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About Antalya

Antalya which means “the home of Attalos” is believed to be founded by Attalos II. According to tradition, in the 2nd century BC the Pergamon king Attalos II ordered his men to find "Heaven on the Earth". After an extensive search, they discovered the region of Antalya. Attalos rebuilt the city, giving it the name "Attaleia" which later mutated in Turkish as Adalia and then Antalya. Attalia which was accepted as the centre of episcopacy during the Byzantine period made great advancements after possessed by Turks in 13th century AD. As the modern city is located on the ancient settlement past and present are in unison. 

Because of the archaeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is also known as the Turkish Riviera. The sun, sea, nature and history combine to form a very popular resort, highlighted by some of the cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean. The 630km shoreline of the province is liberally scattered with ancient cities, harbors, memorial tombs and beaches, secluded coves and lush forests, many of which are easily accessible from the city. 

With its palm-lined boulevard, internationally acclaimed marina, and old castle with traditional architecture, all set amidst a modern city, Antalya is a major tourist center in Turkey. In addition to the wide selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, the city also plays host to a number of sporting events throughout the year, like international beach volleyball, triathlon, golf tournaments, archery, tennis and canoeing competitions. The Cultural Centre, which opened in 1995, hosts cultural and art events in the fields of music, theatre, and creative arts. The main area of interest in the city is central ancient quarter within the Roman walls, known as Kaleiçi, and there are many good museums and mosques. The Seljuk Turkish Grooved Minaret (Yivli Minare) is the traditional symbol of the city of Antalya, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
Today this post-modern Mediterranean city is known for its advanced tourism and agriculture and has been hosting a noteworthy event for Turkish cinema since 1963; International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

TRAVELING TO ANTALYA
Antalya, on the part of the Mediterranean coast known as the Turkish Riviera, is a very busy airport and a primary link to this popular coastal region. Antalya sees huge numbers of charter flights, which bump its flight volume up into one of the most popular in our survey. It is possible to arrive in Antalya via direct and connecting flights of 268 airline companies from 52 different countries. For further information about Antalya International Airport, please click.

HOW TO GET TO ANTALYA
Distance to airport: 13 km (8 miles)/ 16 min. Distance to Antalya City Center: 16 km (10 miles)/ 27 min. Airport transfer services will be provided by Organizing Secretariat. Please visit Registration & Accommodation page.

CLIMATE
The climate of Antalya is continental Mediterranean, October and November is a good time to visit, most of the time it sunny with some cloud during the months of October and November. The average maximum temperature in Antalya in October and November is 70°F/25°C and the average minimum temperature is 50°F/15°C. The weather can be also rainy so it would be good to be prepared for a cool weather with a thin coat.

CURRENCY
Official currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (  / TL). But major credit cards are valid in Turkey (Visa, Master Card, American Express, and etc.). Banks are open from 09:00 to 17:00 and ATMs are available in hotels. Money exchange is available in hotel receptions and city centers.

TELEPHONE CODE
Country code of Turkey is +90. City code of Antalya is 242.

ELECTRICITY
Electricity is 220 V. in Turkey.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT TURKEY AND ANTALYA
http://www.kultur.gov.tr
http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN,33149/antalya.html