Antalya, with 2 million population is "capital" of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast, is a sprawling modern city with a small, charming historic center, a good archeology museum, long sunny beaches to east and west, the Turquoise Coast's busiest airport, good hotels, lots to see and do, and dramatic sea and mountain views .
The historic center, called Kaleiçi (Old Antalya) surrounds the Roman harbor. Many buildings here date from Ottoman times, a few from Roman times, and some have been restored as houses, boutique hotels, pensions and restaurants.
Antalya's prime beach is Konyaaltı Plajı, a long swath of rough sand and pebbles running west for several kilometers.
The sand is somewhat softer along Lara Plajı to the east. Other beaches are farther afield at Side and Alanya to the east, or Kemer, Phaselis and Olimpos to the south.
Visit Antalya for Kaleiçi, the museum and beaches, and because it's the transport hub of the region with a big, modern airport 10 km (6 miles) east of the city center, and a big, modern bus terminal (Otogar) 4 km (2.5 miles) north. Here's more on how to get to Antalya, and how to get around.
Antalya is also a good base for day-trips to nearby archeological sites such as Aspendos, Olimpos, Perge, Phaselis, Selge, Side and Termessos , and even river rafting in Köprülü Kanyon National Park.
Antalya is the most convenient base for excursions throughout the region, from Olimpos in the southwest to Alanya in the southeast.
Kemer is a modern seaside resort southwest of Antalya, but Phaselis, a bit farther down the coast, is an ancient port now in a national park, and Olimpos just beyond it is a strange and wonderful mix of forest tree-house camps, tidy small hotels, secluded beach resort and ancient ruins.
At nearby Çıralı, the famed Chimaera natural eternal flame still burns as it has for millennia.
GMT Time Zone (+2 Turkey, Antalya)
Foreign Representations in Turkey
For spesific information please check the websites of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
International telephone calling code to Turkey is +90 and then the telephone number.
For international calls from Antalya you have to dial 00 and then the country code.
Currency & Exchange
The currency unit in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). Please check your exchange rate from our central bank: http://www.tcmb.gov.tr
Banks, Credit Cards
Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5 pm.
The following major credit cards are accepted by most shops in Turkey: Visa, Mastercard, American Express.
November is much quieter and cooler in Antalya as the summer season has drawn to a close and most of the tourists are gone. November is much wetter in Antalya than previous month, however, Antalya is still dryer and warmer than most parts of northern Europe at this time of year.
November brings an average daily temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. This average temperature takes into account a potential low temperature of 9 degrees Celsius and a high of up to 20 degrees. The neighbouring Mediterranean Sea cools off to 20 degrees Celsius, which may be getting too cool to swim but not the coldest it will be during the year. The Antalyan region sees an average of ten hours of sunshine on any given day assuming it is not raining. Unfortunately, the rainfall in the area swells to 180 millimetres throughout the month but primarily over eight days in November.
Shops: in general 09.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Post Office: 08.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Electricity in Turkey is 220V/50Hz. Plugs are the normal 2- pin round continental type.
No vaccination or health certificates are required for international travellers. Health insurance policy is optional.
Pharmacies are usually open from 09:00-19:00. Also one night-pharmacy is available in every district.
In case of accident or illness, ask for an ambulance: 112.
112 is the emergency number for ambulance.
155 for the police.