Welcome! We hope these resources can smooth your journey as you prepare to come to Olive Tree Counseling Center. Please note the following areas, and feel free to email email@example.com if there are any other ways we can be of help as you plan your time in Antalya.
There are a few things you’ll need to take care of ahead of arrival. To make your travel as smooth as possible, please do the following.
See this website to apply for an e-visa. The online application is simple and efficient.
These are shared living spaces with gracious and helpful hosts. We have three guesthouses that can accept clients for Olive Tree as they have availability.
There are several Airbnb options, but they change frequently. We recommend:
- Filtering for Super-hosts, or at least checking reviews on the host
- Searching in or near Yeşilbahçe Mahalle (the neighborhood Olive Tree is in)
- If not close by, ask the host before hand if their airbnb is close to the old tram line or the KL08 or KL06 bus stops. Both would get you close to the office
Otium Happy Suites: Recommended by former clients. All suites have a king-size bed in the bedroom, and 2 sofas in the living room which can be converted into beds. All suites include a balcony, mini-bar, free WI-FI internet connection, air-conditioning, smart-tv, safe-deposit and private bathroom. Having a lovely garden at the backyard, our suites offer a quality and comfortable stay. https://www.otiumhappysuites.com/en
Prime Hotel: Clean and nicely appointed rooms. Complimentary breakfast buffet, with pool and fitness center. Views of Mediterranean. About 10 walking minutes from OTCC. https://primeotel.com/ (reservations in English on Expedia.com)
Cender Hotel: Larger hotel with pool, fitness center, and game room. Breakfast included, and on-site restaurant available. Variety of room types, including family suites. Beautiful sea views. https://www.cenderhotel.com.tr/en
Akra Park Hotel (Akra V): Family friendly hotel with indoor and outdoor pools, close to restaurants and grocery, bowling and arcade, and 10 min walk to sea/swimming area. Breakfast not included, but available for charge. https://www.baruthotels.com/akra-v/
ACCOMODATIONS IN KALEİÇİ (the Old City)
A 10-minute trolley ride, plus 10-minute walk. Most can be found by going to http://www.booking.com/ and type or paste in old town (Kaleiçi) Antalya. You can often get a lower price by calling or e-mailing the hotel/pension directly.
Pera House Apartment Hotel: apartment style with kitchens, different layouts 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom options, full fridge and washing machine, small swimming pool no premises. LINK HERE on hotels.com or AirBnb here
Palm House No.17: palmhouse17.com/ is lovely, small and beautifully remodeled 6-bedroom pension for adults only.
Alp Pasha Boutique Hotel: alppasa.com/en/hotel/alp-pasa-hotel/ – This is a unique, nice Ottoman-style hotel, beautifully renovated and very popular with tourists. Book using booking.com or call +90 242 247 5676
Mediterra Art Hotel: mediterraarthotel.com
Hadrianus Boutique Hotel: hadrianushotel.com/ Kılıcaslan Mahallesi, Zeytin Street, No.4 A/B, Kaleiçi, 07100 Antalya, Turkey. Has a lovely garden area.
Puding Marina Residence or Suite: puding-marina-residence.antalyahotel.org/en/ Including a nice breakfast, has good heat, is clean, has good service, has a sauna. Option of including the evening meal is very reasonable.
Villa Verde Café & Pension – Lovely with only 6 rooms in a courtyard. Information available by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +90 242 248 2559
The Suite Apart Hotel: thesuiteantalya.com Being an apartment hotel, they don’t offer either breakfast or dinner, but each spacious room is furnished with a kitchenette, and you will be able to prepare meals yourself as needed. A bigger suite with slightly higher prices is also available.
If you are looking for some fun family activities or chances to explore on the weekends or in your free time here, there are plenty of options! We’d first recommend taking it slow though. Counseling is hard work and we hope you can feel restored in your time here. There are plenty of beaches and parks to rest in – and we hope you’ll take full advantage of the beauty Antalya has to offer as you find peace and restoration in your time here.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FAMILIES:
“As one of the biggest aquarium complexes of the world, Antalya Aquarium offers inspiration, entertainment and education all at once. After touring the 40 thematic aquariums, you will come across the biggest tunnel aquarium of the world with a length of 131 meters and a width of 3 meters.”
Address: Dumlupinar Bulvari Arapsuyu Mahallesi No: 502 Konyaalti, Antalya, TR 07070
Phone: (0242) 245 65 65
Importance: This is the largest tunnel aquarium in the world.
Opening Hours: Winter: 9.00-17.30, summer: 9.00-19.00
Costs: No entrance fee, but a small parking fee for cars.
Address: Kepez Piknik Sahası İçerisi, Antalya, TR
Importance: It is a free public pebble beach, with chairs and umbrellas for rent, western side of Antalya.
Importance: It is a free public beach, eastern side of Antalya.
Address: Fatih, Tramway Son Durağı, Hayvanat Bahçesi Karşısı, 3410. Sk. No:8, 07080 Kepez
Phone: +90 (0242) 322 95 95
Importance: It’s a huge park that includes games such as GoKart or racecourse on the trees etc. and other kinds of fun fair activities and at the top of that hill there is great view of all Antalya as well as restaurants that serve traditional foods of Turkey and Chai Tea.
Sandland is an open air sand sculpture exhibition featuring massive, professionally designed sand sculptures lit for night viewing.
Opening Hours: May 1-Oct 31: 09.00-23.00; Nov 1-April 30: 09.00-19.00
Entrance fee: Adults 24TL, children 10TL
Address: Guzeloba Mahallesi Lara Caddesi Lara Birlik Halk Plajı, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
Adventure park and playground for families. Offers a high rope course, trampoline, zipline, big sandbox, festivals. Activities for children as young as two years old.
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00
Cost: About 20TL
Phone: +90 242 502 03 33
URCU SPORT CITY
Address: Şırınyala Mah 1487 Sk No 26 Muratpaşa Antalya
Phone: 0532 286 87 10 (manager is Arda speaks English)
urcusportscity.com There’s soccer, tennis, yoga, and basketball facilities there for very reasonable prices.
HISTORICAL SITES / ACTIVITIES:
ANTALYA ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Address: Konyaaltı Cad. No: 88, Antalya, TR 07050
Importance: It is one of the important archeological museums in Turkey, it has a lot of ruins and statues of Roman, Helen and Byzantine statues of Mythological characters as well as emperors and empresses. It also involves some important parts about church history such like relics of St. Nicholas and icons from Byzantine Churches.
ASPENDOS ANCIENT CITY RUINS AND THEATRE
Aspendos was an ancient city in Pamphylia, Asia Minor, located about 40 km east of the modern city of Antalya, Turkey. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity.
Opening Hours: Summer (April 15- Oct 2): 8:00-19:00, Winter (Oct 3- April 14): 8:00-17:00
Entrance Fee: 25 TL
Address: Sarıabalı, Aspendos Yolu, 07500 Serik/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +90 (242) 247 76 60
Importance: One of the best saved and biggest ancient theatres from Roman Empire and city around it.
PERGE ANCIENT CITY RUINS
Perge was an ancient Anatolian city, once the capital of Pamphylia Secunda. Today, it is a large site of ancient ruins 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of Antalya.
Paul and Barnabas came to Perge during their first journey, but probably stayed there only a short time, and do not seem to have preached there; it was there that John Mark left Paul to return to Jerusalem. On his return from Pisidia, Paul preached at Perge.
Opening Hours: 09.00-19.00
Address: Barbaros, Perge Yolu, 07112 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +(0242) 426 27 48
Importance: One of the oldest and best saved ancient city, it is also mentioned in the Bible in one of Paul’s trip with Barnabas and Mark.
TERMESSOS ANCIENT CITY RUINS
Address: Bayatbademleri, 07800 Döşemealtı/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +90 (0242) 247 76 60
Importance: Termessos is one of the ancient cities founded at the top of a hill, at the top of the hill there is a theater which it has great view from there.
Olympos was an ancient city in Lycia. It was situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Çıralı in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province. Olympos is now a popular tourist area. The ruins of the ancient city end in a valley that holds numerous pensions and guest houses.
The perpetual gas fires at Yanartaş are found a few kilometers to the northwest of the site.
Opening Hours: Summer (April 15- Oct 2): 8:00-19:00, Winter (Oct 3- April 14): 8:00-17:00
Entrance Fee: 20 TL
Address: Göynük, Atatürk Cd., 07985 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey
YANARTAŞ (KIMERA): THE ETERNAL FLAME
Yanartaş is a geographical feature near the Olympos valley and national park in Antalya Province in southwestern Turkey. It is the site of dozens of small fires which burn constantly from vents in the rocks on the side of the mountain. About a 45 minutes hike from the parking lot. There is a kiosk for refreshments, but make sure you bring water on the hike.
Cost: Small entrance fee
Location: Ulupınar, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey
PHASELIS ANCIENT CITY AND MUSEUM
Address: Ulupınar, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey
Importance: It’s another old ancient city and its ruins there is also a museum that shows the stuff that came out of the city, it also has an ancient theatre.
SIDE ANCIENT CITY
Address: Selimiye Mahallesi, Çağla Sk., 07330 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +90 (0242) 238 56 89
Importance: It’s another ancient city which is close to beach and one of the nice city for holidays Side, it also has an ancient theatre in it and other city ruins.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO SEE:
Address: Çağlayan, Lara Cd. No:457, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
Importance: It is one of the beautiful and big waterfalls in Turkey and it’s turned into a park that people can walk around and behind of the waterfall as well as follow the waters as it makes a line. There are some restaurants and Cafe around that region that people can enjoy some coffee, tea or Turkish food.
Cable car to a mountain overlooking Antalya
Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00. Does not operate on Monday!
Cost: 1 person 15TL, 2 person 20TL
TÜNEK TEPE DÖNER GAZINO
Address: Liman, Antalya Kemer Yolu No:10, 07130 Konyaaltı/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +90 0553 935 38 39
Importance: It is a restaurant at the top of the hill which turns and has great view of the city.
Address: Kursunlu Şelalesi, 07119 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +90 (0242) 433 22 18
Importance: It is also a waterfall park that can be seen and fresh air is also good in here, at the end of the park there is Cafe near the water which is beautiful place to enjoy a cup of coffee.
OLYMPOS CABLE CAR
Address: Tekirova, Tekirova Mahallesi, Kumluca Kemer Yolu, Tahtalı Teleferiği Yolu No: 2, 07995 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey
Phone: +90 (0242) 242 22 52
Importance: It is a cable car that from seaside takes people up to hill and there is a great view of the city both in the cable car as it goes up and also at the top of the hill, there is also a restaurant a lunch can be enjoyed while watching the city and the sky.
KALEIÇI (ANTALYA CITY CENTER | OLD TOWN)
Address: Selçuk, Uzun Çarşı Sk., 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
Importance: Kaleiçi is an old town in the center of Antalya it has its own little port and old ancient gates, city walls, old houses etc. Hadrian Gate, Elevator and port is nice parts to see.
There are many restaurants to explore in Antalya, but if you’d like a few recommendations, see below. All should be easy to search for on google for directions.
- Il Vicino (Kaleiçi) for woodfired pizza
- Sade Patissere (10 min walk from Olive Tree), try the croissants and cinnamon rolls
- Rokka (falaffel, near Kaleiçi)
- Pizza Argentina (2 locations near Kaleiçi and in Konyaaltı)
- Sarı Demlek (Turkish breakfast in Lara)
- Sopung – Korean food (2 locations, near us and in Konyaaltı)
- Cafe Bubu – Korean Food and coffee (2 locations in Lara and in Konyaaltı)
- Supla (Burgers)
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE OFFICE
- Sultanyar Kebapçısı (great traditional Turkish food)
- Lokanta Mia (only open for lunches, great homemade food, cheap)
- Bay Balık (fish and salad, close to Olive Tree)
- Paşa Bey (traditional Turkish)
- Lara Balık (Falez park with beautiful cliff view)
- Kebapçı Şeyhmus (near Akra Barut hotel)
- Pita Mom (Börek)
FURTHER AWAY TO GET TO BY TAXI OR BUS
- Cağ Kebap
- Parlak Restaurant (Kaleiçi)
- Piyazcı Sami (hole in the wall with 3 menu items but does great traditional piyaz and köfte)
- Şişçi İbo Konyaaltı Şubesi
OTHER ETHNIC OR WESTERN FOOD OPTIONS
NEAR OR IN KALEİÇİ (OLD CITY)
- Il Vicino (Wood fired pizza)
- Liman Kültür (variety of options)
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE OFFICE
- Pablito (nicer meal with variety)
Longer Walk or Bus or Taxi
- Pita Lara
- Sarı Demlek
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE OFFICE
- Texas Buffalo Burger
- Chicken Stop
FURTHER FROM OFFICE – get to by bus or taxi
- Supla (great burgers, salads, manti)
- Kricket Burger (Konyaaltı)
- Big Man (variety)
- Cafe Bubu (Korean) – 2 locations in Lara or Konyaaltı)
COFFEE SHOPS & PATISSERIES
- Cozy Coffee Lounge (Falez Park near office)
- Sade Patisserie (croissants and cinnamon rolls)
- Başka Ol (coffee shop and bookstore)
- Midory Coffee
- The Sudd (Kaleiçi and other locations)
- The Dose (near The Haven guesthhouse, Konyaaltı)
- Vahap Usta Et (Konyaaltı for a nice dinner!)
- Pio Gastro and Pub (Kaleiçi)
- Vanilla Restaurant (Kaleiçi)
- SeraSer (Kaleiçi)
- Strasse (Konyaaltı)
- 7 Mehmet (Konyaaltı)
- Asmanı (at the Akra hotel rooftop)
If you need gluten free options click here.
You can also download the app: Yemeksepeti for delivery options. If you do this, you will need to change to english and then also have the full address of where you are staying. Once you have entered that, it will give you options for what is available to be delivered in your area.
If you have medical needs that come up, don’t hesitate to ask the staff for help navigating the process. The emergency Olive Tree phone number is: +90 532 057 33 45. You can also contact your therapist, or contact Amber Nicole email@example.com for support.
ECZANE is the Turkish word for pharmacy. If you have any need for medication refills, or regular things a pharmacy would offer, you can generally find them at any of the (many!) local eczanes. There is one directly across from the office. If you have any needs, just ask and we can help translate and get you what you need.
Medical care here is generally very good and affordable. In fact, people come from all over here for “medical tourism” to get procedures done. There’s a terrific university hospital and many others that would give very good care. For tourist’s ease we recommend the following:
Medical Park is a good local hospital that can provide translators if you have any immediate medical needs that come up. They won’t take foreign insurance, but should be able to accept credit cards or cash in TL.
Yaşam Hastanesi is closer to the office and can also provide good care. However, there probably will not be the same level of translation available.
MakiDent is a quick 5 min walk from the Olive Tree offices, and they do a great job on routine cleanings. They do provide plenty of other medical services if needed, are professional and quick. The dentist speaks some English. You can make an easy online appointment here: makident.com
BilimDent – recommended to us for kids. They were very patient and kind, and are connected with a local university. (0242)245 00 11
Uzm. Dt. Oğuz Senek is another recommended children’s dentist who also speaks English and is really good with kids.
COVID TESTING LOCATIONS:
Yaşam Hastanesi is the easiest local location for testing, within walking distance of the counseling center. The testing center is not in the main building but to the left in a smaller space. Look for signs indicating PCR TESTING. They will generally have results available within 6-8 hours. If you don’t receive those electronically, you can stop back in and they can give you a printout.
AIRPORT – If you are flying out, it’s a quick taxi ride to the airport to get a PCR test at their testing location. It’s a quick and easy process there, and you can stop by the PCR testing center right before flying to have it printed out and in hand for flying.