Antalya, Turkey



Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is a popular holiday spot, with the districts of Konyaaltı and Lara to west and east respectively, both popular beach resorts. An attractive marina and palm-lined streets lend a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the city, alongside excellent restaurants and lively night-life.

The 38 metre high Yivli Minaret, erected in the 13th century, has become a symbol of the City. The Minaret is situated on the outskirts of the district of Kaleiçi, the historic quarter of Antalya. Kaleiçi is characterised by its narrow streets lined with quaint little shops, restored traditional houses and boutique hotels.

Things to See & Do

* Kaleici: the historical center of the city
* Ancient monuments include the City Walls, Hıdırlık Tower, Hadrian's Gate and the Clock Tower
* Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret): It was built by the Seljuks. Decorated with dark blue and turquoise tiles, the minaret eventually became the symbol of the city.
* Antalya museum
* Mosques

General Information

Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language - French
Land Area - 1,417 km²
Population - 680,000 appox
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + two hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 33

Port Location - The ship docks in the commercial harbor some 25 miles from Antalya's historic center and small harbor. Transfers to the heart of Antalya are normally provided by the cruise line.

Travel Links - Antalya Airport has both domestic and international terminals and connects the city to many countries of the world. There is a shuttle bus between the airport and the city center.

There are buses to almost every city in Turkey depart from Antalya Bus Station(Otogar).