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    Antalya – a brief overview

    This beautiful coastal city has flourished in recent years, attracting visitors who previously passed through en route to the Turkish Riviera. Antalya has preserved its historic district, Kaleiçi, whose backstreets are lined with magnificent Ottoman-era mansions and remains dating back to the Emperor Hadrian. Its Roman harbour has been modernised over the years, with a well-balanced mix of the old and new.

    The site is now another popular hub, home to a yacht marina and stylish shops. With several excellent museums, great eating options and a happening nightlife scene, Antalya is one of the most popular destinations along Turkey’s western Mediterranean coast.

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    Kale Kapısı

    Kazim Özalp Caddesi
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Antalya’s pedestrianised main square stands at the edge of the old quarter, Kaleiçi. Its iconic landmarks include an old stone clock tower and a statue of King Attalus II, the city founder.

    Yivli Minare

    Cumhuriyet Caddesi
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 343 2760
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The elegant symbol of Antalya is a finely fluted minaret, towering 40m over its adjacent complex, which includes a 13th-century mosque, monastery and art gallery.

    Antalya Museum

    Konyaalti Caddesi 88
    07050 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 238 5688
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1930 (Apr-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 0830-1730 (Nov-Mar)

    This archaeology museum contains an impressive collection of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts; the marble sculptures in the Portraits Hall and the Hall of Gods are its star attractions.

    Karaalioglu Parkii

    Park Sokak
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 247 7660
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    Soak up the stunning views over the harbour from this hilltop park on the southern edge of the city. Standing guard over the park’s flowerbeds is the second-century fortified tower, Hidirlik Kalesi.

    Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Camii

    Uzun Çarşi Sokak
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This 18th-century mosque is one of the city’s finest, decorated with intricate Koranic scriptures on its northern facade and interior.

    Suna-Inan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum

    Kocatepe Sokak 25
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
    Tel: +90 242 243 4274
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    Opening times:
    Thu-Tue 0900-1200 and 1300-1600

    Ottoman-era customs are brought to life in tableaux in this little museum, from Henna bridal rituals to the skills of itinerant barbers, plus a superb collection of ceramics from Cannakale.

    Aquapark

    Teomanpasa Mahallesi 2211, Sokak 11
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0800-1800

    Cool off in one of the largest waterparks on the Turkish Riviera, with a veritable flood of activities, including a wave pool, flumes, frothing rivers and a lagoon. Shuttle buses run to and from the city and nearby resorts.

    Hadriyanus Kapısı

    Hesapsi Sokak, Atatürk Caddesi
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Hadrian’s Gate is one of the most important monuments in the historic district; the three columned arches were built to mark the emperor’s triumphal visit in AD130.

    Yat Limanı

    Kaleiçi Marina
    07500 Antalya
    Turkey
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    The Roman-era harbour has been redeveloped as a yacht marina, but still retains some of its original fortifications and is a delightful site for an evening stroll.

    Kesik Minare

    Hesapçı Sokak
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Lopped off part way up, the ‘Broken Minaret’ has suffered from damage, destruction and several changes of use throughout its nearly 2,000-year history. The remaining trunk still stands as one of the most distinctive buildings in the historic district.

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    Country overview

    For sheer diversity, it’s hard to beat Turkey. The country seems to exist in multitudes – of people, of natural landscapes, of cultures. It is a land of vast open spaces, massive mountain ranges, fertile valleys and rugged coastline, fast-growing cities and sleepy villages, bustling neon-lit seaside resorts and unfrequented beaches.

    Countless waves of invasions, rebellions and ongoing immigration have created a country that may surprise visitors with the breadth and depth of the cultural melting-pot, not just in the major cities but across the country, with Kurds, Greeks, Arabs and many more groups to be found.

    Geography

    Turkey borders the Black Sea and Georgia and Armenia to the northeast, Iran to the east, Iraq to the southeast, Syria and the Mediterranean to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Asia Minor (or Anatolia) is the name given to the peninsula that forms a bridge between Europe and Asia. It accounts for 97% of the country’s area and forms a long, wide peninsula 1,650km (1,025 miles) from east to west and 650km (400 miles) from north to south.  The biggest city is Ankara, which is situated in the central plains of Anatolia.

    The other 3% of the country is Thrace, the tiny land mass which is the European portion of Turkey bordering Bulgaria and Greece and separated from Anatolia by the Bosphorus, a strait linking the Black Sea and Aegean Sea. Despite its small size 10% of the population lives here, with most of these in Istanbul.

    Two east-west mountain ranges, the Black Sea Mountains in the north and the Taurus in the south, enclose the central Anatolian plateau, but converge in a vast mountainous region in the far east of the country. It is here that the ancient Tigris and Euphrates rivers rise.

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    Key Facts

    Area: 783562 sq km

    Population: 80694485

    Polulation density: 103 per sq km

    Capital: Ankara

    Government: Republic since 1923

    Language

    Turkish is the official language. Kurdish is also spoken by a minority in the southeast. French, German and English are widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas.

    Currency

    New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) = 100 New Kurus (Ykr). Notes are in denominations of YTL200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of YTL1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 New Kurus.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +2 hours (October – March)
    UTC/GMT +3 hours (March – October)

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1730.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2016
    National Sovereignty and Children’s Day: 23 April 2016
    Labour Day: 1 May 2016
    Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: 19 Mai 2016
    Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan): 12-14 July 2016
    Victory Day: 30 August 2016
    Kurban Bayrami (Feast of Sacrifice): 12-15 September 2016
    Republic Day: 29 Oktober 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2017
    National Sovereignty and Children’s Day: 23 April 2017
    Labour Day: 1 May 2017
    Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: 19 Mai 2017
    Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan): 25-27 July 2017
    Victory Day: 30 August 2017
    Kurban Bayrami (Feast of Sacrifice): 1-4 September 2017
    Republic Day: 29 Oktober 2017

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    Nightlife in Antalya

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    The Old Town comes alive after dark, with a huge range of venues, from trendy nightclubs to romantic cocktail bars.

    Konyaaltı Beach is lined with massive outdoor discos, which attract a lively young crowd.

    Dem Lik

    Zafer Sokak 6
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    This laidback café is a favourite of city students, with local bands playing live at weekends.

    Kale Bar

    Selçuk Mh.
    07100 Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Sip your pricey cocktail slowly and soaks up the sea views from this romantic patio bar.

    Club Ally

    Selçuk Mh. 4/8
    07100 Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    This gigantic harbourside club features an industrial-scale sound system pounding out electronica across its open-air dance floor.

    Jolly Joker Saloon

    Yeşilbahçe Mah.
    Savaş Cd No:4
    Fener/Antalya
    Turkey
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    This hard-rocking bar appeals to a local crowd, with dancing to DJ sounds and occasional live bands.

    Antalya Cultural Centre

    Sakıp Sabancı Bulvarı 18
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    The city’s chief arts institution hosts opera and ballet performances, as well as the annual Golden Orange Film Festival.

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    Restaurants in Antalya

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    Dining out in Antalya can be a satisfying adventure, with imaginative fusion cuisine restaurants as well as traditional street kebab stalls.

    Open-air cafés and bars line Antalya’s harbourside and historic Kaleiçi, with cheaper options across Ataturk Caddesi in the business district.

    Seraser

    Tuzcular Mahallesi, Karanlık Sokak 18
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Expensive

    Consistently dishing up the finest food in the city, in a romantic Ottoman-style mansion.

    Club Arma

    Iskele Caddesi 75
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Expensive

    Great seafood in a stunning clifftop setting overlooking the harbour.

    Sim

    Kılınçarslan Mh.
    07100 Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional home-cooked Turkish soups and salads in a lovely old family home.

    7 Mehmet

    Ataturk Kultur Park 201
    07030 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Moderate

    Good-value mezes at this large restaurant make it a popular choice for groups.

    Il Vicino Pizzeria

    Paşa Cami Sokak (Kaleiçi) 12
    Tuzcular Mh.
    Muratpaşa
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Price: Cheap

    Enjoy delicious stone-baked pizzas and Italian ice cream at this garden restaurant in the Old Town.

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    Calendar of events

    Antalya International Choir Festival

    6 – 10 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Antalya Cultural Centre

    Choirs from across the globe are invited to compete in this prestigious singing competition, and the result is five days of first-class concerts. A highlight is the mixed-choir performance of a famous choral work accompanied by the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra.

    International Antalya Children’s Festival

    18 – 24 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Children’s groups from around the world come to Antalya to participate in delightful performances, beginning with a huge parade. Folk dances, choral music, marching bands, circus acts, ballet shows and gymnastic displays are all part of the entertainment, held around Turkey’s Children’s Day.

    International Antalya Theatre Festival

    17 – 27 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Theatre companies from Turkey and abroad stage a thrilling programme of contemporary plays in traditional venues as well as at the spectacular open-air Aspendos and Side ancient amphitheatres. Visitors can immerse themselves in theatre at special workshops or head outdoors for street performances.

    Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

    1 June – 15 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Aspendos Theatre, 50km east of Antalya

    Turkish and international opera and ballet companies, including Antalya’s own State Opera and Ballet, stage magnificent productions in the spectacular setting of the ancient Aspendos Theatre. Watching a world-class performance in this 2,000-year-old open-air amphitheatre is both mesmerising and unforgettable.

    Conservatory Art Days

    Early June 2016

    Venue: Municipal Cultural Hall

    Early June sees a week of evening arts performances hosted by the city council. Festival audiences have the choice of a terrific range of concerts and theatrical productions, from local children’s choirs to folk singing to classic and contemporary plays.

    Golden Pomegranate Festival

    Last week in June 2016

    Venue: Various venues in Kemer, 45km south of Antalya

    Sports activities, concerts starring famous Turkish singers, a grand parade and a beauty contest are among the week-long programme of activities during this lively festival in the coastal resort town of Kemer. The celebration culminates in a massive fireworks display.

    International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival

    20 – 27 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    For over 50 years, stars of the big screen have graced the red carpet at this glamorous cinematic extravaganza. Audiences are treated to a cracking selection of films, with juries selecting winners in international, national, documentary and short film categories.

    Red Bull Sea to Sky Enduro Event

    2 – 4 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Kemer, 45km south of Antalya

    Hardcore Extreme Enduro riders battle it out on motorbikes over three days across three types of terrain: beach, forest and mountains. Pros and amateurs join the competition, which rises from sea level to 2,365m, tackling highly technical trails over rocks, rivers, roots and sand.

    Antalya Piano Festival

    7 – 29 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Antalya Cultural Centre

    World-renowned pianists take to the stage for a riveting programme of classical and contemporary compositions and premiere performances. Amateurs can join in too and tickle the ivories on one of the many pianos set up in public places, including shopping centres, tram stations and even the airport.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Antalya

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    As a major tourist destination, Antalya has ample accommodation to suit all budgets, from large resorts to exclusive boutique hotels in period mansions.

    The nicest area to stay in is Kaleiçi, with its quieter, car-free streets.

    Su Hotel

    Dumlupınar Blv
    07050 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Expensive

    This large, beachside hotel oozes cool modern style, with top-notch sports facilities and a spa.

    Limak Lara De Luxe Hotel & Resort

    Kemerağzı Mevkii 34
    Lara
    Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Expensive

    This luxury resort hotel just outside the city combines traditional Turkish hospitality with first-class modern facilities.

    Rixos Downtown

    Sakıp Sabancı Blv No:18, Konyaaltı Sahili
    07050 Konyaaltı/Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Moderate

    This large modern hotel has good business amenities, as well as a pool, restaurants and bars.

    La Paloma

    Kýlýnçaslan Mahallesi, Tabakhane Sokak 3
    07100 Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Moderate

    This converted Ottoman-era house is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood, with lovely inner rooms overlooking the pool.

    Ninova Pension

    Barbaros Mah.Hamitefendi Sok. 9 Kaleici
    Hamit Efendi Sok. No:9
    07100 Kaleiçi/Antalya
    Turkey
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    Category: Cheap

    This friendly guest house in the old district has tastefully furnished rooms and an inner garden.

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    Climate & best time to visit Turkey

    Turkey is a huge country, and its climate varies widely from region to region as well as seasonally. For sightseeing holidays to Istanbul and the most important ancient and medieval sights, and for active walking holidays, the best times to visit are spring (April-May) and autumn (October-early November) when days are generally warm and sunny but not uncomfortably hot. Rainy spells and cloudy days are possible, however, in spring and autumn, so the best months for a sun-and-sea holiday on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast are June to end September. Resort areas are most crowded from June until the end of August.

    In developing ski areas such as Uludag near Bursa and Palandoken near Erzurum, the best time to visit is between December and April. Temperatures in and around Istanbul can vary from well below freezing in midwinter to above 40°C (104°F) in summer. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts experience the hottest summers, with highs of 45°C (113°F), but midwinter temperatures can be as low as -5°C (23°F). Mountainous Eastern Turkey has the most extreme climate of all, with winter temperatures as low as -43°C (-45F) and highs up to 38C (100F). The climate of the central Anatolia is also extreme with summer highs of 40°C (104°F)and winter lows of -25°C (-13°F). The Turkish State Meteorological Office (www.mgm.gov.tr) provides a day to day, region by region online weather forecast.

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    Feb25 °C-4 °C15 °C6 °C68 %191 mm105.7 h
    Mar27 °C-1 °C17 °C8 °C65 %102 mm76.8 h
    Apr32 °C3 °C21 °C11 °C68 %48 mm58.1 h
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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +90

    Telephone

    The cheapest way to make calls is from PTT telephone booths, which are found in all areas. These operate using phone cards, which can be bought from kiosks, or by using major credit cards.

    Mobile Phone

    Mobile phone coverage is generally good, but can be patchy in some rural areas in eastern Turkey. As Turkey is outside the EU, roaming charges are very much more expensive than for mobile phone use in the UK and the rest of the EU.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés throughout Turkey, even in small towns and rural villages. Almost all hotels (including even small guesthouses and budget hostels) offer free Wi-Fi internet access, as do many restaurants, bars and cafés.

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    Shopping in Antalya

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    Key Areas

    The Old Town, Kaleiçi, has a plethora of shops along its narrow streets, selling everything from jewellery to electronic goods. The old harbour, Ataturk Boulevard and Konyaaltı Beach are other key areas, with souvenir shops, department stores and modern malls.

    Markets

    Antalya has several local fruit and vegetable markets. The best traditional bazaar is İki Kapılar Hanı, in old Kaleiçi; mainly aimed at tourists nowadays, it’s still brimming with atmosphere and worth browsing the crowded archways. It’s open daily until late.

    Shopping Centres

    Migros, just off Konyaaltı Beach, is one of the biggest malls in Turkey, with more than 100 department stores, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. Another mall worth checking out is Deepo (Serek Caddessi 309), near the airport, which has huge range of Turkish and famous international brands, as well as cinemas, cafés, and even a prayer room and ice rink.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting a stranger;  kissing on the cheek is reserved for meeting friends and family. Hospitality is very important and visitors should respect Islamic customs. Informal wear is acceptable, but beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. Smoking is widely acceptable but prohibited in cinemas, theatres, buses, coaches and dolmuş (collective taxis).

    There is no law against women wearing headscarves in public but those in public roles and campus students are banned from wearing them. However, if visiting a mosque, women are advised to take scarves to cover their hair and to wear long-sleeved tops. Both men and women should have legs covered from the knees upwards.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is chlorinated in towns and cities, but it is advisable to drink the widely available bottled mineral water. If a water source bears the words içilmez, it is not potable; sources labelled içilir or içme suyu are safe to drink. Milk is pasteurised. Eat only well-cooked meat and fish. When it comes to street food, common sense is advised; eat food that is freshly cooked and ideally, has been prepared in front of you. During the summer Turkey can experience temperatures up to 40°C so carry a bottle of water to avoid dehydration.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. It is recommended that travellers visiting rural areas, get a rabies vaccination as this may be found in dogs, cats and other animals throughout the countryside. Turkey has very low risk of malaria, with the risk increasing towards the Syrian border in the south east of the country, but keen trekkers may want to stock up on supplies of insect-repellent.

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    Visa & Immigration

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