Antalya Warnings and Dangers
Between the beaches and warm sun of the Mediterranean, Antalya, Turkey, is a great place to get away and relax. Even with all the wonderful sights, however, be sure you are aware of the warnings and dangers that come with traveling to Antalya.
Women Should Sightsee with a Friend
Many men in Turkey see women in a different light than men in the United States. Often, it is assumed that foreign women are of loose moral character. This means women may have men follow them when they’re outside their hotel.
Be sure to dress conservatively and don’t wander the city by yourself, and always stay in well-populated areas. Also, buddy up with a friend, or have a male companion with you when you sightsee.
Drugs in Tourist Areas
There may be individuals in tourist areas offering to sell you drugs, however, you will want to stay clear of them. Unlike some states in America and a few cities in Europe, drugs are considered a serious offense in Turkey, so say no if they are offered and move along.
Be Careful Asking for Directions
If you can’t find a particular location, be careful if asking someone on the street for directions. Oftentimes, they will be happy to give you directions or even take you somewhere, but unfortunately, where they take you might not be where you want to go, and once there, they will typically demand money.
At that point, you may feel vulnerable and agree to pay as you have ended up in an unpopulated area. Instead try to find an officer to ask, or simply ask your hotel ahead of time.
Keep Your Bag Close
When you are walking down the street, but sure to keep your handbag or backpack away from the road. There have been times where someone on a motorcycle or in a car will slow down and try to pull the bag away from you. Once they have it, they will be gone very quickly.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Antalya.