Antalya to Mersin harbor in the east coast.
3- The tourist highway along the shoreline that’s connecting Antalya to the ancient regions of Lycia, Lonia and Caria on the west coast.
4- The main highway is advancing towards the north, which connects Antalya to the major cities of Turkey like Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul.
In all the tourism focuses in Antalya, there are operators of many international and local car rental companies operate, and it is possible to rent a car from these agents.
Tours are organized to important tourism centers such as Ephesus, Cappadocia, Istanbul, and also some travel companies organize tours to introduce Antalya region.
The closest harbors to where timetable and charter voyages are organized are Kusadasi and Izmir ports on the west coast, Tasucu and Mersin ports on the eastern seaboard.
There is not any scheduled cruise to Antalya region.
At the international marinas of Kemer, Kaleici, Setur and Alanya, complete services are kept up during the year for the yachts and other small watercrafts. You can have more enjoyable trip organized by boats along the substantially beautiful southern.
You can also rent a boat from the marinas of southwestern and western shores of Turkey.
Moreover, you can visit nearby Greek islands by tours or rented boats.
The closest train station is in Burdur, 122 km north. Although Turkish State Railways (TCDD) stopped to operate direct passenger trains from Istanbul to Burdur, you can still get a ticket for Pamukkale Express, which has sleeper berths as well as a coach car. Then you should get off the train in Dinar station and transfer to the connecting bus provided by TCDD (no extra payment required other than your train ticket). Once you in Burdur, all you have to do is to catch a minibus for Antalya, it takes one and a half hour and costs 9 TL for a person one-way. This may seem a bit of a hassle, but it is still a good option for who’s on a tight budget
4. Get around
Antalya has a vast network of public transportation, such as public buses, trams, mini-buses, taxis and dolmush “Small buses”.
There are numerous buses which serve for transportation in Antalya. Buses go from anywhere to any destination in the city. Fares are cheap, and most buses offer air-conditioning and TV even for short routes.
40 buses belong to the municipality and 160 buses are private. Besides 89 buses are operated by Pamfilya Transportation Company, and there are also more than 400 minibusses which are privately-owned.
There is a system of the letters that precede the route numbers on the signs posted on the front of the buses:
A – Aksu, It’s a town to the east
C – Çarşı
D – Döşemealtı
F – Tıp Fakültesi
K – Konyaaltı Beach, to the west of the town center
L – Lara Beach, to the southeast of the town center
M – Masadağı
T – Terminal
U – Uncalı
V – Varsak
For example, when the bus destination number is CK04, it runs between Çarşı and Konyaaltı Beach
Dolmush In Turkish means “filled up.” its is a shared taxi or minibus, that’s running a pre-determined route.
The major public transportation stations have a dolmus station, where you can take a seat in the dolmush that travels to your destination. The dolmush does not wait until it fills up. Instead, it is scheduled. However, if the empty dolmus moves slowly hoping to find more passenger, Still it needs to abide its schedule and cannot stall much.
Antalya provides a two-line tram machine in operation that’s mild rail system.
1-Museum-City Center-Işıklar-Zerdalilik Nostalgic Tram
2-Fatih-Bus Station-City Center-Meydan Modern Tram
Trams are so comfortable, air conditioned and feature WiFi, although a Turkish cell phone number is needed to register for the WiFi.
Tickets cost 1.75TL can be obtained at the stores around the stations or specific AntRay-counters
It is possible to pay through the Antalya contactless public transport card (Akbil); these cards can be recharged at the vending machines near the tram stops. Vending machines speak different languages Includes English. If you’re unsure, just can ask help from the station guards.
There is a taxi stands all over the city where the drivers have their base and tea pot. Every taxi is metered, and there are two different rates. For popular destinations, price lists are showing the rate in Euro. A fair rate is about 0.8 to 1 Tl per kilometer.
After midnight (24:00) till morning (06:00), it will cost 50% more than the daytime fare.
Car rental is available at the bus terminal, airport and city center. It is advised not to use a car to reach city center (specially Cumhuriyet, Atatürk, Sarampol street, Isiklar streets and old town), as finding a car park and the way people drive might be little difficult. Be sure to abide non-parking limitation; the municipality is very strict about it. You will see a destination signs on the roads to guide you. Also, Most young locals know English, and they will be pleased to help about your destination.
You can also obtain a city map from tourist information desks in the city center.
5. Where to stay ? Hotels in Antalya
Whether you are traveling for pleasure or business, accommodation is the key to your trip,
So take into account your choices carefully to make your trip in Antalya more enjoyable, many types of hotels are available in Antalya to satisfy your wishes.
There are numerous of different options for Antalya hotels from pensions to 5 Stars Lodges, dedicated to keeping excessive standards of quality, hospitality, comfort, and cost-for-money.
Most of Antalya hotels are located in Lara, Belek, Kemer, Alanya and Side. Four and five stars hotels in Antalya are truly very capacious.
And in this type of hotels there is all kind of facilities and activities such as shopping centers, discos, eating places, gifts shops, beauty centers and much more. So during your holiday you may don’t need to get out of your hotel.
If you are searching for a cheap hotel and traveling on a particular budget or if you want a remarkable vacation in style and enjoy a luxurious hotel with exceptional service, you can find a great variety of hotels to suit your need.
Below are descriptions of and what you can expect in Antalya hotels.
5 Star Hotels
Expected luxury and all services, Worldwide chains (Hilton, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, etc.) tend to be smoother but substantially more expensive than local Turkish chains (Divan, Dedeman, Merit, etc.), which offers a bit less class but better value.
In general, they provide a luxury restaurant, inside and outside pools, full-Service Spa, free Wi-Fi in public areas, free valet parking, free beach shuttle, gym and fitness center onsite.
4 Star Hotels
Very comfortable local hotels, separate or small Turkish chains, multilingual staff, very nice restaurant and bar, aircon, perhaps swimming pool,and good breakfast.
3 Star Hotels
Comfortable, with minibars, satellite TV, perhaps even a swimming pool or nightclub in smaller cities and resorts.
2 Star Hotels
Good value! May have TVs in the rooms, or just a TV lounge; some pretensions to decor, decent breakfast.
1 Star Hotels
Incredible value for the budget-minded, simple, often like a European pension. Not a lot of services, even though usually Wi-Fi, television in the lounge, clean rooms with (tiny) personal bath, and a simple breakfast.
Turkey has several brilliant vacationers’ hostels and its comfortable, congenial, low-value, high-enjoyment lodgings centered at adventurous vacationers of every age,
however, in general, more young ones. The many offerings typically include Wi-Fi net get right of entry to, bars and lounges, tour-booking offerings, Air Conditioning, Bar, Free Wi-Fi, 24 Hour Reception, and may include private rooms with bath.
6. Places to visit in Antalya
Antalya draws millions of people with its beautiful nature and historical riches for visiting this city.
The combination of the sun, blue sea, the beautiful mountains that covered with trees cannot be seen effortlessly all collectively anywhere.
Here are the top Places to visit in Antalya :
1. Antalya Museum
Certainly, worth a visit when you are in Antalya, the Antalya Museum or Antalya Archeological Museum was established in I922 by a teacher Süleyman Fikri is one of Turkey’s largest museums, located in Konyaaltı. It has 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. It covers an area of 7,000 m² and more than 5000 works of art exhibited.
Some of the oldest exhibits date millions of years. And most of the artifacts are on display from a few thousand years. It is also allowed to take indoor photos but without using a flash.
Enjoy the visit, and you will also love the gift shop.
Do Not miss it as part of your trip.
Some of the oldest exhibits date millions of years. and most of the artifacts are on display from a few thousand years. it is also allowed to take indoor photos but without using a flash.
enjoy the visit and you will also love the gift shop.
Don’t miss it as part of your trip.
2. The old Roman Harbour
Antalya was actually found due to its good harbor long time in the past. One of the ancient port towns of the country.
After its discovery It became a major Mediterranean port of Asia and this area became one of the most critical places for trade by Romans.
A full range of services are given to the small boats and yacht there, from this marina to the locations in the close and far region, boat tours are available.
Within the bastion, (the quarters) encompassing this harbor were re-established. Today, it serves its guests with its bars, cafes, restaurants, discos and various shops inside a feel of 150 years in the past.
one of the largest underwater aquarium
This is a definite watch for anyone visiting this city.
This underwater Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the whole world. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the amphibian life from beneath the waters.
The old historical city of Antalya known as Kaleici (the inner castle) is surrounded by two walls, most of which have fallen. The inner wall encompasses the harbor in a semicircle. As a result of the renovation, Kaleici has turned into a major tourist center with guesthouses, hotels, bars, shops and restaurants, making this a popular tourist destination.
And the Roman Harbor has turned into a modern, well-equipped marina. As a result of the restoration work, the Ministry of Tourism was awarded the Golden Apple (Tourism Oscar) in April 1984 by FIJET.
5. Duden Waterfalls
The Düden Waterfalls are a group of waterfalls natural attractions within the City of Antalya Turkey. Formed by the recycle station water, Düden Waterfalls are located 12 km north-east of Antalya.
The Upper Düden Waterfalls are a group of small cascades in a quiet park, and the Lower Duden Waterfall is a spectacular cascade that occurs as the Duden River spills off the Antalya City cliffs directly into the sea.
When visiting the upper falls within the park (10TL), don’t miss climbing down a spiral staircase that will lead you into a cave behind the waterfalls. Also, you can take a boat trip to see the falls, which is amazing experience affords fantastic views through a curtain of falling water.
There are also various refreshment stalls for ice-cream and fruit juices.
7. Points of interest
1. Antalya Bazaar
When traveling to Antalya, leave plenty of time for sightseeing – you wouldn’t want to miss out on top attractions like Antalya Bazaar! This historic market area is known for its variable stuff, many shops, especially those selling jewelry.
We advise you to have a visit and enjoy your time there.
2. Antalya Saat Kulesi
Situated by the ancient city walls, this remarkable 19th-century clock tower has a square shape, and it was constructed of rough and hewn stone to protect the old city of Antalya.
3. Hidirlik Kulesi (The Old Stone Tower)
Antalya’s Hıdırlık Kulesi is a landmark tower of tawny stone where Kaleiçi (Old Town) meets Karaalioğlu Park.
Its 14-meter-high tower, set in a small park, overlooks the cliffs of Antalya, and the Roman Harbor. Its establishment is said to date from the 1st or 2nd century AD
The purpose of it is something of a mystery. The common belief is this tower was built as a tomb for a great leader. Bits of fresco within encouraging this conjecture. To the right and left of the portal are 12 axe-like motifs cut into the stone (six stones each side), which indicates the importance of the person entombed.
This tower is located on a Hill end of Old Town. You came to a wonderful view of Mediterranean and Mountains. And you can reach there from the Harbor by 10 min walk.
4. Panoramic Elevator of Antalya
This elevator is efficient use for time-saving. A perfect short-cut to go from the harbor to Republic Square or vice versa with 10 minutes.
It’s free entrance and the views are fantastic from the top, worth a quick visit.
8. Shopping in Antalya Turkey
We are talking about the most populated cities in Turkey and a major tourist attraction. With a variable number of people who pass through on an annual basis, it shouldn’t be any surprise that there are many shops and stores to satisfy visitors’ shopping needs.
The usual souvenirs are fake designer clothing, blue eyes, kilims, shoes, waterpipes, aromatic herbs, and much more.
If you want to visit a modern shopping mall, TerraCity ” on your way to Lara” and also Mark Antalya “close to the old town” do have all of the international designer shops you could wish for.
Antalya main shopping malls and supermarkets:
Laura Shopping Center
Real – Shopping Mall
Covered wholesale food market
White World Center
Deepo Outlet Center
9.food and drink in Antalya Turkey
Food is incredibly cheap and delicious. Full meals will cost about 10 to 30 Turkish Lira, Service is amazing and only matched by its genuine friendliness. Antalya has excellent seafood restaurants as well. One thing to be aware of is to make sure the quoted price is the same as the price written on the menu.
Antalya has a lively nightlife in the summer. Many Options include bars with nargile (water pipe), games, live music and sitting around, discotheques with glamorous people, etc. On the Konyaalti’s Beach Park one club follows the next. Some of the traditional houses of Kaleiçi (Old City) has been turned into bars, in which a bottle of ‘Efes’ old Turkish beer costs around 15 or 20 TL depending on the place. The gardens shaded by trees offer a nice environment with a beer from the peak of summer heat. Also, Raki is a traditional alcoholic beverage that tastes like licorice. Make sure you do not drink it fast otherwise you will be out quickly.
10. Stay safe
Antalya Police Department (Antalya Emniyet Müdürlüğü) has a “tourism police” section where travelers can report passport loss and thefts or any other criminal activity; they may have become victims of. They have staff multilingual in English, French, German, and Arabic.
Tourism Police (Turizm Polisi), Kaleiçi Yat Limanı (at the marina below the old town),
Tel: +90 242 243-10-61 (fax: +90 242 345-41-13)
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