Information on Antalya

Antalya is a metropolitan area of some 2.2M inhabitants located in the southern western Mediterranean region of Turkey. The city that is now Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian’s Gate, and the proliferation of neighbouring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Seljuk Sultanate in 1207 and an expanding Ottoman Empire in 1391. Ottoman rule brought relative peace and stability for the next five hundred years. The city was transferred to Italian suzerainty in the aftermath of World War I, but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence.

Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. Large-scale development and governmental funding have promoted tourism. A record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

In early November, the weather in Antalya is expected to be mainly dry with an occasional shower, with temperatures in the 20-30 degree range. 

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Travel to Antalya

Antalya Airport (AYT) serves a number of low-cost carriers from major European, Russian, Ukrainian, and former Soviet Union territories, as well as Middle East hubs. Travel to Antalya should not be particularly expensive from Europe, although November is the end of the holiday season. Alternatively, Antalya is served by domestic airlines, particularly Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. Both carriers provide a frequent, cheap, comfortable and reliable service to Antalya from either Istanbul Atatürk or Sabiha Gökçen International Airports, the first of which is a major hub itself, due to operational range of Turkish Airlines.

Travel visas and letter of confirmation/invitation

Evisa application for the Republic of Turkey may be found here. However. some people may require invitations for the purposes of reimbursement, leave to attend the meeting and, importantly to acquire a VISA to travel to Turkey. Please contact Seda Bayrakatar/ Evrim Gülbetekin to arrange.