Things to do in

Alanya

Explore natural wonders and even swim in waters Cleopatra allegedly visited in this Turkish coastal town.

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7 sights and activities in Alanya

With plenty of delights both in nature and culture, no wonder Alanya is such a popular destination in Turkey. Located on the beautiful Turkish Riveria, there's many reasons this is a great place to take a vacation!

  • Citadel

    1. Citadel

    Overlooking the Mediterranean, the walls of Alanya's citadel were built by the Selcuks in the 13th century. At four miles long it completely surrounds Alanya Castle, which is pending membership as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Pamukkale

    2. Pamukkale

    Meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, these gorgeous mounds of salt are a natural wonder. Used as an ancient holy site in the past, today the hot springs attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Damlatas Cave

    3. Damlatas Cave

    This cave is a great place to cool off from the heat! Its stalactites and stalagmites are 15,000 years old. It is said that the air inside the cave is good for sufferers of asthma.

  • Green Canyon Boat Trip

    4. Green Canyon Boat Trip

    The Taurus Mountains are considered holy land. Nestled within them is the Green Canyon, where you can take in the scenery by boat and dip into the silky, clear waters yourself.

  • Hammam

    5. Hammam

    If you want to relax but need to get away from the beach or poolside, why not treat yourself to a spa treatment at a traditional Turkish hammam?

  • Water Planet Aqua Park

    6. Water Planet Aqua Park

    Fun for all the family awaits at Water Planet, which offers giant slides, inflatable canoes, and even bungee jumping!

  • Red Tower

    7. Red Tower

    Known as the Kizil Kule in Turkish, the Red Tower sits on the harbor and is the symbol of Alanya. It houses the Ethnographic Museum of Alanya and there's even a brewery named after it!

Frequently asked questions about Alanya

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Planning Your Visit

  • Damlatas Cave opening hours

    Between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, Damlatas Cave is open only for those seeking to soothe their asthma.

  • Cover up

    If you are entering any places of worship, remember to dress modestly - women should bring a scarf to cover their head, just in case it is required.

  • Market scams

    Although there are a lot of markets with seemingly low prices, think carefully about how you spend your money - most vendors will be good-intentioned, but there are also those looking to scam tourists.

  • Turkish treats

    Try some tasty local food, such as baklava (a sweet pastry) and lahmacun (Turkish pizza).

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    As a resort town sitting on the Mediterranean, it lives up to its reputation as the city "where the sun smiles". While the summer months (June - August) usually provide long hot days, the spring is mostly mild but still sunny and most of the rainfall occurs in the fall and winter months.

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What people are saying about Alanya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,650 reviews

This tour was amazing! The company that does the tour is Fortuna Adventures and the guides Ahmed and Mehmet are amazing. The canyon trekking was great, the nature was just breathtaking. The water was cold but they give you wetsuits so it is quite fine to swim. Rafting was great as well unfortunately there was not so much water in the river due to not raining for the whole summer, but still it was great. In our group there was 10 people and that was the perfect size so you don’t wait for anyone. The lunch at the end of the trip was great. Prepare to buy water slippers (there is really nothing else you can wear) price was 8€ per pair. Regarding comments about not being able to take you phone with you, I don’t really see where would you put it as you literally swim in the water and jump from the cliffs. If you have a go pro than it’s a different story.

We had the time of our lives! Laughed so hard. You haven't lived a full life until you've experienced the water bottle fights in the jeeps. Absolute blast. People of all ages from all over the world let loose and had fun. Highly recommend.

It was a very positive experience, well organized from A to Z. The instructors were very helpful and experienced in what they do. The food could be made better, a dessert was also missing. I recommend everyone to book this course.

It was my first dive and I loved it. The instructor was great, always by my side. I felt really safe. The whole process was organized. Any time.

This excursion is recommended. The price-performance ratio is great. You can't go wrong with that.