Because of the archaeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is also known as the Turkish Riviera. The sun, sea, nature and history combine to form a very popular resort, highlighted by some of the cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean. The 630km shoreline of the province is liberally scattered with ancient cities, harbours, memorial tombs and beaches, secluded coves and lush forests, many of which are easily accessible from the city.
With its palm-lined boulevard, internationally-acclaimed marina, and old castle with traditional architecture, all set amidst a modern city, Antalya is a major tourist centre in Turkey. In addition to the wide selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, the city also plays host to a number of sporting events throughout the year, like international beach volleyball, triathlon, golf tournaments, archery, tennis and canoeing competitions.
The Cultural Centre, which opened in 1995, hosts cultural and art events in the fields of music, theatre, and creative arts. The main area of interest in the city is central old quarter within the Roman walls, known as Kaleici, and there are many good museums.
In Antalya, there are shopping malls that the foreign or local tourist could find lots of thing. The city is famous for its jams and jellies made from every fruit and vegetable imaginable. The most interesting ones are the eggplant, watermelon, bergamot and turunc jellies. There are also souvenirs and gift items particular to Turkey in the shops of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture and the shops in the old city. The area is famous for its Dosemealti carpets coloured with natural root dyes.
Accommodation in Antalya
Hotels, hostels, pensions in Antalya
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Anatolia Resort Antalya, Turkey
Blue Sea Garden Antalya, Turkey
Diva Residence Hotel Antalya, Turkey
Guney Brabant Hotel Antalya, Turkey
Havasucamp Antalya, Turkey
Hotel Bacchus Pension Antalya, Turkey
Hotel Frankfurt Antalya, Turkey
Hotel Karyatit Antalya, Turkey
Lotus Hotel Antalya, Turkey
Mavi & Ani Pension Antalya, Turkey
Olympia Treehouse & Camping Antalya, Turkey
Sabah Pansiyon Antalya, Turkey
Serendipity Holiday Country House Antalya, Turkey
The Marmara Antalya Antalya, Turkey
White Garden Pansion Antalya, Turkey
Yesil Vadi Pension-Camping Antalya, Turkey
Ozmen Pension Antalya, Turkey
How to Get to Antalya
By Road : Antalya is easily accessed from most parts of the country, and the main bus station (Yeni Garaj) is 4km in north of the city centre. Major routes include Istanbul (12 hours), Fethiye (8 hours), Izmir (9 hours) and Goreme (10 hours). The best route from Istanbul and Ankara is through Afyon and Burdur. In addition to the large buses and long-distance journeys, which leave from the Sehirlerarasi Terminali, there are also dolmus services to places like Kas, Alanya, Olympos and Side, from the Ilceler Terminali, although these are not air-conditioned. Most bus companies have a free shuttle service from the bus station into the city centre.
Tel: (0242) 331 12 50 / 513 26 50
Fax: (0242) 331 11 81.
By Rail : The nearest station is at Burdur.
By Air : Antalya airport is 10km east of the city centre, and has direct flights from Tel Aviv and Zurich. It is well connected to other parts of Turkey, and in summer has eight daily direct flights from Istanbul and two from Ankara.
Tel: (0242) 330 32 33. 330 3600.
Fax: (0242) 330 31 30
By Boat : The marina is one of the most important in Turkey, and the Kaleici certainly one of the most photographed, lying at the foot of the old part of the city. Apart from private yachts sailing in from all over the world, there are passenger ferries to Girne (Northern Cyprus) and Rhodes.
Turkish Maritime Lines
Tel: (0242) 241 11 20.
Fax: 247 50 95
Tel: (0242) 243 47 50.
Fax: 243 47 54
Tel: (0242) 259 12 00
With Antalya holidays you will be spoilt for choice! Explore the city or relax on the beach!