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A district of Antalya that stands out as the favourite of summer holidays with its long-lasting season, immaculate sea, sun shining most of the days of the year and structure bearing the characteristics of the Mediterranean, Alanya offers more than sea, sand, sun holidays. Alanya is established on a small peninsula where Taurus Mountains is located at the north and Mediterranean is at the south and it’s not certainly known when first settlement had started, however, researches show that it dates to the Upper Palaeolithic era. Called as Alaiye during the Seljuks and given its current name by Ataturk, the district stands out with its structures and ruins that reflect its gorgeous history. You can reach Alanya, located 138 km to Antalya, by air travel from Gazipasa Airport that is 45 km away.
Known to be a residential area throughout the history due to its safe location, Alanya Castle is one of the structures that managed to survive until today. Bearing the traces of Seljuks, Alanya Castle is also worth to see with its unique view. Characterized to be a historical treasure, the castle features structures like Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, Hagia Yorgi Monastery, Seljuk Bath, Ottoman Bazaar, Covered Bazaar, Sultan Alaaddin Palace. Another symbol of the city and built to protect the castle from the attacks coming from the direction of shipyard, Kizil Kule (Red Tower) is among the places to visit in Alanya. Alanya and its surrounding are quite rich for ancient cities and archaeological sites. Colybrassus, Hamaxia, Leartes, Syedra, Iotape, Selinus and Antiochia ad Cragum are some of the places you can see during your trip to Alanya.
Offering the opportuntiy to enjoy the sun with its beaches consisting of vast sands, Alanya stands out with its immaculate sea where you can see the underwater even with naked eye. Known to be warm for 6 months of the year, sea of Alanya is one of the places that swimming enthusiasts prefer with its colour turning from blue to turquoise. Taking its name from legendarily beautiful Cleopatra and located 2 km to the centre of Alanya, Cleopatra Beach is ideal for families with children thanks to its shallow sea. In front of Damlatas Cave; Damlatas Beach, also known as Begonvil Beach; Keykubat Beach, laying its back towards the gorgeous view of Taurus Mountains; Portakal Beach are among the most popular beaches in Alanya. Incekum, Dogu Beach and Ulas Beach are other alternatives you can choose to swim.
If exploring the nature during holidays is important, you are at the right address. Alanya features many worth-seeing beauties. First of these is Damlatas Cave, the first cave opened to tourism in our country. Offering the magnificent beauty of stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is frequently visited by the patients with asthma. Another cave on the side of Damlatas Cave is Fosforlu Cave that shines even at nights due to the phosphorous glitters. Second large cave opened to visit; Dim Cave and visitable by boats from inside; Korsanlar Cave are the other caves to visit. You can include the plateaus of Alanya into your plans of journey. These include Derekoy-Turbelinas Plateau, Gedevet Plateau, Turktas Plateau and Mahmutseydi Plateau.
Including the statue of Heracles, Alanya Archaeological Museum is the most important museum to visit in Alanya. Don’t forget to include the museum to your itinerary not to miss the opportunity to see the remains of Byzantine periods and Turkish-Islamic works. Former Alanya houses are worth to see with their architectural structures. Omurlu Kemal Atli Culture House, Sandik Emini Kayhanlar House, Hasanagalar Mansion, Alanya Municipality Culture House are the traditional houses that reflect the culture of the region at the same time. Be sure to visit Sapadere Canyon that is frequently visited by the tourists both to cool off and explore the natural beauties with its waterfalls and natural pool. Canyon is located 40 km to Alanya.
You should definitely take a boat ride to explore magnificent bays of Mediterranean. All day long boat tours are the most fun way to explore the surrounding bays and enjoy the sea and sun. By visiting Dim River Valley that is located 15 km east of Alanya and do rafting in Dim River. You can visit the shops of Alanya which is famous for its silk fabrics and buy silk scarves. Don’t forget to taste local foods of Alanya that features rich fruit-vegetable types like wedding soup, laba and okuz halva.
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