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'''Antalya''' is a province in the southern [[Mediterranean Turkey|Mediterranean]] region of [[Turkey]]. Antalya Province is more or less co-terminous with the Turquoise Riviera with clear waters and beautiful Mediterranean coastline, the region is great for divers, swimmers and yachting.  
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'''Pamphylia''' ([[Turkish phrasebook|Turkish]]: ''Pamfilya'') is a region in the southern [[Mediterranean Turkey|Mediterranean]] region of [[Turkey]]. With large sandy beaches backed by Roman ruins, Pamphylia is great for swimmers, as well as history lovers.
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
  
*[[Antalya]] — the capital of the province
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*[[Antalya]] — the largest city and hub of the region
  
 
*[[Aksu (Turkey)|Aksu]] — a small city close to [[Lara (Turkey)|Lara]], [[Kundu]], and [[Perge]]
 
*[[Aksu (Turkey)|Aksu]] — a small city close to [[Lara (Turkey)|Lara]], [[Kundu]], and [[Perge]]
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
The province occupies both (west and east) coasts of Gulf of Antalya, a large indentation of Mediterranean Sea, and some places more inland. In general, the terrain is mountainous, with mountains usually ascending from right at the edge of the sea.
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The region occupies northern coasts of Gulf of Antalya, a large indentation of Mediterranean Sea, and some places more inland. Pamphylia is one of the rare large coastal plains in western Mediterranean Turkey, which results in large and long sandy beaches. The plains are backed by the Taurus Mountains, which gets closer to the coast as you approach east, where the terrain is much more mountainous, and the mountains usually ascending from right at the edge of the sea.
  
Tourism scene in the province varies from all inclusive resorts with an abundance of palm trees mainly serving package tourists in east and south of Antalya, to hippy-ish backpacker destinations such as [[Olympos (Turkey)|Olympos]], and charming quiet towns like [[Kaş]] and [[Kalkan]] in the southern reaches of the province, with a wealth of Roman ruins all around in the mix and mountains overlooking the narrow coastal strip.
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Tourism scene in the region largely consists of all inclusive resorts with an abundance of palm trees mainly serving package tourists, with a wealth of Roman ruins all around in the mix and mountains overlooking the coastal strip.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
The only international airport in the province is '''Antalya Airport''' (IATA: '''AYT'''; ICAO: '''LTAI'''), located in the outskirts of [[Antalya]]. Another one, '''Gazipaşa Airport''', about 40-50 km southeast of [[Alanya]], is under construction. For southwesternmost sections of the province, such as [[Kaş]] and [[Kalkan]], the int'l airport in [[Dalaman]] in the neighbouring province of Muğla is actually nearer than Antalya Airport.
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The only international airport in the region is '''Antalya Airport''' (IATA: '''AYT'''; ICAO: '''LTAI'''), located in the outskirts of [[Antalya]]. Another one, '''Gazipaşa Airport''', about 40-50 km southeast of [[Alanya]], is under construction.
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===On foot===
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[[Lycian Way]], a waymarked hiking trail, is a great, if a bit tiresome, way of getting into the region. It connects [[Fethiye]] and several towns and ancient sites (some of which are off the beaten track in a literal sense) along the [[Lycia]]n coast with Hisarçandır, a village up on the mountains southwest of [[Antalya]].  
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
'''D400''' Highway enters province from its both western and eastern extremities and traverses the whole province with closely following the shoreline, and thus connecting all significant coastal cities and towns (i.e., all of those relevant to travellers).
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'''D400''' Highway enters the region from its both western and eastern extremities and traverses the whole region with closely following the shoreline, and thus connecting all significant coastal cities and towns (i.e., all of those relevant to travellers).
  
 
===By thumb===
 
===By thumb===
People in the province are not very friendly towards [[Hitchhiking|hitchhikers]]. But unfriendliness here should not be taken as that you will be shown middle fingers or that they will stop next to you, express some nasty comment, and accelerate as fast as they stopped: They just don’t stop, and behave like you are not even there. Even if you are a very good stop (nearby traffic lights, lots of cars, and a large shoulder to pull over), expect to wait at least two hours for a lift (at least in eastern and northern sections of the province: the highway between [[Antalya]]–[[Alanya]] and the highway north from Antalya), but maybe that was the general unluck of two males hitching together.
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People in the region are not very friendly towards [[Tips for hitchhiking|hitchhikers]]. But unfriendliness here should not be taken as that you will be shown middle fingers or that they will stop next to you, express some nasty comment, and accelerate as fast as they stopped: They just don’t stop, and behave like you are not even there. Even if you are a very good stop (nearby traffic lights, lots of cars, and a large shoulder to pull over), expect to wait at least two hours for a lift (at least in eastern and northern sections of the province: the highway between [[Antalya]]–[[Alanya]] and the highway north from Antalya), but maybe that was the general unluck of two males hitching together.
 
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===On foot===
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[[Lycian Way]], a waymarked hiking trail, connects the village of Hisarçandır southwest of [[Antalya]] with [[Olympos (Turkey)|Olympos]], [[Finike]], [[Demre]], [[Kaş]], [[Kalkan]], and [[Kınık]] along the coast of southwestern peninsula of the province (the ancient Lycia), as well as a number of off-the-beaten-track Lycian and Roman sites and [[Fethiye]] out of provincial borders.
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==See==
 
==See==
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==Contact==
 
==Contact==
The telephone code for Antalya Province (whole of it) is (+90) '''242'''.
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The telephone code for Pamphylia (as well as part of [[Lycia]]) is (+90) '''242'''.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
While Antalya Province has some of the finest beaches of [[Mediterranean Turkey]], Turkish coast isn't all about Antalya Province. The following are some of the nearby places that are also worth a trip:
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While Pamphylia has some of the finest beaches of [[Mediterranean Turkey]], Turkish coast isn't all about Pamphylia. The following are some of the nearby places that are also worth a trip:
* [[Mersin Province]] to east - beaches, pine forests, and historical sights again, but much less touristed than Antalya Province
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* [[Cilician Mountains]] to east beaches, pine forests, and historical sights again, but much less touristed (and indeed, more sparsely population) than Pamphylia
* [[Western Lycia]] and [[Southern Aegean]] to west/northwest - where you can do the "Blue Voyage" in the coves surrounded by verdant mountains. Lots of history to see here too.
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* [[Lycia]] to west where you can do the gorgeous "Blue Voyage" in the coves surrounded by verdant mountains. Lots of history to see here too.
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* [[Northern Cyprus]] to southeast — it is possible to catch a ferry to [[Kyrenia]] from [[Alanya]] in high season.
  
 
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Revision as of 19:57, 27 October 2010

Pamphylia (Turkish: Pamfilya) is a region in the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey. With large sandy beaches backed by Roman ruins, Pamphylia is great for swimmers, as well as history lovers.

Contents

Cities

  • Antalya — the largest city and hub of the region
  • Aksu — a small city close to Lara, Kundu, and Perge
  • Alanya — a coastal resort city with some history to see dating back to Seljuqs
  • Belek — golf courses amidst pine woods
  • Kumköy — a coastal resort near Side
  • Manavgat — hub for visiting nearby waterfalls
  • Serik — a small city close to Aspendos
  • Side — a seaside resort with some well-protected Roman ruins including an amphitheatre

Other destinations

  • Hadrian's Gate in Antalya
  • Koprulu National Park
  • Saklıkent Ski Resort
  • Termessos National Park

Understand

The region occupies northern coasts of Gulf of Antalya, a large indentation of Mediterranean Sea, and some places more inland. Pamphylia is one of the rare large coastal plains in western Mediterranean Turkey, which results in large and long sandy beaches. The plains are backed by the Taurus Mountains, which gets closer to the coast as you approach east, where the terrain is much more mountainous, and the mountains usually ascending from right at the edge of the sea.

Tourism scene in the region largely consists of all inclusive resorts with an abundance of palm trees mainly serving package tourists, with a wealth of Roman ruins all around in the mix and mountains overlooking the coastal strip.

Talk

Get in

By plane

The only international airport in the region is Antalya Airport (IATA: AYT; ICAO: LTAI), located in the outskirts of Antalya. Another one, Gazipaşa Airport, about 40-50 km southeast of Alanya, is under construction.

On foot

Lycian Way, a waymarked hiking trail, is a great, if a bit tiresome, way of getting into the region. It connects Fethiye and several towns and ancient sites (some of which are off the beaten track in a literal sense) along the Lycian coast with Hisarçandır, a village up on the mountains southwest of Antalya.

Get around

By car

D400 Highway enters the region from its both western and eastern extremities and traverses the whole region with closely following the shoreline, and thus connecting all significant coastal cities and towns (i.e., all of those relevant to travellers).

By thumb

People in the region are not very friendly towards hitchhikers. But unfriendliness here should not be taken as that you will be shown middle fingers or that they will stop next to you, express some nasty comment, and accelerate as fast as they stopped: They just don’t stop, and behave like you are not even there. Even if you are a very good stop (nearby traffic lights, lots of cars, and a large shoulder to pull over), expect to wait at least two hours for a lift (at least in eastern and northern sections of the province: the highway between AntalyaAlanya and the highway north from Antalya), but maybe that was the general unluck of two males hitching together.

See

Itineraries

Do

Eat

Drink

Stay safe

Contact

The telephone code for Pamphylia (as well as part of Lycia) is (+90) 242.

Get out

While Pamphylia has some of the finest beaches of Mediterranean Turkey, Turkish coast isn't all about Pamphylia. The following are some of the nearby places that are also worth a trip:

  • Cilician Mountains to east — beaches, pine forests, and historical sights again, but much less touristed (and indeed, more sparsely population) than Pamphylia
  • Lycia to west — where you can do the gorgeous "Blue Voyage" in the coves surrounded by verdant mountains. Lots of history to see here too.
  • Northern Cyprus to southeast — it is possible to catch a ferry to Kyrenia from Alanya in high season.




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