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Antalya

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'''Antalya''' is the largest city on the [[Mediterranean Turkey|Turkish Mediterranean coast]], and is one of the hubs of the so-called Turkish Riviera. For more tourist information about Antalya, see: [http://www.bgdestination.info/antalya/ Antalya - Travel Guide]
==Understand==
[[Image:Antalya marina.jpg|thumb|350px|Yacht marina and part of old city of Antalya]]
 Having entered the scene in 150 BC as '''Attalia''', named after its founder, Attalos II, king of [[Bergama|Pergamon]], Antalya has ever attracted a wide array of travellers, including Paul the Apostle, and Ibn Battuta among others. Antalya had replaced Phaselis—beautiful ruins of which now lie to south of the city, between [[Kemer]] and [[Olympos (Turkey)|Olympos]]—as the main harbour of the surrounding region during the reign of Seljuks, in early 1200s, but the lack of a large hinterland (or, rather, lack of good connections with its mountainous hinterland) meant for much of its history eversince that it was a provincial coastal town, albeit with a multicultural community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. As the centre of a region with beautiful beaches, verdant mountains, and a mindblowing number of ancient ruins, the tourism investments started in 1970s, which changed the fate of the city considerably. However, as most of the visitors (make no mistake—they are in the range of millions annually) to the region are actually on "all-inclusive" vacation packages nowadays, they are immediately taken from the airport to the huge resorts lining the coastline of hundreds of kilometres, where they stay until the end of their holidays except perhaps a raid or two to the nearest and the most popular attractions, so Antalya itself, especially the old town (''Kaleiçi''), is more of an independent traveller destination, where you will meet the other travellers of a similar mind, and the locals.
===Climate===
===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 anywhere; waiting there usually attracts taxi drivers (telling you truthfully: "There is no bus leaving here!") offering a ride.
*<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="Mediterra Art Hotel" alt="" address="Barbaros mah. Zafer sok. No:5 Kaleiçi Antalya" directions="" phone="+90(242)244 86 24" url="http://www.mediterraarthotel.com" checkin="14.00" checkout="12.00" price="" lat="36.883731261047984" long="30.705853700637817" email="[email protected]" fax="+90(242)244 00 12">Located within old town "Kaleiçi". The most attractive Hotel, boutique design hotel in Antalya. 28 rooms and suites, restaurant “Mediterra Art” on site.</sleep>
 
*<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>

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