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Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and is the capital city of Antalya province. Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, it has an irregular coastline dotted with cliffs and waterfalls resulting in stunning landscape and awe inspiring natural beauty.
Antalya’s central location on the Turkish Riviera coupled with the easy availability of hotels, lodges, clubs, bar and restaurants have transformed it into a major international resort town. The region, blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine in a year, is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming and sports activities like sailing, wind surfing, water skiing, rafting and mountain climbing.
Antalya is believed to have been founded by King Attalos of Pergamum in around 150 BC. Antalya became part of the Roman Empire in 133 BC when King Attalos willed his kingdom to the Romans on his death. The city became a prosperous centre in the Ancient Roman Empire. Subsequently the city was occupied by the Byzantines and the Seljuks before it came under the Ottoman Rule and continued so until the creation of Turkish Republic in 1923.
Some of the important sites of tourist importance in the city are:
Some of the excursions that can be undertaken are:
In summer there are several (free) concerts and music festivals in Antalya, that mostly take place in the park around the Glass Pyramid (Cam Piramit) in Meltem. They don't always advertise them, so when you are in the area just keep your eyes and ears open.
You can check some of them at Antalya Festivals.
Antalya is shielded from the cold northerly winds by the Taurus mountain ranges which run parallel to the Mediterranean Sea. This results in Antalya having a typical Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and moderately warm and rainy winters. The region receives almost 300 days of sunshine and the air temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 40 °C in July and August. Normally it's a more bearable 30 °C-35 °C though and winters see temperatures mostly between 15 °C and 22 °C.
|Avg Max||14.9 °C||15.4 °C||17.7 °C||21.2 °C||25.4 °C||30.5 °C||33.8 °C||33.7 °C||30.9 °C||26.4 °C||21.2 °C||16.7 °C|
|Avg Min||5.9 °C||6.2 °C||7.8 °C||11.1 °C||15 °C||19.4 °C||22.4 °C||22.3 °C||19.1 °C||15 °C||10.7 °C||7.6 °C|
|Rainfall||232.4 mm||160.7 mm||96.8 mm||46.2 mm||30 mm||9.6 mm||2.2 mm||2.5 mm||12.3 mm||67.7 mm||131.9 mm||263.3 mm|
Antalya Airport (AYT) is located around 10 kilometres from the city centre. This airport handles both domestic and international flights. Antalya is well connected with other parts of Turkey by domestic flights and it is also directly connected with many cities in Europe and the Middle East. There is no public transport from the airport to the city centre, so taxis can be hired or pre-booked for the same. There is also an Airport Shuttle service operated by Havas, which drops passengers in the city centre and charges YTL10 for the same.
Antalya is still not connected by rail services. However tourists can travel by train upto Denizli or Konya and from there lots of buses are available to Antalya which cover the distance in around 4 hours. It is worth mentioning here that the overnight Pamukkale express from Istanbul to Denizli has been stopped due to some engineering work and it is not expected to resume normal services anytime in 2009.
Bus service is excellent in Turkey. Istanbul-Antalya is one of the busiest routes and lots of buses are available on this route. There are overnight buses and day time buses and most of them take around 12-14 hours. Antalya is also well connected to other cities of Turkey and bus is the only option while visiting the smaller Mediterranean resort towns in the Antalya region. Two of the well known and most reputed bus companies operating in Turkey are Varan and Ulusoy.
Plenty of taxis are available to explore the city. It is better to bargain for the best rates before boarding any vehicle as the rates vary according to the tourist season.
Buses are available, but you have to be sure of the route before boarding any bus. There is a tram line also which runs from Antalya Museum and passing along the old city centre, Hadrian’s Gate terminates at Talya Oteli. Trams usually depart every 30 minutes and one way fare is YTL1.2.
|Blue Sea Garden||Kilicarslan Mah. Hesapci Sk. No. 65 Kaleici||Hotel||-|
|Dedekonak Pansiyon||Kilincaslan Mah.Hidirlik Sok. No.13 Kaleici||Guesthouse||85|
|Erken Pension Kaleici||Kilicarslan Mah. Hidirlik St. No:5 Kaleici||Apartment||-|
|HavaSu Village||Arpabeleni Mevkii Mavikent||Campsite||-|
|Hotel Frankfurt||Hidirlik Sokak 17/Kaleici||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Karyatit||Kilinçarslan Mah.Kadirpaþa Sok.No:7 Kaleiçi Antalya||Hotel||-|
|Lotus Hotel||YALI Mah. 1003 Sok. No.16||Hotel||-|
|Mavi & Ani Pension||Kilicarslan Mah.Tabakhane SOk.NO:26 Kaleici Antaly||HOTEL||90|
|Olympia Treehouse & Camping||Cirali Koyu Kemer||HOSTEL||-|
|Özmen Pension||Kýlýçarslan Mah.Zeytin Çýkmaz sok No.5 Kaleiçi||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Sabah Pansiyon||Kaleici (The Old Town) Kilincaslan Mah. Hesapci So||Guesthouse||87|
|The Oasis Pansion||Barbaros Mah. Müze no.13 Kaleci Antalya||Guesthouse||-|
|White Garden Pansion||Kaleici Kilicaslan mah. Hesapci gecidi No. 9||Hotel||93|
|Yesil Vadi Pension-Camping||Ciglik kasabasi Aydinlar mah. Termessos||Guesthouse||-|
|Zeytinada Pansiyon||Zeytinada Köyü Gazipasa Antalya||Guesthouse||-|
|Antalya Dantel Pension||Kilicarslan Mahallesi Zeytin Gecidi No:4 Antalya||Guesthouse||83|
|Agrigento Lara Hotel||Eski Lara Yolu Karpuzkald ?ran Mevkii No:288||Hotel||-|
|Greenland Hotel||Lara Yolu 1537, Sokak No 15||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Candles House||Barbaros Mah. Kandiller sok.No:6 (Kaleiçi)||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Lale Park||Lale Sok. No. P.K. 117||Hotel||92|
|Amazon Motel||Side - Sorgun Sahil Yolu Büyü Side Stadyumunu 500 metre Geçi||Hotel||-|
|Kaleici Hotel||Kılıcaslan Mah. Sakarya sok. no. 11 Kaleici Antalya||Hotel||-|
|Secret Palace Pansion||Kılıçarslan mah. Fırın sok. Ka||Hostel||-|
|Simge Pension||Kemer Ciralı||Guesthouse||-|
|Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel||Barbaros Mah. Hesapci Sok. 30 Kaleiçi (Old Town)||Hotel||-|
|Mediterra Art Hotel||Barbaros mah. Zafer sok. No:5 Old Town Antalya||Hotel||-|
|Kibala Hotel||Ulupinar Köyü - Cirali Mah. - Kemer||Hostel||-|
|Jasmin Pansion||Cirali - Kemer Antalya||Guesthouse||-|
|Chillout Side - Sevil Otel||Selimiye Mah.Barbaros caddesi. Zambak sokak No:84||Hostel||-|
|Antalya Hostel Abad Hotel||Kiliçarslan Mah. Hesapçi Sok. No. 54 Kaleiçi - Antalya||Hotel||82|
|Antalya Madi Hotel||Deniz Mahallesi Konyaalti Caddesi 124 Sokak No 8||Hotel||-|
|Mehtap||Sarampol Cad 653 Sk No. 4 k1 d 7||Guesthouse||-|
|Erkal Pansion||Barbaros Mahallesi Kandiller Geï¿½idi No:5 Kaleiï¿||HOTEL||82|
|Cirali Hotel||cirali/kemer/antalya cirali||Hotel||-|
|Maviay Hotel||Deniz MH 126 SK NO: 87 Adrasan||HOTEL||-|
|Grand Angel Hotel||Hamit Efendi Sokak 10 Kaleici||Hotel||-|
|tepe hotel||çağlayan mh.2012 sk.no:8||Hotel||-|
|Lazer Pension||kilincarslan mahallesi Tabakhene sokak no.30 Kaleici /ANTALYA||Hostel||-|
|Antalya Start Hotel||Ali Çetinkaya Caddesi 19||Hotel||-|
|Amazon||barbaros.mah müze. sk Muratpaşa||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Metur||Genclik Mah. 1326 Sk. No: 59||Hotel||-|
|Antalya Mostar Hotel||Antalya Mostar hotel Kazim Ozalp Cad No. 119||Hotel||-|
|The Seven Stars Exclusive Hotel||Caglayan Mahallesi 2049 sokak no:16 Barýnaklar/Lar||Hotel||-|
|Kybele Hotel||Adrasan Deniz Caddesi Kumluca||Hotel||-|
|Embassy Pension||Mektep Sokak 2 Selcuk Mah.||HOTEL||84|
|Hotel Blue Sea Garden||Kilicarslan Mah Hesapci Sok. No: 65 Old town Kaleici||Hotel||90|
|Lara City Antalya||Caglayan Mah. Lara Yolu, 2020 Sokak No.4 Antalya||Hotel||-|
|Royal City Antalya||Sirinyali Mah. Lara Cad. No 233 Antalya||Hotel||-|
|Jungle Bells Hostel||Deniz mahallesi, ucbuk mevkii Adrasan||Hostel||90|
|Hotel Tepe||Caglayan mh. 2053 sk.no:8||HOTEL||-|
|The Hadrianus Hotel||Kilicarslan Mah. Zeytin Sok. No.4 Kaleici||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bacchus Pension||Kýlýçaslan Mh Zeytin Cýkmaz sk no 6 Kaleiçi||HOTEL||-|
|cappadocia hostel||sirinyer Mah.1507 49/2 07160 Muratpaşa Antalya||Hostel||-|
|Nehir Apart Otel||Kızlarpınarı Mah. Uğurlu Sok. No.9 Alanya Alanya Otogar yanı.||Hotel||-|
|Moonlight Hotel***||Dadaşlar Sokak No:8 Obagöl Mevkii||Hotel||-|
|Atelya Art Hotel||Civelek Sk.21, Barbaros Mh.||HOTEL||-|
|Antalya Lara Madi Hotel||2055 Sokak Caglayan Mahallesi nr: 39 Lara||HOTEL||-|
|Zeybek 1 Pension||Patara Merkez||HOTEL||-|
|Kalkan Gul Pansiyon||Yaliboyu Mah. 7 nolu sok. 07960 Kalkan||APARTMENT||-|
|Camel Pension||zafer sokak no:9||Guesthouse||90|
|Kale's Homestay||Kurtulus Sokak 16 Kaleici||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Olympos Woods Treehouses and Mocamp||Yazır Köyü Kilise Yakası No:27 Olympos||CAMPSITE||-|
|Homelydays||Karoyollari Apartment 18 Isiklar Cadessi Genclik Mah||Guesthouse||-|
|Altinkum Bungalows Hotel||Selimiye Mah. 199. Parsel Altinkum Hotel Side||HOTEL||-|
|Fulya Hotel||Colakli Side 51||HOTEL||-|
|Guesthouse Mavi Konak||Kılıcarslan Mahallesi Tabakhane Sokak No:1 Kaleiçi (Old Town) Antalya||GUESTHOUSE||87|
|Sultan Pansiyon||Selcuk Mh Mektep Sk no 3 Kaleiçi||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.
There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.
PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.
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