Antalya is a large city in the southwestern part of Turkey at the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The town is mostly famous as a beach holiday destination, and the climate is Mediterranean warm or hot most of the year. In addition to the numerous sandy beaches the biggest attractions is the medieval Old Town with its nearly 40 meters high ribbed minaret tower, as well as numerous old buildings and ruins. The city also has a few huge shopping malls, the world's largest tunnel aquarium, as well as the about 7 km outside of the city of the located Duden River waterfalls.
Monthly Weather Conditions
A great place with great weather all year. If you don't want any rainy days, you should avoid December to February.
The best time to visit Antalya is between May and October. However, because of its mild, year-round Mediterranean climate, the city can be enjoyed at any time. If you like hotter weather, visit in summer, between July and mid-September.
More information: Antalya forecast and weather conditions monthly
Antalya 10 most important sights:
- Old Town (Kaleiçi): The maze-like Kaleiçi neighborhood contains perfectly restored whitewashed and red-roofed Ottoman mansions, and is home to a plethora of boutique hotels, souvenir shops, art galleries and restaurants.
- Old Harbour: Nestled into a recess in the cliffs, Antalya's old harbor is a picturesque huddle of boutiques, pretty cafés, bazaars and gently bobbing yachts that look out over a shimmering Mediterranean.
- Antalya Museum: If you're interested in Turkish history, don't miss this excellent museum, whose exhibits showcase the best finds from excavation sites across the Turkish coast.
- Yivli Minare: Antalya's most distinctive landmark is the Yivli Minare (fluted minaret) built by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Kykubad (1219-36).
- Hadrian's Gate: Hadrian's Gate is one of the main (and the most dramatic) entrance gates into the Kaleiçi district.
- Roman Fortress (H?d?rl?k Kalesi): Built in the second century, this squat 14-meter-high cylindrical tower watches over the old harbor from high above on the edge of Karaalio?lu Park.
- Aspendos: This archaeological site is home to a Roman theatre commonly thought to be the best preserved in the world and one of Turkey's top tourist attractions.
- Termessos: The well-preserved remains of this ancient city are scattered along a rugged hillside with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding countryside.
- Perge: Perge's vast and rubble-filled stadium, half-destroyed temples and huge colonnaded agora are imbued with an atmosphere of past glory.
- Olympus and the Chimaera: The famed attraction in the near-twin villages of Olympus and Ç?ral? is the chimaera - a naturally occurring eternal flame that flickers out of the rock cliff above.
Recommendation for one day:
- Duden Waterfalls is the perfect morning. The waterfalls are actually two separate natural attractions within the City of Antalya. The Upper Düden Waterfalls are a series of small cascades in a tranquil municipal park and the Lower Düden Waterfall is a spectacular cascade that occurs as the Düden River spills off the Antalya City cliffs into the sea.
- You'll have a great day at Novaraft - Private Day Adventures, Novarafts main fun services include rafting, canyoning, hiking, river kayaking and high rope courses.
- Find Karaalioglu Park, this urban park contains many colorful and exotic flowers, and is a favorite place for a leisurely stroll.
- Visit Antalya Aquarium, the underwater tunnel is the coolest place.
- Top off the evening at MiniCity Antalya, Some call it the Las Vegas of Antalya.
- The vast area contains scaled-down reproductions of famous Turkish architecture, including a mini Hagia-Sophia and Istanbuls fabulous Dolmabahce Palace.
Compared to prices worldwide, Antalya is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $37.04, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $103.93, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $51.60
- Hotel (3 stars): $40.35
- Hotel (4 stars): $72.62
- Hotel (5 stars): $202.22
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.58
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.99
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.32
- Meal, McDonalds: $3.56
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.86
Antalya has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 71.1 (better than United states average 48.3)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 87.1 (better than United states average 70.0)
- Walking alone at night: 71.6 (better than United states average 42.1)
More information: Antalya safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.