Antalya

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Antalya is the biggest city in south-western Turkey with 1 million inhabitants and is hosting, according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, more than 10 million tourists every year mostly in the summer, ranking the city at the same level as Paris, London or Bangkok. It makes it an overcrowded and very touristy city in the summer (and very hot), and very quiet in the winter (with acceptable temperatures when not raining). The city center and the coast line is nice, but it is not very wide and the city inland is nothing special. Going more East and West of the city, it is a continuous line of hotels for several kilometers on each side.

However, once out of these new touristy constructions, mountains are great and sea side is beautiful and it seems to have been chosen by many nomads as temporary base.!

Transport

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All public transport (buses, tramways and dolmushes) cost 2TL or 1TL if student per run (except to the airport, good location to hitch eastwards, that costs 4TL). For bus you don't need any card and can pay directly to the driver, though you must pay each time you jump in. For trams however you need to buy a 2TL-card which can be reused, and you can pay for several person with one.

Blackriding is not impossible, especially in the tram, but you should be careful that the security guard, who is there on each tram stop does not notice you.

Companies

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Accommodation

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Hostels, hotels, pansyions

The old town is full of touristic options for accomodation, which in some cases might be also affordable, like dorms for 10€/night. There's not an actual youth hostel but several hotels providing hostel-like accommodation. One should open in March/April 2014 (will most likely be called Rules Street). If someone could confirm this once they opened!

Pansiyons will be usually cheaper than hostels, but this is only a general rule.

Free accommodation

Hospitality exchange community is functioning pretty good, as well as spontaneous hospitality.

But otherwise you can try the Atatürk Park which is next to the coast on the West side of the city center (so facing the see on the right). In the summer it can be very crowded so have a look before putting your tent. In the winter however it should be very possible to sleep there. Keep in mind that rain can be very heavy in Antalya, and all the water from the city goes to the sea, so you might be wet-waken up during the night ;)

There are 2 beaches (Konyalti and Lara) where you can easily camp, and also several squattable building under construction.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome


Food

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Street markets

Usually very cheap seasonal fruits and veggies (1TL/kg) and a lot of left over to be dumpster dived.


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Trustroots - Iberian Collective


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Trustroots - Iberian Collective (Choose: Antalya, Muratpaşa, Semt Pazarı and press red search button)


Internet connectivity

Hackerspaces around Antalya.

There are some Wifi access points with USB ports along Konyaalti beach, but you need a Turkish mobile number to sign in. After activation you get 10 hours of internet. It is rather slow in general, you have to search for a strong signal (it is not inside the shelters).

Many of the more expensive or tourist-oriented bars and restaurants have a wifi network, but quite frequently it doesn’t work or is extremely slow. It is advisable to test the connection before ordering something, as often even the staff are not aware that the network doesn’t work. It is usually acceptable to order something small (Çay (black tea) is usually the cheapest (2–3 TL), it is sold everywhere and is vegan) and sit there for hours. Be aware that many places don’t have sockets, even international chains like Starbucks.

The municipal library is open to the public (closed on Mondays) and has free Wifi and many workspaces, some with sockets (the Wifi works best in the newspaper section close to the entrance). Opposite of the entrance there is a shelter that has sockets (in the red brick wall) that can be used 24/7 and where you can still reach the library wifi (TD854W_1, password *doganhizlan*07). On the website, some other library branches are also listed, but I couldn’t find any one of them (maybe the maps are inaccurate?), so I don’t know if they also have Wifi.

Another library by the ministry for culture and tourism (closed on Sundays) doesn’t have Wifi, but at least big working rooms with sockets. There is a big internet room with computers, but it is not always open. Some sockets have an Ethernet port, so there might be LAN access (I didn’t test it yet). This library is quite big, on one of the busiest junctions in Antalya, and plenty of young students are screaming around, so it is quite okay to make noise here (for example to make a Skype call).

Also several internet cafes outside the old town.

Busking

Very active busking scene. Even in winter you have at least 2-3 bands playing day (afternoon) and night (evening) in several locations.

The most popular are: - Clocktower (saat kulesi) - Old town (various parts, broken minaret, corners, anywhere's passing somebody) - Cumhuriyet Meydan - Antalya lisesi (the pedestrian walk passing next to it. is free only in that point)


Travel destinations

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You can have free post cards at the yellow PTT Office (Post Office) at the beginning of the street Güllük Caddesi. When you are at the see side, it is almost in front of the Selekler Çarşısı shopping center, where the big letters "<3 Antalya" make the corner. They are not the most beautiful, but they are beautifully free. Then a stamp to EU costs 2,50₺ (about 0,90€)

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