Things to do in Alanya

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

Our most recommended things to do in Alanya

Taurus Mountains Jeep Safari with Lunch at Dimcay River

1. Taurus Mountains Jeep Safari with Lunch at Dimcay River

Travel by jeep into the Taurus Mountains with a professional team of drivers. Take in the spectacular views of Alanya at stops along the way. Experience the delightful Turkish countryside and visit a small village on this full-day adventure. Your guide will tell you about religious traditions in Turkey as you visit a village mosque. Stop at an old house in the village where you’ll have the option of trying traditional Turkish bread, or gözleme, made locally. You’ll be offered a glass of Turkish tea as you watch an amusing animation program. Stop at a restaurant near the Dim Cayi River for lunch. Enjoy your meal and the beauty of the surrounding landscape and then take a relaxing break in the sun before heading back to Alanya.

Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience

2. Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Alanya in the morning or afternoon, and then travel to Kleopatra Beach in just 20 minutes. Go to the top of a hill 800 meters above sea level for the start of your tandem paraglide adventure. Get a short briefing from a professional pilot at the start of your 20 to 25-minute flight. Relax as your pilot controls the speed and takes great pictures and videos that you can purchase as a unique keepsake. Enjoy stunning views of Alanya and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Land back at Kleopatra Beach, and then journey back to Alanya to get dropped off at your hotel.

Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

3. Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Sapadere Canyon. Located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon offers visitors the chance to walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. With departures from hotels in Alanya province, drive to the cooling Canyon for the start of your 7-hour guided tour which includes a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at nature’s pure beauty. During the relaxed 750-meter walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice cold water! During this trip you will also visit the natural cave called Guceler (Smurffs cave). It will be an interesting experience to see the stalagmites and stalactites formations.

Alanya: 2-Hour Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

4. Alanya: 2-Hour Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

On your visit to Alanya, set aside 2 hours to experience a Turkish bath. After this relaxing and rejuvenating ritual you’ll be ready for even more sightseeing! In Western Europe the Turkish bath as a means of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era. The process involved is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. The history of the traditional bath or hamam extends back centuries but it is still as prevalent as ever! It’s never been seen as just a time to cleanse the skin, but is a total experience that occurs in a special atmosphere. This Turkish bath experience includes a sauna, steam bath, foam massage, and aromatherapy oil massage. This full regime will make your body feel more fit, and your spirit feel more healthy. For a cleansing spa experience in Alanya, a Turkish bath at a hamam is perfect if you’re looking for a bit of calm and relaxation on your holiday. Indulge yourself with a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique and pleasurable traditions.

Alanya: Pirate Boat Trip with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

5. Alanya: Pirate Boat Trip with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

Discover the coastline of Alanya with a 6-hour boat trip. Sailing from the harbor around the peninsula and along the coast, see the main tourist attractions of Alanya, including the Red Tower, Old Shipyard, and Alanya Castle. Visit Pirates' Cave, Lover's Cave, and Phosphorus Cave. Stop for swimming near Cleopatra Beach and admire the view to Ulaş Beach. Sunbathe on the upper deck or just relax listening to the music and enjoying spectacular views of Alanya. Enjoy 3 to 4 stops for swimming in the turquoise sea, and during these stops, maybe even see dolphins or sea turtles. Be treated to a BBQ lunch with soft drinks.

From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

6. From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. Begin you day with pickup from your hotel and a bus ride to the Green Canyon. Continue your journey by boat along the 14-kilometer-long Grand Canyon and 3-kilometer-long Little Canyon. Make use of stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along this emerald-green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl as you cruise.  After exploring the Green Canyon, enjoy a longer swimming break in sparkling waters. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with breathtaking views over the lake. Well-rested and well-fed, continue onwards to explore the canyon further. Admire spectacular views of the mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop for one last refreshing dip before the return trip to your hotel.

From Side: Alanya Guided City Tour with Boat Trip and Lunch

7. From Side: Alanya Guided City Tour with Boat Trip and Lunch

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation. Here, you will meet your friendly driver/guide and head to the stunning Alanya City. On the way you will visit Banana Garden and later enjoy the stunning views from the panoramic terrace from the top of Alanya castle. Later, experience the Damlatas Cave, an absolute must-see if you are in the area. Be impressed by the numerous stalagmites, stalactites and columns. Whilst here you can also visit one of the most famous beaches on the Riviera called Cleopatra. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to relax during a one-hour boat trip that departs from Alanya harbor and sails around the peninsula. You will get to marvel at landmarks such as the Red Tower, the ruins of 13th century´s Seljuk castle and numerous caves (pirates, phosphorus and lovers cave). Next, drive to the Dimcay River - one of the must-see attractions in Alanya and enjoy a free lunch there. It's a great place with great food, plenty of shade and really cold water that will keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Before coming back to Side you will have 1.5-hours free time in Alanya to look around the city by yourself.

Alanya: Pirates Boat Tour with Lunch and Drinks

8. Alanya: Pirates Boat Tour with Lunch and Drinks

You will be picked up from your hotel and the shuttle will take you to Alanya Harbor, where your sailing adventure begins. From there, you will see the historical shipyard and the famous sight of Alanya: the Red Tower. The next stop is at Pirate's Cave and Lover's Cave, where you will have the opportunity to take a swim, explore the cliffs or watch the spectacular jumping show of the boat staff. Continue to Phosphorous Cave, watching the countless colorful fish in the Mediterranean Sea. Close to Cleopatra Beach, you will have some time to go for a swim in the turquoise waters. Have lunch in the New Alanya Harbor then see Devil's Cave, Mud Cave and Ulaş Beach - maybe you will find some treasure. You will have the chance to get off the boat here and enjoy the cold water and the beautiful sand beach. On your way back to the harbor, you can look around for dolphins, and the boat staff will provide some entertainment.

Antalya/Kemer/Side/Belek/Alanya: Quad Safari Adventure

9. Antalya/Kemer/Side/Belek/Alanya: Quad Safari Adventure

Get your adrenaline thrills on a quad bike tour, and drive through the magnificent and ever-changing sand dunes of the Taurus Mountains. Following a pick-up from your hotel at a start time that suits you, transfer to the foothills of the rugged, and sometimes snow-capped, Taurus Mountains for a safety briefing before the start of your quad bike safari. Get tips on how to ride your quad bike before you set off. Explore the desert terrain of the Taurus Mountains that separate the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the Anatolian Plateau of central Turkey, stopping to take breaks to swim or capture the scenery on your camera. Then, make your way back to the quad bike safari center for a transfer and drop off back at your hotel.

2-Day Cappadocia Tour

10. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour

Explore the legendary "fairy chimneys" and rock-cut houses of Cappadocia and experience the spectacular landscape from multiple perspectives. Day 1: Start at approximately 05:00 AM and stop for breakfast en route to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, marvel at the rock formations and rock-carved houses, and visit Saratli Underground City (Kirkgoz) to explore its corridors with your guide. Then, drive to Pigeon Valley for lunch at a scenic restaurant. Gaze in awe at the castle in Uchisar Valley, and then visit a rock house. Drive to the Göreme Valley for a stunning panorama and go inside a rock-cut church in Cavusin village to learn about the area's religious past. Get the chance to purchase onyx jewelry on the way to your accommodation in Urgup, where an open buffet dinner awaits. Attend an optional folk dance show.  Day 2: Experience Cappadocia like a bird on an optional early morning hot air balloon ride. Check out from your hotel after a buffet breakfast, and explore the fairy chimneys up close. Enter the valleys of Devrent, Pasabag and Love, and walk through rocks shaped like mushrooms and other odd formations. Stop for lunch near Konya before drop off at your hotel at around 07:00 PM.

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We - a family of 4 with another family of 4, went rafting with Seven Tours in Köprülü Kanyon in Turkey. Our host was simply great - very responsive and very helpful. Everything was organized very well, too - pick-up from and return to our hotel, onsite arrangements - equipment handover, transport to the starting point, lunch and the rafting itself, of course. Initially, I thought that the river is quite still but the entire experience turned out extremely funny and with sufficient white-water spots to pump our adrenaline.

We had a fabulous day. Our tour guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable, extremely funny and spoke to everyone individually throughout the day making sure we were enjoying ourselves. I would thoroughly recommend the tour and the guide.

We were in October, it was a bit cold from the beginning, but after that good music, good mood, good organization, we warmed up. So definitely take jackets with you.. but otherwise it was really great.

Received it in good time and was very useful. Decent price for how long we had it for

Brilliant!!! The crew, the trip, the boat, the food! Amazing!!! Strongly recommend!