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===By plane===
Being 10 km from the city from Antalya, Antalya Airport [http://www.antaliaairport.com/en/index.asp] ({{IATA|AYT}}; {{ICAO|LTAI}}) caters for the charter flights full of holiday makers. Airlines that serve Antalya include: Transavia.com [http://www.transavia.com/](lowcost and charters from Netherlands, France and Denmark), AtlasJet [http://atlasjet.com/] (domestic flights), SunExpress [http://www.sunexpress.com.tr/] (dozens of flights from all over Europe), Turkish Airlines [http://www.thy.com/] (plenty of flights from Ankara and İstanbul-Atatürk), Aeroflot [http://aeroflot.ru/eng/main.aspx] (daily flights from Moscow-Sheremetyevo), Ukraine International Airlines [http://www.flyuia.com/eng/main.html] (several charter flights a week from [[Kiev]]) to Antalya. Britain is also represented by numerous Charter firms such as Thomas Cooks and Airtours. Condor [http://www.condor.com] also serves Antalya.
As of March 2011, a taxi ride '''between the airport and the city centre''' will set you back € 18 (38 TL [http://taksiyle.com/en/40814]) during the day. You can also prefer transfer companies [http://transfertaxi.com] 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 hour and some half hours and cost 1.75 TL. 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 nowhere, anywhere; waiting there usually attracts taxi drivers (telling you truthfully: "There is no bus leaving here!") offering a ride.
To avoid taxi scams and learn routes in Antalya, you can use this up-to-date cab fare estimation tool: [http://taksiyle.com/en/antalya]
==Buy==
The usual souvenirs are kilims, blue eyes, fake designer clothing, shoes, aromatic herbs, waterpipes and more.  If you feel the need to visit a modern shopping mall, Terracity Mall on the way to Lara has all of the international designer shops you could wish for. There is even a stylish supermarket and power boat dealer. Pharmacies sell most prescription drugs completely legal just over the counter and at low prices. A wide array of generics (drugs containing the same agent as a brand medicine, but from less known companies) is also available. Bestsellers Best-sellers include Viagra, Prozac, Ventolin, Xenical, various contraceptive pills and antibiotics.
=== A word of caution ===
==Eat==
Food is extemely cheap, and good. Full meals will cost you about 5 10 to 10 20 Turkish Lira, about 3 5 to 7 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.
* <eat name="Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant" alt="" address="Tuzcular mah. Karanlik sok. No:18 Kaleici/ Antalya" directions="" phone="+ 90 (0) 242 247 6015" email="[email protected]" fax="+ 90 (0) 242 241 1981" url="http://www.seraserrestaurant.com" hours="15:00-01:00" price=""></eat>
==Sleep==
 You can divide Antalya into two main areas (as far as tourists are concerned). The Old Town (Kaleiçi), as its name implies, is full of character and has beautifully restored buildings with small guest houses and more evidently luxury boutique hotels. Lara to the east of the city has many 4/5 star beach hotels that cater for the all inclusive holiday market. Both are good options, depending on what you are looking for. Of course, there are very good hotels outside of these areas, but not in the density that Old Town/Lara have. ===Old Town/Kaleiçi===You can just stroll around (with luggage) and you won't have to wait for long until you'll be offered 'Pansiyon' (Hostel) accommodation. Almost every second house in the Old Town is a small hotel(many of which are of very high standard, with small swimming pools and smart restaurants). A couple of years ago summers used to be packed but those days seem to be gone. The big share of visitors to this region are package tourists being channeled channelled through 'all inclusive' programs outside the city. The going rate for a double room with ensuite en-suite is TRY 20-35 per night/room. In Lara, a suburb of Antalya, there are a lot of well designed 5-star hotels.
* <sleep name="Whitegarden Hotel / Pansiyon" alt="" address="Kaleiçi, Hesapçı Geçidi 9" directions="" phone="0242-241 91 15, 0242-247 41 66" url="http://www.travel-antalya.net/white-garden-pansion.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="70 ytl" lat="" long="">Simple, clean and cheap hotel in the old town offers friendly service and good Turkish breakfast.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sibel / Pansiyon" alt="" address="Kaleiçi, Fırın Sok. 30" directions="" phone="0242-241 13 16" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="25 Euro" lat="" long="">Very nice hotel owned by a warmhearted French woman who also speaks German and Turkish. Rooms have aircon, satellite TV and private bathrooms. It is quiet at night and the breakfast is delicious.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Blue Sea Garden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="2422488213" url="www.hotelblueseagarden.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Lovely hotel with garden restaurant with a sea view, in the old town. Friendly service and great breakfast. Strong wifi and fluent English spoken.</sleep>====Splurge====
*<sleep name="Alp Pasa Hotel" alt="" address="Barbaros Mah. Hesapçı Sok. 30, Kaleiçi (Old City)" directions="100 metres from Hadrian’s Gate." phone="+90(242)247 56 76" url="http://www.alppasa.com/" email="[email protected]" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="" lat="" long="">Luxury boutique style hotel in the historical district, also has a up-scale restaurant on the premesis</sleep>
* <sleep name="Tuvana Hotel" alt="" address="Tuzcular mah. Karanlık sok. No:18 Kaleiçi Antalya" directions="" phone="+90(242)247 60 15" url="http://www.tuvanahotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+90(242)241 19 81">Located within old town "Kaleiçi". 45 rooms and suites, restaurant “Seraser” on site.</sleep>
 
===Lara Beach===
 
At Lara, a suburb to the east of Antalya, there are a lot of stunning 4/5-star hotels along the beach. These generally cater for the 'All inclusive' package holiday traveller. However, they can also make an excellent base for those wanting to visit places away from the resorts, but return to some luxury in the evening. Being a package offering, they can end up being relatively cheap. All of the hotels fall into the Splurge category.
 
====Splurge====
From West to East:
* <sleep name="Barut Lara" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Kervansaray Miracle Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Miracle Resort Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Titanic" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Lares Park" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Delphin Diva" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Expensive but stunning hotel which is highly rated by travellers.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Delphin Imperial" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Delphin Palace" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Fame Residence" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Concorde Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Limak Lara" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Sherwood Breezes Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Royal Wings" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Antalya Kervansaray Kundu" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Baia Lara" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.baiahotels.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Baia Lara receives consistently high ratings for quality and service.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Lara Beach" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Royal Holiday Palace" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Melas Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Saturn Palace Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Green Palace Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Venezia Palace" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="WOW Kremlin Palace" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">There have been many complaints about safety, security and bad management here.</sleep>
* <sleep name="WOW Topkapi Palace" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Mardan Palace" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Reputedly has the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean. Also claimed to be the most expensive Mediterranean resort.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
Antalya Police Department has a "tourism police" section where travellers can report passport loss and theft or any other criminal activity, they may have become victims of. They have staff multilingual in English, German, French, and Arabic.
* <listing name="Tourism Police" alt="Turizm Polisi" directions="at the marina below the old town" address="Kaleiçi Yat Limanı" phone="+90 242 243-10-61" email="" fax="+90 242 345-41-13" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>
 
For updates on the latest scams and ways to stay out of trouble, a facebook based company called First Hour Guide have started selling concise travel guides that focuses on how to travel smarter.
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