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Antalya’s foundation is laid on a rocky travertine plateau, which has been formed by natural springs gushing down the Toros (Taurus) Mountains and falling off the cliffs, with the breathtaking silhouette of mountain peaks and snowcaps providing a formidable background. This city also has immense archaeological wealth such as the Karain Cave, where 50,000-year-old artefacts have been discovered, is perhaps the oldest human habitation in Antalya.
During high season, Antalya witnesses a huge surge in tourist population. An astounding 6 million tourists from various countries such as U.K., Germany, U.S.A, Holland, Russia, Netherlands, Israel, and neighbouring nations besides in-house visitors came to experience the past and present glory of this wonderful resort town last year.
When is the season?
Visit Antalya during summers – April to July - and enjoy a great vacation with lots of activities. The high season is during summers when the temperature varies from a low of 18 to a high of 35-36 degrees Celsius. A moderately continental Mediterranean climate ensures that there are practically no winters, making the summer months long, hot, and dry.
The Antalya International Airport lies just 11 kilometres outside the centre of the city on the road that connects Antalya. You can opt for a taxi directly from the airport to the town centre for around $13. You can also avail of buses, which are available outside the domestic airport that’s at a walk able distance from AIA, if you don’t have much luggage.
Where is the nightlife?
Antalya has a lively nightlife during peak season. With myriad bars, restaurants, and cafes scattered across the cityscape, you can indulge in bars with nargile (Waterpipe), games, live music and sitting around, discotheques with glamorous visitors, etc. The city centre Kaleici also offers many stylish and modern diners and bars. The popular Konyaalti Beach Park is overflowing with clubs and discos.
The local beer in Turkey is called ‘Efes’. Try the beer with the local cuisine and enjoy a nice cheap meal at any of the numerous cafes in Antalya. Or you can always try the Turkish coffee!
What to eat?
Turkish cuisine is very tasty in general. Food’s extremely cheap, and filling. A full meal can cost as low as 5 - 10 New Turkish Lira, or about $3 - $7 USD. And when in Antalya you must try meze and kebabs – They will cost you around 2 Lira and are more like a snack than a meal. Must try desserts are Baklava, Lokma, and Sutlac. The cost will depend on the weight for ex: 12 Lira for a kilogram.
How is the beach?
Antalya has two main beaches on either side. The Konyaalti beach that has a nice pebbly and shingle strewn beach and lies west of the city ensuring that everyone gets to experience breathtaking views of the Toros mountain ranges. And the Lara Beach, which lies to the east is a more popular beach. The beach areas are choc-a-bloc with cafes, restaurants, and shopping complexes. You can go scuba diving, and explore the underwater caves or lie on the beach to work at getting a perfect golden tan.
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