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Alarahan

 


Alarahan is situated between the villages of Incekum and Okurcalar about 38km north-west of Alanya. It lies on the banks of the Alara river and is only a short 8 or 9 km drive inland from the D400, the main Antalya-Alanya road.

The remains of Alara Castle can be seen in the photo below. The castle is built on a very steep cone shaped rock and must have been very intimidating to potential invaders in the past. The entrance to Alara castle must be approached via secret tunnels in the rock. If you plan to visit it, wear sensible shoes or boots since it takes around 45 minutes to climb to the top. The tunnels can be dark in places, so it is recommended that you take a torch with you.

 

Alara Castle

Alara Castle

Once you reach the top, there are beautiful views of the Alara river and the Alarahan Caravansary (Alarahan Caravanserai) below.

Alara River     Alarahan Caravansary

    Alara River                                                            Alarahan Caravansary

Built in 1231, the Alarahan Caravansary served traders and merchants for hundreds of years. This continued until the decline of the Silk Road, a once popular trading route of an ancient Chinese civilization that linked Europe and Asia. After this decline, the Alarahan Caravansary was abandoned and later used as sleeping quarters by members of the Mevlevi Order also known as Whirling Dervishes.

Today, the Alarahan Caravansary is now an important tourist attraction and is probably one of the best preserved caravansaries in Turkey. It is also the first restored caravansary in the world under the Silk Road scheme. The restoration has led to Alarahan being included in the world heritage list by the world tourism organization.

As well as the castle and the caravansary, there are a number of other amenities in the area including fishing, swimming, mud baths, specialized massage and aromatherapy.

 

Mudbath in Alarahan

Mudbath in Alarahan

 

Alarahan Spa     Kids Play Area

Alarahan Spa                                                            Kids Play Area

 

 

 

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