Travel Tips Antalya
Publication Date: 27/03/2021
Travel Tips Antalya
When visiting Antalya, you'll realize that your trip is much more than a trip, it will be an ultimate experience.
Antalya has a rich culture with cities steeped in history.
From Antalya's illustrious beaches to the beautiful quaint countryside, Antalya will guarantee you a majestical vacation.
Antalya is home to some of the most gorgeous landscapes with high mountains,
breathtaking power-sand beaches, and gorgeous cyan blue seascapes.
Your Antalya trip will bring you a delightful merge of European and Middle Eastern Cultures.
Here are top traveling to Turkiye tips!
Obtaining a Turkiye Visa
You'll certainly need to find out if your country’s Visa options are suspended before you travel to Turkey.
If you are from a country that can travel to Turkey on a Visa you'll need to know how to obtain a Visa.
Ordinary passport holders are required to have a visa. eVisa Turkey, which travelers can obtain through applying online.
Have your Turkey visa sorted from here before you fly!
Turkish Currency & Currency Exchange
The currency in Turkey is the Turkish lira, TL.
Once you land in Turkey you can exchange your money at one of the currency exchange booths at the airport.
However, you might want to hold onto most of your cash and exchange only as much as you need in the meantime as you can get more competitive rates in more central and touristic locations. Banks and gold jewelers are also other locations where you can exchange foreign currency.
Also, you can use your credit or debit card at most venues where payment by EFTPOS is available.
Using ATMs is another safer and easier option to withdraw cash throughout the country.
However, make sure you inform your bank that you will be traveling so that your account is not blocked for suspicious activity, inconveniencing you.
Something else to keep in mind though is the commission rates the bank might charge you for using a foreign ATM.
Contact your bank for details on charges for withdrawing money from ATMs abroad.
Transport to and from Airport
Antalya Airport has taxis and busses to reach the city center,
which is the main area of interest for tourists in the city.
If you wish to take an Antalya airport taxi, the journey will be around to Alanya 1 hour 40 minutes,
Prices in Turkey
Although Turkey is an incredibly popular tourist destination, cities like Antalya have remained pretty cheap for the average traveler.
Public transport within cities is very reasonable and won’t come to more than a few dollars per journey.
Drinking tap water in Antalya
The tap water in Turkey is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution against stomach upsets,
you may want to drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available from shops, hotels, and restaurants.
Turkish food is famous throughout the world.
Look forward to meze comprising houmous and other dips, dolma (stuffed vine leaves), cheese cigars,
the ubiquitous doner kebab, and pide - a kind of pizza.
Exotic freshly squeezed juices, nuts, and fruit are available everywhere.
If you feel like a java jolt, try Turkish coffee - rich, dark, and often laced with cardamom.
Breakfast in Turkey usually consists of a range of different cheeses along with olives, bread, different jams, and honey and,
occasionally, a special kind of spicy sausage called sucuk, which is eaten with eggs.
Menemen is also a popular morning dish and is made up of scrambled eggs cooked up with sautéed vegetables.
Turkish food caters perfectly to meat lovers with dishes like kofte (Turkish meatballs) and kuzu tandir (slow-cooked lamb with rice) making regular appearances.
Lahmacun, a flatbread topped with minced meat, lemon, and yogurt, is a popular snack and can be found at street food stalls throughout the country.
For dessert, sink your teeth into the sticky, nutty, syrupy delight that is baklava or feast on a cube or two of Turkish delight.
Turkish is the official language of Turkey, but there are two more languages that you will hear during your travels.
With Turkish being the first, you'll find that people around certain areas will also speak Kurdish & Arabic.
Don't let this change your view about being able to communicate because in many places
the people are fluent in many languages like English, French, Spanish and more, especially because of tourism.
Essential phrases to know include:
Hello – Merhaba! (MARE-HA-BA)
Good-bye – Hoşçakal! (HOSH-CHA-KAL)
How are you? – Nasılsın? (NA-SEL-SIN)
I am fine, and you? – İyiyim, sen nasılsın? (EE-em, SEN NA-SEL-SIN)
Thank you – Teşekkür ederim (TE-SH-QU-ERR ED-ERR-IM)
You’re welcome – Birşey değil (BEER-SHEY DEY-EEL)
Please – Lütfen (LUT-FEN)
Do you speak English? – İngilizce konuşur musunuz?
İngilizce biliyor musunuz?
I don’t speak Turkish – Türkçe bilmiyorum (TURK-JEH BILL-MI-YOR-UM)
I don’t understand – Sizi anlamıyorum (SI-ZI ANN-LA-MA-YOR-UM)
How much does it cost? – Ne kadar? (NAY KAD-AR)
Excuse me – Afedersiniz (AFF-ED-DAR-SAN-IZ)
Yes – Evet (EV-ET)
No – Hayır (HI-EAR)
Shopping & Tax Refund
The prices of goods sold in Turkey include an 18 percent tax.
If you are a non-resident of Turkey and stay in the country for less than six months,
you can get a tax refund on all purchases over 108.TL.
So keep your receipts and claim the refund at the airport when leaving Turkey.