Kizil Kule ( Red Tower)
This tower is Located on the seaport. This grand building erected in 1226 for military and dockyard control purposes is one of unique monuments of the Seljuks, and is the symbol of Alanya with its octagonal figure. In 1226, The Sultan of the Seljuk’s, Alaaddin Keykubat, ordered the builder Ebu Ali Reha el Kettani to build the tower.Because of the difficulty of the construction the top was built of red bricks and accordingly was named Red Tower. The tower has octagonal planned towers of each 12.5 mt wide 33 mt height and a diameter of 29. It has 5 floors including the ground floor. The top can be reached by big stone stairs.The sunlight reaches from the top to the first floor. There is a cistern in the middle of the tower. After repairs between 1951 and 1953, the first floor of the building functions as ethnography museum.
Literally Damlatas means "drops of stone"...Damlatas Cave was discovered in 1948 quite by accident while minig for building of the harbour. It is located at the western foot of hold peninsula. There is a 50 m passage at the entrance. After the passage there comes a cylinderical cavity. This leads to the basement of the cave. The stalactite and stalagmites inside the cave were formed in 15 thousand years. Besides its fascinating beauty the cave is famous with its air which is beneficial to asthmatic patients. Following the rumors that asthmatic benefited from breathing the air in the cave, scientists analyzed a sample of the air to verify the fact that the air was indeed beneficial to patients suffering from non-allergic asthme. They found that the air in the cave contains 10 to 12 times more carbon dioxide than normal air and has % 95 humidity. Temperature in the cave is 22 degrees centigrade. Both the radioactivity and ionization in the cave may contribute to the benefits derived from breathing the air in the cave. Entrance is due to payment.
The castle has a castle wall of 6.5 km length, 140 towers, about 400 cisterns, doors with inscriptions and as an open air museum reflects Seljuk art at its best, showing the fascination of Seljuk art. The castle was built by Aladdin Keykubat, the Sultan of Seljuk. The ramparts start from Kýzkule, extend down from Ehmedek and end at Kizilkule at the starting point. The first construction the castle dates from the Hellenistic Period, but in fact the construction took its fascinating and monumental form during the Seljuk Empire. It was surrounded by walls from four sides as it was the centre of administrative and military organisation. Main buildings in the inner castle were constructed so as to lean on the castle walls, except for the western part. Further, on the road to the castle restaurant and cafes are located on the sea side. The castle road is open to vehicle traffic. You can also walk and make the tour in one hour
the Gun house
There's a gun house next to the dockyard. It was built with the aim of defence on a rock ten meters above the sea level. It's also known that cannons for battleships were made in the three-storey and rectangular building made of stone blocks and constructed in 1277.
The cave has a constant temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius and humidity level of more than 90 %. There are also stalagmites and stalactites which are several thousand years old. The climate in the cave is said to be therapeutic for those with respiratory problems, especially asthma sufferers. Doctors can prescribe visits to the cave and time is reserved every morning for their patients.The entrance is just 3.5 ytl(about 1,3 euro)
- Family Travel
The Fort of Alanya
If sunbathing doesn't taste good anymore, and it's not too hot, why not to take a little walking/hiking tour to the nice looking Fort of Alanya? You'll need comfortable shoes and enough water as the path goes uphill as it can be seen on the pictures. Anyhow can be easily done with a normal physical condition.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Beautiful Alanya Harbour and beach by day
The harbour area is a nice place for a walk; also the areas in the neighbourhood of the Kleopatra beach. Everything is clean (Kleopatra beach is said to be the best in Alanya), and it's nice to have a cooling drink in some of the beach side bars.
- Hiking and Walking
Alanya by day - don't miss it either!
We wanted to take a break from the beach life and check what's happening downtown in the middle of the day. It was silent; people perhaps were taking a nap/spending their "siesta", or then they were working, having lunch and all tourists were either on the beaches or at hotels showering & resting & preparing themselves for the evening, whatever they might do.
It was good for us; we got some nice pictures not only from crowded streets but some nature and sights too. Alanya seemed to be very clean, streets also well maintained. I liked the basic outlook with palm trees and the cleanliness.
We discovered nice mosqs with their minarets, did some souvenir shopping, had nice walks and enjoyed a beer in the coast, wrote a few postcards, a relaxed nice time. No sweat, sand and sunscreen everywhere this time.
- Hiking and Walking
Don't miss the "Nargile" - the water pipe!
When in Turkey, it's exciting to try the big thing with a container with some smelling thing and a pipe coming from the thing. If I am not wrong, you can choose the smell/taste (whatever it is) from different ones. Note: this is no drug, nothing toxicating. I tried it too, it was fun.
The majority of the restaurants (not the western discos in the harbour most probably) have a pipe, at least the bigger and/or very local ones. Just ask for it, they most probably speak English anyhow and if don't, just ask for nargile. (Pronounced as it is written; not the English way). The staff will be patient and teach the use - you need their help to get it burn first.
When you suck the pipe, it gives a funny sound, like bubbles on water.
Kleopatra beach area is very clean and nice
There are several beaches in Alanya, but the Kleopatra beach is said to be the best of them, so it's worth a little walking too, if needed. It is a sandy beach, with the sand being very soft and fine; no rocks practically.
There are the usual services; sunchairs (have to pay) so you don't have to put your towel on the sand. A man was touring around offering very reasonably priced neck massage, done on the site on the sunchair.
It is easy to go swimming; nice and smooth, no deep sudden steps down.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Water Sports
Have a meal on the Dim River
Take a trip to the Dim River and have a meal on one of the floating platforms . There are several restaurants situated on the river set under or in the trees and on the water. When the river is low during the summer you can put your feet in the water whilst eating. Lovely and cooling on a hot day.Take a walk along the river edge and see the trout farms and chefs making dough for flatbreads, also the waterfalls.
A fantastic dining experience.
- Adventure Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Uchisar is one of the best known sights in Cappadocia. It is a kind of fortification carved out in a hill, which dominates the whole area. The hill is surrounded by a town, made up of different houses or dwellings; some older ones are carved out in the rocks, usually no longer inhabited, devastated by erosion and time, they are just gaping at the viewer with black openings of different shapes and sizes. Some newer houses are either built on top of the old, carved ones or are built separately, from stone blocks.
Next to the fortification there is the Pigeon Valley (see pic.2). The name comes from the fact, that people used to keep there pigeons in carved out holes. They used the bird's droppings as fertilizer.
Alanya castle hill
I have read some informative tips about this place by other VT members so I'm not going to repeat the info. Just a few pictures and a tip for those who are not afraid to make an effort to climb the hill. Everybody told us that we should take a taxi up the hill and that climbing is crazy. Maybe, but I'm crazy about climbing so I couldn't miss this opportunity even if the temperature was discouragingly high. We took a good supply of water and we set off from the east side of the hill, right behind the Red Tower, at a little past 5pm. The timing was important, because at this time of the day the east side of the hill was already in shadow so, although the air was still hot we avoided direct sunlight. And it was not too late to enter the ruins of the castle, which closes at 7 pm. We arrived at the entrance at 6.45 and a quarter of an hour was quite enough to go round and take some pictures. And talking of pictures, the light was perfect so I took a lot of nice photos, begining with the red tower, then the gradually unfolding view of the harbor as we climbed higher and higher.
eat the cakes
On every corner you'll see numerous cake-shops...An my, all of them look so tempting. You have to try local ones, especially baklava, which they do in many variations, from pistacios, nuts...Be careful, they are very, very sweet. But try also other onese..my prefferred is chocolate & cherry cake. It's delitious!!!
Goreme Open Air Museum
A valley of painted chapels. The carved out dwellings used to be inhabited by monks and each 'house' had its own chapel. The museum with its clear walks and comfortable steps is very well prepared for tourists and it is also a delightful place for a break or a moment of meditation. On the premises there is a post office, where we were served by the most kind clerk, who not only gave us some advice but also served us tea. The visit to this museum is one of my fondest memories from Cappadocia.
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