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    Antalya – a brief overview

    This beautiful coastal city has flourished in recent years, attracting visitors who previously passed through en route to the Turkish Riviera. Antalya has preserved its historic district, Kaleiçi, whose backstreets are lined with magnificent Ottoman-era mansions and remains dating back to the Emperor Hadrian. Its Roman harbour has been modernised over the years, with a well-balanced mix of the old and new.

    The site is now another popular hub, home to a yacht marina and stylish shops. With several excellent museums, great eating options and a happening nightlife scene, Antalya is one of the most popular destinations along Turkey’s western Mediterranean coast.

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    Kale Kapısı

    Kazim Özalp Caddesi
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Antalya’s pedestrianised main square stands at the edge of the old quarter, Kaleiçi. Its iconic landmarks include an old stone clock tower and a statue of King Attalus II, the city founder.

    Yivli Minare

    Cumhuriyet Caddesi
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 343 2760
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The elegant symbol of Antalya is a finely fluted minaret, towering 40m over its adjacent complex, which includes a 13th-century mosque, monastery and art gallery.

    Antalya Museum

    Konyaalti Caddesi 88
    07050 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 238 5688
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1930 (Apr-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 0830-1730 (Nov-Mar)

    This archaeology museum contains an impressive collection of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts; the marble sculptures in the Portraits Hall and the Hall of Gods are its star attractions.

    Karaalioglu Parkii

    Park Sokak
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 247 7660
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    Soak up the stunning views over the harbour from this hilltop park on the southern edge of the city. Standing guard over the park’s flowerbeds is the second-century fortified tower, Hidirlik Kalesi.

    Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Camii

    Uzun Çarşi Sokak
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This 18th-century mosque is one of the city’s finest, decorated with intricate Koranic scriptures on its northern facade and interior.

    Suna-Inan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum

    Kocatepe Sokak 25
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 243 4274
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    Opening times:
    Thu-Tue 0900-1200 and 1300-1600

    Ottoman-era customs are brought to life in tableaux in this little museum, from Henna bridal rituals to the skills of itinerant barbers, plus a superb collection of ceramics from Cannakale.

    Aquapark

    Teomanpasa Mahallesi 2211, Sokak 11
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0800-1800

    Cool off in one of the largest waterparks on the Turkish Riviera, with a veritable flood of activities, including a wave pool, flumes, frothing rivers and a lagoon. Shuttle buses run to and from the city and nearby resorts.

    Hadriyanus Kapısı

    Hesapsi Sokak, Atatürk Caddesi
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Hadrian’s Gate is one of the most important monuments in the historic district; the three columned arches were built to mark the emperor’s triumphal visit in AD130.

    Yat Limanı

    Kaleiçi Marina
    07500 Antalya
    Turkey
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    The Roman-era harbour has been redeveloped as a yacht marina, but still retains some of its original fortifications and is a delightful site for an evening stroll.

    Kesik Minare

    Hesapçı Sokak
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Lopped off part way up, the ‘Broken Minaret’ has suffered from damage, destruction and several changes of use throughout its nearly 2,000-year history. The remaining trunk still stands as one of the most distinctive buildings in the historic district.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    For sheer diversity, it’s hard to beat Turkey. The country seems to exist in multitudes – of people, of natural landscapes, of cultures. It is a land of vast open spaces, massive mountain ranges, fertile valleys and rugged coastline, fast-growing cities and sleepy villages, bustling neon-lit seaside resorts and unfrequented beaches. Traces of the region’s eventful history abound in its numerous archeological sites, the most famous of which are Pergamon and Troy.

    The heart of Turkey beats in Istanbul: Its attractions – Byzantine churches, Ottoman mosques and colorful bazaars – draw tourists from all over the world. Visitors will also appreciate the wonderful diving spots and bathing beaches to be found on the country’s Mediterranean and Aegean coasts.

    Geography

    Turkey borders the Black Sea and Georgia to the northeast, Iran and Armenia to the east, Iraq to the southeast, Syria and the Mediterranean to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Asia Minor (or Anatolia) is the name given to the peninsula that forms a bridge between Europe and Asia.

    Two east-west mountain ranges, the Black Sea Mountains in the north and the Taurus in the south, enclose the central Anatolian plateau, but converge in a vast mountainous region in the far east of the country.

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    Population: 82 million (2018)

    Capital: Ankara

    Language

    Turkish is the official language.

    Currency

    New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) = 100 New Kurus (Ykr). Notes are in denominations of YTL200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of YTL1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 New Kurus.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.

     

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2020 – December 2021 period.

    Note
    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Ramazan Bayramı, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Ramazan Bayramı itself. Ramazan Bayramı and Kurban Bayramı may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2020

    Yılbaşı (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı (National Sovereignty and Children’s Day): 23 April 2020
    Emek ve Dayanışma Günü (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Atatürk’ü Anma (Commemoration of Atatürk) and Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı (Youth and Sports Day): 19 May 2020
    Şeker Bayramı/Ramazan Bayramı (Feast of Sugar/End of Ramadan): 24 to 26 May 2020
    Demokrasi ve Millî Birlik Günü (Democracy and National Unity Day): 15 July 2020
    Kurban Bayramı (Feast of Sacrifice): 31 July to 3 August 2020
    Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day): 30 August 2020
    Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day): 29 October 2020

    2021

    Yılbaşı (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2021
    Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı (National Sovereignty and Children’s Day): 23 April 2021
    Emek ve Dayanışma Günü (Labour Day): 1 May 2021
    Atatürk’ü Anma (Commemoration of Atatürk) and Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı (Youth and Sports Day): 19 May 2021
    Şeker Bayramı/Ramazan Bayramı (Feast of Sugar/End of Ramadan): 14 to 16 May 2021
    Demokrasi ve Millî Birlik Günü (Democracy and National Unity Day): 15 July 2021
    Kurban Bayramı (Feast of Sacrifice): 20 to 23 July 2021
    Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day): 30 August 2021
    Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day): 29 October 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Antalya

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    The Old Town comes alive after dark, with a huge range of venues, from trendy nightclubs to romantic cocktail bars.

    Konyaaltı Beach is lined with massive outdoor discos, which attract a lively young crowd.

    Dem Lik

    Zafer Sokak 6
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    This laidback café is a favourite of city students, with local bands playing live at weekends.

    Kale Bar

    Selçuk Mh.
    07100 Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Sip your pricey cocktail slowly and soak up the sea views from this romantic patio bar.

    Club Ally

    Selçuk Mh. 4/8
    07100 Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    This gigantic harbourside club features an industrial-scale sound system pounding out electronica across its open-air dance floor.

    Jolly Joker Saloon

    Yeşilbahçe Mah.
    Savaş Cd No:4
    Fener/Antalya
    Turkey
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    This hard-rocking bar appeals to a local crowd, with dancing to DJ sounds and occasional live bands.

    Antalya Cultural Centre

    Sakıp Sabancı Bulvarı 18
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    The city’s chief arts institution hosts opera and ballet performances, as well as the annual Golden Orange Film Festival.

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    Restaurants in Antalya

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    Dining out in Antalya can be a satisfying adventure, with imaginative fusion cuisine restaurants as well as traditional street kebab stalls.

    Open-air cafés and bars line Antalya’s harbourside and historic Kaleiçi, with cheaper options across Ataturk Caddesi in the business district.

    Seraser

    Tuzcular Mahallesi, Karanlık Sokak 18
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Expensive

    Consistently dishing up the finest food in the city, in a romantic Ottoman-style mansion.

    Club Arma

    Iskele Caddesi 75
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Expensive

    Great seafood in a stunning clifftop setting overlooking the harbour.

    Sim

    Kılınçarslan Mh.
    07100 Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional home-cooked Turkish soups and salads in a lovely old family home.

    7 Mehmet

    Ataturk Kultur Park 201
    07030 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Moderate

    Good-value mezes at this large restaurant make it a popular choice for groups.

    Il Vicino Pizzeria

    Paşa Cami Sokak (Kaleiçi) 12
    Tuzcular Mh.
    Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Cheap

    Enjoy delicious stone-baked pizzas and Italian ice cream at this garden restaurant in the Old Town.

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    International Antalya Children’s Festival

    April 2019
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Children’s groups from around the world come to Antalya to participate in delightful performances, beginning with a huge parade. Folk dances, choral music, marching bands, circus acts, ballet shows and gymnastic displays are all part of the entertainment, held around Turkey’s Children’s Day.

    Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

    June – July 2019

    Website

    Venue: Aspendos Theatre, 50km east of Antalya

    Turkish and international opera and ballet companies, including Antalya’s own State Opera and Ballet, stage magnificent productions in the spectacular setting of the ancient Aspendos Theatre. Watching a world-class performance in this 2,000-year-old open-air amphitheatre is both mesmerising and unforgettable.

    Red Bull Sea to Sky Enduro Event

    September 2019
    Website

    Venue: Kemer, 45km south of Antalya

    Hardcore Extreme Enduro riders battle it out on motorbikes over three days across three types of terrain: beach, forest and mountains. Pros and amateurs join the competition, which rises from sea level to 2,365m, tackling highly technical trails over rocks, rivers, roots and sand.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Antalya

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    As a major tourist destination, Antalya has ample accommodation to suit all budgets, from large resorts to exclusive boutique hotels in period mansions.

    The nicest area to stay in is Kaleiçi, with its quieter, car-free streets.

    Su Hotel

    Dumlupınar Blv
    07050 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Expensive

    This large, beachside hotel oozes cool modern style, with top-notch sports facilities and a spa.

    Limak Lara De Luxe Hotel & Resort

    Kemerağzı Mevkii 34
    Lara
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Expensive

    This luxury resort hotel just outside the city combines traditional Turkish hospitality with first-class modern facilities.

    Rixos Downtown

    Sakıp Sabancı Blv No:18, Konyaaltı Sahili
    07050 Konyaaltı/Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Moderate

    This large modern hotel has good business amenities, as well as a pool, restaurants and bars.

    La Paloma

    Kýlýnçaslan Mahallesi, Tabakhane Sokak 3
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Moderate

    This converted Ottoman-era house is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood, with lovely inner rooms overlooking the pool.

    Ninova Pension

    Barbaros Mah.Hamitefendi Sok. 9 Kaleici
    Hamit Efendi Sok. No:9
    07100 Kaleiçi/Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Cheap

    This friendly guest house in the old district has tastefully furnished rooms and an inner garden.

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    Climate & best time to visit Turkey

    Turkey is a huge country, and its climate varies widely from region to region as well as seasonally. For sightseeing holidays to Istanbul and the most important ancient and medieval sights, and for active walking holidays, the best times to visit are spring (April-May) and autumn (October-early November) when days are generally warm and sunny but not uncomfortably hot. Rainy spells and cloudy days are possible, however, in spring and autumn, so the best months for a sun-and-sea holiday on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast are June to end September. Resort areas are most crowded from June until the end of August.

    In developing ski areas such as Uludag near Bursa and Palandoken near Erzurum, the best time to visit is between December and April. Temperatures in and around Istanbul can vary from well below freezing in midwinter to above 40°C (104°F) in summer. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts experience the hottest summers, with highs of 45°C (113°F), but midwinter temperatures can be as low as -5°C (23°F). Mountainous Eastern Turkey has the most extreme climate of all, with winter temperatures as low as -43°C (-45F) and highs up to 38C (100F). The climate of the central Anatolia is also extreme with summer highs of 40°C (104°F)and winter lows of -25°C (-13°F). The Turkish State Meteorological Office (www.mgm.gov.tr) provides a day to day, region by region online weather forecast.

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    Mar27 °C-1 °C17 °C8 °C65 %102 mm76.8 h
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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/mobile phone

    International dialling code: +90

    Telephone

    Making calls with a public telephone requires either a telephone card or special tokens (“jettons”). They are available at post offices and kiosks.

    Mobile Phone

    GSM 900/1800. Using your own mobile phone with a SIM card from your home country may result in high roaming fees. It is more affordable to use Turkish SIM cards; they are available for purchase from several shop. The primary network operators are Turkcell (turkcell.com.tr), Aycell Aria (avea.com.tr), and Telsim Mobil Telekomuniksyon (telsim.com.tr).

    Internet

    There are internet cafés throughout Turkey, even in small towns and rural villages.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots as well as in almost all hotels (including even small guesthouses and budget hostels), many restaurants, bars and cafés. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Antalya

    Key Areas

    The Old Town, Kaleiçi, has a plethora of shops along its narrow streets, selling everything from jewellery to electronic goods. The old harbour, Ataturk Boulevard and Konyaaltı Beach are other key areas, with souvenir shops, department stores and modern malls.

    Markets

    Antalya has several local fruit and vegetable markets. The best traditional bazaar is İki Kapılar Hanı, in old Kaleiçi; mainly aimed at tourists nowadays, it’s still brimming with atmosphere and worth browsing the crowded archways. It’s open daily until late.

    Shopping Centres

    Migros, just off Konyaaltı Beach, is one of the biggest malls in Turkey, with more than 100 department stores, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. Another mall worth checking out is Deepo (Serek Caddessi 309), near the airport, which has huge range of Turkish and famous international brands, as well as cinemas, cafés, and even a prayer room and ice rink.

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    Travel etiquette

    People greet one another with a handshake. Turkish people are very hospitable. Visitors should show respect for Islamic customs and traditions.

    Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, such as hospitals, shopping centers, sports stadiums, movie theaters, theaters, restaurants, bars, clubs, cafés, and on public transportation.

    Clothing

    Casual clothing is acceptable everywhere, but beachwear belongs on the beach.

    Tipping

    A service charge is already included in hotel bills, but cleaning staff and porters expect a tip. A 10 percent tip is customary at restaurants, and taxi fares should be rounded up.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is chlorinated in towns and cities, but it is advisable to drink the widely available bottled mineral water. If a water source bears the words içilmez, it is not potable; sources labelled içilir or içme suyu are safe to drink. Milk is pasteurised. Eat only well-cooked meat and fish. When it comes to street food, common sense is advised; eat food that is freshly cooked and ideally, has been prepared in front of you. During the summer Turkey can experience temperatures up to 40°C so carry a bottle of water to avoid dehydration.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. It is recommended that travellers visiting rural areas, get a rabies vaccination as this may be found in dogs, cats and other animals throughout the countryside. Turkey has very low risk of malaria, with the risk increasing towards the Syrian border in the south east of the country, but keen trekkers may want to stock up on supplies of insect-repellent.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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