In areas around Alanya there are many places where you can take camelrides. Especially near Dim Çay and the Dim Caves. It's really great to sit on these incredible animals and view the landscape.
If you have the possibility try to take a camelride while you are there. But be selective! Some people care more about making money than caring for their animals. If it looks like they don't take so much care of their camels then choose someone else that does.
Don't support abuse of animals anywhere in the world!
A great way to see Alanya and the area around is to rent a car or motorbike. Me and my friend borrowed a motorbike and drove around in the mountains, you have a great view of the city from here! Find a small beach outside of the city all to yourself, explore the small villages in the mountain and view the great landscapes. After a long day on the bike we headed to Dim Çay for a dinner and a bath, a great way to end a perfect day.
Another time we rented a really old car that seemed to break apart if we stared hard at it. The roads in the mountains are not the best and combined with this car it was really a bumpy ride! I had blue marks all over after this trip... And the same day it was a earthquake in the area. No real damage was done, but a lot of windows broke and things inside houses got broken. But as we already were in a earthquake-like car we didn't notice it at all... ;)
Its funny coz every time i visit Turkey i have to try the local boat trip but this one has to rate as the best. On this trip the boat took us to the first swimm stop which was below the famous fortress. the owner of the boat said that anyone who was feeling adventurous could go with him, well my kids decided to volunteer me. There was about 10 of us who dived off the boat and headed for the rocks, then came a little rock climbing up to a very small cave, at this point i was thinking how the bloody hell are we going to get down. Next was a little bit of pot holing through the cliffs untill i could see daylight on the other side, when we reached the other side my worst fears came true, the only way down to the boat which had met us on the other side was to jump off this cliff which was 50ft high in to the water below hahahahaha. Well after 15 mins of trying to pluck up enough guts to jump i finally did it, and i came down like a sack of sh#t hahahaha. What a buzz i got from that trip.
In Alanya most of the tourist agents do a thing called the sunset cruise, as it sounded quite different from what we normally would do we thought we would give it a go, and the next few photos will show you how beautiful the Turkish sunsets can be
As soon as you are outside the hustle and bustle of Alanya it seams everything takes on a much slower pace of life, some of the countryside in Turkey is so beautiful and its hard imagin how an area of the country thats so hot in the summer can stay so green
You can notice that the climate variations do influence Turkish flora and fauna. A lot of plants, fruit and flowers grow all around Alanya. Thee Alanya "dwarf" banana is well-known, tasting some sweetish. Go for a hike and see these trees, looking like really tropical views, even with bad weather ... Some tourists thought the trees were palm-trees ... like in Indonesia!
We found this lovely little place near to the top of the fortress where you can have a nice cold drink with spectacular views over Alanya and the mountains, great place to unwind after a long walk up to the fortress
Not quite sure what this was but i think it was a fun fair for the local people, it was empty and didn't look very popuar or inviting, it was on the main coastal road leading in the Alanya
Im not sure what this statue is about but it was very impressive to say the least, set in beautiful landscape gardens with lovely spouting water leading up to it, at a guess i would say it was a statue of Ataturk
Alanya is without question very rich variety, and offers its visitors a lot.
But those who are looking for a beautiful and relaxing day in the green nature and want to enjoy swimming in a refreshing river, should visit Dimcay.
How sounds that:
-Arrive and relax.
-Feet into the river and order your lunch.
-Previously, a magnificent bath and then dine.
-Then relax, maybe a little nap.
-Then eat dessert or coffee and feel the relaxed atmosphere.
Mahmutlar is 10 kms east of Alanya. ýt was a little banana plantage village some 20 years ago. It is now a summer resort inhabited with mostly irish, english, german and russians. there are some irish & ewnglish cafes in Mahmutlar. The fruits, vegetable spicesand cloth bo marche bazaar is every saturday. There are 24 hours dolmus to Alanya centrum
We hired a car for a day and drove up the DimĆay River, and had one of the best days of our holiday! There is a fair bit too see and do along the river, including:
Dim Magarasi – The Dim Cavern
Several Aquapark/Restaurants along the way
The DimĆay dam
I have more tips describing each stop in more detail, but for this one, the river itself is the attraction. It’s a great drive up, very scenic, and it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Alanya.
We've just got back from a day out rafting in the Koprulu Canyon, on the Koprucay river. In a word, it was Brilliant! After a 4 hour bus trip, we eventually found ourselves on the river, in a 10-man pontoon, with Mahmud, our guide. for 3 hours he took us down series after series of rapids, mostly grade 2 - 3, while entertaining us by teaching us to count in Turkish. We got to 10, and then forgot everything :) But the day was amazing, and the lunch (included in the price) was brilliant too - fresh fish with veg and salad, next to the river.
The trip is exciting, but perfectly suited for an entire family - we had several kids on our tour, and all of them loved it, besides the cold river water! If you are looking for genuine extreme sports, this is not for you.
Following the road past all the Aqua Park restaurants, through a tunnel, and continuing up the other side, you can find several viewpoint overlooking the DimĆay dam, and the drive is definitely worth the view. The dam itself is pretty large (we only had a view of the bottom half & the wall), but with the mountainous surroundings it’s a magnificent setting for an afternoon drive!
Before tourism the original settlers „Yoruk" (a nomad race) lived from farming, fishing and stock breeding. Living here in winter time (because of the pleasant climate) they moved up to the Taurus Mountains during summer. It was tourism again these nomads started to settle down, opening hotels, boutiques, knick-knack shops, and restaurants.
Always happy and helpful. They do not get tired of the many visitors as they can use the whole winter to relax and be with their families. So there was us, two of the many visitors ... waiting for the Winter Solstice