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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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.
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.
Alanya Harbor Dockyards
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.
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.
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.
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!
Red Tower - Kızılkule
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.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
TAKE A BOATTOUR
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Historical Travel
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
- Family Travel
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.
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.
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