Konyaaltı Plajı (Konyaaltı
Beach), on the west side of Antalya,
Turkey, is a long strand of pebbles
and rough stand backed by park, some
hotels, and residential
areas. It's closer to the center of Antalya than
is Lara Plajı on
the eastern side of the city.
Take the tram westward from Kalekapısı at
the center of Antalya to the end of
the line near the Antalya
Su and Rixos hotels,
then walk downhill 10 minutes to reach Antalya
Beach Park and the eastern
end of Konyaaltı Plajı.
Antalya Beach Park has
shade trees, snack stands, restaurants,
bars, showers and other services, as
well as beach chairs and sun umbrellas
for rent. Behind it is a large parking
lot for visitors' cars.
Farther west, away from the city and
toward the dramatic backdrop
of the Beydağları mountains,
there are fewer services, but still
in many places.
You'll usually see
flag flying along Konyaaltı,
signifying that the water is clean
and safe for swimming.
The easiest way to reach Konyaaltı from
the center of Antalya at Kalekapısı is
to step aboard the tram, pay the fare
in cash, and get out at the last
stop. Be sure you're boarding the westbound
tram (toward the mountains).
—by Tom Brosnahan
broad sweep of Antalya's Konyaaltı
at the Beydağları mountains.