A booming clifftop resort
This booming clifftop resort town on the South-Western Turkish coast keeps its good looks and fine weather well into October. It’s even said that the original Saint Nicholas – aka Santa Claus – was from around here. That comes as no surprise from an ancient city steeped in history, courtesy of its Lycian, Pamphylian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman influences. For a lesson in ancient civilisation, just take your pick.
|Currency:||New Turkish Lira|
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 in summer)|
|Flight Time:||4 hours 45|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, Winter sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 23.8°C
Rainfall: 1051.9mm a year
Even if you’re based at a resort out of town, make an effort to come in to the heart of the action to explore the historic Kaleici – or old town – on foot. It’s cute, cobbled and the place to sit back with a cold beer and watch the world go by.
Must eat at:
Chic and sleek, the Kirmizi gastrodome in the 21st century Hillside Su hotel complex (with its hundreds of all-white rooms) has to be experienced to be believed – whether you’re eating inside or out.
Must be there for:
Celebrate the end of summer and catch a few final rays to the beat of a decidedly European rhythm - the Mediterranean International Music Festival comes to town every October.
Although public transport is still in its infancy in town, a useful (and cheap) tram system and light rail network are open for business, with planned extensions all the way to 2020.
For a serious cultural infusion, head to Termessos 22 miles away for some of the Med’s most impressive Pisidian ruins.
British citizens travelling to Turkey do need a visa, unless they are cruise ship passengers who enter the country for a day trip and return to the ship the same day. British citizens may obtain a multiple entry visitor's visa valid for 90 days at the port of entry on payment of £10 in cash.
Duty free shopping:
Although Turkey is in Europe, Antalya is outside of the EU Value Added Tax Area so you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Antalya through our terminals. More information.
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