Practical Information in AntalyaEdit This
This Antalya Practical Information guide will give you an idea of what to expect when you visit Antalya. Antalya is the capital city of the Antalya Province situated in Turkey. The city is surrounded by mountains and is located on the coastal cliffs, making the scenery of blue waters as attractive as it can be.
General InformationCountry: TurkeyCountry Code: 90Region: Mediterranean Area Code: 242Time Zone: EETLocal Time: GMT +2Founded: 150 BC by Attalos II, king of Pergamon, naming it AttaliaArea: 1,417 km2 (547.1 sq mi)Language: TurkishElectricity: 220 volts 50 HzBusiness Hours: Establishments are usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Airport: It is approximately a 30 minute ride starting at the city center towards the Antalya Airport.
You can make use of the local bus services in the city to get around. The buses will normally get you to almost any part of the city. You can also take the train that runs along the boulevard.
All tourists entering the city should have a valid passport with them. Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and other European countries need to apply for a visa to enter Antalya. Visas are issued for 3 months, 1 month or 15 days. Citizens of Argentina, Barbados, Canada and other countries are issued with a visa on arrival. You can contact the Turkish embassy for more information.
Since Antalya is located near the Taurus Mountain range, the mountains keeps the cold winds of the north from entering the city. This gives the city a hot and dry climate that is often typical of most Mediterranean places. The climate becomes fairly tepid and wet throughout the winter. However, it is sunny for almost 300 days of the whole year. In July and August, air temperature is 40 °C (104 °F), while the sea temperature range can be as low as 15 °C (59 °F) up to 28 °C (82 °F).
The Yeni Turk Lirasi (YTL) is the currency used in Antalya, $1 = YTL 1.53. You will need to change your money into Yeni Turk Lirasi when you arrive in Antalya. You can change your money at the money changers at the airport or at any bank. You can use the ATMs to withdraw money; however, your bank might charge you a certain percentage for each transaction.