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Antalya is one of the oldest yet most modern cities in Turkey. It is located in the southwestern region and is bordered by the Tauras Mountains. Antalya is famous as a Turkish resort city since it is home to several stunning beaches flanked by large and luxurious Las Vegas style resorts. It is as popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway as it is with families looking for an unforgettable trip.

Antalya was founded in 150 BC and was initially named Atallia in honour of its founder Attalos II. As it was a part of the Ottoman, Byzantine, Greek and Roman empires, the city is home to many historical architectural attractions. Most of these mosques, masjids, Turkish baths and tombs are centred in Kaleici, the old centre of Antalya. Interestingly, Kaleici is also home to many hotels, bars, clubs, and shopping centres which have retained their historical character. Cumhuriyet Square is the main centre of Antalya and a popular spot for tourists. On either side of the city are two famous beaches, Konyaalti Beach on the west and Lara Beach on the east.

Antalya is popular for its vibrant nightlife, besides its many beaches and historical sites. The city comes alive at night with scenic viewpoints, romantic dinner cruises and blustering bars. However, to feel the true essence of Turkey, visit the exotic bazaars buzzing with vendors and locals. With a lovely climate and a friendly vibe, Antalya is one of the cities with it all.

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Accommodation: Stay in Kaleici if visiting Antalya for the first time or if you like to explore. If looking for luxury hotels, stay near Lara. Kas is another area popular for staying among scuba divers.
Museum Pass: Called Museum Pass the Mediterranean, it is valid for seven days and covers many archaeological sites. It costs USD 37

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Shopping in Antalya

Antalya has many shops as well as outlets where you can get souvenirs such as aromatic herbs, shoes and local designer clothes. In case you wish to go shopping there are numerous malls located in the area with the prime ones being Terra City and Mark Antalya mall.

Nightlife in Antalya

Antalya is known to be filled with all-exciting nightlife. There are bars with water pipes, games as well as feet-tapping music. You would find tons of clubs lined across Konyaalti's beach park livened up with music as well as liqour.

Exchanging Money in Antalya

  • The Antalya International Airport has a 24-hour exchange bureau in the arrivals hall. It offers rates comparable to other bureaus in the city and accepts USD, GBP and EUR. These currencies are also accepted at most places in Antalya without being exchanged. The exchange offices are found in every tourist, market and commercial centre.
  • There are also doviz exchange offices in the city, most of them located in Kaleici.
  • The other convenient way to get money in Antalya is using ATMs. However, they charge up to 2% or 3% fees.

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What is the local food in Antalya?

Turkish people normally consume fried vegetable such as eggplant, potatoes alongwith yogurt and sauce. Some of the famous dishes of this place are Menemen and cilbir. Tomatoes, Sheep Cheese etc, are also consumed here on regular basis.
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What are the places near Antalya?

The top places near to Antalya are Kas which is 123 km from Antalya, Pamukalle which is located 180 km from Antalya, Ankara which is located 386 km from Antalya, Izmir which is located 357 km from Antalya, Istanbul which is located 481 km from Antalya

What are the top hotels in Antalya?

There are 409 in Antalya which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Antalya are Villa Begumhan, Villa Porta, Villa Emel, Antalyaloft, Ecohomes Corporation, Hotel Casa De Padre. You can see all the hotels in Antalya here

What is the best time to visit Antalya?

March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn) is the best time to visit Antalya. Owning to its Mediterranean climate, the region has hot, dry summers and wet, humid winters. Hence spring and Autumn months, although the shoulder season, is an ideal time to visit Antalya.
The average annual temperature is 21 degrees, and the average precipitation in Antalya is about 90mm. The summers last from June to August and July and August are the warmest months of the year. July is also the driest month of the year, with almost negligible rainfall.

Although the shoulder season is considered as an ideal time, there's a tourist influx in summers which can get overcrowded. The beaches and waterfalls are a great place to be at during summers. The fall and spring see the lowest footfall making accommodations favourable and easily available. Activities like canoeing, trekking and rafting are the most popular during this time. It gets cooler but gradually more humid in the winter months, that last from December through February. January is the wettest month, with maximum precipitation is around 240mm. Hence it's best to avoid winters.
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