Antalya

Antalya

Things to do - general
Coordinates: 36.8874°N 30.7075°E Coordinates: 36.8874°N 30.7075°E
Country  Turkey
Region Mediterranean
Province Antalya Province
Government
 • Type Metropolitan municipality
 • Mayor Menderes Türel (AKP)
Area
 • Urban 1,417 km2 (547 sq mi)
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Density 478/km2 (1,240/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,203,994
 • Metro 2,222,562
Time zone UTC+3 (FET)
Postal code 07x xx
Area code(s) 0242
Licence plate 07
Website www.antalya.bel.tr
www.antalya.gov.tr
Country Turkey
Visa requirements

By plane
Being 10 km from the city from Antalya, Antalya Airport [16] (IATA: AYT; ICAO: LTAI) caters for the charter flights full of holiday makers. Airlines that serve Antalya include: SunExpress [17] (dozens of flights from all over Europe), Transavia.com [18](lowcost and charters from Netherlands, France and Denmark), AtlasJet [19] (domestic flights), Turkish Airlines [20] (plenty of flights from Ankara and İstanbul-Atatürk), Aeroflot [21] (daily flights from Moscow-Sheremetyevo), Ukraine International Airlines [22] (several charter flights a week from Kiev) to Antalya. Britain is also represented by numerous Charter firms such as Thomas Cooks and Airtours. Condor [23] also serves Antalya.

The new airport Gazipasa, Alanya airport opened up in 2012 and is based near Alanya, Antalya. It is a large investment by the Turkish government to relieve some of the pressure from tourist traffic through the main Antalya airport.

As of March 2011, a taxi ride between the airport and the city centre will set you back € 18 (38 TL [24]) during the day. You can also prefer transfer companies [25] in order to avoid any scam. Other, more wallet-friendly options for the airport transportation include: Havaş buses can be used which are less expensive but more frequent, and they are departing on the hour from "Güllük PTT" (10 TL). There are public buses from the airport (line 600, "Terminal-Otogar") which leave on the half hour and cost 4 TL [as of January 2016]. You need to purchase a contactless payment card at the bus driver, which costs 5 TL, so expect to pay 10 TL at the bus driver [as of March 2016]. To catch the public bus from the International Terminal you have to go to the domestic terminal (300m, just turn right when you leave the International Terminal), there is a small blue "D" sign next to a larger ficus tree. The blue "D" sign next to the taxi stand in front of the International Terminal won't get you anywhere; waiting there usually attracts taxi drivers (telling you truthfully: "There is no bus leaving here!") offering a ride.

Antray tram leave from outside Terminals 2 and 3 to the Otogar via the city center and old town about every 20 minutes. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Tickets cost 2 TL.

By bus
The Turkish bus system is comprehensive and you can get about anywhere from anywhere. Better spend a few more liras and you will have an unforgettable journey. Ulusoy has buses with seats that resemble business class in airplanes. There are also other bus companies, including Kamil Koc, Truva, Metro and otobusbileti selling bus tickets of Ulusoy Turizm and other seventy bus firms. Some companies have an onboard WLAN.

The terminal is separated in two buildings. The larger building obviously houses the long distance bus routes, and the smaller building to the left (west) serves for shorter distance routes including Serik, Manavgat, Side, and Fethiye.

Fares are low. Simply show up at the bus station (“otogar”) and announce your destination. From most cities, there are an overnight bus options (with Antalya [26]). There are regular buses destined for Antalya that run along the coastal roads and stop at tourist towns such as Kas and Fethiye.

By boat
Most travelers arrive in Marmaris from Rhodes, Greece, then bus it overland. You can also take a ferry from Kastellorizo, a tiny Greek island just off the Turkish fishing village of Kas.

By train
The nearest train station is in Burdur, 122 km north. Although Turkish State Railways (TCDD) [27] ceased to operate direct passenger trains to Burdur from Istanbul, you can still buy a ticket for Pamukkale Express, which has sleeper berths as well as a coach car. You should get off the train in Dinar station and transfer to the connecting bus provided by TCDD (no extra payment other than your train ticket). Once in Burdur, all you need is to catch a minibus for Antalya, which takes one and a half hour and costs 9 TL/person one-way. All this may seem a bit of a hassle, but it is still an option if you are on a tight budget, keen on reducing your carbon footprint or hold an Inter Rail pass.

The Pamukkale Express is NOT operating as of April 2009 and it is unclear when or IF it will resume service.

Languages spokenTurkish
Currency usedTurkish lira (TRY)
Area (km2)1,417 km²

Sports & nature

Most of Antalya's historic buildings can be found along the narrow, winding streets of Kaleiçi, the old quarter. Historical, architectural and archaeological sites of note include: Yivli Minaret, Karatay Medresesi, Hıdırlık Tower, Ahi Yusuf Mescidi, Iskele Mosque, Murat Paşa Mosque, Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Balibey Mosque, Musellim Mosque, Seyh Sinan Efendi Mosque, Hadrian Arch, and the Clock Tower. Many structures date back to the Hellenistic era. Also The Antalya Museum has a notable archaeology collection.

Walk around and chill at Karaalıoğlu Park or observe fishermen at lively Yacht Harbour
Shop at great malls; Terracity, 5M Migros, Özdilek and Deepo Outlet Center.
The hill of Tünektepe, with a height of 618 m/2009 ft, west of the city has a splendid panorama of Antalya. On the top of it, there is a hotel, a rotating restaurant, and a nightclub, although the club is mostly open for private parties only.
You can take a short scenic cruise on the Mediterranean from the boats anchored in the harbor. Assume that the right price is about half of the first price you are offered. Don't believe their assurances that the boat is leaving right away--the boat will leave when the owners think there is no reasonable chance that more passengers can be persuaded to board. Morning cruises tend to be calmer than afternoon cruises.

In Belek which is 45 km's from Antalya city center you can enjoy playing golf as this is Turkey's golf center with more than 30 well organised golf courses. Lara Golf Club, is a good option as there is no membership required and they do have a nice spa as well.

Nightlife info

Antalya has a lively nightlife in summer. Options include bars with nargile (water pipe), games, live music and sitting around, discotheques with glamorous visitors, etc. On Konyaalti's Beach Park one club follows the next. Some of traditional houses of Kaleiçi (Old City) has been turned into bars, in which a bottle of 'Efes' beer costs around 10 or 12 TL depending on the place. Their gardens shaded by trees offer a nice escape with a beer from the peak of summer heat. Raki is a traditional alcoholic beverage that tastes like licorice. Make sure you do not drink it fast otherwise you will be out quickly.

Food is extemely cheap, and good. Full meals will cost you about 10 to 20 Turkish Lira, about 5 to 11 US Dollars. Service is amazing, and only matched by its genuine friendliness. Antalya has good seafood restaurants as well. One caveat to be aware of is to make sure the quoted price is the same as the price written on the menu.

 

Culture and history info

Antalya (Turkish pronunciation: [anˈtalja]) is the fifth-most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its eponymous province. Located on Anatolia's flourishing southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over one million people in its metropolitan area.

The city that is now Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian's Gate, and the proliferation of neighboring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Byzantine Empire in 1207 and an expanding Ottoman Empire in 1391. Ottoman rule brought relative peace and stability for the next five hundred years. The city was transferred to Italian suzerainty in the aftermath of World War I, but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence.

Antalya is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. Large-scale development and governmental funding has promoted tourism. A record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

Antalya was the host city for the 2015 G-20 summit and the EXPO 2016.

In 2015, the population was 2.288 million.

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