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7 Tips for Living in Antalya

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Antalya or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Antalya or thinking about moving there.

Antalya, a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, is a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. With its stunning beaches, historic sites, and vibrant culture, it's no wonder why so many people choose to call this city home. However, living in a foreign country can be a challenging experience, especially if you're not familiar with the local customs and lifestyle. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Antalya.

1. Learn the Language

While it's possible to get by with English in Antalya, learning Turkish will greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make everyday tasks like shopping and dining out easier, but it will also help you connect with locals and immerse yourself in the culture. There are many language schools in Antalya where you can take Turkish classes, or you can opt for online courses or language exchange programs.

2. Understand the Cost of Living

Antalya is generally more affordable than many Western cities, but it's still important to understand the cost of living. Rent, groceries, transportation, and entertainment can add up, so it's crucial to budget accordingly. Eating out at local restaurants like Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant or Vanilla Lounge can be a treat, but cooking at home with fresh produce from the local markets can save you money.

3. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Antalya is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Kaleiçi, the old town, is full of historic sites and charming streets. Lara is known for its stunning beaches and luxury resorts. Konyaalt? is a popular residential area with a beautiful beach park. Take the time to explore these neighborhoods and find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

4. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Turkish cuisine is diverse and delicious, and Antalya offers plenty of opportunities to sample local dishes. Don't miss out on trying traditional foods like pide, kebabs, and baklava. There are many excellent restaurants in Antalya, such as Ayar Meyhane, 7 Mehmet, and Rokka, where you can enjoy these dishes and more.

5. Explore the City's Attractions

Antalya is rich in history and culture, and there are many attractions to explore. Visit the Antalya Museum to learn about the city's history, take a stroll through Karaalioglu Park for stunning views of the sea, or explore the ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos. There's always something to see and do in Antalya.

6. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. Fortunately, Antalya has a good internet infrastructure, with many cafes and coworking spaces offering reliable Wi-Fi. It's also worth getting a local SIM card for your phone, which you can easily purchase from one of the many mobile phone shops in the city.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. There are many opportunities to volunteer, join clubs, or participate in local events in Antalya. Research groups and activities that align with your interests and get involved. This will not only help you make new friends, but also deepen your understanding and appreciation of the local culture.

Living in Antalya as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful city. Whether you're exploring the historic old town, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, or simply soaking up the sun on one of the city's stunning beaches, Antalya has something to offer everyone.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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