Alanya and the sights of the Turkish resort
Kizil Kule Tower, located in the port of Alanya, is considered one of the main attractions of the city. Every year it is visited by a huge number of tourists from all over the world. The tower was built thanks to the Seljuk Sultan Aladdin Keykubat.
The Fortress of Alanya
Alanya Fortress can be called the central landmark of the city, one of the key historical monuments. It is very well preserved and still presented in all its glory. In addition, it differs favorably with its size from other similar structures in Turkey.
Sealanya Water Park
In Alanya there are attractions for every taste – there is a lot of interesting things for both adults and children. If you are traveling with the whole family you can visit the park Sealanya. It is located not far from the city in the village Turkler.
Water Park in Alanya
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Archaeological Museum of Alanya
If during the vacation you are tired of lying on the beautiful Turkish beaches, it is worth paying attention to the Archaeological Museum of Alanya. It is easy to find it – it is located near the city park, in the direction of the main street of Alanya – Ataturk Boulevard. The landmark is the Cultural Center of the city.
Beach Recreation! Antalya and Aegean coast.
Not all tourists know about this attraction. Even those who have been in Turkey several times, sometimes never heard of Dim-Chai. Meanwhile, it is a very interesting and pleasant place, which is definitely worth visiting.
It was built on a tiny island off the southeast coast of Turkey at the beginning of the 12th century to protect the Byzantine town of Korikosa from the attacks of Cilician pirates. Such a name explains an ancient sad legend.
Süleymaniye Mosque in Alanya
Süleymaniye Mosque in Alanya is located next to one of the main attractions of the city – the Byzantine fortress. To be more precise – in the upper part of the fortress. The mosque was erected in 1231 by order of the then ruler Aladdin Keikubat.
The Cave of Lovers in Alanya
The narrow promontory of Gilvarde, like a Turkish sword blade, juts out into the sea from the fortress walls at the southern tip of the Alanya Peninsula. It is riddled with underground cavities, where since the Roman times, the formidable pirates hid their loot.
Fairy tale Damlatas Cave is located in the popular Turkish resort of Alanya, there are often tourists who want to diversify the beach holiday. Coincidentally it is located next to Sultan Alaadin Street, so it is often referred to as Aladdin’s Cave.
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The archaeological treasure house of the Black Cave, or Karain in Turkish, was discovered by chance in 1946 on the slope of the Western Taurus Ridge near the village of Yagca in Antalya Province. It turned out that the ancestors of modern people have lived here for thousands of years; the cultural layer is in some places up to 11 m thick.
The Caves of Alanya
If you have free time and you like an active, educational vacation, you must see the caves of Alanya. Along the Mediterranean coast there are a lot of grottos and caves. Three caves are of particular value and interest to tourists.
Damlatas, also called Cleopatra Beach, is probably the most popular beach in Alanya and attracts many tourists. Its attractiveness is due to the beauty of nature, the purity of the sea and free stay.
The Keykubat Beach is 3 km to the east of the center of Alanya, in the Oba district. It is a sandy beach, sometimes with fine pebbles and considered one of the best in Turkey. The seabed is soft and smooth, the entrance to the water is shallow, so it is safe to swim here with children.
Cleopatra Beach in Alanya
According to legend, the Roman Emperor Mark Antony gave this place to his beloved Cleopatra. She loved it – the cedar forests, azure sea, framing its green cliffs, but the sand was too dirty for her feet.
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Ulash beach (also called Ermigan beach) lies 5 km to the west of Alanya, at the foot of the mountain. It is famous for its natural surroundings and clear, blue-green colored water. The coastline is no more than 1 km long and there are plenty of terraces with picnic places on the steep shore.
The legendary souvenir and Oriental bazaar lures travelers and the Grand Bazaar, Alanya’s main market, is a must for anyone who wants to feel the Turkish flavor and buy souvenirs or something tasty.
Tersane shipyard is one of the most visited sites in Alanya. It is located next to the sea and the Kizil-Kule tower. The Tersane shipyard looks very attractive in the evenings with its beautiful lighting. By the way, Tersane shipyard still serves the locals.
Alanya may be rightfully called one of the most pleasant and charming cities in Turkey. Of course the resort is not comparable with the large and bustling Istanbul, but Alanya has its own charms and advantages. In this little town you can fall in love once and for all – an example of many Russians who have moved here permanently. Interestingly, among them there are young couples, and middle-aged people, and even seniors.
The city was founded by Diatos Trifon in the 2nd century BC. At that time, the city was called Korakesion, and its main function was to protect against attacks by pirates. A little later, the city became part of the Roman Empire. In the 13th century, the Seljuk sultan Aladdin Keykubad seized the area and named the city Alaye. From this moment began the heyday of Alanya.
If you decide to spend your vacation in the surroundings of the city, it is worth allocating at least a few hours to see the sights of Alanya. You can even part with the all inclusive for a whole day and have a great time outside the hotel. Believe me, the sights of Alanya are worth it.
The ruins of the ancient port city Aytap and Siedra, the caravanserai Alara Khan, Kizkalesi (Maiden’s Castle), Leartis-Leharti village and much more are worth seeing around Alanya.
To begin with, it’s just a pleasant town. Here you can wander through the streets in the early morning and watch Alanya wake up: the locals rushing to work, opening their cafes and shops, greeting each other and exchanging news. After a leisurely walk and a first acquaintance with the city is worth a sightseeing tour of Alanya. By the way, there are a lot of them here. The Kizil-Kule tower and Cleopatra beach are considered the landmarks of the city.
In 44, Mark Anthony presented the southeastern region of modern Turkey to Queen Cleopatra. Interestingly, the sand on Cleopatra’s favorite beach was delivered from the north of Africa. This sand is unique in that it contains no dust, so the sea water is almost never muddy. The length of the famous beach is 3 km.
In Alanya, a huge number of souvenir stores. But apart from the nice little things, you can find here and some original things. For example, handmade ties with unusual patterns. For lovers of designer things in the spirit of handmade is just the thing. The salespeople have a very hearty attitude towards their work – they greet their customers like dear guests, treat them to tea and sweets. Moreover, they try in every possible way to decorate their shops, so you can often see unusual decorations here. And on the street sometimes exhibit cages with wavy parrots or parakeets.
The beach Ulash, located about 5 km west of Alanya, is famous for the beautiful turquoise color of the water. The beach is not a sandy beach, but a pebbly one. A fee is charged for access to the beach. There are many specially equipped sites for picnics. In addition, you can go to a restaurant that offers a gorgeous view of the coast.
Top 25 exciting places in and around Alanya
Many people ask me – where to go, what to see and what to do in Alanya? For you, I made a rating, recommended places to visit, based on personal experience and impressions. So let’s go…
Top 25 delightful places in and around Alanya:
The Red Fortress is the landmark of Alanya. It was built on the seafront of Alanya in 1226 for protecting the city from the frequent raids of pirates. And the tower quite successfully coped with the task. From the top of the tower you have a great view of the bay, the port and the city.
This attraction is located in the center of the city, so you do not need to buy an organized tour, because you can get there on your own:
- By bus number 4 KALE (Castle) – Cuma pazari. Goes up to the Alanian fortress KALE (Castle). On it, you can also get to the cave Damtalash and Friday market. Itinerary: Friday Market (Centrum) – Vergi dairesi – Modo Cafe – Damlatas Street (Kuyular onu stop) – turn around at the big screen – Waikiki – Modo Cafe – Aquapark – Damlatas Cave – Kale Fortress. ROUTE: Damlatas Cave – Water Park – Waikiki – Friday Market (Centrum). Departure time from Cuma pazarı stop: 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 am, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm. Departure time from Kale stop: 11:30; 12:00; 12:30; 13:00; 13:30; 14:30; 15:00; 15:30; 16:30; 17:30. The fare is 3 lira, with a KentKart pass at 2.15. Payment in currency is $1 or 1 euro.
Ascent by cable car (at Damlatash). During the ride on the cable car there are amazing views of the sea and the city. The best time to ride is in the morning or closer to the evening – not so many people and not so hot. The entrance to the fortress closes at 19.00.
The funicular works every day:
- weekdays from 09:30 to 18:00 in winter and until 20:00 in summer;
- At weekends from 09:30 to 18:00 in winter and until 21:30 in summer.
A full round-trip ticket for an adult costs 18 TL; for students (students and schoolchildren: they must present a student card) the cost is 10 TL.
A full one-way ticket for an adult only costs 14 TL, for children and students 8 TL. A round trip ticket for an adult is cheaper at 18 TL.
I recommend, after seeing Kyzyl-Kule (Castle) to have dinner at Panorama or Hisar restaurants with a view of the port and the city. For this you just have to walk down the mountain a little bit.
Cleopatra Beach is considered one of the best and most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The beach is municipal and wide enough to stretch for 2 km. It is awarded with the International Ecocertificate “Blue Flag” for its cleanliness and developed infrastructure: one can rent umbrellas and deckchairs (10 liras), there are free changing rooms, cheap cabins and toilets. There are also bars and restaurants.
According to legend Cleopatra was often in Alanya, she liked one of the beaches of the city, which later became known as Cleopatra Beach. As a sign of his love, Mark Anthony gave the beach to Cleopatra and brought sand from Egypt.
The only thing in the high season of July-August on the beach is very crowded, the water gets a little muddy. Despite the presence of trash garbage cans on the beach, tourists and locals often leave behind trash – cigarette butts, pieces of sunflower seeds, remains of boiled corn, bottles, packets from chips In low season the beach is much cleaner.
Damlatash Cave is small and filled with stalactites and stalagmites inside. The humidity always fluctuates around 60%, it is also saturated with carbon dioxide and ionized, which is very good for people with asthma. The entrance fee is 6 liras.
In the spring of this year, Alanya opened an observation deck and leisure park with many cafes located on a mountain near the letters I ❤ Alanya . No shade there, better to visit in the evening! You can take bus number 8 from Alanya (center) to the terrace. The bus starts on Ataturk Street at the Cuma pazar stop (by the Tıcaret odası building).
The timetable is: 07:00, 10:00, 12:30, 15:30, 17:30 and 19:10. The bus goes in a circle! That is, it goes past the terrace in one direction. Passing the terrace, the bus will turn onto the mountain and come down the other side, so there is no need to wait for the return bus! You need to get on the bus, which will come from the same side where you got off. The bus returns to the same stop where it left from. There you can go down the mountain to the picnic area and organize yourself a barbeque with a panoramic view of Alanya – there is a grill, arbours, water and a sink, you only need coals, skewers and meat.
About 6 kilometers from the center of Alanya is the valley of the mountain river Dimchay, between Tosmur and Kestel. In 2008, Dim Dam was built on the river. The Dam is of utmost importance to Alanya since it has solved all the problems with fresh water supplies and electricity. It is forbidden to swim in the reservoir, as the farms are engaged in fish breeding. If you go up to the specially equipped observation deck, you will have a stunning view of the mountains and turquoise water of Dimchai.
Along the valley, there are a huge number of cafes and restaurants right on the water. Some of these picnic zones have a pool, aquagorkas and hammocks in the water and you can even go fishing for an extra fee and take your catch with you (1 river trout = 12 lira) or you can get grilled fish with garnish (1 fish = 25 lira). During the hottest months (July-August) Dimchai is an escape from the exhausting heat, it is really very fresh and you can relax all day long.
You can get to the picnic areas on Dimçay on your own by taking bus #10 Cuma pazarı – Dimçay. (Friday Bazaar – Dimçay).
Route: Cuma pazarı (Centrum) – 25th street – Yasam hospital – Kandil – circular road – Kipa – Alanyum – Metro – Koctas – Diamond Hill Resort Hotel – Dimçay. The return route is the same.
The hours are from 06:45 to 19:20 on weekdays and from 07:35 to 19:20 on weekends. Departs from the station by the Friday market.
An hour’s drive from Alanya is Sapadere Canyon, famous for its huge rocks, waterfalls, freshness and coolness! The picturesque canyon became a popular spot after the authorities built a boardwalk in 2008. Now visitors of all ages can admire the canyons, the cascading waters and the rich wildlife in general without any danger or extremes.
On your own you can get there by car or buy a tour.
Green Canyon is where you just can’t take your eyes off the natural beauty ?
Green Canyon is the largest reservoir in Turkey, which is located in the Taurus Mountains. It is 350 meters above sea level. It receives water from 27 springs, so the canyon is always full.
Green Canyon is certainly considered a beautiful place, by nature itself intended for recreation here. The emerald color of the water, picturesque mountains, lush vegetation all come together to create a stunning landscape. Here you can take a boat ride, swim, or just enjoy the amazing beauty of the canyon.
Rafting down a turbulent mountain river in Köprühlü Canyon National Park. One of the most popular and exciting attractions in Alanya. Rafting is part of the tour.
The resort town of Side and its neighborhood has a great concentration of historical, architectural, and natural landmarks.
In this “open air museum” you can see:
- Temple of Apollo;
- Roman Amphitheater;
- Temple of Artemis;
- Manavgat Waterfall;
- The Ancient Fortress of Alarahan;
- Nympheum Monumental Fountain;
- Column Streets;
- The ancient city of Seleucia.
There is a bar street in the center of Alanya (by the port) where you can relax in the evening and at night.
Party on a boat
In the evening you can go to a party on the ship. The tour must be purchased in advance in the center of Alanya (near the port).
Since May 2018, residents of Alanya and its guests can now take a ferry to Northern Cyprus (Turkish part). The round-trip cost will be 355₺ (5,300₽).
Ferry crossings will be made by sea bus (catamaran type) 2 times a week . The ferries from Girne to Alanya will depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 am. From Alanya to Hirne – on Thursdays and Sundays at 12-00. The travel time will be 3 hours and 20 minutes. The ferry service will operate from May 30th until October 28th. Casinos are not banned in Northern Cyprus.
The cost per adult ticket from Girne (North Cyprus port) to Alanya is 190 Liras. From Alanya to Girne costs 165 liras. The ticket is free of charge for kids (from 0 to 2 years old). For older children (ages 3 to 12): 150 liras. The tax is included in the ticket price. The ferry ticket.
Alanya Aquapark (Damlatas). To tell you the truth the water park is not very nice – old, there are not many slides, it’s rather dirty. Login 50 lira, storage – 10 lira.
Water Planet Aqua Park. There are more than 20 slides in the advertisement booklets, but in fact there are about 10 of them + a couple of absolutely children’s slides. The water park is not new, but all in all for a one-time holiday will do. In water park can get independently or as a part of excursion ( 40 $), cost includes drinks and snacks. In the hottest months of July and August in the water park a lot of people, you have to stand in a queue for slides.
The Land Of Legends Theme Park. The water park is awesome. The area is huge, there are areas for outdoor activities and for moms with kids of all ages. Slides for every taste. Everyone recommend it! Fans of hills huge minus – long queues. The dolphinarium is beautiful, the show with a walrus and dolphins is impressive! The cost of admission is $60 (adult), child – $30, food and drinks are not included.
Paragliding is becoming more and more popular among the extreme lovers. I was soaring 800 meters above sea level out of season for $65 (the price includes shooting). In order to practice paragliding you do not need to be a master of sports, have muscles or have good health. For practicing paragliding your desire and good health is enough.
Salda Lake (Turkish Maldives)
Lake Salda is of tectonic origin. The white color is not something like sand, or small pebbles on the shore due to the special chemical composition of the water containing hydromagnesite, in fact, under the feet on the beach is not a sand, and deposits of this mineral.
There is also a natural therapeutic mud on the shores of the lake Salda! This clay mass without odor (unlike the hydrogen sulfide mud in Dalyan) is right in a hole not far from the shore – you can get covered with clay from head to toe.
You can get to the lake Salda by car or as part of a guided tour. The cost of the tour is 100 liras. The tour is organized by Inga, tel: +90 (536) 920-18-40.
There is a small village Kuyucak near Isparta which is surrounded by small lavender plantations. Lavender blooms from late June to mid-July. Keep in mind, there are a lot of bees on the lavender during flowering. You can reach the Turkish Provence on your own by car or as part of a tour. The cost of the tour is 100 lire. Inga sometimes combines tours, such as Turkish Maldives + Lavender Fields. The tour is organized by Inga, tel: +90 (536) 920-18-40.
Havana Beach Club
In Alanya, there is the only and popular beach club Havana Beach Club. The beach club has a private beach, sun loungers, bar, restaurant, swimming pool. In the evenings there is a beach party with different DJs. Havana Beach Club is located at the end of Cleopatra Beach.
The Park Orman restaurant is surrounded by a pine forest. The restaurant has a contact mini zoo, a fountain, you can relax on a hammock in the shade of sprawling trees, breathe the pine air. In general, complete relaxation and escape from the exhausting heat. In winter there is snow here, and many people come here for the New Year’s mood, arrange gatherings by the fireplace, take pictures with a decorated Christmas tree. Usually, it is not very crowded here. You can only get here on your own, by car or by cab (150 liras). The prices in the restaurant are not cheap, including the drinks.
Cappadocia has a huge concentration of cultural and natural attractions, many of which are included in the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. Mystical and natural sites such as the Pink and Red Valleys, the Valley of Love, the open-air museum in Gorim, Uchisar Castle, the underground city of Derinkuyu, Ihlara Canyon, etc. will not leave anyone indifferent.
Christians used to carve out entire towns and cities in the rocks and dungeons of Cappadocia, where they hid from the enemy. Almost every village or town has caves, chambers and underground passages, sometimes going down as many as 20 levels. Just imagine, there freely fit the entire population of the village with all their livestock. Underground cities had all the necessities of life for several months: living quarters, stables for cattle, churches, chapels, kitchens, wells, cemeteries, storage, ventilation system, and even wineries.
At sunset, you can take a hot air balloon ride ($100-$150) for an extra fee. Just keep in mind that the basket is packed with a decent 10-15 people, yourself captured in a hot air balloon is unlikely to succeed. Individual hot air balloon flight ($300).
Jeep safari, picnic, fishing and the Dim Cave
Get tour “Jeep safari, picnic, fishing and cave Dim” You will find an exciting jeep ride in the mountains, walk through the canyon, where you can swim, catch fish, visit the cave of Dim. The cost of such an excursion in street agencies 20-25$/person.
Pamukkale is a thermal resort in the province of Denizli. It includes 17 hot springs (from 35°C) and terrace reservoirs. The terrace pools are formed on the mountainside as a result of the deposition of salts from the calcium-saturated springs. Pamukkale is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The entrance to the mountain is 15 lira, bathing in the springs is 32 lira. During the high tourist season it is very crowded! You can get to Pamukkale on your own or as part of a guided tour.
In the highlands, 1200 meters above sea level, there is the ancient Sagalassos, with the only living water fountain in the world. The tour to Sagalassos is organized by Inga, tel: +90 (536)920-18-40.
Sup-surfing is a type of surfing in which the surfer, standing on a board, moves through the water by paddling. In Alanya there is a unique opportunity to practice/learn Sup-surfing. Every day a young man Bariş Dülgar teaches at the port of Alanya from 08:00 to 09:00, cost 50 lira. Sup-surfing instruction takes place on one of Alanya’s best beaches, Ulas, with a view of Kızıl Kule (Red Tower) and the fortress. Sometimes you can see big sea turtles in the sea. It is highly recommended!
This year the women’s beach opened, located in a picturesque bay near Gazipasha airport. Aisultan is a secluded and equipped beach, designed only for the female sex. Entrance to the beach for males from the age of 9 is forbidden. Aisultan has free sunbeds, umbrellas, changing rooms, showers, gazebo-bungalows. The entrance to the sea is gentle, the beach is sandy.
Women’s beach works from 08:00 till 20:00. You can get to it by bus for free – the bus leaves from the station, which is near the Friday market (Alanya Center). The bus leaves every 30 minutes. The bus has no number and the sign on the windshield says Aysultan Kadınlar Plajı.