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Antalya is a city in Turkey, more precisely in the region of Anatolia. It is also the capital of the province of Antalya and is located on the southwestern coast of the Anatolia region. It is the fifth-largest city in Turkey and the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast. The first references to this city date back to 200 B.C. Later, the city came under the rule of the Romans and this was the period when Antalya experienced the most rapid growth and progress. In later years, many different nations and cultures ruled over this city and area. After the Italian invasion in World War I, Antalya was liberated in the Turkish War of Independence.
Antalya is becoming more and more popular with tourists from Turkey and also from other parts of the world. Thanks to the help of the Turkish government, which has invested a lot in this region, Antalya has become the largest international seaside resort in Turkey, located on the Turkish Riviera.
There are several reasons why Antalya has become the most popular Turkish destination. One of the reasons is certainly the fact that it is very easy to get there. You can either arrive by plane or, if you have rented a car and want to make a road trip through Turkey, Antalya is also easy to reach by car, as the roads are in a good condition. It is also important to mention that Antalya offers perfect climatic conditions with more than 300 sunny days a year. Many people also say that the best Turkish beaches are located in this region. Antalya region has more than 600 kilometres of coastline, and on this coast, there are some of the best beaches. Of course, Antalya also has some fabulous tourist attractions. There are many different cultural, historical and religious sites that are worth visiting here. Antalya is also a great city for shopping, as there are many great shopping opportunities here and on the other hand, there are also some fantastic clubs and bars where you can find very lively nightlife. So, Antalya is not only a destination for those who like to go to the beach or visit various tourist attractions it is actually much more, come here and find out.
It is important to know that in Antalya there are not only beaches and sea, but also some wonderful rivers, waterfalls, lakes and other natural sights that will take your breath away. So there is really a lot to see and do here and you can be sure that you will find something for yourself, no matter what you prefer, because the offer here is really rich. This is a great place for all types of tourists and travellers. It is a family-friendly destination, but it is also a great destination for people travelling without children. The possibilities are endless, it's up to you to do good research and come here with a plan. One thing is for sure, you will not be disappointed when you visit this unique and beautiful city.
Basic info and car hire in Antalya
- Location: Anatolia region, Turkey
- Population: 1,344,000
- Official language: Turkish
- Currency: Turkish Lira
- Weather: Antalya has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Antalya are in good condition.
- Car hire in Antalya: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Antalya is at the Antalya International Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Antalya!
Driving in Antalya
Antalya has a very good connection to other parts of the country and also to other parts of the world. This means that there are several ways to get here and get around during your holiday in Antalya. Renting a car is the best option here if you want to explore the wider area properly. There are so many fantastic beaches and wonderful natural beauty around the city itself that a car will really make a difference. It will take you much less time than if you were to use public transportation. Mainly because of the numerous tourists that are here during the season.
If you are taking a road trip through Turkey, you can get to Antalya via several roads: D650, D400, E87. Driving can be quite a challenge in big Turkish cities. It is no different here in Antalya. There are so many cars on the streets of Antalya that you have to constantly concentrate when driving through the city. The roads are in good condition, but the signage is not always easy to see. It is also good to know that local drivers often run red lights. So do not be surprised if this happens while you are waiting in your car for a green light.
There are interesting facts about traffic in major Turkish cities. The largest city, Istanbul, has the highest percentage of traffic congestion at 51%. Izmir is second with a congestion percentage of 30% and Ankara is third with 28% and Antalya is fourth with 26%.
- Age limits: The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. There is no young drivers fee for any car groups. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
- International Driving Permit: In case your driver’s license is printed in the Latin alphabet, you do not normally need to have an International Driving Permit for Renting a car in Turkey. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport or ID), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), 2 warning triangles, First aid kit, fire extinguisher.
- Children in the car: If you have a child as a passenger, there are stricter rules that you should follow in Turkey as a driver. An appropriate child restraint is used for children between 3 and 11 years old and less than 1.35 meters tall. As per the country’s laws, a 12-month-old child weighing up to 9 kg should be positioned in the safety seat at the back of the car with the baby’s head facing the rear windows.
- Driving side of the road: Right hand
- Lights: If you are from the UK you need Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
- General speed limits: Urban areas: 50 km/h, Double lane roads: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h
Car Hire in Antalya
Most popular car hire at Antalya
The most selected hire car in Antalya is the Fiat 500, Renault Clio or Opel Corsa. Renault Captur is also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Antalya are mini and economy.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Antalya
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Antalya. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Turkey.
Antalya-Konya (302km with approximately 4-4,5 hours of drive)
- Antalya-Marmaris (317km with approximately 4-4,5 hours of drive)
Antalya-Isparta (126km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
- Antalya-Alanya (133km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
Popular day trips from Antalya
Ephesus, Taurus Mountains, Marmaris, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Hirapolis Ancient City, Konya...
What to see in Antalya
The city of Antalya has numerous things to offer for every type of tourist and traveller. You can either relax on the beaches or explore the city and its surroundings, where you can visit various historical, cultural and religious sites. However, for those who prefer a more active holiday and prefer to explore the untouched nature, there are also some fantastic destinations here. So it's up to you what you prefer, Antalya will definitely offer something for your taste.
For example, you should visit the old neighbourhood of Kaleiçi. This place is known as the most romantic neighbourhood of the city and offers some of the best restaurants where you can enjoy a fantastic culinary experience. Just enjoy a walk through the streets of this wonderful neighbourhood, where many renovated houses and monuments create a fabulous atmosphere.
Karaalioğlu Park is famous for its unique views of the Mediterranean Sea. This park is very popular with the locals and is a perfect place to just sit on a bench and admire the surroundings.
Antalya also has some great museums that are worth visiting. One of the most popular is undoubtedly the Antalya Archaeological Museum. The museum has different sections where you can learn more about archaeology and art. There is also a section for children where they can learn more about the history of the city and the region. There are also some fantastic statues and artefacts that come from the civilizations of Lycia, Perge, Rome, Byzantium and more. In addition to the Archaeological Museum, there are several other museums worth visiting: Antalya Muzesi, Sandland, Antalya Toy Museum, Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, Ataturk House & Museum...
Another perfect place for discoveries is undoubtedly the Old Port. This picturesque harbour is a great place for an evening stroll with romantic views of various ships and yachts. You can also settle down here in some wonderful restaurants and bars.
Of course, we can not forget about the beaches in Antalya. Some of the most popular beaches here are Lara Beach, Mermerli Beach, Kaputas Beach, Patara Beach, Çirali, Cleopatra Beach, Konyaalti Beach, Inciralti Public Beach...
Other places you can visit in Antalya: Termessos Ruins, Yivli Minare, Hadrian's Gate, Roman Fortress, Koepruelue Canyon National Park, Ancient City of Perge, Olympos, Chimaera, Phaselis, Karst Springs, Karain Cave...
Drive your rental car beyond Antalya
Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and travellers from all over the world. This colourful country has so many different things to offer. You can either explore the Mediterranean coast, visit impressive mosques, explore amazing cities and breathtaking natural landscapes, enjoy delicious cuisine, have an unforgettable shopping experience and much more.
Turkey is divided into 7 main regions and each of them is unique and different from the other six. In each region, you can find something for yourself. In every single region of Turkey, there are both big cities and beautiful untouched nature. The regions are the Eastern Anatolia region, Central Anatolia, the Black Sea region, the Mediterranean region, the Aegean region, the Marmara region and the Southeastern Anatolia region. It is good to know that Turkey has something to offer no matter when you come here. Many people know Turkey only for its cuisine, cities and monuments, but there are many other things in Turkey that will surprise you. For example, you can go skiing, because there are some excellent ski resorts. One of the most popular mountain destinations in Turkey is Palandoken, which is located in the eastern region of Erzurum and is also the highest mountain in the country with 3125 metres. But there are also some other popular ski resorts that you can visit, for example, Saklikent Ski Resort - Antalya, Uludag Ski Resort - Bursa, Ilgaz Mountain Resort - Kastamonu, Davraz Ski Centre - Isparta, Erciyes Ski Resort - Kayseri...
The largest city in the country is Istanbul, while the capital is Ankara. One of the most interesting facts about Istanbul is certainly the fact that this city is located on two continents, in Europe and in Asia, the two sides being connected by the Galata Bridge. Istanbul is divided by the Bosphorus: the west bank is in Europe and the east bank is again in Asia.
But of course, there are really countless sights worth visiting in this country. If you are taking a road trip through Turkey, you really should have a good plan because there are so many destinations to visit and so many different things to see and do in each of these places that you just can not go everywhere. It's good to get well informed and then visit the places according to your own preferences and at your own pace. Here are some suggestions: Goebekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill), the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the Greek temple of Artemis, the archaeological site of Bergama Acropolis,. The ancient city of Aphrodisias, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Edirne, Bursa, Cesme, Bodrum, Konya, Urfa, Cappadocia, the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) Mosque, the Topkapı Palace, Pamukkale, Mount Nemrut, Oeluedeniz, Aspendos, Patara, Ani, Safranbolu, the Sumela Monastery...
If you are planning a visit to Turkey, you can be sure that you will have a great time. This country really has so many different things to offer that every tourist and traveller will find something for them here. You can either explore history by visiting museums, historical sites, monuments, etc. Or you can come here to spend an active holiday with numerous sports activities that you can do here. You can also just come here and relax on the beaches, in spas or wellness facilities... then you can explore the untouched nature and eat delicious food, so as written, there is something for every type of traveller. Fasten your seatbelts and drive safely!
Where to eat, drink, and party in Antalya
Turkish cuisine has a long and strong tradition. It is actually a mixture of different cuisines from different historical periods and different geographical locations. Turkish cuisine experienced the strongest influences from Persian, Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Mediterranean and Caucasian cuisines. The combination of all these influences resulted in unique gastronomy that is known all over the world and has influenced many dishes on our planet.
The cuisine in Antalya is mainly based on local ingredients, which is an important reason for the freshness of the food here.
Here are some dishes you should try here: Breakfast at Ayşegül Hanım'ın Çiftliği, Seafood at Antalya Balık Evi, Grilled meat at 7 Mehmet, Börek at Börekçi Tevfik, Ice cream at Akdeniz Dondurma, Shish kebab at Şişçi Ramazan, Yenge at Evren Büfe, Wings at Kanatçı Ali Asker...
Best restaurant in Antalya
Balikci Meyhanesi Kaleici
Food in Box
Manjoo Burger & Coffee
Kaleici Steak Gastro Bar
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to hire a car in Turkey?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in Turkey?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. There is no young drivers fee for any car groups. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
Do I need car insurance in Turkey?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Turkey with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Turkey?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in Turkey?
In case your driver’s license is printed in the Latin alphabet, you do not normally need to have an International Driving Permit for Renting a car in Turkey.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in Turkey?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in Turkey?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Clio and Hyundai i20 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Turkey?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar, Keddy, Auto union, Pandora Car Hire and NoktAuto rent a Car Companies.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in Turkey?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Hyundai i20, Renault Clio, Peugeot 308, Ford Fiesta.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Turkey?
Most car rentals in Turkey offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
Is it safe to hire a car in Turkey?
It is perfectly safe to hire a car in Turkey. Driving in Turkey can be a challenge, but it is completely safe.
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