Alanya Things to Do

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    Manavgat waterfalls

    by AMOQUE Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    Beautifull Manavgat waterfalls

    Very nice waterfall. It's possible to stand on a plateau here and feel the cold water wash your feet.

    There are some souvenir shops and you can eat and drink something here.

    I could easily reach yhis waterfall by bus from Alanya.

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    LOVERS CAVE

    by Maria_75 Written Oct 1, 2004

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    People climbing up to the entrance of the cave

    If you take one of the boattrips the boat will stop at this cave, and you can go inside if you like. Or stay on the boat if you are not to keen on small, dark places and high heights (like me...). The name comes from a legend saying that lovers who go inside and do the jump together will stay together forever.

    First you have to climb up to the cave, and the climb is not to hard. Then you pass through the dark cave and come out on the other side of the mountain. From here you can either jump down to the water or climb down if you don't want to jump. I'm not to sure about the height because it varies from the different people you talk to. I have heard everything from 5 to 25 meters, but maybe somewhere in between.

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    The Locals

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    A local lady

    The locals here in Alanya are excellent, they are sooo friendly and love the fact that you are exloring their home town.

    Everyone will speak to you, and its not in a sleazy or rip off way at all!

    Suprisingly for Turkey, they dont mind you taking their photograph either!!

    Just walk in the mountains outside of the tourist areas to see the real Turkey.

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    Alanya Harbor Dockyards

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Nov 7, 2006

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    Dockyards At Night

    The Alanya Dockyards, located next to the Red Tower in the harbor, was constructed by the Seljuks in 1228, under the command of Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat. The Sultan desired a location to build, house, and launch ships into the Mediterranean for the purpose of defending the empire against attacks from the sea. The Seljuks already had established a defense port on the Black Sea at Sinop, and after completion of the dockyards, along with the Red Tower and the Alanya Fortress, the Seljuks had the Mediterranean port they wanted. And the Sultan gained the title that he wanted - "Sultan Of The Two Seas".
    The dockyards consist of 5 brick chambers that were used to house and protect ships while at port, as well as a large brick rectangular building used to assemble ships under concealment. Incidentally, the dockyards here at Alanya are the only remaining dockyards that were constructed by the Seljuks.

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    Aspendos

    by betako3 Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    Aspendos is actually quite a long way from Alanya (it is close to Antalia) but we decided to see it and we did it our way. We didn't take a tour, we went by regular coach - direction Antalia (there was a coach station a few hundred metres from our hotel) and I'm telling you, riding a public coach was an experience in itself, and I enjoyed it as much as I did seeing the ruins of Aspendos. The driver dropped us off at a junction, somewhere before Antalia, from which it was 5 more kilometres to Aspendos. You could either walk or take a taxi. Aspendos used to be a big town, which in its heyday had some 20,000 inhabitants. Today it is most famous for the well-preserved antique theatre, which is still in use. In season this is where some high profile concerts and performances take place, and every Saturday it hosts a show called 'The Fire of Anatolya' (if I remember correctly). The theatre is plastered to a hill, which once used to be the upper town. Buying a ticket (standard 10 liras) entitles you to enter the theatre as well as to roam the hill and its ruins. Not much is left, however, the fallen stones are mostly overgrown with weeds. What I missed was a clear path leading to all the important sites and some information about them. But in spite of some problems with navigation we quite enjoyed our walk on the hill. After that, however, we were too tired to see the ruins of the famous aqueduct located a few kilometers away, on the other side of the hill. We also missed another sight, of which I was unaware until, back at home, I opened the Google's satelite map and found Aspendos. I could even see some details of the theatre! Not far from the junction at which we were dropped off, I discovered an old Roman bridge. It looked nice in the photos, spanning an emerald river, it seemed a perfect spot for a break.

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    Keykubat Beach

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    Keykubat Beach

    Keykubat beach, named for the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat who seized control of Alanya in 1221, is located just east of the Alanya peninsula. It is not thought of as one of Alanya's premier beaches in regards to the quality of the sand, which is a little more rocky and brown than beaches such as Cleopatra beach. But it it still a nice enough beach to enjoy the water, and get some sun tanning in. There are quite a few hotels along the beach, most of which provide lounge chairs and umbrellas. What I thought was a nice aspect about this beach was the view. You are able to see the Alanya Fortress and the Red Tower from here, which is a rather pleasant site while enjoying your time in the sun.

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    The Red Tower

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Nov 7, 2006

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    The Red Tower

    The Red Tower, or Kizil Kule, is one of Alanya's most recognizable landmarks. Located in Alanya Harbor, it was completed in 1226 by the Seljuks, shortly after they gained control of the region. Sultan Aladdin Keykubat ordered the construction of the tower not only as a fortification to protect the harbor and the dockyards of their newly acquired city, but also as a symbol that this area was now under Seljuk rule. The tower's octagon shape and red colored brick are very distinctive, and at 108 ft. or 33 m tall, it can easily be seen from most points on the east side of the Alanya peninsula. The tower has five stories, and climbing to the top will provide some excellent views of the city and the harbor. On the first floor there is a museum with artifacts and pictures of Alanya's past. Definately a must see while in Alanya!

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    Red Tower - Kızılkule

    by gugi66 Written Sep 7, 2011

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    The Red Tower is right by the harbour on the East side of the Castle. The Tower is connected with the wall of Alanya Castle.

    Now the Red Tower is a museum, it cost 3 Lira (about 1,5 Euro) to enter the Tower.

    The steps to climb up to the top of the tower are very hard to climb on because they are very steep and uneven.

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    TAKE A BOATTOUR

    by Maria_75 Written Oct 1, 2004

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    There are plenty of travelagencies offering boattrips around Alanya, and you should really go on one! It's really great to spend the whole day out at sea; swimming in caves, barbecuing fish,and relaxing in the sun.

    The boat goes to many different places and a guide will tell you the history of many things you will see along the coast like the Kizil Kule (red tower), shipyard and the castle. The boat also stops at many caves where you can swim inside, like phosphorus cave, lovers cave and the pirates cave.

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    Dim Cay the Dim River

    by Sirvictor Written Aug 12, 2009

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    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.

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    Alanya Harbor

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Alanya Harbor
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    The harbor of Alanya, the backbone of the seaside town, is the reason why people have been drawn to this area for thousands of years. Since the time of Alexander the Great, Alanya has been a strategic site of importance in regards to naval defense of the eastern Mediterranean. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, even pirates fortified and used the port in some fashion to either control the waters of the Mediterranean, or defend interior land possessions. So it is fitting that this area is the most visited and busiest part of Alanya today. There are the historical sites such as the Red Tower and the dockyards, built by the Seljuks in the 13th century. Then there are all of the shops and restaurants here that sell to and serve the thousands of tourists each week during the summer months. And without a doubt one of the most popular draws to the harbor area is the nightlife, with loads of the crazy bars and night clubs! I rather enjoyed just walking along the harbor in the middle of the day and taking in the lovely scenery, with the mountains to my back, and the sea in front of me.

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    Goreme Open Air Museum

    by betako3 Written Aug 28, 2007

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    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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    Popular beaches

    by LenaFIN Written Oct 10, 2003

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    Kleopatra beach

    I recommend Kleopatra beach
    You can play beach volley and beach soccer, as well as watching the professionals. Or you can try parasailing or banana riding if you are bored of just swimming.

    It is said that the famous Egyptian queen Kleopatra used to swim on this gold sanded beach given as a wedding gift to her by Antonious , The Ceasar. So it is named The Kleopatra Beach.

    The point that makes this beach so popular and well-known is the type of its sand, and its unique panorama. Kleopatra Beach offers you the most clean seaside and the most entertaining beach activities among Alanya.

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    ALANYA GARDENS

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    ALANYA GARDENS.

    These gardens in Alanya are truly beautifull and well worth a look at if you ever visit. They are so green and well sheltered from the heat of the Turkish sun so its very pleasent to strole around under the shade of the trees. They have some lovely fountains in these gardens as well

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    Cleopatra Beach

    by traveloturc Updated Jun 18, 2009

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    Cleopatra Beache

    Cleopatra is everywhere in my country ...To the west of the historical peninsula, in front of Damlata┬║ 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.

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