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Antalya

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By taxi
There are taxi stands all over the city where the drivers have their base and tea pot. Each taxi is metered and there are two different rates. After midnight (24:00) till morning (06:00) it will cost 50% more than the daytime fare. For popular destinations there are price lists showing the rate in Euro. A fair rate is about TRY 0.8 to 1 per kilometer.
You can also negotiate with any taxi driver to be your private tour guide. You also have to pay the gas money. This option could be quiet quite expensive but if you have the money, it is worth it!
===By tram===
===Konyaaltı Beach (West of town)===
* Aqualand, which is a large complex of waterpark and beach park. ''(2013-08-08: Opening hours where 10:00-17:00 and entrance fee 47 TL for adults, information that they don't display on their homepage)''
* Migros MMM - a large shopping centre with a traditional American-style mall food court lined with American fast food chain restaurants as well as some Turkish restaurants.
* Antalya Aquarium - boasts the world's largest tunnel aquarium.
* TerraCity - a huge shopping mall.
=north ==North of city===
* Antalya Zoo and Nature Park - 400 acres of Zoo, accessible by taking the tram to the last stop.
= further == Further out of town ===
Remember that you do not necessarily have to go to the Otogar to get on these buses. They can be hailed anywhere along the route. Check the bus map to see where the routes run.
=== A word of caution ===
The export of antiques or objects considered so is strictly forbidden and will cause a lot of problems not to say hefty fines to those caught when leaving the country. Possession and possibly even commerce in Turkey is legal - just the export is banned. Be on your guard and don't believe sellers who may try to convince you of the opposite. Also, customs back home target more and more faked goods such as video, CDs, shoes, watches and the like. The odds of being caught are minimal, but you should know that you are moving on illegal terrain.
 
Tudors bar (kaleici): Women are warned to steer clear of this bar. The ownership is very strict on clothing and will throw out any woman that does not dress conservatively. Do not be confused by the prostitutes that do frequent the bar. Better bars are to be found outside of Kaleici, in Lara or Konyalti.
==Eat==
* <eat name="MCYörüks" alt="" address="Atatürk Street 68" directions="Located between Işıklar and Karaoğlan Park" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A middle class semi-casual restaurant located in City Center serving dishes and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks from Western, Islamic and Turkish world as well as fast food with live music every evening and night.Prices are cheap and no more than 10 Euros per person for a full meal.</eat>
*<eat name="Hakan Usta Baklavalari" alt="" address="Antalya Bulvarı Yanyolu No:28 Kanal Mh., 07980 Antalya, Turkey ‎" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent shop for baklava while waiting for your bus at the Antalya otogar. From the otogar head towards the tramvay by taking the tunnel away from the station. Continue past the tramvay entrance towards the exit labelled 'Kanal Mahallesi'. Follow the steps up out of the tunnel and head north (turn left). Haka Usta will be on your right.</eat>
 
== Drink ==
Antalya has a lively nightlife in summer. Options include bars with nargile (water pipe), games, live music and sitting around, discotheques with glamorous visitors, etc. On Konyaalti's Beach Park one club follows the next. Some of traditional houses of Kaleiçi (Old City) has been turned into bars, in which a bottle of 'Efes' beer costs between 3 4 TL and 5 8 TL, depending on the placeand depending on the size of the bottle (normal price, 50 cl for 6 TL). Their gardens shaded by trees offer a nice escape with a beer from the peak of summer heat. '''Raki''' is a traditional alcoholic beverage that tastes like licorice. Make sure you do not drink it fast otherwise you will be out quickly.
==Sleep==
* <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="Kale's Homestay" alt="" address="Kaleiçi, Kurtuluş Sokak 16" directions="" phone="0531-282 69 32" url="http://www.antalyalaundry.com/englisch/kale-s-homestay/" checkin="" checkout="" price="23 ytl" lat="" long="">Cheap and private accommodation in the old town.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Terra Anatolia House / Pansiyon" alt="" address="Kaleiçi, Hesapçı Geçidi 5" directions="" phone="0242-244 37 35" url="http://www.terra-anatolia-house.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="25 Euro" lat="" long="">This is a bed & breakfast type small hotel in the old city area of Antalya.</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>
 
===Laundry Service===
New: the old town offers a self-service laundry service, quick & cheap. Address: Mescit Sokak 44 phone: 0531 282 69 32 "http://www.antalyalaundry.com/englisch/"
===Lara Beach===
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 Lara 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="">Excellent hotel, bit expensive but you get what you pay for...</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="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>
* <sleep name="Xanadu Resort Hotel" alt="" address="Belek Tourism Center" directions="" phone="242 710 00 00" url="http://www.xanaduhotels.com.tr" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="242 715 17 33"></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>
 
==Cope==
[http://www.antalyalaundry.com/englisch/ Self-service laundry] in the old town (Kaleiçi), where you can wash and dry fast and cheaply.
== Get out ==
[[Side]] to the east is popular with golf links and luxury hotels. [[Kaş]] which is about 2 hours drive from Antalya can be another excellent choice for extended holiday if you decide to run away from the whole crowd.
Trains and buses arrive in the travel hub of [[Denizli]]. From there, dolmus take you the 10 miles or so to [[Pamukkale]]. During high season, buses run direct from tourist centers including [[Istanbul]], Antalya, [[Ankara]], [[Fethiye]], [[Bodrum]], [[Marmaris]] and [[Selçuk]].
[[Kalkan]] which is half an hour further west of Kas. A beautiful upmarket harbour town with cobbled streets and high quality restaurants. Nearby Patara has the best golden sand beach on the Mediterranean coast, and can be visited even if you are not staying there. [[Cirali ]] is a coastal town even closer, with several mid-range, quiet pansiyons to stay at, including Hotel Canada, with pleasant gardens. The beach at [[Cirali ]] is protected from development because sea turtles come onto shore every year to lay their eggs. The beach at nearby [[Olympos (Turkey)|Olimpos]] is also a nice, pebble beach. Accommodations in Olimpos are more backpacker style, with treehouses especially popular with younger travelers. [[Demre]] further west from Olympos, and is the site of the St Nicolas Church, assoicated with the real Santa Claus (don't miss the larger than life Santa Claus statue in town.) Also just outside Demre are Lycian rock tombs in the cliffsides. The Antalya region has some of the finest Roman ruins in the country, including Perge and Aspendos, with the largest, most well preserved Roman amphitheater anywhere.
*If you intend to '''head north by hitchhiking''', take public minibuses #25 or #57 which stops at city bus stops near the ''otogar''. These minibus lines take you to a highway junction with traffic lights out of city, situated amidst pine woods. This junction is not the last stop so be sure not to miss the stop situated there. (fare: YTL 1.35/person)
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