Alanya Is A Turkish Coastal Gem Where The Sun Smiles
Alanya is located in the south of the country on the Turkish Riviera and makes a great spot for summer vacation. The town’s castle is perched on a small peninsula that stretches into the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by two sandy beaches. Keykubat beach is on the east side of the peninsula and Kleopatra beach stretches along the west side of the peninsula. The town’s location in the Mediterranean Basin (a subtropical zone of high air pressure) makes local summers long, hot, and dry. Most of the rainfall comes during the winter months. The Alanya board of tourism nicknames the town as a place “Where The Sun Smiles.”
Half a Year of Ideal Weather Conditions for Beach Holiday Lovers
The climate in Alanya is very mild all year round, but if you are a beach holiday type, you should visit during the period starting in April and lasting until the end of October, sometimes even until mid-November. These are the driest as well as the warmest months. There is almost no rainfall during the summer months and the seawater warms up to an amazing 28 centigrade.
Infrastructure - Getting To and Around Alanya
For international travellers, the easiest way to get to Alanya is from Antalya International Airport. The distance between the airport and Alanya is 121km and the journey takes about two hours. Another option is Gazipasa Airport, which is only 14.5km away from the town and the trip takes about 30 minutes. There is a frequent and inexpensive bus service that connects either of the airports with the town. You can also consider a stress-free journey from the airport by taxi with a drop-off right at the doorstep of your accommodation facility.
The best way to explore around the town is on foot, however, strolling around is not comfortable on hot summer days during July and August. To escape the sizzling heat, you can rent yourself an e-scooter or e-bike. There is also a cheap Dolmush service with stops at ‘nearly every corner’ of the town.
Hammam: Bathe like a Turk
Bathing is an inseparable part of the local culture and leaving Turkey without trying it wouldn’t feel quite right. The Hammam procedure usually includes a bath, sauna, menthol scented steam room, pilling, and foam massage. Eventually, you take a rest in a relaxation room with a cup of Turkish tea or coffee.
Alanya Excursions Top Picks
SAPADERE CANYON – a relaxing walk through a scenic canyon full of natural pools, streams, and waterfalls.
DAY/NIGHT JEEP SAFARI IN TAURUS MOUNTAINS – an adventure filled up with adrenaline, fun, and culture.
BOAT TRIPS FROM ALANYA – enjoy a day full of sunshine, sightseeing and swimming while sailing a traditional wooden ship along the coast of Alanya.
PAMUKKALE HOT SPRINGS – a full day trip to a UNESCO site where you can try to relax like an ancient Roman.
PAMPHYLIA ALANYA SIGHTSEEING TOURS – visit ancient towns with charming architecture outside Alanya.
PARAGLIDING – see Alanya from a bird’s-eye view and create an unforgettable memory.
SNORKELING – dive in the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Antalya and explore its underwater life.
QUAD BIKE SAFARI – change the smooth sand of the beach for the rough terrain of the Taurus mountains and explore them from the seat of a quad bike.
RAFTING – paddle down the spectacular Koprulu Kanyon on this full-day tour with lunch served in an open-air setting.
GREEN CANYON – set off on a full-day trip to explore the breathtaking scenery of this unique piece of outstanding natural beauty.
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Explore Around the Town
Red Tower (Kizil Kule)
A 33 m tall octagonal tower built by the Syrian architect Ebu Ali. In the past, the tower used to defend the dockyard (Tersane), in present days it's the home of the municipal ethnographic museum.
The castle has been included in UNESCO's Tentative List of World Heritage since 2009. Inside the castle are the remnants of the Church of St Constantine. The church was built during the Byzantine era and also served as a mosque.
If you don’t feel like struggling up the hill in the sizzling heat of the summer days, take a cable-car to the top of the hill right up to the entrance of the Alanya Castle and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the town and its surroundings.
Markets, Eating Out, Shopping & Nightlife
If you’re “a haggle-lover” you’ll have the time of your life in Alanya. The marketers, as well as shop owners, expect you to bargain. Don’t worry if you don’t have Turkish liras as euros, dollars, pounds and rubles are widely accepted too. Souvenirs and other wares are available in the hundreds of shops lined up along the promenade. The best experience of the street markets where you can taste local fruits and veggies is in the agricultural district Obakoy. If you're a nightlife lover, there are numerous bars, clubs, and discos in the town. Or you can venture out to the night sea on a pre-paid disco boat trip.
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