Top attractions 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Fun for all the family awaits at Water Planet, which offers giant slides, inflatable canoes, and even bungee jumping!
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!
Between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, Damlatas Cave is open only for those seeking to soothe their asthma.
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.
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.
Try some tasty local food, such as baklava (a sweet pastry) and lahmacun (Turkish pizza).
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- 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
We had lovely, funny Aladdin also called Rambo as a driver for our jeep that day. As the boys said, we had the best chauffeur. We saw banana, avocado plantages, breathtaking view in the mountains, a cave. Far away we had seen a small forest fire, but when we finished visiting the cave and were driving off the forest fire had spread to a half circle and we nearly got caught in it, but with Aladdin as a driver we were safe, even he saved a little turtle as it was un the middle of the road he simply took it in the jeep, drove many km before he sat it down on the the safe side from the fire, fire vehicles which continued coming. The drivers og the four jeeps had a meeting agreed to take us to the Dimli river, where we had a fantastic lunch and swam in 6 degrees cold water, fun and refreshing , then our aladin (Rambo) took us back to our hotel safe and very tired after a 9hous day out
This was a great experience. Really enjoyed it. Went with my wife and 2 children aged 9 and 10 who are not great swimmers. Felt safe throughout. Fantastic views rafting down the canyon. Decent lunch included. Didn't give 5 stars for 2 reasons - 1) took about 2 hours to get to simply because we stopped off at about 5 different hotels in different locations on route for pick ups. Had we gone straight, would have taken about an hour. lot of time wasted in the transportation. 2) It was a bit chaotic at the base camp. Lots of rafters, guide shouting instructions which many couldn't hear. very few photo stations and long queues to view photos with pressure to get back on the buses. Too many people rafting, which had an effect on the experience which would be more enjoyable if more personal. Generally a great experience and worth doing.
Was contacted prior to confirm hotel pickup/time. 1.5hr drive from Lara Beach but don’t let this put you off!! The location was beautiful, we took fantastic photographs. The hosts themselves (spoke great English) were sooo fun and it really made a difference! Good photographs were taken, with the possibility of a video to be bought also, you can also buy/rent shoes as your feet will get wet and closed shoes are a must! I am not a strong swimmer but felt safe and comfortable and never in danger. We came back to where we began our journey for food after 3ish hours of rafting ( with 2 mini breaks ) , the food was delicious and plentiful! ( pasta, salads etc) Overall one of the best thing myself and my partner have done! Hotel drop off also. We left around 9:20am and got back at 5:20ish
I booked this tour online and was really impressed by the great customer service we were provided! We were greeted by Ali, the manager who has been in this business for 20 years and were then given the instructions on rafting. Then we were given equipment and taken for the best 2.5 hours along an unforgettable ride across the Konyalti river. Lunch followed and we were given two free photos to select from the screen! Staff was really helpful, and welcoming especially Mr Ali and Tunfan ... Price was also extremely adequate and better than all other offers that the agency gave us! I really advise it... Omar from Lubnan (Lebanon)
Taurus Mountains Jeep Safari with Lunch at Dimcay River was one of the best experiences during my stay in Turkey. As a part of tour the bottles with water and the group of tourist leadet by Rambo the driver and his coelegeu must be reached by all the tourists. They send as to the nomade willage, after that driving thru walley of Dimacy river and ending up the roud through the mountaim to the Panaorama restaurant where you can swim to the coldest water i have ever swim and to the out doorpol of Panaorama. It was a great day.