Long ago Alanya was the main harbour here. It was used by the pirates before Pompey made it Coracesium, the Roman colocy. For today many colourfully little boots are cruising to the caves for a sight-seeing tour from the Alanya harbour.
See Crazy Horse in the heart of the harbour and meet your holiday-lover here for an evening at the harbour area. This is the location for meetings, when starting the evening,... and ending up in one of the many Alanya discos.
The water in the thermal pool is 36-57 C°, pH value is 5,8 and radon value is 1480 pCi/l . Spa water has its inside bicarbonate, sulphate, carbon dioxide, partly with iron and radioactive combination. And also, the water in this spring is suitable for taking shower and drinking cures, 2430 MG/liter melt metal value. All this according to Wikipedia.
i do not know what those things can do to us humans but it was a nice and relaxing experience on a wery hot day and a great contrast to the sand and stones in the rest of the Hieropolis/Pamukkale area.
Pamukkale means cotton castle.
It`s white terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs according to Wikipedia.
We spent about an hour walking up and down the narrow path open for tourists trying to get some pictures. in mid summer the place was so full of people that it was hard to find a place to stay. as I mentioned the area is mostly closed. Only a narrow path was open for tourists. i dont know but I would guess that there are both conservation and safety reasons for that as the area is both slippery and steep. To get good pictures you should definately avoid mid day and the strongest light.
We took a one day trip to Pamukkale arranged by our charter company(Saga/Ving). A wery long day driving about 900km in beautiful Anatolian landscape. Enormous dry yellow fields with single threes a few hundered meters away from each other. And in the distance always large dramatic mountains often in nice light colours. On The way we passed thru cities like Isparta (150000) and Denizli(250000).
In the summer of 2009 I visited Alanya. I was thinking about renting a car, but it seemed unsafely to drive in trafic if you didn't had lot of experience.
So instead I decided to talk to a taxi-driver. In Alanya there are plenty of taxi drivers. In summer lot of them have vacation from their regular jobs. In the evening they are all busy, but until the afternoon they just sit and talk the whole day in the shadows.
If you talk with a taxi driver they can drive you around a whole day for around 150 TRY. We drove around in 8 hours with a driver, which waited for us outside any turist attraktion as well. He had the same function as a turist guide and could tell us a lot of things about each place we went.
In august I experienced the east beach of Alanya. The first couple days I went to the beach at 11 AM or later. Soon i realised that the water became dirty around 3 PM. I don't no exactly why the water became so dirty, but I saw anything from papir, toilet papir, faeces to melon piecses.
The next mornings I decided to go to the beach really early which turned out to be a great thing. The beach was always clean, there wasn't many people and it was easy to get a good spot on the beach.
So my advice would be arriving at the beach rather 9 AM than 11 AM.
The monumental fortress was built between 1226-1232 by Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat. From the octagonal 33 meter (128 ft) high Red Tower starts the defense wall. 140 towers are seen on top of the wall, built with small holes to pour out hot oil and ramps to facilitate the movements of the soldiers in the fortress.
Climb up the hill and get a great and fantastic panoramic view over the entire city, the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
On August 11st 2009 we drive along the River Dim to the Toros Mountains where urkish government build a water dam. We drived witin very beautiful pine, oak forests. If someone ask the way to paradise you can surely say Dim Cay. There are 2 main roads along the river we drive through the east side of the river. There are many restaurants arond the river. We stayed at Beyaz Saray Picnic & Restaurant. The restaurant had aquapark also. We ate 4 portion riverfish, coban salatasi the herdman's salat with special turkish bread, 4tees, 2 turkish coffee for 82 TL. We stayed there 5 hours on the same table. The waiters were wery friendly.
You can sit, eat or sleep on the cool comportable rafts on the river. Or you can sit, eat or sleep on the tree-cabinets. You can sit around the table which are placed in the river. You can swimm in the cool river.
Tersane, the imperial naval docs of the Seljuk/Selcuk Turkish State was build by Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat in 1227 after conquest of Alanya from Byzantine Empire. The Sultan wanted to control Mediterrannean Sea trade and costal area with a mighty fleet by building naval docs. The Sultan also builded another naval docs at Sinop at the Black sea. The Sultan couldnt control the mediterranean but opened a new are in Turkish history. Until that time Turks were only a land-tribesmen who had no idea on sea. 300 years later Turks controlled 7 Seas and 3 continents with their mighty fleet.
The tersane builded in 5 eyed form. Each eye 56,5 meters long, 44 meters depth, 7,7 meters width, 42,3 meters height.
To protect the Tersane the Naval docs Sultan Alaaddin Keyhubat also builded a Fortress which is called Kizil Kule the Red Tower.
In the picture you see infront the Kizil Kule and backwards the Tersane.
Cleopatra is everywhere in my country ...To the west of the historical peninsula, in front of Damlataº Cave. It has a Blue Flag. The sea and the beach is sandy. The beach leans backwards the skirts of peninsula. The small bay of this beach extending to the peninsula and made of stones is called Cleopatra. According to the mythology Egyption Queen Cleopatra, in a voyage in Mediterranean, stopped by in Alanya and had a swim in this bay. The special feature of Cleopatra Bay is that the clearness of its water. People who are looking for a long swimming coarse can swim along the coast to Fosforlu Cave ( Phosphorus Cave ) under the peninsula.
The Citadel of Alara was built in the year of 1232.37 kilometres west from Alanya on the demand of Alaaddin Keykubat, the Sultan of Selcuks and it is 9 kilometres far from the sea. The aim of the citadel that was on the Silk Road was to protect the crowds stopped at the inn near the Alara creek. It's built on a steep hill of 200 meters up to 500. A dark entrance-hall of 120 steps enters the citadel. It is important to be careful about the wild plants and ruins, since it is not organized as a place to be visited. There are tunnels made by carving rock in the citadel. There is a small palace, the rooms of the workers, a mosque and a Turkish bath in the ruins. Those who would like to go to the top of the citadel through the walls and paths have to climb at least one hour and be equipped properly. However, the view from the top is worth climbing.
I hope that this little map will give you the senses to feel the city .As you can see from the map The Cleopatra beach is situated on the West side of the city and just before the peninsula Damlatas cave is situated ..than you can see on the shore the Phosphorized cave ..The citadel is situated on the top of the peninsula ...The dockyard and the red Tower is on the east side of the peninsula ...with the Harbour.
The Damlatas Magarasi Cave in Alanya is nice, but very much worth too see, is in my opinion, the Dim Cave, near to the Dimcay. With the dolmus (exit at the second bus station in Alanya, about 10 minutes east from the main bus station) (every hour 10 minutes after) you could reach this really interesting cave. Only a few years ago discovered, make a varied attraction there.
Price 4,5 YTL
Without a question not a safari in the traditional sense ...
This tour has just fun, because they heavily influenced by water battles between the various Jeeps.
The tour leds into the mountains behind Alanya, which now was not so spectacular, but the visit of a more than 100 years old house, and the tasting of their delicious food, and the subsequent visit to the Dimcai (many restaurants in a river) and the refreshing bath, makes this trip to a beautiful experience.
The Tersane is builded in 1227 and finished in one year, near Kýzýlkule (red tower) six years later after the Seljuk’s Sultan A.Keykubad controlled the city. The sea side of the dockyard with five arch parts has a lenght of 56.5 mt and 44 mt deep.The dockyard is located on the most sunny place to take advantage of sunlight. The tablet in the entry of the dockyard carries the emblem of A.Keykubat and it is enriched with rosettes.Alanya’s dockyard is the first dockyard of the Seljuk’s on the Mediterranean Sea. Keykubat who ordered to build the Sinop Dockyard on the black sea , named later as the “Sultan of the two seas.” entry is free to the dockyard which can be reached from the sea