One of the biggest and most historic cities in Turkey, Antalya is perched on the south coast of the country and is seen as part of the Turkish Riviera. Its history dates back to 150BC, when it was founded by King Atallos II of Pergamon. Throughout the centuries, it has been home to many different faiths and cultures right to this very day. Today, Antalya is a city which embraces its rich past. Many foreign visitors choose to come and see the Old Town, which is where some of the more adventurous holidaymakers head. The city is also popular with those wanting to sun themselves – at the height of summer; temperatures can reach a scorching 34°C!
Driving away from the major routes is a little trickier due to the complicated road system. A small car will make driving through the centre of Antalya less difficult than with something bigger.
Driving in Antalya
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Important things to note
Parking restrictions in Antalya are well-enforced. It’s advisable to heed whatever rules are in place in different parts of the city.
Finding a parking space in the city centre is difficult during weekdays. It can often take at least half an hour to find a good spot.
There are only a handful of real highways in the city, meaning that they’re pretty popular during peak traffic times on weekdays and Saturdays.
Highlights & Hotspots
The old town, known locally as Kaleici, is home to narrow cobbled streets and architecture which is centuries old. Here, attractions such as the Yivli Minaret, the Yat Limani Roman port, Hidirlik Tower and Ataturk Evi, home of the first president of Turkey lie.
Antalya has two amazing beaches – Konyaalti to the west and Lara to the east. The former has an aquarium, Aqualand, a family waterpark and a large shopping centre. As for Lara, it’s a little more peaceful but fine for adults who want some quiet time by the sea.
Just outside the city are the Duden Falls, a waterfall just off the cliffs to the southeast of Antalya. They make for a great spot to watch the sun set, while the falls themselves are among the best sights that Turkey has to offer.
The Aspendos open-air theatre, which largely remains intact since it was built under Roman rule, is another sight which hints at the city’s history. While there, you can plan to visit other buildings built at around the same time such as the Perge ruins.
Antalya Airport, just over eight miles northeast of the city centre, is the main airport serving the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Close to 25 million passengers use the airport a year, going through one of its two main terminals to destinations across Europe, Africa and Asia.
The airport can be reached by the D400 motorway, which is just to the north. The D400 can take you southwest towards Antalya city centre once you reach the junction with Aspendos Boulevard.