Fly To Antalya, Turkey
Antalya is Turkey’s fastest-growing city, and tourists from around the world are discovering its magnificent mix of beaches and age-old culture. It’s a great destination if you’re travelling with children and your young ones will love the Beach Park, which features Aqua Land (a waterslide-fanatic's dream) and Dolphin Land (an aquarium with a twist). Exploring the old town center and seeing Hadrian's Gate are definite Antalya musts.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Turkey is one of those destinations we love because South African passport holders don’t need a Visa.
- The South African Consulate in Mersin is the closest representation to Antalya in Turkey (just over 3 hours). The office is situated at Ataturk Cad Yetiker, Apt A Blok, No 82, Mersin 33010. Telephone: + 90 324 237 1075.
See and do
Antalya highlights include Kaleiçi (the old city centre); monuments of the City Walls, the Clock Tower and Triple Gate; mosques of Kesik Minare and Tekeli Mehmet Paşa; beaches of Konyaalti and Lara; museums such as Antalya Museum, Kaleiçi Museum, Antalya Toy Museum and Atatürk's House Museum; as well as sites such as Konyaaltı Beach Park, Tünek Hill, Karaalioglu Park, Konyaaltı Beach Park and Antalya Aquarium among many others.
Shopping is excellent in this city. If you want to try larger centres, malls such as Migros Shopping Center, Deepo Outlet Center and SheMall Shopping Mall have plenty of shops under one roof – look for clothing, home items, curios and gifts. Markets are found throughout the city, offering traditional handcrafted items – copper, leather, Ottoman era trinkets, spices, coffee and Turkish delight are all things to buy at these markets. Specialist shops also reveal some good finds – try the various shops along Cumhuriyet, Gulluk, Ataturk and Isiklar avenues to see what treasures can be sought.
Public transport options include Dolmuşes (privately owned and operated minibuses), Antobus buses that run across the city, a tram system that runs from Antalya Museum to Talya Oteli with various stops (runs on the hour, every hour), the Antray light rail line and self-drive options such as car or bike hire. You can also walk around much of the city if you’re up for taking in the scenery at your own pace.
Antalya Airport – AYT
After touching down at Antalya Airport – which we might add was voted ‘Best Airport in Europe’ in the 10-25 million passenger category by ACI – you can either grab a taxi or collect a rented vehicle to start seeing the sights.
Food and beverage: There are a number of coffee shops in arrivals and departures to choose from.
Currency Exchange: Garanti Bank handles all things relating to money, with currency exchange desks scattered throughout the airport.
Lost Luggage: The airport’s Lost and Found office handles all issues relating to lost bags – they will help you through the process.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Harrington Park Resort, Rixos Downtown, Waterfall Apartments, Sealife Family Resort Hotel, Ramada Plaza Antalya and Porto Bello Resort & Spa.
Car Hire: Hertz, Avis, National, Europcar and many other operators are found at this airport.
Airport Hub: Antalya Airport (code AYT) is a hub for Corendon Airlines, Freebird Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and SunExpress, serving flights to/from destinations worldwide.