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Alanya is a busy town and popular holiday resort located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Its popularity with tourists has seen it steadily grow over recent years. Being amongst the biggest tourist areas of the Mediterranean has also led to an increase in property prices in Alanya and its close neighbour Konakli.

Less well known to Brits than resorts like Bodrum and Marmaris on the Aegean coast, Alanya has been a favourite with the Germans and Dutch for many years. However, in recent years it has now become a more popular destination for travellers from the UK.

Alanya is home to many historical buildings with many places of interest. There are water parks, museums, a castle, a harbour, countless bars and restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and of course the famous Cleopatra beach sometimes spelled Kleopatra beach. Whether you want to take a boat trip, an excursion, wine and dine, dance until the early hours or simply relax on the beach, there's sure to be something to suit.

 

The Castle Walls

The Castle Walls

A visit to Alanya castle is well worth it for the views alone. Built in the 13th Century it sits on top of the Alanya Peninsula. Looking east and north provides breathtaking views of the harbour against a backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. Looking west and south, gives spectacular views of the well known Cleopatra's beach and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean

Cleopatra Beach

Cleopatra Beach

As well as being a marina for fishing boats, yachts and private boats, the harbour in Alanya is often frequented by Mediterranean Cruise ships with Cyprus only a short trip away. There are many bars and restaurants around the harbour and many more in the maze of narrow streets.

Boats in the harbour

Boats in the Harbour

On the west side of Cleopatra beach is the Damlatas Magarasi (Damlatas Cave) where you will find an assortment of stalactites and stalagmites inside. The air inside the cave is very humid with a constant temperature and is thought to be good for people who suffer from asthma.

Entrance to Damlatas Cave

Entrance to Damlatas Cave

If you like caves and spectacular views, a visit to Dim Magarasi (Dim Cave) is essential. Much bigger than Damlatas Magarasi, you can reach it in about an hour by bus from Alanya Centrum (town centre).

Inside Damlatas Cave

Inside Damlatas Cave

The Red Tower

The Red Tower

Based on archaeological findings, Alanya is thought to have been inhabited in pre-historic times. Like Side, there have been many turbulent periods in its history where both Hittites and Romans have ruled.

The climate is typically Mediterranean with hot dry summers and cooler wet winters. It is ideal for the many plants that grow in the area. As well as the more common orange and banana trees there are other tropical fruits like avocado, papaya and a variety of dates.

With an average temperature of 21C, the water is ideal for swimming and water sports for most of the year.

 

 



 

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