Antalya is the capital city of the Antalya Province, located on the Gulf of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The population of the city is 603,190 (2000 census), reaching 2 million in summer at the height of the tourist season. Situated on a steep cliff, Antalya is a picturesque city surrounded by mountains, forests, Mediterranean Sea and many ancient ruins. Thanks to its airport, Antalya is a gateway for Turkey's coastal resorts which have become known as ‘Turkish Riviera’ because of the natural and historical beauty.
Combining history and culture it deserves the title of ’capital of Turkish tourism’. Today the city of Antalya is reliving a golden age. It has been transformed into a cultural and touristic hub with hotels featuring concepts such as ‘Venice’, ‘Topkapý Palace’ and Moscow cathedrals. Kaleici, the rustic old town where historic Turkish and Greek houses are under protection, is the most popular center in Antalya. It is situated between the yacht harbour and the main city. Old houses separated by narrow, cobble-stone roads are now hotels and tourism-related shops. Traces of Byzantine, Roman and Seljuks architecture and culture can still be seen. Antalya museums house finds belonging from historic ages of Anatolia.
In the city, Ottoman architecture can be seen in places such as Yivli Minare, Kulliye and Karaalioglu Park. Konyaalti and Lara coasts are well known for their crystal clear waters. Famous sites accessible by daily tours are Side, Perga, Manavgat and Alanya. Ancient cities such as Phaselis, Olympos, Adrasan and Kekova can be reached by sea with Blue Voyagers.
Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-west Turkey, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Travel distance from Istanbul to Antalya is 710 km.
The currency is Turkish Lira.
Current (March 2012) exchange rates for Euros and US Dollars are:
Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks during normal business hours (09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. Numerous Automated Bank Machines are available throughout the city and at the airport.
During October the daytime temperatures are in the range of 25°C and evening temperatures are 17°C. The average temperature is 25°C and the humidity rate is 68%. We recommend you bring light clothing, sweater and a jacket for cooler evenings. There might be occasional rain fall and it is therefore advisable to bring an umbrella.
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GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +2
Turkey has 220 volts/50 Hz. electricity and socket type is European standard (2-pin plug).
British and USA appliances need an adaptor.
There are 3 operators for mobile communication and they are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. If your own operator has a deal with one of these operators, you may be able to receive and make phone calls. But be aware that extra fees may apply and they may vary between operators.