Antalya is a province in the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey. Antalya is the shining gem of the Turquoise Riviera with some of the clearest waters and most beautiful coast along the Mediterranean, the region is great for divers, swimmers and yachting types.
Antalya has an airport which caters for the charter flights full of holiday makers.
Antalya is the closest airport, served by inexpensive flights from Istanbul. (As low as $50.00.)
The Turkish bus system is comprehensive and you can get about anywhere from anywhere. Better spend a couple of Lira more and you will have an unforgettable journey. Ulusoy has buses with seats that resemble business class in airplanes. Some even have an onboard WLAN. Also Varan, Kamil Koc..
Fares are low. Simply show up at the bus station (“otogar”) and announce your destination. From Istanbul, there is an overnight bus option (with Ulusoy ).
Most travelers arrive in Marmaris from Rhodes, Greece, then bus it overland.
You can also ferry it from Kastellorizo, a tiny Greek island just off the Turkish fishing village of Kas.
Antalya offers a variety of public transportation, such as public busses, trams, mini-busses, taxi cabs and dolmus.
The Turkish bus system is comprehensive and you can get about anywhere from anywhere. Fares are low. Simply show up at the bus station (“otogar”) and announce your destination.
Dolmus literally means "filled up". Dolmus is a large cab, a station wagon, a regular taxi or a minibus that travels a certain route. Most major public transportation stations have a dolmus station, where you just take a seat in the dolmus that travels your desired route. The driver will wait until the dolmus is full, before the journey begins. Passengers pay according to the distance traveled and can get in and out whenever and wherever they want to by informing the driver. It is a very practical means of transport and much cheaper than a taxi. The dolmus fares are determined by municipalities according to distances.
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. To the airport there is almost no alternative than the taxi and it will set you back with 15 Euro (ca 28 TRY) during the day.
The tramway has been donated by the german city of Bremen and connects the western Konyaalti Beach to the eastern part of the city center. It runs all 30 min. in either direction and costs 1.30 TLY per person.
Antalya is rich in history and art.
Sea, sun, history, and nature in a beautiful, cosmopolitan setting make Antalya an excellent destination to visit while touring the western coast of Turkey.
Most of Antalya's historic buildings can be found along the narrow, winding streets of Kaleiçi, the old quarter. Historical, architectural and archaeological sites of note include: Yivli Minaret, Karatay Medresesi, Hıdırlık Tower, Ahi Yusuf Mescidi, Iskele Mosque, Murat Paşa Mosque, Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Balibey Mosque, Musellim Mosque, Seyh Sinan Efendi Mosque, Hadrian Arch, and the Clock Tower. Many structures date back to the Hellenistic era. Also The Antalya Museum has a notable archaeology collection.
The usual souvenirs, kilims, blue eyes, fake designer clothing, shoes, aromatic herbs, waterpipes and more. Farmacies 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 include Viagra, Prozac, Ventolin, Xenical, various contraceptive pills and antibiotics.
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.
Food is extemely cheap, and good. Full meals will cost you about 5 to 10 New Turkish Lira, about 3 to 7 US Dollars. Service is amazing, and only matched by its genuine friendliness. One caveat to be aware of is to make sure the quoted price is the same as the price written on the menu. One must experience the desserts, it is a must.
Antalya has a lively nightlife in summer. Options include bars with nargile (Waterpipe), games, live music and sitting around, discotheques with glamorous visitors, etc. On Konyaalti's Beach Park one club follows the next.
Mr Blues Pub, 5 minutes from the Broken Mosque, on the Hidirlik Sokak. Munir Soykam, the owner is a genuine fan of blues, mainly electric. Very pleasant environment.
You can just stroll around (with luggage) and you won't have to wait for long until you'll be offered 'Pansiyon' (Hostel) accomodation. Almost every second house in the Old Town is a small hotel. 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 through 'all inclusive' programs outside the city. If you are unsure, just check one of the usual websites listing budget accomodation. The going rate for a double room with ensuite is TRY 20-35 per night/room. In Lara, a suburb of Antalya, there are a lot of welldesigned 5-star hotels.
Kemer to the south west is a touristic sea side region popular with the historical places,night life and hotels which is half an hour from Antalya city Alanya to the south east is a popular tourist destination 2 hours away. Side to the east is popular with golf links and luxury hotels. Kaş which is about 2 hours drive from Antalya can be another excelent 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 Selcuk. Kalkan which is half an hour further west of Kas. A beautiful upmarket harbour town with cobbled streets and high quality restaurants.