Antalya for Digital Nomads: The Ultimate Guide

Antalya has become a great place for digital nomads in the last few years.

This is because of its low cost of living, warm weather in summer and mild temperatures in winter, and its close proximity to Europe.

The city has everything a digital nomad might need to live comfortably and work productively: great food options, lovely beaches, very affordable cost of living, fast Wi-Fi, and long-term visa options.

In this guide, we'll share our experience and some useful information you might need before deciding whether Antalya is the right nomad destination for you.

Where is Antalya Located?

Let's start with collocating Antalya on the map for those who don't know where it is.

Antalya is located in the southwest of Turkey and is the largest Turkish city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, with almost 2.5 million people if we count the entire metropolitan area, not just the city center.

When we talk about Antalya, we refer to both the city and the province. Antalya (the city) is, in fact, the capital of the province of the same name.

This confused us a bit the first time, but now you know, too.

The whole province is beautiful, and we have only scratched the surface, but in this guide, we will talk only about Antalya the city, which is obviously the most urbanized center of the whole province.

antalya port in the old town

What is Antalya Known For?

By now, you will know that at Freaking Nomads we love the sun and the beach vibes. And we are happy to say that Antalya is definitely one of those places.

Antalya has super hot summers that often reach 40°C (104°F) and winters that are pleasantly mild. The coldest month is December, with temperatures around 10°C (50°F).

Why Visiting Antalya as a Digital Nomad?

Antalya is the best compromise between the beach, the mountain, and the city.

You will love working from Konyalty, the most famous beach in Antalya, and see from there the mountains that surround it.

Bike path in Antalya.

Konyalti Beach also has a great promenade with many restaurants, beach bars, and cafés. It was our favorite part of the whole city of Antalya.

There is a reason why Antalya is one of the most visited Turkish cities and why in 2019 Antalya hit a tourist record with around 15 million.

And although the most beautiful beaches in Turkey are not in Antalya (they are more towards the cities of Kaš, Fethiye, and Bodrum), we found that it's one of the most strategic places to visit Turkey. From there, you could easily rent a car and reach loads of places in Turkey by using Antalya as a base, as we did.

Where To Stay in Antalya as a Digital Nomad

We must tell you immediately that the accommodation will probably be your biggest expense in your entire stay, followed by the car, if you wish to rent one.

The obvious and cheapest choice for accommodations in Antalya is Airbnb.

However, when browsing various digital nomad forums, we discovered that a relatively cheap alternative in Turkey is hotel rooms, which are not overpriced compared to most European countries. You will be able to easily find them on or Tripadvisor.

We needed a kitchen to cook from time to time, so we opted for an Airbnb apartment, but we met many people staying in hotel rooms instead.

Antalya Old Town

How to Move Around in Antalya

When it comes to transportation, it depends on what your priorities are. If you want to stay in the city of Antalya and don't intend to travel, the best ways to get around the city are taxis and electric scooters.

Electric scooters are super comfortable and cheap as they only cost 2 Turkish Lira per minute, about €0.10 ($0.11) per minute at the time of writing. With those, you won't have any parking problems and can comfortably go to the beach or get around the city center.

Antalya at night. Taxis in the foreground.

If you have to go from one part of Antalya to the other, then I recommend taking taxis, which are generally pretty cheap in Turkey. We remember paying around €10 ($11) for a 20-minute ride from Antalya to a local place called Lara Beach.

However, we would like to mention that taxi apps in Turkey are not very reliable, and often, card payment is not accepted, so you will pay the driver in cash.

There are no Uber or other popular apps in Turkey, but only local apps exist. The one we used is called BiTaksi, and it was the most decent, in our opinion.

We also recommend being very careful because Turkish taxi drivers often try to overcharge tourists, so make sure to refer to the price you see on the app when paying for the ride.

Aerial View of Antalya Sea

However, if you really want to travel around Turkey and use Antalya as a base as we did, then the best solution for us is to rent a car.

We use to find our car rental deals. It's great because it allows you to compare among dozen of car rental companies and easily find the best prices around. This saved us the hassle of visiting in person each rental company and negotiate with our non-existent Turkish (not fun!).

Antalya has a fairly strategic position, so don't miss the chance to organize weekend trips to ​​beautiful Turkish destinations such as Kaś, Fatiye, Pamukkale, or Cappadocia.

Best Places to Work From in Antalya

In terms of internet coverage, the average upload and download speed is 7mbps, so, as you can imagine, connectivity in Antalya is generally not great.

However, we found some places where the connection was very fast:

Best Cafes with Fast Internet in Antalya

  • Coffee's: right in the middle of the promenade in Konyalti Beach!
  • hayycoffee: a very nice cafe near the Konyalti area, but not on the waterfront
Bar on the beach in Antalya, Turkey

Best Coworking Spaces in Antalya

If you want to play it safe, you can opt for a coworking space instead. Based on our research, Work C is the best around as it's the most equipped for getting some work done.

It's also the best we found in terms of quality/price.

It costs only 150 Turkish Lira per day (~ €8 / $8.5) and only 950 Turkish Lira per month (€49 / $51)!

The coworking is really modern, and you have unlimited Turkish tea and coffee for free. What can you ask more?

What and Where to Eat in Antalya

As for the food, we like to cook for ourselves when we can but, when in Antalya, we decided to opt often to eat out as the food was very affordable.

If you avoid tourist restaurants and focus on the local ones, you can easily get away with $5-6 for an abundant meal, including a drink and Turkish tea at the end.

The restaurants that we absolutely recommend to eat incredibly affordable and local food are:

Both are frequented by locals, especially the last one, which serves the delicious Etli Pide, a sort of Turkish pizza which we loved so much!

Turkish breakfast place in Antalya, Turkey

And since you are in Turkey, you can't obviously miss the chance to try all the Kebab varieties in Antalya. You won't find all the 200 varieties that exists in Turkey, but you will have a chance to taste a few of them.

If you sometimes get lazy, know that Antalya's most used food delivery service is called Yemeksepeti.

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Turkey Visa Requirements for Digital Nomads

Most European passport holders can easily enter Turkey and stay up to 90 days with no visa required.

As soon as you arrive in Turkey, they simply make a stamp on your passport and you are free to enjoy Turkey.

If you are from the US or for most other nationalities, you are required to have a visa to enter Turkey. You can obtain three-month-multiple entry eVisas via the website and stay in Turkey for up to 90 days within 6 months starting from the first entry date.

If you don't come from one of these two places, you can check specific requirements for your country here.

Is Antalya Safe?

When it comes to safety, Antalya is absolutely safe. We have never had any problems in Antalya, even at night.

You will find a very friendly environment, and it is common to see a lot of families enjoying the outdoors (especially in Konyalty Beach).

Cat stretching on the beach in Antalya, Turkey

Turkish Currency and Debt Crisis

At the moment of writing, Turkey is unfortunately experiencing a strong crisis of the Turkish Lira, so currencies such as the euro, pound, or dollar continue to grow in value against the local currency.

Everything is extremely cheap.

It is useless to say that the exchange rate with those popular currencies is constantly changing for the worse for Turkish people, and this is why life might seem very affordable to most digital nomads.

It is often said in Turkey that since you take a taxi, the currency has already lost value by the end of the ride.

Our experience is that, due to this monetary crisis, Turkish people often try to overcharge foreigners when they can. This is because what seems a small amount for most digital nomads can make a huge difference to locals.

As a result, in Turkey, you might find yourself bargaining for most things you might want to buy.

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We highly recommend not overpaying for stuff as this might only inflate prices and hurt the local population. Think twice before giving extra money because you might not do any good to the locals as you would be raising local prices, and things will eventually become more expensive for Turkish people.

Our advice is to pay with local prices and avoid overpaying.

Antalya Old Town

Payment Options in Antalya

Credit and debit cards are not widely accepted in Antalya. Unfortunately, cash seems to be the preferred payment method.

Always make sure to withdraw some cash on which, unfortunately, you will lose money on commissions, even if you use most international cards like Wise or Revolut.

This is because commissions are coming from local banks at the time of withdrawal.

We've searched but couldn't find any ATMs offering free withdrawals. However, you might be luckier than us.

Is Antalya Worth Visiting as a Digital Nomad?

In conclusion, would we recommend Antalya as a destination for digital nomads? Absolutely yes!

Due to the crisis the Turkish currency is sadly experiencing, Antalya is a very affordable city. Plus, it's a super strategic place to visit Turkey.

It also has delicious food, a great coworking space, nice cafes with a fast connection, and a gorgeous waterfront to work from.

Definitely approved by the Freaking Nomads team.

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