We did a full day tour to Manavgat, to see the waterfalls, then on to the market (which is really good, lots of stalls and they don't hassle you like some in Alanya) and finally a boat trip on the Emerald River with lunch included. This was a lovely trip, peaceful and relaxing (unlike the harbour boat trips) and you have time for a short break on a lovely stretch of beach before returning. Really good value.
If you really like caves and good views, take a visit to the Dim?? Caves. You catch one of the little buses that go in thr opposite direction to Centrum, they only run about one an hour and it costs 3 million on the bus, It takes about 1 hour from the town centre to get there, up a rather steep and winding road, but once there the caves are brilliant. When you come out of the caves there is a cafe/bar and some breathtaking views on all sides. We really enjoyed it.
Situated on the west side of Cleopatras beach, where the hill starts. Close to the touristinfo on Damlatas. Inside are some amazing stalactites and stalagmites. It's very moist inside with a humidity on about 90% and a constant temperature of 22-23 degrees celsius. The caves was discovered in 1948 of some engineers that was working on the harbour.
This cave is much smaller than the Dim Cave. If you plan on visiting both you should see this one first, or you might be a bit disappointed in this one. If you just want to see one of them I would recommend to go to the Dim Cave instead, because it's a much bigger and more fantastic cave. Even though this one is very good too. If you are tired of lying on the beach you can just take a quick walk to the cave, look inside and then go back to the beach again.
The air is said to be very good for people suffering from astmatic illnesses, so every morning it's only open for people with this sickness. But from 10-18 it's open for everyone.
This cave lies in the Dim valley, not so far from Alanya. It's a really beautiful cave, with some amazing stalagmites and stalactites. Inside they have build footbridges to walk on, to prevent the site from being destroyed.
The cave stretches out almost 400 meters inside the mountain, and is at about 230 meters above the sea. At the end of the path is a lovely lake.
Lighting has been added inside, and it makes these mysterious 'stonesculptures' even more beautiful. It's very humid and a bit chilly inside the cave, especially when it's more than 30 degrees outside.
A tour to the Dim cave is great to do in combination with a trip to the river Dim Çay.
This river lies in Dim valley at about 8 km from Alanya, not to far from the Dim caves. The river comes from the highlands of Konya, and runs about 200 km from there and down to Alanya.
This is a very popular place to relax in the warm summerdays. There are plenty of restaurants along the river, and many have the tables and chairs inside the river. Many places you can also find special 'huts' (anyone got a better word for it?) that are placed in the river. Here you can sit and eat your fish, take a swim in the river or take a nap after the meal.
Many of the restaurants breeds their own trouts, and you have to try the fish when you are here. Its fresh and tastes delicious. Not only tourists like this place, it's also popular with the turkish. You can see large groups of families and friends spending the entire day here.
When Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat conquered Alanya , he had The Red Tower built to defend the shipyard. The Red Tower is one the town's main attractions.The tower was finished in 1226 and is 33 metres high with five floors.
The lowest floor is used a museum nowadays. I visited this museum. o be honest I think the exhibition is not so special, but it's very nice that you can climb the red tower and enjoy the view and wthe wind at the top.
The Alanya Fortress, which is positioned 820 ft. (250 meters) over the town, is definately worth the trek up to the summit. And yet the winding road up to the top can be quite enjoyable in it's own rite, providing many wonderful views of Alanya and the harbor. There are also numerous cafes to stop off at and grab a drink or a bite to eat, as well as many shops selling various trinkets, clothing, and souvenirs. Walking up will usually take about an hour, and while a pleasant walk for most people, some will find it very hard on your feet and knees. If you prefer not to walk and do not have a rental car, it's only a 10 minute taxi ride up. Then you can decide whether to walk back down or not, which is much easier to do then going up! :)
This lovely beach located on the Damlatas side of the Alanya peninsula is one of the most beautiful and well maintained beaches in all of southern Turkey. With it's fine sand, as opposed to many other beaches in the area that are a little more rocky, it is very popular with locals and tourists alike. There are many hotels and villas along the beach, as well as snack shops and restaurants. And many spots on the beach have lounge chairs and umbrellas, as well as restrooms and showers for beachgoers.
The beach gets it's name from none other than the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, who was given Coracesium (the ancient name of Alanya) as a gift from the Roman general Mark Antony after the two married around 35 B.C. Legend has it this was Cleopatra's favorite beach, and the two lovers frequented it on many occasions.
Alanya castle is "A must" when in Alanya. The imposing complex of the fortress lies at the top of the hill. It is approachable by car or by bus. Of course you can walk up. It takes about 45 minutes.
There are three main caves you can see during the excursion. First one is the Pirate's cave, the second is the Asiklar cave and the third, the most beautiful one is Fosforlu cave. Being inside, the water shines as if phosforescently.
In some way you are obligated to visit this castle, everywhere you go you se the castle. Up there is a great view over the Cleopatra Beach and the ocean.
The entrance fee is 10 lira thats about 5 Euro.
A taxi up to the Castle from central Alanya is about 15 Lira.
Though its not so special inside the walls but I recommend that you go and visit the Castle just for the view.
The sultan Alaaddin Keykubat struggled for five years before he finally conquered Alanya in 1226. He then built the red tower to protect the shipyard in the city. The tower is located on the harbour.
It is 33 meters high, and has 5 floors inside. Along with the castle it's one of the most famous landmarks of Alanya. It is even a picture of it on the 250.000 turkish lira bill.
There are sometimes exhibitions in the first floor where you can see everything from carpets, worktools or weapons from different periods.
The tower is open from 10-18 every day.
The castle is located 250 meters over the sea, and you have a great view from here. The building of the castle started even before Christ, and many different people have influenced the buildingprocess. The most influencial was the sultan Alaadin Keykubat.
Around the castle is a 6 km long citywall, filled with outlookposts for the soldiers. At the tip of the hill is a place where prisoners had a chance on saving their lifes. They had three tries of throwing a stone (some say goat), down to the water. Because of the shape of the hill it was quite difficult, and if they couldn't do it in three tries they were trown out of the hill and in to the sea.
It is a quite nice walk up to the castle, although it can be a bit steep and quite hot. If you don't want to walk you can take a taxi or a dolmus to the top. There are many nice cafées and restaurants along the road to the castle.
Now Alanya just wouldn't be a Turkish town without having a statue of the father of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The statue is located near the harbor in the middle of the main street in Alanya, that also bears the name of the founding father. It portrays Atatürk with one arm raised standing next to 2 children. Written below the statue in Turkish are the words "Peace In The Country, Peace In The World". At night, it is brightly illuminated with several lights, and all throughout the day and night you can see people taking pictures beside it.
The Roman theater of Side was built for 15000 spectators.The difference between the Roman theater of Side and other antique theaters in this region is that it is not built against a hillside. The theater as a height of 20m and is built on a series of arches.The theater is still in use.