Friday, May 15, 2015

Antalya, Turkey - Things to see

We recently traveled to Antalya, Turkey and had the most amazing time. I’d like to share some of our favorite places to visit and other helpful tips.

Besides having beautiful beaches, Antalya also has incredible ruins. The first ruin we visited was Aspendos. This was an old Roman theatre that’s still used today! It would have been pretty incredible to see a concert here!

Next we visited Perge, an old Roman city. When I visited, I was the only visitor and had the site all to myself! It was really cool exploring the old city, I wonder what it was like back in the Roman days?

Old City Antalya  
Another amazing place to visit is the Kaleici Marina in Old Antalya. This place is breathtaking! The marina is very colorful with all the boats and the Mediterranean Sea was so calm with gorgeous mountains in the background. We absolutely loved it here! I could have spent days here just gazing at the sea and wandering the narrow streets. I also took a short boat ride on the sea. There are many boats in the marina offering tours which last roughly 45 minutes, just be sure to bargain!  

When to visit
The best time to travel to Antalya is between April-May and September-November. The summers are hot and the winters are cold. I highly recommend traveling in May, the weather is great and the crowds are small.  

Be sure to try the Turkish coffee and chai at least once! The coffee is very strong but delicious. I also recommend buying a roll of the pistachio nougats too, these are my favorite!

Prearrange transportation from the airport to your hotel. I used Antalya Touristic Service, they were on time and their prices were very reasonable, around 100 Lira one way. For our day tours, we arranged with a driver from our hotel, which cost around 270 Lira for an all day tour.

We used ATMs to withdraw Turkish Lira and Euros (which are also accepted in Turkey). We had no trouble finding ATMs and the conversion rates were reasonable. Entrance to the historical sites were 20 Lira and a boat ride in the Marina should only cost around 10 Lira. 

Antalya seemed like a fairly low crime area. I felt safe where I traveled but it’s always important to use common sense and be vigilant.   

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