Antalya city centre car hire - Turkish Riviera in a rental car
It is not without a reason that Antalya is called “the capital of Turkish tourism”. Spectacular beaches, world class hotels, fascinating historical and cultural heritage and excellent weather make this unique location in Turkey one of the most visited destinations worldwide.
Antalya spreads on a very vast area and several places of tourist interest can be found within a short drive distance from the city. In order to make the most of your stay at the Turkish Riviera take advantage of plentiful cheap car hire offers available in Antalya.
Antalya beaches – best beaches in Turkey
Some of the best beaches of Turkey are located in Antalya. Worth mentioning are: Konyyalti, Kemer, Tekirova, Belek, Cirali, Olympos, Side, Lara, Alanya, Kaş, Göynük and Fethiye.
Many of Antalya beaches are located in a relatively short distance from the city centre, offering a unique possibility to alternate, without much hassle, the relaxing sunbathing with visiting the attractions of a busy, cosmopolitan city.
The most central, “city” beach, Konyyalti, is just a short walk away from Antalya centre. Despite its closeness to the city, Konyyalti beach, hardly ever gets overcrowded, as it shares the common trait of all Antalya beaches: larger dimensions, with an astounding vastness of sand.
Holidaymakers with an Antalya hire car at their disposal should not miss out on the opportunity to visit slightly more remote beach locations, as for instance Belek, Side and Fethiye. Stunning views along the scenic coastal roads along the Turkish Riviera will be an additional benefit of the self-drive holiday in Turkey.
Blue Flag beaches Antalya
It is worth noting that, quite surprisingly for such a busy tourist location as Turkish Riviera is, the Antalya beaches are very clean, meeting the highest environmental and safety standards. Kemer, Tekirova, Olympos and Side are just some of Antalya beaches awarded a Blue Flag.
Find out more about Blue Flag beaches in Turkey.
Distances to Antalya Beaches
See below the approximate road distances from Antalya city centre to the most popular beaches of the area:
- Distance from Antalay city centre to Belek Beach: 40 km / 24 miles
- Distance from Antalya city centre to Side beach: 70 km / 44 miles
- Distance from Antalya city centre to Kemer Beach: 40 km / 24 miles
- Distance from Antalya city centre to Tekirova Beach: 60 km / 37 miles
- Distance from Antalya city centre to Fethiye Beach: 190 km / 120 miles
Antalya tourist attractions
Most of the tourist attractions of Antalya are located in the city’s old quarter, in the Kaleiçi area.
Along the narrow, winding streets of this beautifully restored neighbourhood, visitors will find the Roman-built entrance to the city, the Hadrianus Gate, an Ottoman-era clock tower of Saat Kulesi and several mosques, amongst them, the Fluted Minaret Yivli Minare and the Kesik Minare Mosque.
See a detailed map of the tourist attractions in Antalya area (click to enlarge).
Outside the ancient walls of Kaleiçi, a modern, cosmopolitan city of Antalya caters for any holidaymaker’s needs with a broad offer of restaurants, cafés and shopping opportunities. Amongst the most popular retail areas of Antalya are Terracity, Özdilek , 5M Migros and Deepo Outlet Center.
Antalya is a very large city and although its historic centre is best visited on foot, transportation is needed to reach other Antalya attractions, such as the stunning panorama of Antalya available from the Tünektepe hill, west of the city centre,
See map of Antalya city.
Antalya weather – when is the high season in Antalya?
The key to the popularity of the Turkish Riviera is the excellent weather. Antalya and its surrounding area enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters.
With 300 days of sunshine per year, Antalya can be considered a year-round destination, however the peak season is in July and August. Those who would like to avoid the heat of the summer months (with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius) and also rather inflated prices, spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) are to be considered when planning the holidays at the Turkish Riviera.
Water temperature – Antalya dive sites
A note for scuba divers and the enthusiasts of other watersports: the average water sea water temperature remains above 20 degrees Celsius since May till late November, reaching in July and August 26-27 degrees Celsius.
Excellent diving sites in a short distance from Antalya are found in Kemer and Adrasan. For an unique underwater experience it is worth to travel slightly further, towards Kas, some 110 mile southwest of Antalya, where in the harbour of Kekova the ruins on a Sunken City can be visited. For non-divers, kayaking trips over the Sunken City are available.
Watch a video about diving in Kaş.
Antalya Airport car hire vs. Antalya city center car hire
Frequently car hire offers available at the airports of busy tourist destinations are slightly cheaper than car rental at city locations, due to a fiercer competition.
In Antalya, however, the range of car hire companies and the level of prices seems to be comparable in both airport and city car rental stations.
If you do not require a car from the very beginning of your stay in Antalya and have arrange for airport-hotel transfers, you may as well choose one of Antalya city center car hire offers later on during your holiday.
In order to avoid overpaying for your Antalya hire car, however, it is always recommendable to compare rates for car rental from several providers. Internet search engines of car hire, such as Cartrawler Turkey, allow you to find the cheapest deals from major car hire companies in Antalya and to choose the most competitive price and the most convenient location for the car rental at the Turkish Riviera.
Antalya car hire companies
In Antalya, car hire is available from major, internationally known brands, such as Avis Rent-A-Car, Budget, Europcar, National, Hertz and from the local rent-a-car providers, amongst them: Almira Cars, Circular Car Hire, Sax Car Rental and Essence Car Rental.