Hiring a car from Antalya airport

With sun, sea, celebrities and a romantic history, there's lots to explore in your hire car in this beautiful town.

Hiring a car from Antalya airport

With sun, sea, celebrities and a romantic history, there's lots to explore in your hire car in this beautiful town.

60-second guide to Antalya airport

in its own head

"With our beautiful mix of boulevards and beaches we're the number one Mediterranean holiday resort in Turkey. After all, we've been attracting discerning holidaymakers for centuries."

but more realistically

The boulevard / beach combo is indeed attractive, but Antalya is so much more than that. It's a destination that caters for all tastes, from beach babes to those who like some history with their holiday. Throw in great food and even greater weather and you're on to a winner.

the vibe

Cosmopolitan - Antalya is part of the ancient region of Pamphylia, meaning 'land of all tribes' and this cultural diversity can still be seen in its architecture, music and food.

the natives

The locals of Antalya welcome tourists with open arms – if you’re travelling with your family expect an especially warm welcome.

the weather

Antalya enjoys 300 days of sun a year, with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 15°C to a scorching summer high of 40°C. Winter brings the rainy season.

the local speciality

Try kulakli soup of chickpeas and small diced meat, tahinli piyaz - a dried-bean salad with sesame seeds or kabak tatlisi, pumpkin dessert with grape syrup and bergamot jam.

the celebrity

Celebrities flood into town for one of the many film and music festivals that are held here. Keep an eye out for red carpets and big cars with blacked-out windows.

did you know?

The region's population is said to have bloomed when Greek refugees settled here after the Trojan War, around 1184 BC.

they say

“It's this winning combination of sun, fun, cultural richness, and a conveniently located state-of-the-art international airport that has made Antalya the focal point of the Turkish Mediterranean.” – Frommer’s.

5 to see in town...

1. Hidirlik Tower

An ancient fortified tower, perfect for playing soldiers. Also offers stunning, panoramic views of the Gulf of Antalya.

where to park?

There's no car access but you can park in nearby Hesapci Sk.

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2. Iskele Mosque

Folklore says the architect Sinan built this mosque to show his love for the daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire's longest-reigning sultan. Unfortunately she was already married to someone else.

where to park?

Street parking is available on Tuzkapisi Sk.

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3. Yivli Minare

Boasting an impressive 38-metre tower, this mosque is one of the oldest Islamic buildings in Antalya. Its blue-tiled minaret is a city landmark.

where to park?

There's no car access, so park on the nearby Pasa Cami Sk.

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4. Hadrian's Gate

The triumphal arches were built to celebrate the arrival of the bearded emperor in the city in 130 AD.

where to park?

Park at Ataturk Cd or Clvelek Sk and then walk to the gate.

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5. Antalya Museum

Few museums have a story as exciting as their artefacts. This one was created to save Antalyan treasures from Italian archaeologists who claimed to be removing them in the name of civilisation.

where to park?

There is ample on-site parking.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Manavgat Waterfall

These compact falls are a soothing place to relax and escape from the chaos of the big city.

how to get there?

Take the D400 east from Antalya to Manavgat, which is about 60 miles from Antalya.

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2. Kemer Beach

Just 40 minutes' drive from Antalya are the rolling waves of the Mediterranean. Most of the beach here is shingle but you can find sand near the marina and at Yörük Park.

how to get there?

Take the D400 south from Antalya to Kemer, which is only about 20 miles away.

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3. Taurus Mountains

Get some fresh air with some wholesome mountain activities. Hike, ski or climb in this impressive roaming range.

how to get there?

This range is about 100 miles north-east of Antalya. You'll need a map though, because the mazy route takes in the D400, D695, D340, D350 and D715.

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4. Tekirova Beach

Bliss out on the glorious sandy beach or, if you're feeling a bit more active, stretch your legs and go exploring in the nearby forest.

how to get there?

Take the D400 south from Antalya to Tekirova, which is about 27 miles.

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Local taxi driver Rauf Dogan on car hire in Antalya

You're going to need a car here so that you can properly explore the area. Car parks are rare though, but there's plenty of street parking. If there are other local cars parked then you'll be safe to do so too. The centre of town, the Kalechi, is lovely and extends to the old harbour. But don't spend all your time in the city or you will miss out. You can drive to the Manavgat Waterfall and the Taurus Mountains. If you get time, you should also check out the Kemer Beach. The drive there is spectacular.