All You Need to Know Before Traveling to Antalya–A Complete Guide
No matter how many times I visit Antalya, I’m never done with it, and I don’t think I’ll ever be.
I find new things to do every time I go to Antalya. The city is adventurous and peaceful at the same time.
If this is your first time in Antalya or you want to go there with more information about the city beforehand, you may find this travel guide helpful.
This guide consists of information about transportation and accommodations with a few fun activities thrown in .
Pack your hat, camera, swimsuit and don’t forget to bring your energy with you! I hope you enjoy this guide and your time in Antalya!
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Antalya at a Glance
Antalya is a beautiful, special city, known as the 5th most crowded city in Turkey .
It’s also a bustling metropolis , home to many different kinds of people, from locals to tourists.
You’ll discover that it’s full of culture and a number of fun options. What makes it so special is that it’s been a human settlement for millennia, and there are traces of this historical reality everywhere.
Antalya also has a splendid natural setting . The waterfalls, canyons, and natural beaches will make you forget your problems and live in the moment.
Antalya in History
One of the things that makes Antalya special is that its home to the earliest fossil remnants in Anatolia. Found in Antalya’s Karain Cave, the remains and artifacts have been dated by archaeologists to Paleolithic Age; more on that later in this article.
After the Paleolithic Age, Antalya became a part of the ancient regions known as Pamphilia (southeast) and Lykia (east). Later, Antalya was home to people in Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman times .
When’s the Best Time to Visit?
Antalya is great and full of many attractions, so you can feel free to enjoy the experience here any time you choose , though your priorities may change based on the season in which you go. For example, if you’re a sea-lover, you should definitely plan to go there when it’s warm out.
Here’s a bit more information about that.
This is when you’ll be able to enjoy the sun the most. Antalya is the best place for a summer holiday, especially from June to August .
Don’t worry about exploring–the beautiful blue water and clear sky is all you’ll need.
It can still be a bit chilly at night in May, but I assure you that there’ll still be enough sun to enjoy. Keep in mind that it can get really hot in July and August–too hot some days.
October-November and April
If you don’t enjoy crowds, then October, November, and April are the months for you to visit. You can still enjoy the sea , even in October.
Antalya’s still nice in the winter. Why not enjoy the history of the city or ski at this time of year?
Antalya has a heavy rainy season that changes from year to year, so don’t forget to check out the weather out before you go.
How to Travel to Antalya
International flights arrive at Fraport TAV Antalya Airport , 13 km from the city’s center, which is very close. You can organize a transfer from Antalya Airport to your destination point.
There are also two public buses– number 600 (runs every 30 minutes) and 800 (runs every 2 hours –leaving the airport and going to Antalya’s Bus Terminal. You can catch a number of minibusses from the terminal to various points in Antalya.
Depending on where you’re going in Antalya, you can also go to YDA Dalaman Airport in Muğla Region, which is closer to Kalkan and Kaş.
There are shuttles to and from Dalaman Airport. Call 444 0 487 to make a reservation.
If you plan to stay in Kaş or Kalkan, going directly to Antalya Airport would be a better option, saving you almost 5 hours on the way from Dalaman to Antalya.
How to Get Around Antalya
Antalya is a big city, but there are plenty of vehicles with which to get around. You may go there with your own car or rent a car from one of the rental companies with offices at Antalya Airport.
To find their offices on the terminal map, go to https://www.antalya-airport.aero/passengers-visitors/services/useful-applications/floor-plans
Public transportation is another option. If your accommodations are close to the city’s center, go to the bus terminal to find buses or minibusses to every part of Antalya.
Other options for traveling from the airport to your hotel or traveling around Antalya include taxis. You’ll see the yellow cabs–labeled TAKSİ–almost anywhere in the city. It costs around 10USD from the airport, but you can always bargain with the drivers for long-distance trips.
Instead of a taxi, you can arrange for a private transfer with your flight company or hotel. If they don’t have this service, look up transfer companies on the Internet to make reservations.
The transfer companies are really professional and reliable. They speak English and help you carry your luggage. Most companies have drivers who wait for you at the exit, holding a placard with your name on it.
Where to Exchange Currency
The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL) .
I recommend not exchanging a large amount at the airport. Exchange only the amount you need for the road and snacks. You’ll find better places regarding exchange rates later.
A better idea is to an ATM to withdraw Turkish Liras, as the rates will be better, and it’s more practical for travelers.
If you have any difficulties, you can still use your foreign currency–the city is known for catering to tourists, and everyone is familiar with USD and Euros. It’s even used in some cases, but you can’t expect it.
Where to Stay
There are a lot of options for accommodations in Antalya, including luxurious hotels, cozy hostels, camping areas, and wooden houses –there’s a place for everyone in Antalya.
First, decide upon the district you want as a home base, like Kaş, Kalkan, Alanya, or Olympos. Next, start looking for options. (If you’re staying in Alanya, check out My Complete Alanya Guide )
Here are some of the options available according to place.
My first recommendation would be Olympos. It’s very beautiful, and the environment is dynamic with a lot of young people about . It’s right next to the sea, located in an ancient valley.
There are plenty of hostels and campgrounds on the road to the sea. You can stay in private or shared houses–Olympos is most famous for its wooden house tradition.
You can spend your mornings reading on comfortable chairs and join the groups of people gathering in the place’s garden in the evenings.
There are also cafes and gözlemes. You’ll enjoy spending the afternoon under the shade of a pavilion, reading a book.
Olympos is 70 km from Antalya. Take a minibus from Antalya. Don’t forget to tell the driver you’re going to Olympos, so he’ll know to drop you on the way. Be ready for 1-hour drive.
Though you could spend your entire vacation in Olympos, staying in Kaleiçi will make you more mobile . ( Here’s my full guide to Kaleici – Oldtown Antalya )
If it’s your first time in Antalya or you like to explore, you should choose Kaleiçi! Staying here will satisfy your love of culture.
Here, there are more than 100 boutique hotels , so you can choose one that appeals to you. You’ll also be close to Antalya’s many beaches.
If you want to find comfort in the complete service of a luxury hotel, then you should go to Lara.
Most of Antalya’s 5-star hotels are in Lara. The magnificent sea in the area will also make you so happy and content!
Alanya might be a bit far from the center of the city, but the advantages there will make you happy with your decision to go there.
It’s 130 km to Antalya, which takes around 1.5 hours to get there. You can take a bus or minibus from Anlayna’s city center.
There are both luxurious hotels and affordable hostels in the area.
This hidden haven in Antalya is usually chosen by SCUBA divers, but it can be one of your destinations during your holiday.
There are mostly hostels here, but you can find some nice hotel options in the Küçükçakıl area , too. Çukurbağ Peninsula also has a number of hotels.
Here, you’ll be right in front of the Greek island of Meis and a number of bays and small islands.
Other Options for Stays
The above can help you choose accommodations, or you can find another place from the countless other options, like Kemer, Belek, Kalkan, and Konyaaltı, among others.
What to do in Antalya?
There are countless options when it comes to things to do in Antalya.
Make Your Day at the Beaches
If it’s summer in Antalya, then the beach is the first thing that should come to mind. Here’s my full guide to Antalya’s beaches, including maps.
Sometimes, I think Antalya’s sole purpose is its beaches. I really adore them, and I’m sure you will, too. There are many options, ranging from natural bays to enjoyable private beaches .
If you and those in your party want to be on your own, then Konyaaltı ‘s the best place to be. If you’re a fan of private beaches who likes colorful cocktails and great music all day long, then you should take a walk on Lara Beach.
If you are in Olympos , you’re already at the beachside. On your way to the beach, you’ll come across the ruins of an ancient city alongside a stream.
If you’re at Kaş , the Büyükçakıl and Küçükçakıl Beaches are there. Kaputaş Beach is close by, and it’s worth the effort to hit the road and embrace its famous blue waters.
Other swimming destinations include Cleopatra Beach, Phaselis, Adrasan, Patara, Karpuz Kaldıran, İncekum, Finike, Ulaş, or Mermerli .
Walk Around in Old Town
The center of Antalya, Kaleiçi, is very rich in culture and art. It’s home to many important historical places to visit, like museums and fun places like zoos. To take a look at the historical places, here’s a guide.
Hadrian’s Gate: Also known as Üçkapılar (The Three Gates) and Mermer Kapı (The Marble Gate), the gate was built in 130 A.D. as a sign of respect to Roman Emperor Hadrian, who visited the city that year.
It was constructed in the Corinthian style, with 3 arches and 2 colonnaded facades. It’s seen as the most beautiful gate in Pamphylia, and I think it definitely deserves its reputation.
Clock Tower: Another beautiful, interesting building is Antalya’s Clock Tower, located in Kale Kapısı.
The Clock Tower was built by Grand Vizier Küçük Sait Pasha in 1901. It was named after Abdulhamit II, is square in shape, and made of stone. There are clocks on all four sides.
The clocks you see aren’t the originals–they’ve been changed to keep up with the times.
Yivli Minaret Mosque: Also known as Alaaddin Mosque and Ulu Mosque, YivliMinare Mosque (Fluted Minaret) is an interesting, must-see in Antalya, Kaleiçi.
One of the first Islamic constructions in Antalya, it was built by Seljuk Sultan AlaaddinKeykubad I, and its minaret is decorated with turquoise tiles.
Külliye: Yivli Minaret Mosque is a part of the külliye created by Seljuks. Besides this, there are several other historical buildings around for you to visit. They include Madrasah of Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev, Seljuk Lodge, Mevlevi Lodge, Dervish lodge, Türbe of Zincirkıran, and Türbe of Nigar Hatun .
Try Scuba Diving
If you’re a diver, you may already know the beauty of Antalya’s diving spots.
If you’re not a certified diver, there are also options for you to try, called try-diving (or discovery diving). Even if you don’t plan to go for a dive, you should definitely try it once to experience the beauty underwater firsthand.
You can dive in districts in Antalya like Kaş, Kalkan, Kemer, and many other places.
Rafting can be a good option for adventure-lovers. You can talk to a tourism company to arrange for a day to take one of their tours. You’ll find many good companies that deliver secure fun .
Köprülü Canyon is a good option for rafting. It’s best in the warm seasons, but it’s available from April to November. Don’t worry about your level of experience because tour companies will arrange for a group suitable for your level of experience.
Köprülü Canyon is 400 m deep at its maximum and 14 km long. It’s a part of Köprü River, which begins in the Sütçüler District of Isparta and flows into the sea in Antalya.
Go Skiing (Yes, Skiing!)
You might be surprised to learn that Antalya has some great skiing spots. Saklıkent is 50 km from Antalya’s city center . It’s located in the Toros and Beydağları hills, on Antalya’s west side.
A one-day trip to Saklıkent can make you feel kind of dizzy because you’ll experience two different seasons in one day –a warm spring-like weather and a cold, winter day covered in snow.
Skiing season in Saklıkent is between December and April. If this is a priority for you, be sure to check to see if the snow’s arrived before you go.
Try going with an organized tour and spend a nice day in the brisk mountain air.
Take a Tour to the Waterfalls
Antalya is a region rich with waterfalls. Below is a short guide to several of Antalya’s waterfalls .
Manavgat Waterfall is fascinating in that the water runs year-round. You can go there with friends, family or by yourself. It’s enjoyable and peaceful all the time.
Located in Manavgat–Antalya’s second-largest district–the name’s also derived from the district. It’s easy to reach, being 4 km from Manavgat’s center and 72 km from Antalya. Don’t miss the chance to see the Manavgat Waterfall if you’re going to be in Antalya.
Manavgat Waterfall is created by the fall of water over a cliff 3 to 4 meters high in the course of the Manavgat River. The river is an important one, also called Til and Melas in historical texts.
Rafting, Jeep safaris, trekking, boat tours, or taking a nature walk are some of the options you can do here.
There are two separate Waterfalls at Düden, namely, the Upper and Lower Düden Waterfalls.
They are 8 km from the center of Lara district , where the water falls over cliffs 40 meters high. It’s a marvelous experience.
The Lower Düden Waterfall–also known as Karpuzkaldıran (Watermelon-Lifter) Waterfall–is a haven for those wanting to escape the heat of summer in Antalya.
The Upper Düden Waterfall is also known as Iskender (Alexander) Waterfall since Alexander the Great spent some time there letting his horses drink on his voyage to Pamphylia. That wasn’t, of course, a holiday trip, but rather, a military expedition to Pamphylia.
You can enjoy the waterfall area by taking a walk or while drinking tea in the tea gardens. You’ll find picnic areas and restaurants in this natural park. Go there to take in the cool air, listen to the sound of burbling water, and enjoy the greenery around you.
With its multiple little lakes and waterfalls, the Kurşunlu Waterfall area promises an enjoyable and peaceful day or a weekend. Here are some accommodation options you might want to check out.
The main waterfall goes over a cliff 18 meters high. There are also several minor waterfalls. Seven small lakes connect within this setting.
The forest flora in the park is very rich, replete with red pines, eastern sycamores, bay, carob, wild olive, gum, willow, and fig trees. You’ll also find myrtle hawthorn, oleander, blackberry, wild rose, euphorbia, tamarisk, spruce, kermes oak, thyme, wild mint, record, fern, and vines. You’ll also see aquatic plants such as buckthorn, water mint, water reed, water chandeliers, green algae, and waterlilies.
On a walk in the park, you’re sure to meet plenty of wild animals, like foxes, rabbits, squirrels, wild boars, turtles, carp, water turtles, dogs, snakes, and lizards walking, jumping or swimming. Bats, hoopoes, and woodpeckers are in the trees or flying around you, so be alert!
Kurşunlu Waterfall is located 22 km from Antalya’s center. You’ll find it on the Antalya-Isparta main road, or you can take a minibus from the city’s center.
The Sapadere, Değirmendere, Uçansu, and Gömbe Uçarsu Waterfalls are among other options.
Points of Interest for History Lovers (With Map)
As you may already know, Antalya is a region consisting of a number of different areas. Every one of them is home to another point of interest.
In the map above, you’ll see Antalya’s ancient cities. I suggest you to Olympos where you’ll find ancient baths and beautiful graves.
Xantos and Patara are two must-see places, since they were central cities thousands of years ago. Here’s you’ll find giant, well-preserved structures.
Myra is not only the best archaeology-wise, but its also the best, aesthetically. Here, you’ll see some of the most beautiful graves in Turkey.
There are more ancient sites than depicted on the map. My favorites are Aspendos and Side.
Visit the Ancient City of Aspendos
Aspendos was on the Pamphilian side of the map , known as ΕΣΤϜΕΔΥΣ in Pamphilian. This ancient Greko-Roman city is located in Belkis Village in Serik District, 45 km to Antalya, which is easy to reach.
The city was constructed by Achaeans in 10th century B.C., but the characteristics earning this site its popularity was gained by Roman construction in the 2nd century A.D .
The most important part of the site is the amphitheater , which is very well-preserved, and provides seating for 12,000 people . The architect behind this wonder was Zenon of Aspendos.
I also find it very interesting that it’s still used as a theater. During the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival, many productions are put on in the theater in the spring and early summer.
Other structures that you’ll see here are a basilica, an agora , a nymphaeum , a Roman aqueduct, and the Roman Eurymedon Bridge.
See the Ancient City of Side
Side is the most important port city in Pamphylia Region. Side means “grenade” in Luwian. The site was used as a settlement from 8th century B.C. onward .
Side was within Lydian borders in the first half of 6th century B.C. and was dominated by Persians–who contributed much to the city–in the second half. Alexander the Great conquered Side in 334 B.C.
After that, the adventure continued as the people of Side accepted domination from one empire to the next, but the important city has never diminished. Side is in Manavgat District, 78 km from Antalya. Why not take a tour to see Manavgat Waterfall and the ancient city of Side together?
There are ruins and remnants of many structures here. Side’s main street is lined with the ruins of houses and shops . There’s also a hospital dating to the 6th century, and an ancient Roman theater within the walled remains.
Other structures include 3 temples, an aqueduct, and a nymphaeum. Evidence from ancient times isn’t well-preserved, prompting visitors to use their imagination while there.
Read my Antalya Tours Guide for more information.
Where to Eat?
There are plenty of options for food in Antalya, from seafood to traditional Turkish kebab houses, cafes serving dessert, and vegan/vegetarian restaurants. All of these are waiting here for you to try!
For more on this, see my Complete Guide to Food and Restaurants in Antalya .
Zaika has gained popularity very quickly over the past few years. In this village tea garden, colorful garden lamps hang just above you, and the music really makes the atmosphere.
Zaika derives its name from the concept of “ zaika ,” meaning the sense of taste . The food they cook is delicious and appeals to your sense of taste.
They have a number of ways to serve red meat here. Also, the mezes will make your day (or should that be night?). Since it’s a meyhane you might want to have a couple of drinks along with your dinner. Before you go, don’t forget to have their pumpkin dessert– it’s nothing short of delicious!
This is another restaurant in Kaş, but this is the only one serving vegetarian/vegan food . You should certainly try this place if you like experimental foods.
There are some great options on their menu with a good portion size. You will certainly be full when leaving here.
I recommend their colorful bowls, containing a number of different foods. It is satisfying for the stomach, eyes, and taste buds. I think these bowls are the best option here. There are two of them, called “Oburus Bowl” and “Momus Bowl.” A variety of vegan/vegetarian food in a bowl? Delicious!
Handmade ice tea and lemonade will help to make your day if you’re dropping in between swims.
Ramiz Grill House
Ramiz Grill House is for special nights out . Maybe it’s your birthday or your anniversary–be sure to choose this place for dinner.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find a table in front of the sea. If not, you’re sure to enjoy the atmosphere inside.
There are a lot of delicious options on their menu, like steak with butter or a Dallas burger. Their professionally cooked steaks are sure to make your night!
Burnt Ice Cream for Dessert
In Antalya Region, they serve a new flavor of cream, called burnt ice cream ( yanık dondurma ). The predominant flavor is vanilla, but the milk is burned during the manufacturing process, which is what gives the ice cream its unique taste.
When you try it, you’ll realize you’re experiencing something special. I warn you: it can be addictive. You can find this delicacy everywhere in the region, including patisseries.
One of the most popular places for this special treat is Zamora in Konyaaltı.
Antalya is famous for is Finike oranges. Imported to the region at the end of the 1960s, they’re yummy. Think about adding oranges to your fruit menu.
Budget/ Summary of Expenses
If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay, there are many nice hostels in the area. These aren’t luxurious, nor are they camping areas. If you chose these accommodations, a 5-day stay in Antalya could cost around 200-250USD.
Included in this trip’ budget are accommodations, a Museum Pass the Mediterranean (7 days–see below for more information), transportation, and meals.
If you stay in a camping area, you’ll pay around 10USD per night. If you stay in a 5-star hotel then you can pay up to 80USD. For a moderate choice–a stay at a nice hostel–you can expect to pay 12-24USD per night. Note that this might also include breakfast.
It’s possible to limit your meal budget to 12-15USD per person per day, but if you’d rather have dinner at fancier restaurants, it’s likely to cost 20-30USD per person.
I usually spend a couple of nights fine-dining and take my other meals at a more casual place.
On average, 20USD per day for food will probably be sufficient.
If you have your own car, your gasoline budget will likely increase the cost of transportation. If you rent a car, expect to pay around 20USD per day plus gasoline expenses.
If you use public transportation and travel from district to district, it will cost about 10-12USD per day.
Tour and/or Museum Fees
If you will spend a couple of days is Antalya visiting museums and archaeological sites, you should definitely opt for a museum pass. Called Museum Pass the Mediterranean and valid for 7 days, it costs 37USD, but it’s worth it.
Since I’ve given you a range of options, it’s hard to come up with an exact total. It’s best to calculate it based on your preference. For a traveler like me, it’s around 50USD per day, which includes good meals and flexible choices.
I hope you’ve found this travel guide useful, and I hope you enjoy your vacation in Antalya.
I’m only a traveler and by no means an expert, but I hope my advice and experiences will work for you, too.
Don’t forget to extend your research to find the best plan for your adventure.
Keep in mind that I could not include everything in a single post. To be truly prepared for a trip, one should read a lot and travel, too. That way, we can all have a better appreciation for the city of Antalya.
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F ew countries so close to home can tick off as many travel essentials as Turkey , with flights from the UK taking around four hours, or about four days if you take the train.
The country has warm weather in both summer and winter, while being home to beautiful coastal areas , renowned historic sights, buoyant party resorts and an eclectic range of cities.
It’s no secret that Turkey is an excellent holiday destination. But less well known is the variety on show within its cities, a surprising number of which will keep you busy over a weekend or even longer.
Istanbul is many visitors’ first taste of the country, with its high-octane way of life and excellent range of things to do providing a memorable introduction to Turkish culture, history, cuisine and nightlife.
In Turkey’s south west, the Turquoise Coast – also known as the Turkish Riviera – is home to cities such as Bodrum and Antalya . They combine distinct heritage with striking coastal beauty, the perfect spots to visit in the midst of a beach holiday in this laid-back part of the world.
In the capital, Ankara , meanwhile, a vibrant energy attracts Turkish and foreign visitors alike.
But in a country so large, and so blessed with captivating cities, it can be difficult to know where to begin. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best cities in Turkey to help you plan your next adventure , whether it’s history, nightlife or culture that gets you going.
With a population of around 16 million people, Istanbul is a city that seemingly never sleeps. Bisected by the emerald waters of the Bosphorous Strait (which you can tour by boat for marvelous views), this is the place where two continents meet, and this fusion of distinct cultures has created a vibrant city whose energetic way of life often borders on chaotic.
A city steeped in the history of both Europe and Asia, Istanbul has been the home of three different empires over almost three millennia, and today still preserves some remnants of these vastly different cultures. Ottoman and Byzantine influences dominate, particularly in the Sultanahmet district, home to many of the city’s must-see sights.
Prime among these are the Blue Mosque, with its towering minarets, and the Hagia Sophia, a mosque that was originally constructed as a church, reflecting the changing influences that the city has been subject to. Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern are the district’s other main attractions, though it pays to explore further afield in areas like Balat, originally the city’s Greek Orthodox and Armenian neighbourhood, and Fener.
For a more contemporary taste of Istanbul, Arnavutköy is the heart of the city’s nightlife scene, while SALT BeyoÄlu hosts art exhibitions and film screenings.
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Most years, Antalya competes with Istanbul for the title of ‘most visited Turkish city’. Though just a fraction of the size, Antalya, the capital of the country’s Turquoise Coast, punches above its weight in the tourism stakes thanks to a characterful old town, a beautiful harbour and dozens of beautiful surrounding beaches.
Some of the best nearby beaches include Cirali, Konyaalti and Patara, and while many choose to stay in one of the various beachfront resorts that populate the surrounding coastline, exploring Antalya itself is certainly worth leaving your sun lounger for.
Its charming old town, known as Kaleiçi, consists of labyrinthine streets housing a series of mosques, ancient walls, russet-roofed stone buildings and parks that attest to the influence of Ottoman culture and architecture. These narrow alleys snake down to the equally idyllic harbour, where a slew of cafes and restaurants welcome revellers throughout the day and night.
Bodrum is best known as an ideal spot for a Turkish summer holiday. Set among rolling green hills, it has an enviable coastal location, pristine beaches like Yahsi and Aspat, a variety of tourist sites and lively nightlife for those who seek it.
A range of resorts, from the dazzling high-end to the more affordable and family-friendly, cater to all sorts of tourists, whether you’re looking for parties on the marina or want to delve into the region’s history. There’s plenty of Bodrum’s past to explore; once known as Halicarnassus, it still contains a mausoleum, ancient ruins, a Roman theatre and the 700-year-old Bodrum Castle.
Like any coastal tourist city, there’s plenty more to see and do in Bodrum away from ruins and sun loungers. Scuba diving is a popular activity in nearby Gokova Bay, while boat trips around the peninsula or the Dalyan River are a good way to spend an afternoon, as is wine tasting at Karnas Vineyards . The town’s proximity to Kos means that tourists and locals alike will often spend the day in Greece too.
Turkey’s capital city may be overshadowed by world-renowned Istanbul, but Ankara offers visitors an experience of Turkey’s ‘other’ side, away from chaotic cities and party-centric coastal resorts. This is a youthful, exciting city that fuses the old and the new. It is fuelled by its relatively new status as a major city, and vibrant modern areas such as studenty Kizilay and more upmarket Kavaklidere.
But Ankara has been careful not to forget its past. High above the city sits the Anit Kabir, the vast mausoleum of the father of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who led the War of Independence and bestowed the city’s status as capital. Down below in Hisar, Roman monuments like those at Ulus sit alongside Byzantine citadel walls that enclose Ottoman-era mini villages. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Museum of the War of Independence are two more historical highlights, while the parks of Kugulu and Genclik provide some much-needed green space.
Izmir is sometimes overlooked in favour of nearby Bodrum or Marmaris, but Turkey’s third largest city is home to plenty of arts, culture and a rich heritage, as well as the idyllic coastal resorts of Cesme, Alacati and Urla.
While the city’s past was characterised by activity around the Bay of Izmir, Konak Pier and the impressive city promenade (known as Kordon), the modern-day symbol of the city is its 20th-century Clock Tower.
It is located in the middle of Konak Square, in the district of the same name, which is also the gateway of the maze-like 17 th -century Kemeralti Market. This Turkish bazaar stretches across the city into the Roman agora, with the ancient Kadifekale fort being the other main historic site.
Located on the border with Greece and Bulgaria , Edirne is a city with a more European feel than other Turkish counterparts, but one whose architecture, mosques, bazaars and palace provide a constant reminder that you are in a former Ottoman capital.
Edirne sits along the banks of both the Maritza and Tunca rivers, surrounded by verdant plains and with much of the same white-washed, russet-roofed building styles as Antalya. The city’s main landmark is the 16th-century Selimiye Mosque, an impressive Unesco-listed structure that has become a symbol of Edirne. Other mosques, such as Muradiye, Old Mosque and the Sultan Beyezid II Complex, adorn the city skyline, while a series of bridges over the Tunca also hark back to Ottoman times, and provide a base for summer relaxation and mild swims.
Marmaris is a popular coastal town, welcoming thousands of tourists every summer despite its modest size. It benefits from a striking location on the Aegean Sea and surrounded by dense forest and towering hills, with a coastline that is home to golden sand lapped by azure waters along beaches like Urban or Long Beach.
Like Antalya, the town begins in its yacht-filled marina, with a maze of narrow streets slowly snaking back into the old town, itself a sea of red roofs and white-washed buildings. Marmaris Castle, the museum, the bazaar and Jinan Gardens are worth exploring to take in history, a spot of shopping and a pleasant stroll, before ending the day on aptly named Bar Street, the centre of the city’s often raucous nightlife.
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Is Antalya Safe to Visit in 2024?
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Antalya is a resort town in the Southeastern region of Turkey. Its harbors are flanked by yachts and its beaches connect to the crystal clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean.
It’s surrounded by mountains, hiking trails, and cascading waterfalls. As well as this, there are some iconic Turkey landmarks nearby such as the Taurus Mountain range, home to the Lycian Olympus Mountain.
Each year, Antalya receives over 15 million international tourists a year, and a further 7 million domestic tourists (according to statistics in 2019).
It’s quite easy to see why Antalya is a place worth visiting but is Antalya safe? The simple answer is yes, Antalya is a safe city to visit.
However, like in any other city, it is always important to use common sense and follow the safety tips and advice before traveling.
Planning a trip to Antalya last-minute?
Make sure you book your tours, places to stay, and airport transfers ahead of time to ensure availability!
Here is our recommended airport transfer in Antalya:
- Airport Shuttle From Antalya Airport To City Center (Best way to get into town!)
Here are our recommended tours in Antalya:
- City Tour w/ Cable Car, Boat Trip and Waterfall (A must-do In Antalya!)
- Suluada Island Boat Trip (Secluded island for swimming and snorkeling)
- Traditional Turkish Bath with Massages
- Taurus Mountains Full-Day Jeep Safari (Great for exploring off the beaten path)
Here are our recommended places to stay in Antalya:
- Sky Kamer Hotel Antalya (Has seaview rooms in the historic center!)
- Megasaray Westbeach Antalya (All-inclusive resort right on the beach!)
- Hostel Vauge (Most famous hostel in Antalya!)
Weather safety in Antalya
As a Mediterranean town, the weather in Antalya can be quite hot and humid in the summer and mild during the winter.
Though summer is generally considered the best time to visit Antalya , it is also when the weather is the most precarious. During the day, it can reach as high as 35°C with very little cloud cover, which means that there is very little protection from the sun. Bring lots of water with you when you take day trips from Antalya and explore the region. Sun protection is also a must, especially if you are planning on enjoying its fine beaches.
At night, it can cool down considerably to around 23°C, and you might even need a jumper.
December and January are the wettest months and it also occasionally sees snow, especially in the surrounding mountains. This is also considered monsoon season, and tropical cyclones do happen on occasion.
Is Antalya Safe from Natural Disasters?
Antalya, like everywhere else in Turkey, sometimes receives earthquakes and tremors.
Though the city is built to withstand this, there hasn’t been any major damage or loss of life due to earthquakes for some time.
The biggest danger in Turkey is forest fires. As the temperatures rise in the summer, forest fires are common along the South coast. In fact, recently in 2021, a massive fire along the Turkish Mediterranean Region ravaged the coast for over 14 days.
In some years, the fires have become so large that they have forced people to evacuate their homes.
Is there any crime or terrorism in Antalya?
While there is no doubt that Turkey is a very safe country to travel in, the UK Travel Advisory suggests that terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Turkey in the Southeast region near the Syrian border and in major cities like Istanbul and Ankara.
These attacks are usually targeted at the State and not at tourists, but you should make sure to stay away from any demonstrations if you see them.
The overall crime rate in Antalya is pretty low, though not uncommon. Antalya has a safety index of 72.83 , which is pretty decent. To give you an idea of what that means, here are some of the safety indexes of other cities around the world:
Petty crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching have been known to happen, especially around tourist areas. Major crimes are rare.
Is Antalya safe for solo female travelers?
Antalya is a safe place to visit for solo female travelers, but you should stay in the city center and not wander alone at night.
The city center is well-lit and has a strong police presence, but female solo travelers there have reported that some men behave stalkerish and creepy at night, so you should always use common sense when traveling alone.
When traveling alone, your biggest threat is scammers. Because you’re alone, you’re an easy target, so it’s always a good idea to be vigilant about this. The locals will love to talk to you, and while some of them are honest and have good intentions, not everyone is looking to make new friends.
Use public transport wherever possible, and stay on the tourist path. It’s always a good idea to stay in hostels so you can meet other like-minded travelers, so you can have company when going out for drinks at night.
Is public transport safe in Antalya?
Yes, public transport is safe in Antalya. The city has a fantastic public transport network where buses and trams run regularly and are on time. As well as these, they are often clean and well maintained.
Buses and trams are very safe and the drivers are honest and respectful. It’s unlikely you will find any crime on public transport and the potential for scamming is of low risk. The tram can often be busy in the center, so it’s a good idea to keep your bags close to your chest when confined in closed spaces.
Driving in Antalya is the biggest risk on public transport. Most hire vehicles are well maintained and of good quality, but your biggest risk is other drivers. If you are hiring a car, be mindful that Turkish drivers tend to ignore the rules of the road, so you’ll need to keep your wits about you when driving.
Are Taxis Safe In Antalya?
Taxis in Antalya are licensed and safe for travelers. They are yellow and say “Taksi” at the top. Though taxi drivers are supposed to charge by the meter, some choose not to strike a “deal” with the passenger.
When a taxi driver attempts to do that, you know that you are being scammed and ripped off. Kindly tell them you would like to pay by the meter or look for another taxi. You could also ask the driver how much the journey will cost and agree on a price beforehand, rather than lead yourself to surprises at the end of the trip.
Most taxi drivers in Antalya are honest, but some try to take advantage of tourists by taking a longer route than needed to rack up the price. Make sure you have the navigation set up on your phone so you know where you are going and that you are not being taken advantage of.
Unfortunately, there is no Uber in Antalya but the taxis are generally trustworthy. You could always ask your accommodation if they can recommend a trustworthy taxi driver too.
Is Antalya safe at night?
The question is ‘Antalya safe at night?’ has a mixed bag of answers. Most travelers will tell you that they feel less safe at night than they do in the daytime, and this is because some shady characters come out at night.
On the whole, if you are staying only in the center, then Antalya is safe at night. However, we do recommend you go out in groups and don’t stay out too late, especially if you plan on heading to bars and nightclubs. Take a licensed taxi home and make sure you don’t leave drinks unattended.
Outside the city center it’s not very safe at night. Many travelers have reported being harassed or followed. If you do go out at night, do not wander down any dark alleys or unlit areas. If someone approaches you, no matter how nice they are, do not engage with them and keep going.
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Is The Tap Water Safe To Drink In Antalya?
Yes, just like in other major cities in Turkey, tap water is safe to drink in Antalya. Though just like the tap water in Istanbul , it is very hard water and has been filtered using a lot of chlorine, so many people don’t enjoy the taste.
We recommend investing in a filtered water bottle so you can clean out that taste before drinking. But if you do drink the tap water, it’s not going to harm you, it will just have a hard taste.
Safety Tips for Visiting Antalya
Before you visit Antalya , here are just a few safety tips to take with you…
- Keep a close eye on your belongings when in public areas – particularly at night when there are fewer people around.
- Avoid walking alone at night – even in the most well-lit areas.
- If you do have to wander off the beaten path, stick to well-lit streets and avoid dark alleys or unlit areas.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol – as with all foreign places, getting too intoxicated is never a good idea when it comes to safety. You become an easy target for people that wish to take advantage of you. Plus, alcohol is banned in public places in Antalya .
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Wear sun protection in the summer.
Read more: How many days in Antalya should you spend?
FAQs About Antalya Safety
Here’s what people usually ask us about safety in Antalya…
Is Antalya a good holiday destination?
Yes, absolutely! As long as you take precautions and stay in touristy areas, you will have a great time.
Is Antalya Turkey worth visiting?
Antalya has many beautiful beaches, world-class resorts and historic sites. For that reason, it is definitely worth visiting Antalya.
Is there any trouble in Antalya Turkey?
Antalya’s crime rate is low on the whole and there is rarely any trouble. But you should always exercise caution.
Do they speak English in Antalya?
The first language in Antalya is Turkish but most people speak English, especially in resorts.
It’s no doubt that Antalya has a lot to offer anyone who goes there. And because it’s so touristy, it’s definitely safe to visit in 2024.
Just take a few precautions to stay safe, don’t wander around at night, and stay on the tourist path while you’re there, and you’ll be just fine.
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Louisa is a professional travel blogger with an insatiable wanderlust for exploring the captivating country of Turkey. With a deep appreciation for the country’s diverse history and natural beauty, Louisa has made it her mission to share the wonders of Turkey with the world. Born in the UK and raised by two Travel Agent parents, she was born with a perpetual case of the travel bug and now travels full time as a travel writer. Louisa has embarked on numerous adventures across Turkey, and shares her first-hand expertise and experience about her favorite destinations in Turkey, such as Antalya, Alanya, Fethiye and Bodrum.
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Thanks a lot for the feedback . Im planning to settle down there for future so please if you can update me with requirements it will be great. Thanks
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No, the earthquake did not hit Antalya and it is still safe to visit.
Antalya is the most safest place in the earth. Love to go there for holiday.
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