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  • Mediterranean Coast

    Mediterranean Coast travel guide

    Overview

    The coastline along the Mediterranean Sea is an alluring destination, renowned for its magnificent scenery with picturesque coves and rocky headlands, turquoise waters, golden beaches, and pine forests. The beautiful landscape, where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean is the beginning of the Turquoise Coast, dominated by the mountains of the Taurus range whose cliffs plunge into the sea of intense blue.

    Further along the Mediterranean one reaches the region of Antalya, which is also known as the Turkish Riviera. Simple villages share the water's edge with sophisticated resorts, while fishing vessels and pleasure yachts mingle together in the sheltered harbours. Seemingly endless days of sunshine make it a paradise for boat cruises, sunbathing, swimming, and water sports; not to mention the variety restaurants and bars to round off a day on the water.

    The coast also has a rich cultural legacy from early civilisations and is imbued with history and legend, such as the fires of Chimaera at Olympos, and numerous ruins dotted about the countryside.

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    Both the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, with temperature often rising above 86ºF (30ºC) in July and August. Showers are unlikely in the summer months, but the rainfall is quite high in winter.

    Antalya International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated six miles (10km) from Antalya.
    Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: Taxis are available from outside Arrivals for around TL 12 and there is a bus service to Antalya from the Domestic and International terminals for TL 3.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Budget.
    Fascilities: Bureaux de change and ATMs are available in Arrivals and Departures. Cafes, a variety of take-away joints, and a pub offer snacks, meals, and drinks. Other facilities include duty-free shopping, a business lounge, public telephones, baby care facilities, medical facilities, travel agencies, and a post office. There are also good facilities available for those with special needs.
    Parking There are two parking lots near the terminals with long and short-term parking options. Visitors can park at the Domestic Terminal free of charge up to 15 minutes.
    Website: www.aytport.com
    ATM Dalaman Airport
    Location: The airport is situated about four miles (6km) from Dalaman.
    Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: Taxis are available outside the terminal, and there are bus services to Dalaman via Marmaris and Fethiye, which leave from the domestic terminal. Dalaman airport taxis connect passengers to the Otogar bus terminal.
    Car Rental: Avis, Hertz, and Europcar have rental companies at the airport.
    Fascilities: Banks and exchange bureaux are available. There is a variety of duty-free shops in arrivals and departures, as well as a food court, which offers a variety of takeaways, restaurants, and bars. Other facilities include places of worship, baby care rooms, a post office, internet access, and public telephones.
    Parking Parking fees at Dalaman Airport start at TL7.50 for the first hour up to TL25 for 24 hours and TL142.50 for a month. There are additional charges for minibuses, buses, and trucks. Short-term parking is within walking distance of the terminal.

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    The best way to travel in and around the Turkish coastal resorts is in dolmuses, the local minibus services which can be hailed from the roadside. There are good bus services between the major towns and organised tours to many attractions, though more independent travellers often prefer to rent a car.

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