FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN ANTALYA
It is easy to travel to Antalya from Finland, as you can get there not only by scheduled but also by leisure flights.
Antalya is a popular destination for sudden departures
There are good flight connections to Turkey from Finland, especially in summer. Package trips are also made to Antalya. Antalya is one of the most typical sudden departure destinations for Finns. Last minute holidays may be available at a very affordable price.
The nearest airport is Antalya Bayindir International Airport, near the city. Flights to Turkey cost about 250 euros.
The hotels in Antalya are mainly of high quality and are located in clean hotel areas in the center or close to the beach. Especially on the outskirts of Lara Plaji you will find a lot of good quality and even great hotels. There are also spa hotels and all-inclusive options for an easy holiday.
It is possible to find cheap accommodation for less than 20 euros per night. In this case, however, the level of the hotel has to be compromised, in addition to which it is worth being careful about the safety of the room, for example.
Getting around Antalya
Turkey’s traffic culture differs considerably from the Finnish one, so the tourist should be vigilant. It is also good for the walker to keep his eyes open at times, even in traffic that seems chaotic.
For short trips in Antalya, it is best to travel on dolmus buses, so a trip in the Urban Area costs about a euro. With Dolmus buses and regular buses, the journey also folds to neighboring destinations. For example, a trip from Antalya to Belek costs about four euros.
Getting around by taxi in Antalya is also easy and affordable. However, you should always remember to make sure that the taxi driver puts the meter on if the price has not been agreed in advance.
SIGHTS OF ANTALYA
A short distance from the center of Antalya, Düden Waterfall is an impressive sight.
The old streets of Kaleicin
Antalya’s Old Town, Kaleici, is the city’s most famous and popular place to visit. In the old part you will find shopping and restaurants as well as historical admiration. Popular attractions include minarets and mosques.
The ancient Roman wall protected Antalya for centuries. In memory of it, for example, is a handsome bell tower that once guarded one of the city’s entrances.
Hadrian’s City Gate
The city gate of Emperor Hadrian is one of the most popular places to visit in the Old Town. The gate dates back to the 100th century BC. The three-arched gate was built, as its name implies, for the visit of Emperor Hadrian. Today, it is located below street level.
Perhaps the most spectacular waterfall in Antalya is the Düden waterfall, which is about 40 meters high. The waterfall can be admired, for example, on cruises departing from the port. There is also a popular park next to the river that falls into the sea. The water of the waterfall flows most rapidly in the spring, when the river brings the melting waters of the mountains into the sea after the winter.
Ataturk Park and Konyaalti Beach
Spread over a wide stretch of beach, Ataturk Park is a pleasant place to spend time, which is easy to wear even all day long. There are many cafés and restaurants in the area, with terraces offering great sea views.
At the end of the park is Antalya’s famous Konyaalti Beach, which has been awarded a blue flag for its cleanliness.
The Archaeological Museum tells history
The Antalya Archaeological Museum is one of the best in all of Turkey. The museum opens the area’s past fascinatingly and has something for the whole family to explore. Ancient ruins, statues of God, and traditional mosaics open up in a whole new way as you learn more about their backgrounds.
One of the most special objects in the museum is the bones of St. Nicholas. The bones on display are said to belong to the inspirer of Santa’s story, St. Nicholas.
THE BEST OF ANTALYA
Antalya’s hotel offer ensures that accommodation is available for all tastes and budgets.
- Luxury hotels
- Good shopping
- Great beaches
- Also suitable for families with children
- Excellent food offer
Cons of Antalya
- Traffic culture
- The heat can be a nuisance in the summer
- Aggressive trading culture