Alanya, one of the most important touristic places of Turkey, is a district of the beautiful city of Antalya. It is a popular destination for tourists due to its nature, entertainment centers and historical places. Here are some of the must-see locations of Alanya.
As many historical districts do, Alanya also has a castle and a fascinating view from there. Alanya Castle had been used as a base by several civilizations, therefore it contains many artifacts from different periods of history, in addition to being one of the most important examples of Seljuk architecture. Recently a cableway is installed to reach the castle easily. The cableway is used for transportation to Alanya Castle and to enjoy the beautiful view there.
Kızılkule is the most important spot you need to see because it became the symbol of the city over the years. It is one of the unique works of Seljuk architecture in the shape of an octagon. It is built by Alaaddin Keykubat to protect the shipyard.
Syedra Ancient City
Another cultural activity to do in Alanya is to visit Syedra ancient city. It is located on Gazipaşa road of Alanya, right on top of the hill occupied by banana bushes. It is presumed that the ancient city is from 7th century BC.
If you want to swim in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, you may want to pay a visit to Kleopatra Beach. It is a 2 kilometers long beach that takes its name from the legendary female ruler of Egypt, Cleopatra. Legend says that the Roman general Anthony gifted Alanya to Cleopatra and she used to go to the Kleopatra beach to bath everyday. Many sea sports activities are also carried out there such as parachuting with boats, jet ski, pedalos.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
For people who are fond of the seaworld, there are scuba diving and snorkelling activities in Alanya. You can choose the tour you like and jump on a boat for a wonderful tour and scuba diving experience. If you are a beginner you can join the tours. If you are already experienced in diving, you can attend to groups who dive to various locations and times of the day.
For people who are fond of the sky and the view from there, Alanya offers paragliding activities. Tour companies have jumping locations where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Alanya from kilometers above. This highly exciting and marvellous experience will enable you to see Alanya from a totally different point of view.
The beauty of Damlatas Cave, accidentally emerged due to a mine explosion that occurred during the construction of the ferry port. In addition to its amazing beauty, many asthma patients visit the cave because of its health benefits. Although it is not scientifically proven, people believe the cave helps people with asthma. Also there is Damlatas beach nearby where you can enjoy the sun and beautiful Mediterranean sea.
Dim cave will make you feel lost at first with its length of more than 300 meters. After you finish the cave you will see the wonderful view and be amazed. You can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Mediterranean and Alanya together with a part of Toros mountains through the telescopes on the terrace.
Dim creek is an amazing place to cool down the hot climate of Alanya. It is a natural alternative to the salty water of the sea. You can enjoy the cool water of the creek, rest on the benches nearby or taste the trout of the creek at a nearby restaurant.
The canyon is formed by the flow of water that has been continuing for thousands of years. If you visit the canyon in spring, you will see a dream view. Also there is a natural pool formed by the little waterfall and you must swim there.