12 Top-Rated Things to Do in Alanya

Written by Jess Lee Updated May 13, 2023

Author Jess Lee lives in Turkey and has traveled extensively in Turkey's Mediterranean region around Alanya researching and writing for travel guidebooks.

Alanya is best known for its beaches. The sandy strips in town itself, and strung along the surrounding coast, are all about laid-back resort vacations and are usually packed out by a clientele of northern Europeans from June through August.

VIew over Alanya Harbor

There's more to Alanya than its shore though. The high cliff of the peninsula is home to an ancient castle district, all surrounded by well-preserved, sturdy stone walls.

Down at the harbor, more historical remnants survive, looming over a bay where yachts sit ready to whisk you out onto the sea.

Alanya is also within day-tripping distance of some of this Mediterranean region's most well-known ancient sites and tourist attractions, so if you want to brush off the sand for the day and head out to explore, there is plenty to keep you occupied off the beach.

As well as the places mentioned on this list, you can easily also make day trips to Antalya to visit its museum and stroll its old town district, Aspendos (Turkey's most famous Roman Theater), and other major archaeological sites near Antalya such as Perge.

For some ideas on how to plan your trip check out our list of the top places to visit and things to do in Alanya

1. Explore Alanya Castle

2. delve into alanya harbor's history, 3. ride alanya teleferik, 4. boat trips, 5. soak up the sun on cleopatra beach, 6. go underground at dim cave, 7. day trip to side, 8. rafting & sightseeing in köprülü canyon, 9. check out alanya's eastern beach, 10. swim at sapadere canyon, 11. visit syedra, 12. discover anemurium, map of things to do in alanya, best time to visit alanya.

Alanya Castle walls

Highlights: Explore, and take in the panoramic views from, the hilltop home of Alanya's historic core

The six-kilometer stretch of ancient walls of Alanya Castle trail along the high promontory that shadows the modern sprawl of Alanya below. Inside the walls is Alanya's old town district, the most interesting area of the city to explore.

Alanya Castle's history dates back to the Classical era, when this craggy, cave-riddled peninsula was a favorite haunt for pirates.

The Greek-built fortifications were extended under Roman rule but it was during the Byzantine era that Alanya's role as a Mediterranean seaport began to take off.

When the Seljuk's took control of this region in the 13th century, they built on the foundations of previous rulers. Much of the remaining building works still standing today in the castle area date from this period, when Alanya became a commercial hub.

The lower castle area, nearest to the entrance gate, is known as the Ehmedek neighborhood. Wander the alleyways of red-roofed Ottoman-era houses and historical buildings here, then follow the winding lanes up to the Iç Kale (the castle's inner fortress) for older Seljuk and Byzantine ruins plus views that soar across the sea, the coastal plateau, and the peaks of the Taurus Mountains beyond.

Red Tower

Highlights: Stroll this ancient port's defensive walls from the Red Tower to the Tersane

Harbor-side, both the Red Tower (Kızılkule) and Seljuk Shipyard (Tersane) are extensions of Alanya castle fortifications, built in the 13th century.

The octagonal, 30-meter-high Red Tower served as the harbor's defense tower in the Seljuk era. Inside, there are exhibits on the Red Tower's and Alanya's history, but you're really here to climb up to the roof for great views across the harbor front.

From the tower, a pretty walkway runs along the harbor's original fortification walls to Turkey's only remaining example of a Seljuk-era shipyard. The arched halls here, built into the shorefront, are open to the sea, so that waves constantly pummel the stone.

The walkway continues from here for a short length along the coastline to a small Seljuk-era watchtower building.

Address: Rıhtım Caddesi, Çarsı, Alanya

Teleferik heading to Cleopatra Beach

Highlight: Views over the craggy cliffs meeting the sea below on this scenic trip to the castle

The most scenic way to reach the Alanya Castle area is by hopping on the Alanya Teleferik (cable car) that connects Cleopatra Beach with the lower castle district of Ehmedek. The cable car operates between 11am and 9pm daily, and the trip over the cliff is great for capturing sunset coastal views, as well as a means of transport.

The 900-meter ride offers excellent views over the forested cliff face leading up to the castle, the yawning strip of Cleopatra Beach's sand and Mediterranean Sea below, as well as the dusky mountains in the distance.

The lower station is just behind the beachfront, while the upper station deposits you just outside Alanya Castle's main gate from where you can wander farther up the slope to explore the historic buildings and ruins.

Address: lower station, Güzelyalı Caddesi, Alanya

Tour boat in Alanya Harbor

Highlights: Take to the sea for easygoing sightseeing with added swimming and sunbathing

From around May to October plenty of tour boats depart from Alanya Harbor for day-long trips around the dramatic rocky headland, visiting the sea caves where pirates once hid, along with anchoring off the coast for plenty of swim stops.

The main sea caves visited by the boats are Pirate Cave and Damlatas Cave, though depending on the boat, several others can be visited, including Fosforlu Cave and Lovers' Cave.

Trips vary hugely in quality. Some boats are basically dedicated party trips, so make sure to check out the operators before departure and get recommendations from your hotel. In general, the smaller boats are usually a better option if you don't want an onboard disco.

For a shorter trip, opt for a sunset sail around the harbor.

Cleopatra Beach

Highlight: Alanya's premier stretch of sand for beach-goers

For many visitors, a vacation in Alanya will always be about the beach.

The sandy shores, rimmed by resorts, trail the stretch of coastline between Side and Alanya.

In Alanya itself, the main strip of sand is Cleopatra Beach, which sits on the western side of town, separated from downtown Alanya by the rocky, forested slope of the castle promontory.

This stretch of white sand offers easygoing days of swimming and sunbathing with excellent facilities on hand for a full day at the beach.

In the July and August peak season, the beach can get packed. Come in late spring or early fall, though, when the weather here is still sunny and warm, and you'll find this strip of sand surprisingly uncrowded.

Address: Güzelyalı Caddesi, Alanya

Dim Cave

Highlight: Delve deep into the underground depths to cool off from the summer heat

Just a short hop from Alanya (heading 11 kilometers inland), Dim Cave is hollowed out of the western slope of Mount Cebel-i Reis in the Taurus Mountains.

This cavern is Turkey's second biggest cave open to visitors, with a walkway running for 360 meters into the cave, heading downwards into the depths for 17 meters below the surface entrance.

The limestone interior is littered with giant stalactite and stalagmite formations, all the way down to the lagoon at the cave's lowest level.

Bring a jacket or pullover with you, as you'll need it once you're within the cave; it's chilly in here even in the height of summer.

The cave entrance area, with its café, has brilliant views of the coastal plateau below.

Address: Dim Mağarası Yolu, Alanya

Temple of Apollo ruins at Side

Highlights: Climb up to the top seating tier of Side's Roman Theater, then photograph the harborfront columns of the Temples of Apollo and Athena

The ancient ruins scattered around the small town of Side are only 64 kilometers to the northwest of Alanya so can be easily visited as a day trip.

Side is a small but busy waterfront resort with a very touristy bazaar area winding through the old town district that leads down to a harborfront area.

There are plenty of cafés and restaurants strung out along the shore here, so if you're planning on ticking off Aspendos as well on your day trip, this is the best place to stop for lunch.

The main area of ancient ruins is just opposite the inland entrance to Side's old town district. This is where you'll find Side's imposing 2nd-century Roman Theater , which holds seating for up to 20,000 spectators. This is one of Turkey's most remarkably well-preserved Roman theaters and the town's most dramatic tourist attraction.

Don't miss visiting Side Museum , which is set in a Roman bathhouse across the road from the theater entrance.

Afterwards, make sure to explore the rambling area of ruins incorporating the Agora and the Temple of Tyche that sits just to the east of the theater.

Once you've wandered through this archaeological site, head into the old town itself and stroll up to the harbor.

Sitting right on the waterfront are the remaining pillars and columns of the Temples of Apollo and Athena, overlooking the sea.

Oluk Bridge, Köprülü Canyon

Highlights: Add some adventure to your trip with a thrilling rafting ride in this deep canyon

Köprülü Canyon National Park is about 120 kilometers to the north of Alanya. It's primarily known as one of the best places to visit in the region for rafting trips, which take place on the icy-blue river that winds through the canyon, but for more things to do, the area is also home to Roman ruins and plenty of hiking opportunities.

Selge is the main Roman archaeological site in the area. The remnants of this once thriving city of 20,000 sit amid the lonely village of Altınkaya, 11 kilometers northwest of the canyon itself. The large Roman Theater, cut into the hillside and looming over the modern village houses, is well worth a visit here, despite the theater being partially destroyed.

In the canyon itself, several tour companies run rafting trips along the Köprü River. The trips traverse the most scenic section of the river, heading under the Roman-built Oluk Bridge, which dates back to the 2nd century.

The canyon is 14 kilometers long, with its walls soaring up to 400 meters high in places.

If rafting isn't your thing, there are several cafés and restaurants strung along the river shore for relaxing and admiring the canyon scenery.

For hikers, there are a number of trails in the canyon area ranging from hikes up to the 2,504-meter summit of Mount Bozburun to a two-hour hike following a Roman road.

View to the Tersane from the northern end of Portakal Beach

Highlight: Long sweep of sand rimming the southern edge of the city

Cleopatra Beach very rightly gets all the glory, but if you want a change of beach scene, Alanya does have another strip of sand.

Running southeast from Alanya harbor is the long shingle and sand shoreline of Portakal Beach, which trails along the city edge for around four kilometers, becoming known as Tosmur Beach at the very southeast end of Alanya, where the Dim River exits out into the sea.

Portakal and Tosmur are backed by plenty of hotels and restaurants, and some beach clubs have also staked a patch along the beach length, offering sun loungers with shades, and waiter service for refreshments and food on the beach.

Other facilities here include changing cabins and freshwater showers, and lifeguards patrol the sand during the summer season.

Because of the beach's length, even in the height of summer there's always plenty of space for everyone, but if you're seeking peace and quiet on this strip, head to the southeast end, which always has fewer beachgoers.

Note that it's very stony when entering the sea here, so wearing water shoes is a very good idea, particularly for children and anyone with soft soles.

Address: Ahmet Tokuş Bulvarı

Waterfall and swimming hole in Sapadere Canyon

Highlights: Scenic countryside trips and a cooling dip during the height of the summer heat

Sapadere Canyon, on the outskirts of the small village of Sapadere, is an easy trip from Alanya, sitting just 20 kilometers inland from the city. From May to October, plenty of tour operators in Alanya run daily jeep tours to Sapadere Canyon, which are good for travelers who want to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Although small, only stretching for 800 meters in length, Sapadere Canyon is squeezed between high walls that reach up to 400 meters high. This gives the canyon a cooler climate than along the coast and makes it an extremely popular destination in the height of summer.

A walkway leads through the canyon, passing a few shady cafés, where you can relax and enjoy the canyon environment.

At the bottom of the canyon is a small lagoon and waterfall. Most people come to swim here in the cold, blue-green water of the lagoon and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

Ancient ruins at Syedra

Highlight: Explore crumbling ancient remnants far from the crowds

To head to an ancient ruin far away from the tour bus crowds, check out Ancient Syedra.

Even in the height of the tourist season, you are likely to be the only visitors at this atmospheric, lonely ruin, which sits high on a hilltop overlooking the coast, only 22 kilometers south of Alanya.

Abandoned completely in the 13th century, Syedra's settlement history stretches right back to the 7th century BCE. Its most important era, though, was during the Roman period, when this site rose to prominence because of its coastal position. Most of the buildings still visible today date from that era.

Make sure to wander the colonnaded street and explore the Roman baths complex, gymnasium, and temple, which are the site's best-preserved features.

With more time, check out Syedra's church and an olive oil workshop, which both date from the city's later Byzantine era.

Address: Seki Köyü, off Antalya-Mersin Highway

Amphitheater at the Anemurium ruins

Highlight: Sprawling Roman and Byzantine ruins perched behind a sandy strip of shore

The vast, rambling ruins of Anemurium are one of the southern Mediterranean region's most fascinating sites but only get a smidge of the visitors that other archaeological sites receive.

The ruins sit alongside a long stretch of beach, just north of the town of Anamur, 117 kilometers south of Alanya.

The coastal highway leading here is very twisty in sections, so if you've hired a car for a day trip here, start out early to make sure you're not driving back in the dark.

Anemurium's ruins are a mix of Roman and Byzantine building works. They include a massive necropolis area, a 4th-century basilica church, a 3rd-century baths complex, and a well-preserved Odeon (small theater), all wrapped within city walls that trail along the hillside.

Bring your swimsuit so that after exploring the ruins, you can take a dip in the sea.

Address: Anamur, off Antalya-Mersin Highway

The best time to visit Alanya if you're here specifically for its resort life and beach activities are the months of June, July, August, and September when the tourism season kicks into high gear.

In the peak season months of July and August, the average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius, ranging between 21 and 31 degrees, and the weather is reliably sunny and humid. Sea temperatures are normally 27 degrees during July, August, and September, while if you've opted to arrive early in summer to beat the crowds, they hover around 24 degrees through June.

If you're coming to Alanya to spend more time exploring the nearby glut of ancient cities and historic sites than hitting the beach, you'll probably prefer the milder spring months of April and May or the late fall month of October for all that rambling around ruins. Make sure to include some wet-weather gear in your packing, as all three months usually bring seven to nine days of rain.

Average temperatures in April and May range between 16 and 20 degrees (and during October: 20 degrees) and traveling during these two spring months brings the added bonus of Turkey's wildflower season carpeting the hillsides.

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30 Things To Do in Alanya [with Map]

Panoramic view of Alanya in Antalya

Alanya is a very popular resort town on the Turkish Riviera.

The town is 120 km from the center of Antalya and has its own airport. Well known for its beautiful beaches, resorts, nightlife, and nature, Alanya welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world every year. 

To help you get maximum enjoyment from the city, we have prepared this guide to the best things to do in Alanya.

Below you will find ideas about popular attractions to visit, ancient ruins to to see, and unique experiences in the region. 

Let's start with the best things to do in the city of Alanya and nearby districts!

Table of Contents 

1. Alanya's Landmark Red Tower (Kızıl Kule)

Red Tower in Alanya in Antalya in Turkey

The iconic Red Tower, where you can see traces of Seljuk Architecture, has been the symbol of Alanya for centuries. It's located in the historical city center, right near the Seljuk Shipyard (Tersane).

The octagonal building was built in the 13th century by Seljuk Sultan, Alaeddin Keykubad. When you look around from the top floor of the tower, the  view encompasses the walls, towers and the harbor that surround the peninsula.

  • Read More about the tower: Kızıl Kule (Red Tower) in Alanya

2. Cable Car to the Castle

Damlataş Beach Cable Car in Antalya in Turkey

Alanya Castle was built in 1221 by the Seljuk Sultan, Alaaddin Keykubat, who captured the city and had it rebuilt. 

You can take the cable car to go up to the castle. The cable car station is near Atatürk Park. You will need to walk uphill another 1 km to reach the entrance of the castle after exiting the cable car.

İçkale (Inner castle) is the top sight up there. It's an open air museum at the summit of the peninsula. Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman artifacts can be found in the inner castle.

When you go to Alanya Castle by cable car, you will come across the Süleymaniye Mosque, a Seljuk work renovated during the Ottoman period. There is also a covered bazaar (bedesten) behind the mosque.

  • Read this detailed article  about a visit to the  Alanya Castle

3. Damlataş Cave

damlatas cave in Antalya in Turkey

The Damlataş Cave is a 15,000 year old natural formation and is one of the mysterious beauties in Alanya located in the very center of the town just below the Alanya Castle .

The cave is fascinatingly beautiful with its very impressive illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. It has a  constant temperature around 22-23 degrees . The section, which has wide columns with stalactites and stalagmites, is 13/14 meters wide and 15 meters high.

  • Read More about Damlataş Cave in Alanya

4. Cleopatra and Damlataş Beach

Cleopatra and Damlatas Beach in antalya in Turkey

Both Damlataş and Cleopatra Beaches are blue flag beaches, located side by side on the west side of the historical peninsula. 

Damlataş Beach is on the shore in front of Damlataş Cave. As the name suggests, Cleopatra Beach is famous because of the legend that Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra and Roman Emperor, Antonius are said to have swam here.

The legendary Cleopatra Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, clearly worth visiting during your trip to Antalya. With its crystal-clear water and numerous water sport activities, it attracts about 2 million tourists a year and gets more and more popular every year.

  • Read more about Cleopatra Beach in Alanya
  • Read more about Damlataş Beach in Alanya
  • Discover all the best beaches in the Antalya Region

5. Alanya Archaeological Museum

Alanya Archaeological Museum (Editorial)

The Alanya Archeology Museum is located in the very center of Alanya, on Ismet Hilmi Balcı Street behind Alanya Castle and Damlataş Cave. 

Alanya is a city with a very rich historical heritage in every aspect. However, you don't have a lot of chances to visit a cultural places in Alanya.

Although the best cultural museum in the region is the Antalya Museum , followed by the  Side Archaeology Museum , the Alanya Archaeology Museum is the  best witness of the area's heritage.  It's located in the heart of the city.

The Archaeology Museum in Alanya exhibits bronze, marble, terra-cotta, and glass artifacts, mosaics and coin collections belonging to the Archaic and Classical periods, and also Turkish Islamic works of art from the Seljuk and Ottoman Periods.

  • Read more about the Alanya Archaeology Museum , including tickets, collections, and history

6. Seljuk Shipyard (Tersane)

Seljuk Shipyard in Alanya in Turkey

The Alanya Seljuk Shipyard stands south of the Red Tower. You can easily reach it on foot by following the 300 meter path.

The Alanya Seljuk Shipyard was built by the Seljuks in 13th century. If you are into maritime history and medieval buildings, make time to visit the only remaining shipyard in Turkey from the Seljuk Period.

The Alanya Seljuk Shipyard (Tersane) has been used for trade and protection purposes throughout history. Today, it stands upright back to back with Red Tower . The Alanya shipyard is the only shipyard that remains from the Seljuk reign, built in the first half of 13th century.

  • Read about the Alanya Seljuk Shipyard (Tersane)

7. Culture House on Castle Hill

Silk Worm Cocoon in the Culture House in Alanya in Turkey

This structure serves as Alanya Municipality Culture and Social Affairs Department and the  Alanya Castle Site Management Office. It's also known as Hamamlı Ev (Bath House) due to the historical bath on the ground floor.

This traditional Alanya house was built with quarry stone and a lathing wood system. It used grog and haired plaster, specific to the region in the early 20th century. It was restored according to its original form after it was assigned to the Alanya Municipality by its owners.

  • Check our complete guide to culture in Antalya  to learn more.

8. Jeep-Safari in the Taurus Mountains

Jeep Safari in the Taurus Mountains in Antalya in Turkey

Jeep-Safaris are among the most popular tours in Antalya.

Alanya is the Jeep Safari city in Turkey. There are more than five different tours available: Oba Çay Jeep, Sapadere Jeep, Dimçay Jeep, Taurus Mountains Jeep, and Jeep with Rafting... 

In add addition to the adventurous and fun part of safari, you'll get to know the marvelous nature in the region.

  • Read our complete guide to sports in Antalya

9. Spend the Day at Dim Çayı

Dimcay in Alanya in Antalya in Turkey

Let's take a break from the hot beach and go somewhere that looks like a beach, but is more refreshing. Here is a place that gives you the opportunity to chill while spending a nice time playing or just enjoying nature and artificial pools. How does that sound?

Dim River is one of the  most visited natural beauties in Alanya with its refreshing air and water in all seasons. It is located 15 kms from Alanya and accessible by different paths.

  • Read more about  Dim Çayı in Alanya
  • Read about the best National Parks in Antalya

10. Dim Cave

dim cave in alanya in turkey cover

Dim Cave is 145 km from Antalya and 11 km from Alanya, in the town of Kestel. 

Dim Cave stands out as a karst formation and creates a mysterious atmosphere. It's one of the countless natural beauties around Alanya. This place attracts a lot of attention from tourists who want to discover beauties around Alanya.

The cave is  located in the perfect place for nature walks, in the upper part of Dim valley . You can hike the valley, absorbing the fresh smell of pine trees and marvelous scenery on your way to Dim Cave.

Dim Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Turkey . Its total length is 410 meters and a 360 meter section is open to visitors. The lightning system inside makes the stalactites and stalagmites very delightful all along the way. The colorful lighting creates a fabulous atmosphere inside the cave.

  • Read more about Dim Cave in Alanya
  • Discover more Caves in Antalya and tips for visititing them

11. Stay at a Beach Resort

beach resort in kemer in antalya in turkey

Alanya is a worldwide center of attention with a large number of beach resorts.

The İncekum region is sought by those who do not like the crowd of Alanya city center and want to have a relaxing holiday. Here, facilities are lined up along the beach like a set.

Avsallar has a unique 10 km long sandy beach where you can find various forms of accommodation, from all inclusive hotels to boutique hotels and homestays.

Konaklı and Türkler (Fuğla)  are some of the places close to entertainment and are the liveliest spots in Alanya. 

  • Discover our exclusive selection of resorts in the Antalya  region and book your stay now!
  • Discover the best things to do in Avsallar
  • Check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Antalya, Kaleiçi

12. Pirate Boat Tour

Pirate Boat Experience in Antalya in Turkey

Alanya was once a famous pirate harbor in antiquity. Pompeius, the enemy of Julius Ceasar, in the Roman Civil war defeated the pirates. Nowadays, pirate themed boats in Alanya's harbor are a reminder of these times long gone. 

There is non-stop entertainment on the cruises with music and animations, as well as many swimming breaks in the blue waters of the Turkish Riviera. 

13. Visit Alara Han and Castle

Entrance of Alara Han in Antalya in Turkey

Alara Han is on the Antalya-Alanya route, in Çakallar village in the town of Okurcalar .

Alara Han is a historical caravanserai built in the 13th century by the Seljuks. It's an exceptional masterpiece awaiting visitors seeking discoveries about the cultural heritage of Alanya.

The nearby Alara Castle was once a majestic fortress along the southern silk road in Turkey. 

You can book your trip to visit Alara Han and Castle, which is highly popular stop, from nearby resorts towns such as Konaklı, Avsallar, and Okurcalar in Alanya.

  • Here is our complete guide to visiting  Alara Han and Castle in Alanya
  • Discover the best  things to do in Avsallar

14. Day trip to Myra, Kekova, and St. Nicholas Church

Ruins of the ancient city of Myra in Demre in Antalya in Turkey

Myra is an ancient city located in the Kale (Demre) district in Antalya. It is especially famous for the Lycian Period rock tombs, the Roman Period theater, and the Byzantine Period St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) Church.

Saint Nicholas was a bishop in Myra, so the city maintained its reputation throughout the Middle Ages. 

Kekova is a small rocky island in Kaleköy and Üçağız near the Demre district in Antalya. It's the largest island in the Turkish Mediterrenean . 

The  Island of Kekova  and the  Sunken City , are some of the most visited places  in the Mediterranean. They are  unique historical places both underwater and on land.

  • Learn everything about St. Nicholas Church in Demre
  • Have a look at this article about the ancient city of Myra in Antalya
  • Discover Kekova Island in Demre with this guide

15. Side, Aspendos, and Manavgat Waterfall Excursions

Roman amphitheater of Aspendos in Antalya

You can plan a full day trip to see the ancient city of Side with the temples of Athena and Apollo, and the magnificent theater of Aspendos. The theater is one of the most distinguished representatives of Roman Age theaters today, with its well-preserved condition and architectural features.

If you choose to make this trip with an organized tour, it will be either combined with the famous Manavgat bazaar where you can find many things such as souveneirs, clothes, spices, fresh fruits, and vegetables, or the marvelous Manavgat Waterfall . 

The itinerary depends on which excursion you book. Some have Side, Aspendos, and the waterfall, some have Side, Aspendos, and the bazaar. The weekly market days of the Manavgat Bazaar also make a difference. 

  • Read more about the ancient city of Aspendos
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16. Nightlife at the Harbor

Nightlife at the Harbour in Alanya in Turkey

Alanya is a center of attraction for many local and foreign people; everything is shaped according to tourism.

The bars around the harbor become lively after 21:00 in the evening with crowds and rising music volumes until the late hours of the night. Robin Hood Night Club, Havana Club Bar, and Bistro Bellman Club are some of the popular entertainment venues in Alanya.

Check out our nightlife guide in Antalya and spend memorable nights in the best clubs, bars, and restaurants in the region.

17. Visit a Bazaar

Manavgat Bazaar in Antalya in Turkey

There are farmers markets and weekly organized marketplaces in almost every neighborhood in Alanya. Apart from fresh fruits and vegetables, you can find many things from clothing to spices, and bags to towels in these stalls.

Check out some of the famous bazaars:

Oba Bazaar: It's set up every Monday in the Oba district on Hacıkadıroğlu Street.

Friday Bazaar: It's set up every Friday in the Şekerhane District on Sinanoğlu Street. As the biggest market place in Alanya, it's possible to find fruits and vegetables, as well as clothing, shoes, glassware, and souvenirs.

Kestel Bazaar: It's set up every Friday in the town of Kestel in the Cumhuriyet district.

Hacet Bazaar: It's set up every Sunday in the Hacet district near the Hacet Mosque on Saraclar Street. There are mainly fruits and vegetables but you can also find various other things like clothing and souvenirs.

  • Read our guide to the best markets and bazaars in Antalya

18. Local Food

local bazaar in Alanya in Antalya in Turkey

Blend in with the city's crowds and hunt for fresh delicacies brought to the market by local farmers. Many products grown in the region are sold in the local markets in their freshest and most natural form, mostly directly from their producers.

Many products, from avocados to bananas, from oranges to strawberries, depending on the season, are displayed in the stalls with their vibrant fragrances.

  • We have a page fully detailed to food in Antalya and an article with the best local food to try in Antalya !

19. Shopping in Alanya

shopping in Alanya in Turkey

It is possible to find any item you might need during your stay in Alanya. Even if you just want to check out the local brands and escape from the heatwave, you can visit a shopping mall in Alanya. 

Alanyum Shopping Mall is located in the Cumhuriyet district on Keykuybad Boulevard and has many local and international brands. Another big mall is the Time Center in Konaklı. 

You can also check out the shopping streets close to the harbor in the center of Alanya to find different souvenirs.

  • Check the best shopping malls in the Antalya Region

20. Tandem Paragliding

tandem paragliding in Alanya in Turkey

The idea of sleeping a lot and sunbathing calmly to have a good rest on holiday has become obsolete by many people. There are many exciting activities that you can try in Alanya.

One of the popular activities you should try is tandem paragliding. Don't worry, this activity does not need any skills or experience as the professional pilots control everything.

All you have to do is enjoy the stunning view of Mediterranean Sea from above.

  • Read our guide to tandem paragliding in Antalya for a fun and exciting adventure.

21. Atatürk House

Atatürk House in Alanya in Turkey

The house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic and the first president of Turkey, stayed during his visit to Alanya in 1935, is open to visitors today as a museum. It's located in the Şekerhane neighborhood in Alanya.

Atatürk's personal belongings and photographs brought from the Anıtkabir Museum and Atatürk's telegram to the people of Alanya are exhibited on the first floor of the museum.

The second floor has rooms decorated with furniture reflecting the characteristics of the period. There are many ethnographic items that shed light on the daily life of the locals that lived in the region.

22. Visit the Harbor

kızıl kule- Red Tower in alanya in Antalya in turkey

You can start exploring the old city from the famous Red Tower and the Seljuk Shipyard right beside it. Discover the narrow streets where you can find cafes, restaurants, and many shops around the harbor.

Alanya Castle is located on a high peninsula, overlooking the sea. Above the shipyard is the historical Tophane neighborhood.

Apart from that, you can book a boat trip to take pictures of the Alanya panorama from the sea and explore many extraordinary caves, like Lover's Cave, Pirates Cave, and Phosphorus Cave.

23. Visit Sapadere Canyon

Sapadere Canyon in Alanya in Antalya in Turkey by Thomas

The  750 m long Sapadere Canyon in the middle of the Taurus Mountains will enchant you with its untouched nature.

Sapadere Canyon is located in the village of Sapadere, about 40 km from Alanya. It's   not possible to get here by  public transport .  You can explore Sapadere Canyon either on a  guided day trip , for example a  jeep safari , or drive there with a rental car and visit the valley at your own pace.

Guided day tours to Sapadere Canyon are one of the most comfortable ways to explore the impressive canyon. They usually include transfers, guide assistance, and lunch. Day tours to Sapadere Canyon can be found in our store.

On a Jeep-Safari excursion you get the chance to see the sights around, such as the old silk factory and Dwarfs Cave, according to the schedule.

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24. Spend a Day at the Beach

Cleopatra Beach in Antalya in Turkey

Here, in Alanya are many marvelous beaches. A relaxing day on the beach is the time we all have been dreaming about for the whole year. 

Damlataş Beach is located on the shore in front of Damlataş Cave. Along with Damlataş Beach, Cleopatra Beach is also highly preferred with its 2 km long, blue flag beach and location in the center of Alanya.

If you are looking for a sandy beach, you can go to Ulaş Beach, which is five kilometers from the center. The beach on the roadside is especially preferred by many holidaymakers because of its picnic spot located on the rocky cape.

İncekum beach is mostly preferred by families with children and new swimmers, as it does not get deep very quickly. It's also known for golden sand that doesn't stick to body.

Oba Beach is approximately 1 kilometer long and is located on the east coast of the city center. The imposing slopes of the Taurus Mountains rise just behind this blue flag beach.

25. Rafting in Köprülü Canyon

Köprulü Canyon in Antalya

Spend a day at Turkey's largest rafting center in Köprülü Canyon. Köprülü Canyon National Park is 80 km from Antalya city center and 92 km from Avsallar.

Have you ever tried rafting on a boat that drifts along in ice-cold waters? If you haven't tried it yet, turn your attention to Köprülü Canyon. You will have the most amazing and refreshing experience available.

Köprülü Canyon is one of the popular attractions in Antalya and gathers hundreds of tourists every day in the summer. 

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26. Manavgat River Cruise and Bazaar

Manavgat River Cruise in Antalya in Turkey

Witness the unique beauty of the region by taking a cruise on the Manavgat River. You can book a full-day tour that includes the famous Grand Bazaar in Manavgat and an amazing cruise along the Manavgat River . 

You can enjoy the sun and cool off by swimming in the spot where the river pours into the sea. A barbecue lunch is usually served on board. You will be given about 1.5 hours free time in the center of Manavgat to visit the Blue Mosque and find various souvenirs from the Manavgat Grand Bazaar.  

27. Quad Safari in the Taurus Mountains

Quad Safari in the Taurus Mountains in Antalya Turkey

Those who want to add a little extra fun to your holiday with extraordinary activities, get together around Quad Safari tours. All you do is wear your most comfortable clothes and show up.

Everything will be covered in mud in a flash anyway, during the ride. Running through water and mud is part of the fun.

Tour operators offer pick-up from hotels in all regions of Alanya to take you to explore the magnificent nature in the Taurus Mountains on 4 wheels.

28. Diving and Snorkeling in Alanya

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If your interest in the mysterious underwater world has just begun, don't worry, there are many boats that organize diving tours in Alanya every day.

Join these tours accompanied by experts that provide the necessary equipment, so you have a great experience. Journey to a mysterious and fascinating world, where colorful underwater creatures roam around you.

  • Learn more about diving in Antalya

29. Horseback Riding and Hiking

Frequently Asked Questions about Hiking

Enjoy an unforgettable experience in nature in Alanya with horses, one of the oldest companions of mankind. It's an enjoyable and entertaining adventure tour with a small group, through the pine forests on the slopes of the Taurus Mountains with docile horses that move in the company of experts.

Many hiking tours can be found for those who find happiness in the greenery. Fill your lungs with fresh air while exploring many magnificent routes in untouched nature in Alanya.

  • Read more about hiking in Antalya

30. Visit the Ancient City of Syedra

Syedra Ancient Site in Alanya in Antalya in Turkey

Syedra is one of the ancient cities worth seeing around Alanya. It's  located in Seki village . At this site, you will see the remains of a typical ancient Roman settlement.

Syedra was a typical  Roman settlement with a lot of remains that have survived until today.

Among them, there are quite large rows of plastered cisterns fed by a natural water source, a baptismal cave, a magnificent bath with mosaic remains on the floor, a gymnasium, a colonnaded street and shops, a temple, a theater, churches, administrative buildings, an acropolis, and a necropolis.

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22 Very Best Things to Do in Alanya

Looking for fun things to do in alanya check out this list of the most incredible must-see sights and best things to do in alanya, turkey..

Alanya is a stunning city surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus Mountains. Every year thousands of tourists travel to Alanya to enjoy a beach vacation. They all want to take advantage of the long sandy beaches, low prices, and the Turkish culture. Oh, and of course the sun guarantees and heat all year round.

I absolutely love Alanya, it’s definitely one of my favorite destinations in Turkey. It really is a wonderful city! Before going any further, don’t forget to read my Travel Guide to Alanya .

When visiting Alanya, you’ll be greeted by a city full of contrasts. Old meets new and Turkish culture is characterized by tourism. In fact, Alanya is so much more than just a seaside resort. You can easily have an active and eventful holiday . It’s possible to find everything your heart desires – without being bored at all .

So, if you’re planning a trip to Alanya, I would like to recommend the very best things to do in Alanya. I promise you’ll not be disappointed!

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List of the best things to do in Alanya:

1. alanya castle.

On a rocky peninsula high above the city, the Old Castle reigns. This castle is Alanya’s famous landmark and thus an absolute must-see sight in Alanya. From here you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city and the coastline.

The castle consists of ancient ruins that probably don’t seem particularly interesting at first glance. But think again, the Castle actually hides an eventful and dramatic story with pirates, sultans, and prisoners. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information about the story up there. Therefore, I strongly recommend reading the history before your trip – especially if you’re traveling with children .

The road up to the castle is fairly steep. And because of the high temperatures, it’s mostly very hot too. Therefore, I recommend taking bus No. 4, a taxi, or the new cable car to the castle.

However, don’t miss the walk from the castle down to the city again. Along the winding streets, you’ll pass old houses, stalls with homemade crafts , cozy restaurants, and beautiful viewpoints. A visit to Alanya Castle is truly one of the best things to do in Alanya.

Turkish name: Alanya Kalesi. / Entrance fee: 10 TL per person.

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2. Turkish bath

To start your holiday in Alanya in the best way, you’ve got to visit a hammam. It’s the ultimate in pampering and one of the best things to do in Alanya – and Turkey in general .

Typically, you first get in a steam bath after which you are scrubbed from head to toe . Then you’ll have a wonderful relaxing body massage at the end of your visit. Doesn’t that sound great? At least I think so.

I recommend visiting a hammam at the very beginning of your holiday in Turkey. But why, you might ask? Your dead skin cells are peeled off during the process, so you’ll probably lose your tan color . It would be a shame if you’ve already worked hard to get it. Once you’ve visited a hammam, your skin will in turn become nicely soft and ready to receive the sun even better.

Hammams have been an important part of Islamic bathing culture for centuries and are still found everywhere in Turkey. So, if you don’t mind being massaged by a stranger… Well, then a visit to a hammam is one of the nicest things to do in Alanya.

Turkish name: Hammam. / Price: Starting from around 100 TL depending on treatment and location.

3. Red Tower

Located at the end of the harbor, the Red Tower is one of Alanya’s biggest tourist attractions and landmarks. The tower was originally built to serve as a water tower and a lookout post. Today, however, the 33-meter-high tower serves as an ethnological museum and a popular vantage point in Alanya.

Inside the Red Tower in Alanya, you can learn about the history behind the tower and the Ottoman Empire. You can also see historical collections of weapons and other antique items. However, the highlight is the beautiful view from the top of the tower. The walk up the 85 steep stairs can be tough, but the stunning views from the top are well worth the effort.

I must admit though that it’s difficult to spend a long time at the Red Tower. But despite that, it’s still one of the most popular attractions and things to do in Alanya.

Turkish name: Kizil Kule. / Entrance fee: 4.5 TL with the possibility of a discount when combining several tourist attractions in Alanya.

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In Alanya, there’s a large selection of local markets. In fact, at least one market is held every single day. The markets are spread well throughout the city, each offering a large selection of goods . Here you’ll find everything from exotic fruits, vegetables, and spices to fake items such as clothes, shoes, and bags.

In the markets of Alanya, you’ll often be able to make a significantly better deal than in the bazaar. Usually, the sellers in the markets do not pay as much for a stall space… So, they’re mostly more willing to go down in price.

There’s no doubt that the markets are one of the most authentic things to do in Alanya , Turkey. Slip into the stalls with fragrant spices and colorful vegetables while enjoying the atmosphere of Turkish trade.

Read more: 8 Best Places for Shopping in Alanya

Dim Cay is a popular picnic area in the most beautiful surroundings of the Taurus Mountains. Along the Dim Cay River, restaurants line the strip. Here there’s ample opportunity to enjoy a lunch on a raft or in a wooden pavilion on the mountainside. Some of the restaurants even have their own water park and sun loungers while others have water slides directly in the river.

The water in the Dim Cay River is freezing cold and never gets more than 15 degrees. Thus, it’s an icy pleasure to jump into the water. Let me put it this way; it definitely requires a little courage! This is also why Dim Cay is the obvious place to visit in Alanya if you need a break from the sun for a while.

On Sundays, the river is often crowded with people as many Turks go on picnics on Sundays. So, if you’re dreaming of quiet surroundings , well then you should definitely avoid Sundays. Either way, Dim Cay is one of the best things to do in Alanya.

Entrance fee: Free to visit.

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6. Atatürk House Museum

The founder of the modern Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk , visited Alanya once in his lifetime. Despite his limited visits to the city, a museum has been made in his honor. The small museum is set up in the house that he briefly stayed in during his visit to Alanya.

Inside the Atatürk House Museum, antique Turkish furniture, photographs, historical documents, and much more are on display. In addition to learning about Atatürk’s actions, you can also learn about the people of Alanya as well as the history of the city . It’s an excellent attraction in Alanya if you’re interested in the history of Alanya and Turkey.

Turkish name: Atatürk Evi Müzesi. / Entrance fee: Free admission.

7. Alanya Gardens

Situated along Kleopatra Beach, Alanya gardens is a beautiful oasis filled with tropical plants and colorful flowers . This park may not exactly be a tourist attraction in Alanya. But still, it’s a great place to relax a bit. The benches in the park are scattered around idyllic ponds with small fountains and fish.

When visiting Alanya Gardens, you can also visit an outdoor gym, a playground, and several different sports courts. There’s also a beautiful view of the Castle and Kleopatra beach from there. Alanya Gardens is one of the best things to do in Alanya if you need relaxation in lush surroundings.

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8. Alanya Teleferik

Alanya Teleferik is a cable car in Alanya that opened in the summer of 2017. Since then, it has become one of the most popular attractions in Alanya. It was actually intended to transport tourists from Kleopatra Beach and up to the Castle. But now the cable car itself has become a major tourist attraction in Alanya.

While sitting in the cable car, you’ll be greeted by the most beautiful views. From here there’s a breathtaking panoramic view of Alanya, the bay, and the Taurus Mountains in the distance. By the way, the best time for a ride on the cable car is definitely at sunset.

The cable car in Alanya usually runs daily between 11:00 and 21:00. The course extends over 900 meters while it has a rise of a few hundred meters. You should expect a ride on the cable car in Alanya to last about 5 minutes. Read more on Alanya Teleferik’s official site .

9. Boat Trips

One of the things you must not miss in Alanya is to go on a boat trip. A day at sea is seriously wonderful in the Turkish heat. Here you’ll be able to swim in the sea and soak up the sun on the ship’s deck. All while you’re surrounded by the most scenic surroundings. Maybe you’re even lucky enough to spot dolphins or sea turtles in the ocean.

The selection of boat trips in Alanya seems almost endless. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get an overview of the options and prices at Alanya Marina before the trip.

You can find everything from a full day trip of about 5-6 hours to a short boat trip of 1-2 hours. In addition, lunch and drinks are included in the price of some of the boats. So, be sure to research it all thoroughly before your boat trip in Alanya.

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10. Alanya Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Alanya opened its doors in 1967. It is divided into two sections with archeological and ethnographic exhibits. Besides the indoor exhibits, you can also find a historic outdoor exhibit in the gardens surrounding the museum.

A visit to the Archaeological Museum is one of the most educational things to do in Alanya. Lots of archeological artifacts from the surrounding area are on display. But of course, it’s only a great sight in Alanya if you’re interested in such exhibitions.

Turkish name: Alanya Arkeoloji Müzesi. / Entrance fee: 5 TL per person.

11. Damlatas Cave

Damlatas Cave is a beautiful stalactite cave located at the foot of the peninsula with the Castle on top. The cave is believed to have been shaped around 10,000-15,000 BC. In fact, it still drips today.

The temperature inside the cave is constantly at 22.3 degrees while the humidity is 92-98%. Temperature and humidity are thought to have a healing effect on people with asthma . Although Damlatas Cave isn’t particularly large, it’s still a nice thing to do in Alanya.

Either way, Damlatas Cave is a great alternative if you don’t bother going all the way to Dim Cave, Turkey’s second-largest cave. You should be aware that there are many stairs inside the cave. Therefore, it isn’t recommended for people with walking difficulties.

Turkish name: Damlatas Magarasi. / Entrance fee: 4.5 TL.

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12. Dim Cave

Dim Cave is the second-largest stalactite cave in Turkey . Thus, it’s one of the best must-see sights in Alanya and the surrounding area. The cave is 360 meters long and is believed to be about 1 million years old. And I thought my great-grandmother was old!? Aha, think again Nikita.

Inside the cave, there’s a long footpath that leads past beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. At the end of the walkway, you’ll find an enchanting small lake . The temperature in the cave is constantly 18-19 degrees while the humidity is about 90%. This means that Dim Cave also has a healing effect on people with asthma.

Dim Cave is located about 12 kilometers from Alanya. You can possibly hop on a taxi or rent a car to get there. You should be aware that there are many stairs in Dim Cave. Therefore, it isn’t a tourist attraction in Alanya for people with walking difficulties. So, uh yeah, I better leave my old great-grandmother at home… Sorryyy grandma!

Turkish name: Dim Magarasi. / Official site:

13. Water Sports

Are you into speed and wild experiences on the water? Then you’ve come to the right place. Alanya has a wide range of water sports activities . How about trying jet skiing, banana boats, water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, scuba diving, or something completely different?

The possibilities for water sports activities in Alanya are endless. And it’s great to spend some time on the water in the heat. I’ve tried parasailing in Alanya – and it was a great experience I highly recommend! You can find several stalls on the beaches of Alanya, offering all kinds of water sports activities.

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14. Alanya Bazaar

Of course, you haven’t been to Alanya before visiting the bazaar at the marina. The bazaar consists of about 100 shops selling everything from clothes, shoes, and bags to spices, blankets, and other junk. Copy goods are mainly sold here. So, therefore, you should pay extra attention to the quality of the products.

Most of the sellers are commission paid and diligently trying to get a proper portion of money for their products. Find your inner grocery retailer, because you can usually negotiate the price down to half the starting price. If the seller rejects your offer, you can just move on to the next store. It most likely has quite similar goods.

Some of the vendors in Alanya’s bazaar are very intrusive. Honestly, it takes some patience to go through the bazaar. Usually, it helps to be rude and simply ignore the intrusive sellers . Another idea is to go into the stores with a lot of customers in advance. Then the seller will hopefully be too busy to bother you.

Although some of the vendors are insanely annoying (sorry, but they really are), it’s still one of the best things to do in Alanya. The atmosphere is just amazing – and who doesn’t enjoy a cheap shopping trip? I do!

Read also:  8 Best Places for Shopping in Alanya

15. alanya marina.

Due to the central location of Alanya Marina, it’s almost impossible to avoid passing by during your holiday in Alanya. This is where you’ll find some of the most important historic buildings and sights in Alanya. For example, this is where you’ll find The Red Tower and the Shipyard.

The marina is also filled with colorful and adventurous pirate ships . They’re just waiting to take the tourists on a boat trip along the coast. Across the street, there’s a long strip of great restaurants and bars. Most of the restaurants serve seafood, but there are also other dishes on the menus.

It’s really nice to stroll down Alanya’s Marina while enjoying the view and the atmosphere. Don’t forget to make your way past the lighthouse with free admission.

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16. Turkish Food

When visiting Alanya, don’t miss a dinner at a local restaurant serving authentic Turkish food. Turkish cuisine is actually considered to be the third-best in the world . So, that certainly says a lot about the food! At the same time, it also provides a much better insight into Turkish culture.

One of the best ways to experience Turkish cuisine is by ordering Meze. Roughly speaking, Meze is Turkey’s answer to tapas with all sorts of small dishes served for sharing. You can order lamb, kebabs, beef, fish, rice, vine leaves, vegetables, flatbread, and much more.

The best restaurants in Alanya with authentic Turkish food are located a bit away from the tourist areas. Be sure to find the popular restaurants by looking for where the Turks themselves eat. At these restaurants, the food is usually better and cheaper than in the tourist areas of Alanya. So, I can safely say that it’s a win-win situation.

17. Kleopatra Beach

Kleopatra beach is considered the best beach in Alanya . Due to its location west of the rocky peninsula, it’s often called the west beach. At Kleopatra Beach, the sand is finer than at the other beaches in the city. In addition, there aren’t so many rocks and stones in the water either.

The downside of Cleopatra beach, however, is that the water gets deep very quickly. Therefore, it isn’t exactly a child-friendly beach in Alanya. Along Kleopatra beach, you’ll be able to find lots of small cozy cafes and green areas . If you would like to visit the beach, there are also plenty of places to rent sun loungers and parasols.

Read also: Ultimate Travel Guide to Alanya

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18. Barbershops

If you need a haircut or shave, you should consider waiting for your trip to Alanya. The price for a haircut or shave is extremely cheap in Turkey . And for the most part, it even comes with extra service! The small barbershops still use the old-fashioned razor, making it a fun thing to do in Alanya.

During a shave, it isn’t uncommon to get a facial massage as well as a massage of the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. And well, almost everything else too. It’s also perfectly normal to have nose and ear hair removed with cotton swabs, wax, and fire. To put it another way, you really get something for your money at a barbershop in Alanya.

19. Atatürk Monument

Most Turkish cities have a statue in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey . In Alanya, the statue of Atatürk is located on the main street in the center of the city. It serves as a popular meeting place and is one of the most iconic sights in Alanya. Before entering the center of Alanya, don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Atatürk Monument.

20. Old Shipyard

The old shipyard in Alanya was completed in 1227 and was originally used to build warships . After a long break, ships are being rebuilt there again. However, it’s to a much lesser extent than in the past. The five large arches at the Shipyard each contain a small harbor that has been used to put ships into the sea.

A visit to the Shipyard offers a look at some archeological objects – and of course the old building itself. Although there isn’t much to see in there, it’s still one of the most popular things to do in Alanya. If you would like to visit the Shipyard, follow the path from the Red Tower that runs along the city wall.

Turkish name: Alanya Tersanesi. / Entrance fee: 5 TL.

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21. Seyir Terasi

Seyir Terasi is a beautiful park located in the mountains behind the city at an altitude of 650 meters above sea level. From here there’s a breathtaking panoramic view of Alanya in the daytime as well as in the evening. Besides enjoying the view, you can also relax in the green surroundings of the park.

Another option is to sweat your butt off in an outdoor gym or let the kids have fun on a playground. Seyir Terasi is best reached by car, but you can also take city bus no. 8. If you rent a car, remember to check if the brakes are working properly. The trip up the Taurus Mountains is very steep – as in seriously steep !

22. Day trips from Alanya

You can find many exciting day trips in a short distance from Alanya. Some of the most popular things to do near Alanya are to visit the scenic Sapadere Canyon and Manavgat Falls. The cities of Antalya, Side, Mahmutlar and the ruined city of Perge are also very popular. If you want to experience the “real Turkey”, I highly recommend visiting a small Turkish village in the mountains.

If you’re willing to drive further afield, you can also go on an excursion to the natural wonders of Pamukkale and Cappadocia . However, you should be aware that they’re so far away that an overnight stay may be necessary. The large selection of day trips is best experienced on a guided tour or by renting a car.

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So that’s all on this list of the very best things to do in Alanya, Turkey. What are your favorite things to do in Alanya? What are you looking forward to on your trip to Alanya? Feel free to leave a comment.

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15 Best Things to Do in Alanya (Turkey)

This sleek resort is squeezed against the Gulf of Antalya by the dark slopes of the Taurus Mountains.

The scenery is defined by a 250-metre-high promontory, sticking out into the Mediterranean and fortified since time immemorial.

In Alanya, your days will be spent lazing on an enticing beach and adventuring through those lofty castle ruins, which can be reached by a cable car that opened in 2017. This is one of a few projects that have helped turn Alanya into a 21st century beach resort.

The city is also a jumping off point for scuba diving, cruises and trips into the Taurus Mountains where you can hike in canyons, explore caves and bathe in cool mountain streams.

1. Alanya Castle

Alanya Castle

The city’s steep peninsula, protected on three sides by the Mediterranean, is topped by a 13th-century castle with 6.5 kilometres of fortified walls.

This rocky mass is a natural defence, and today’s castle was built on earlier Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine enclosures.

In all there are 83 towers and 140 towers in the walls, and many of the 1,200 original cisterns continue to fulfil their original role.

Alanya Castle is one massive archaeological site that warrants hours of exploration.

The starting point has to be the citadel or Kale on the southwest side, where you’ll come to the Byzantine Church of St George, later adapted as a mosque.

The north side of the promontory is the scene of the Seljuk Ehmedek Fortress, built on Hellenistic vestiges and holding a military garrison, arsenal and Sultan’s treasury for hundreds of years.

Here you’ll discover countless ruins, together with historic 19th-century houses that went up after the castle had lost its defensive purpose.

2. Red Tower (Kızılkule)

Red Tower

Alanya’s emblem is a 13th-century Seljuk defensive tower, getting its name from the red brick that makes up the structure’s upper storey and parapet.

The Red Tower has an octagonal footprint and climbs to 33 metres with marble blocks on its lower walls.

This rare piece of Medieval defensive architecture was constructed to protect Alanya’s harbour and shipyard, and greeted people’s arrival to the city for many centuries.

There’s a cistern inside, still able to collect rainwater, and you can make out the historic siege-repelling murder holes, through which boiling water and pitch would be dropped on helpless invaders.

On the first floor is a small ethnographic museum with tools and handicrafts reflecting the Turkmen culture in the Taurus Mountains.

3. Kleopatra Beach

Kleopatra Beach

Starting at the western foot of that promontory is Alanya’s main beach, a long gentle arc of coarse sand bathed by low-to-moderate surf.

Kleopatra Beach is wide, tapering only a little the further north you go, and gives you unbroken views of the castle and the brooding mass of the Taurus Mountains.

There are beach clubs with sun loungers at intervals along the beach, and between the sand and Atatürk Boulevard is a wide promenade, blessed with those same panoramas, under swaying palms and buffered from the street by a strip of greenery with playgrounds and flowerbeds.

4. Alanya Teleferik

Alanya Teleferik

On the east side of the beach is the lower station for a cable car that opened in summer 2017, whisking you up to the castle promontory.

The Alanya Teleferik climbs 250 metres on a 900-metre line, and one of its 14 gondolas will depart every 19 seconds.

On board you’ll be treated to astonishing 360° views, out over the Gulf of Antalya, across the resort and beyond to the Taurus Mountains.

When we wrote this article in March 2019 a round trip was 28TL (about $4.50). Sunset is of course a great time to make the journey, and from street level the gondolas are lit in green and blue at night.

5. Sapadere Kanyonu

Sapadere Kanyonu

It’s impossible not to be awed by Taurus Mountains, and if you want to break out and experience this stirring landscape your best bet is the Sapadere Canyon, about 40 kilometres northeast of Alanya.

The temperature is a few degrees lower in the mountains, and something that will strike you right away is the lack of humidity.

On there’s a seven hour tour taking you into the mountains for a trek via 750 metres of wooden walkways along the gnarled walls of the gorge, past waterfalls with bracing, clear pools that you can bathe in.

Afterwards you’ll stop at Sapadere village for lunch and to see rural life in the Antalya Province up close.

6. Damlataş Cave

Damlataş Cave

In 1948 when Alanya’s peninsula was being quarried for stone for the harbour, workers stumbled upon a cave brimming with stalagmites and stalactites.

At the foot of a stairway, the Damlataş Cave is 50 metres long and up to 15 metres high, and those bizarre concretions are carefully illuminated.

Now, something to note about the chamber is its high humidity (96%), elevated carbon dioxide and constant temperature of 22°C.

This might put off some visitors, but since it was first discovered the Damlataş Cave has been hailed for its therapeutic effects for people with respiratory complaints.

Tens of thousands of asthma sufferers visit each year, and take a 21-day treatment course involving four hours in the cave each day.

Their slot is 06:00-10:00, before the cave opens to the wider public.

7. Alanya Harbour (Limani)

Alanya Harbour

Alanya’s port for tourist cruises and diving excursions is defended to the south by Kızılkule, and is as good a place as any to potter around and see where your curiosity takes you.

Along the water there’s a promenade, hemmed by gardens with palms, lawns and topiaries.

There are lots of spaces to just park up and soak up the views out to sea, down to the castle or up to the Taurus Mountains, a constant, imposing presence all along the coast.

You’ll never be far from a cafe for a hit of Turkish coffee, and for the best views you can walk along the harbour’s south arm to ponder Alanya and its mountainous hinterland.

8. Alanya Archaeological Museum

Alanya Archaeological Museum

In ancient times, the surrounding region known as Pamphylia had a cluster of cities, many of which are compelling archaeological sites today.

So while you’re on the Turkish Riviera a visit to an archaeological museum will always be worthwhile.

Alanya’s is famed for a bronze statue of Hercules, dating from the 2nd century CE and just over half a metre tall.

Also on show are intact amphorae from the 2nd century BCE, coins going back as far as 700 BCE, an inscribed Phoenician tablet from 625 BCE and a 46-line letter by the Roman emperor Septimus Severus.

The museum also has an ethnographic section detailing local ways of life down the years, as well as an outdoor space showing ancient agriculture techniques, and funeral customs from ancient times through the Islamic era.

9. Alanya Tersanesi

Alanya Tersanesi

In 1228 the Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Kayqubad I ordered the construction of this remarkable shipyard, facing east across the bay, just south of Kızılkule.

In Medieval times Alanya was the Seljuk Empire’s prime shipyard on the Mediterranean, and what remains is in great condition and open to the public for free along a wooden boardwalk.

There’s a row of five pointed arches, more than 55 metres long in total, and these vaulted bays go back 44 metres inland.

The shipyard was oriented east to get as much sunlight as possible, and is flanked by a mosque and guardroom.

Slightly back and posted on the rocks on the south side is a defensive tower once armed with cannons.

10. Dimçayı


The Dim River weaves down the east side of Alanya from the Taurus Mountains.

As well as nourishing an abundance of vegetation on its banks, the river is wonderfully cool, even during the fierce heat of the summer months.

It’s a local family tradition to visit the river below the Dim Dam to paddle in its calmer stretches, come fishing and take a barbecue on the banks.

And catering to the many day-trippers are dozens of restaurants, many with shaded terraces on little wooden jetties or even on pontoons floating on the water.

Some of these river restaurants have pools, slides and diving boards on the river, and others will give you a fishing rod to catch your own trout.

Upstream from Dim Dam you can go rafting on a 5.5-kilometre course, setting off from Akköprü, and with lots of places to stop for a picnic on the banks.

11. Dim Cave (Dim Mağarası)

Dim Cave

On your visit to the Dim River make time for the largest cave system in the Alanya area, carved out by water over millions of years but only discovered in 1999. The Dim Cave is 360 metres long, and worthwhile for its many concretions.

Something to remember is that there are lots of steps and narrow walkways, so the Dim Cave isn’t accessible to all.

As with the Damlataş Cave there’s high humidity at 75%, although the cave does offer respite from the summer heat, with a temperature never rising above 19°C.

12. Alanya Belediyesi 100. Yıl Atatürk Parkı

Alanya Belediyesi 100. Yıl Atatürk Parkı

One of the things to love about this park is its location, right by the cable car station, tourist office, Damlataş Cave and archaeological museum, at the east end of Kleopatra Beach.

Within a few steps north along Güzelyalı Cd. there are dozens of places to eat.

As for the park, it’s somewhere to escape the heat for a few minutes, under a palm tree or one of the enormous ficuses.

There’s a mini-golf course, a fishpond, flowerbeds and pieces of public art like a ceremonious statue of Cleopatra.

This is also somewhere to witness Alanya’s affinity for its stray cats, which roam the lawns freely and have special wooden shelters and feeding stations.

13. Seyir Terasi

Seyir Terasi

To those in the know, the best panorama in Alanya can be had from this belvedere in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains.

By car or cab you can get up to the Seyir Terasi in under 15 minutes, and once you’re there you may not want to leave.

From this leafy vantage point you’ve got the best view of the castle’s peninsula, the tessellated white blocks of modern Alanya, as well as the harbour and the aqua-blue expanse of the Mediterranean.

There’s a telescope on the terrace and a cafe-restaurant above, and in the evening families will come to the park to light barbecues.

14. Alanya Boat Trip with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

Alanya Boat Trip

Of the many views to cherish in Alanya, some of the very best are from the water.

On a cruise departing the old harbour, you’ll see the castle, shipyard, Kızılkule and the Taurus Mountains through the eyes of a Medieval sailor.

The coastline in the Antalya Province is also fabulous, and there are three sets of caves within a short sail Alanya.

Occasionally on this six-hour voyage the boat will drop anchor and you can lie back on deck or plunge into the cool turquoise sea.

Cold drinks are provided and there’s also a barbecued lunch on board.

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15. Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

Scuba Diving In Alanya

You may want to spend a whole day descending into the clear waters off Alanya.

This experience is open to divers of all experience levels, and includes hotel pick-up and boat trips from the harbour to two dive sites, with a cooked lunch aboard the yacht on the way to the second site.

Beginners are well looked after, diving in groups no larger than two per instructor.

Non-divers can also come along for the trip, and you can bring your own snorkel and mask, or rent them from the boat, and pass a carefree day swimming in the crystalline sea and sunbathing.

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15 Best Things to Do in Alanya (Turkey):

  • Alanya Castle
  • Red Tower (Kızılkule)
  • Kleopatra Beach
  • Alanya Teleferik
  • Sapadere Kanyonu
  • Damlataş Cave
  • Alanya Harbour (Limani)
  • Alanya Archaeological Museum
  • Alanya Tersanesi
  • Dim Cave (Dim Mağarası)
  • Alanya Belediyesi 100. Yıl Atatürk Parkı
  • Seyir Terasi
  • Alanya Boat Trip with BBQ Lunch and Drinks
  • Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

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Alanya is one of the up-and-coming destinations along the Turkish Riviera and is starting to see more and more visitors flocking to its streets, desperate to see what all the fuss is about.

And it’s no surprise, there are so many things to do in Alanya, it’s a place that can keep any traveler entertained on their vacation. It’s certainly one of the most charming and alluring of the coastal cities we’ve been to, full of history, amazing beaches, and gorgeous nature.

If you find yourself wondering what to do in Alanya and are unsure of what attractions to add to your to-do list, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ve covered everything from ancient ruins to boat trips, and an indulgent Turkish Hamam, so you can make the most out of your trip to Alanya.

So without further ado, let’s jump straight in. 

Planning a trip to Alanya last-minute?

Make sure you book your tours, places to stay, and airport transfers ahead of time to ensure availability!

Here is our recommended airport transfer from Antalya to Alanya:

  • Airport Shuttle From Antalya Airport (Best way to get to town!)

Here are our recommended tours in Alanya:

  • Sapadere Canyon (A must-do in Alanya!)
  • Pirate Boat Trip (Ideal for swimming and snorkeling)
  • Traditional Turkish Bath with Massages

Here are our recommended places to stay in Alanya:

  • The Life House Alanya (A quiet apartment near restaurants & where we stayed)
  • Ramira Joy Hotel (An all-inclusive resort right on the beach!)
  • Kleopatra Atlas Hotel (A great adults-only hotel in Alanya!)

Things to Do in Alanya

1. visit alanya castle.

Alanya castle

One of the sights any visitor to Alanya simply cannot miss is the incredible Alanya Castle . Perched high up on a jagged cliffside, this once imposing castle overlooks the sparkling deep-blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From the minute you lay eyes on its crumbling walls, you know you’re in for a fascinating glimpse into the past. Alanya Castle was built back in the 13 th  century, under strict orders from the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad, who wanted to have an important defensive structure to protect the city against invading forces.

Today, visitors can wander through the castle’s remains, including the citadel which houses the few remains of the once colorful mosaics, and of course, the iconic Red Tower which we’ll talk about in more detail below.

You can wander around the castle complex for free, visiting the bazaar, mosques, and cemetery, but you must pay to enter the citadel. Honestly, we didn’t think it was worth it to pay for this. The citadel doesn’t have many signs in English and the audioguide was short and confusing (that’s probably why it’s free).

2. Climb the Red Tower

view of the red tower alanya

As part of the Alanya Castle complex, located at the bottom of the hillside, is the iconic Red Tower. It was a vital cog in the castle’s defensive wheel so to speak, being both functional and mightily symbolic as time has gone on.

The Tower was used to store a whole host of weapons and supplies in preparedness for any potential conflict or invasion as well as being a great vantage point to protect the shipyard.

In its presence, like many of the amazing ruins you see along Turkey’s coast, you get an overwhelming feeling of what it must have been like for those who guarded the city and the coastline centuries ago.

Interestingly, the Red Tower is such an iconic building in Turkish culture that it features on the back of the old 250,000 lira banknote as well as being on Alanya’s city flag.

Top tip: Make sure to bring your swimsuit and towel, as the beach under the tower is a wonderful place to swim.

3. Sunbathe on Cleopatra Beach

view of kleopatra beach

Much like the spectacular Alanya Castle, you can’t visit this superb Turkish city without spending a day or three relaxing on the sun-drenched sands of Cleopatra Beach.

Not only is it one of the most beautiful beaches in the Antalya region , but legend has it the infamous Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used to frequent this stretch of Turkish shoreline, adding a further sense of historical mystery to its rustic charm.

Mark Antony, Cleopatra’s love interest, supposedly brought these golden sands to Turkey as a gift from Egypt. Even today, you can relax, sunbathe, and make sandcastles on the same grains.

The beach also features a massive palm-tree-lined promenade that is home to plenty of bars and restaurants which contributes to the city’s lively beachside atmosphere, especially once the sun sets. It’s what makes Alanya one of the best beach towns in Turkey .

4. Marvel at Damlatas Cave

Damlatas Cave

Accidental findings don’t come much bigger than uncovering a gigantic cave with two stories to it. Back in 1948, construction work began at a quarry nearby which was used for building and reconstructing Alanya Harbour, and what was discovered shocked miners. 2,200 sq ft of underground caves complete with hundreds of stalagmites and stalactites that have been dripping in place for thousands of years.

After being surveyed by geologists, Damlatas Cave was officially opened to the public.

In the years since its discovery, it is believed that the high humidity levels have contributed to the cave air curing asthma sufferers.

Every day between 6.00am and 10.00am, the cave is open only to asthma sufferers who visit in the belief the damp cave air will cure their ailment. Damlatas Cave is super accessible for visitors to Alanya with it essentially being right at the end of Cleopatra Beach, plus it’s so small you only need 5-10 minutes to see it.

5. Gaze at the artifacts of the Alanya Archaeological Museum

Alanya Archaeological Museum

If you are into museums then the Alanya Archaeological Museum is definitely worth a visit on your trip to Alanya. It may not be as large and as grand as some of the other museums in Antalya (in fact, there are only 3 rooms and a courtyard), but the artifacts on display are definitely worthy of coming.

Divided into two sections, one archaeological and one dedicated to the ethnicities and culture of the area, the museum contains a huge diverse collection of ceramics, metals, and mosaics from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods this region of the world is famous for.

Related Reading: Antalya or Alanya: Which is Better?

6. Explore Sapadere Canyon

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About an hour’s drive from Alanya city center is the natural wonder of Sapadere Canyon. Not exactly unique to this area, the canyon has been formed by water erosion throughout thousands of years.

The result is a spectacular 750m long canyon complete with its waterfall. There’s more than just epic scenery, the canyon and its surrounding area offer visitors the opportunity to hike the Sapadere trails, cross rickety wooden bridges (perfect photo opportunity!), and even swim in the ice-cold fresh water if you dare.

Tickets for the canyon can be bought at the entrance however you can also book to go on a 4×4 tour which stops off at the canyon.

7. See the dolphins at Sealanya

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If you want something a little different to do that’s fun for all of the family, why not visit the amazing SEALANYA Dolphin Park? It’s home to a range of marine life including dolphins and seals offering a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures.

Like similar places, it’s not just watching them that is exciting, you can even get in the pool and swim with them. Naturally, these types of places have a bad reputation for the treatment and conditions the animals receive.

These fears are put to bed at Sealanya with excellent conservation efforts and education that is included in your experience.

8. Soar the skies in the Alanya Cable Car

cable car in alanya

If you’ve got a head for heights, then you’ll struggle to find something better to do than to take a ride on Alanya’s famous cable car.

It’s 900 meters of spectacular views, with the glistening Mediterranean Sea below and the gigantic Taurus Mountains in the distance.

You can catch the cable car right up to Alanya Castle where you will get a wonderful birds-eye view of the city and all of its important landmarks. Tickets for the cable car are about $8 USD or $8.90 for a return ticket. You can walk down but the price of the return is pretty much the same as a one-way so it makes sense to take it down as well.

9. Admire the view at Kursunlu Restorant

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In our opinion, nothing beats a tasty dinner with a jaw-dropping view. It’s the ultimate way to begin or end your holiday, and with the food just as good as the view, you will struggle to find a better restaurant in the city than Kursunlu.

The Kursunlu Restaurant is spread out across two floors, with the top floor being a shaded patio area that offers a serene, peaceful escape from Alanya’s bustling streets.

Visitors to Kursunlu can expect standard but delicious Turkish dishes including a diverse mix of mezze, grilled kebabs, and fresh locally caught seafood.

Don’t come to Kursunlu expecting a fine dining experience, this is very much a local place with a good atmosphere and good, simple food cooked right.

10. Indulge yourself with a Hamam 

If there’s one thing that Turkey is infamous for it’s the indulgent Turkish Hamam experience that you can have in traditional spas all over the country.

If you’re unfamiliar with what a Turkish Hamam is, it’s a traditional cleansing ritual that has been a part of Turkish culture for centuries. People come to Hamam’s to relax and unwind with elements of steam, water, and a deep massage spread across various rooms.

Cleopatra Bath in Alanya is one of the highest-rated Hamams in the region and provides visitors with exquisite facilities and the service to match.

Elegant heated marble, super soft towels and robes, and lusciously scented massage oils all contribute to giving you the royal treatment. Prices for Hamams depend on the package you choose which could include different priced treatments. 

11. Head underground at Dim Cave

Dim Cave

If you’re a fan of nature and the beauty that comes with it, then a trip to visit Dim Cave is an absolute must. The cave is one of the best examples in the entire country and 360 meters out of 410 is open to the public.

There are four chambers each with its name, Pamukkale, Organ, Chandelier, and Lake Hall. The cave is just a half an hour drive from Alanya city center itself making for an easy trip that won’t take up too much of your time.

This can also be combined with a tour to the Dim River valley where there are numerous hiking trails through pine forests and swimming points along the river. 

12. Travel back in time to Naula Ancient City

Naula Ancient City

If you’re a history buff, or you just like exploring all of the incredible ruins from eras gone by, one you should take a look at is the Naula Ancient City.

Just a short 10km drive from Alanya, you’ll be able to see the remains of what was once a thriving port city built just 200 meters from the sea.

Artifacts that have been exhumed in the vicinity date back to the Byzantine period and plenty of buildings can be identified including churches and even an ancient theatre.

Today, there’s not much other than the crumbling ruins but it’s worthy of exploration for sure. There are also several restaurants in the area catering to the tourists visiting, meaning you can stop off for a bite to eat before carrying on with your day. 

13. Pit-stop at Herkul Koprusu

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In today’s day and age, what’s the point of going on holiday if you can’t get a good picture to post and show how incredible your trip is to all of your friends?

Well, if this sounds a little bit like you and you’ve been dying for that perfect photo opportunity, you should be heading out to the picturesque Bridge of Hercules, or Herkul Koprusu in Turkish.

It’s a gorgeous little stone bridge that is unfortunately severely lacking in any real meaningful background information, but the rumor on the street is that it is 1,800 years old. Looking at the bridge itself, I can believe it too.

There is a quaint little picnic area with benches that overlook the river and bridge which makes for a perfect pit-stop on your way back from the Sapadere Canyon which is further up the hill. 

14. Visit the historic Alanya Shipyard

alanya harbour

Another interesting place to visit on your tour of the city is Alanya Shipyard. Dating back to 1228, it is one of the oldest shipyards in the Mediterranean and is the only shipyard remaining from the Seljuk period.

It was used primarily for building and repairing ships for the Turkish Navy and huge stone blocks were used for its construction. Looking at these blocks is remarkable considering their weight and the technology that was around almost 800 years ago.

Today, the shipyard has been turned into a museum which gives visitors a wealth of information on Turkish maritime activity and the history of the shipyard itself. 

15. Sail away on a Boat Trip 

boat tour from alanya

One of the most popular activities for anyone visiting Turkey’s Riviera is to jump on an Antalya boat trip and head out into the stunning deep-blue waters of the Mediterranean in search of hidden caves, schools of fish, and if you’re really lucky, dolphins.

Alanya, like most places along the Turkish Riviera, is an excellent place for a boat trip with plenty of tour operators all vying for your custom along the harbour.

Many of them run similar routes and itineraries so look carefully and decide which one you like the sound of the best. If you’re in a big family or group, you might even want to consider heading out on your own private boat.

All trips usually include lunch and snacks and offer pick-up and drop-off from your hotel or villa. 

Map Of Attractions In Alanya

To help you plan which activities to do and where, here is a map of these attractions in Alanya…

Final Thoughts

If you’re tired of typical tourist destinations in Turkey and want to see somewhere both beautiful and interesting, then Alanya is for you.

This enchanting coastal town boasts a mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that will leave you breathless.

We hope this guide gave you some inspiration for what to do in Alanya and gave you a few activities to add to your list. Have you been to Alanya? What was your favorite thing to do there? Let us know in the comments.

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Louisa is a professional travel blogger with an insatiable wanderlust for exploring the captivating country of Turkey. With a deep appreciation for the country’s diverse history and natural beauty, Louisa has made it her mission to share the wonders of Turkey with the world. Born in the UK and raised by two Travel Agent parents, she was born with a perpetual case of the travel bug and now travels full time as a travel writer. Louisa has embarked on numerous adventures across Turkey, and shares her first-hand expertise and experience about her favorite destinations in Turkey, such as Antalya, Alanya, Fethiye and Bodrum.

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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the town, Alanya Castle stands as a testament to the region’s historical significance. This imposing fortress offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding landscapes. As you explore the castle’s ancient walls and towers, you’ll be transported back in time to the days of medieval empires. One of the best places to visit in Alanya.

  • Climb to the top of the castle for breathtaking views of Alanya and the turquoise waters below.
  • Wander through the castle’s courtyards and discover its well-preserved structures, including the Byzantine church and the Sultan Alaaddin Mosque.
  • Learn about the castle’s fascinating history through informative exhibits and signage.

2. Alanya Ottoman Shipyard: Maritime Heritage

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Step back in time at the Alanya Ottoman Shipyard, a historic site that showcases the town’s maritime heritage. This shipyard dates back to the 16th century and is a remarkable example of Ottoman naval architecture. Explore the remains of the shipyard, including the dry dock and the stone walls that once housed the Ottoman fleet.

  • Marvel at the impressive engineering of the shipyard’s construction and imagine the bustling activity that once took place here.
  • Learn about the shipbuilding techniques of the Ottoman Empire and the importance of naval power during that era.
  • Capture stunning photographs of the shipyard’s ruins against the backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

3. Alanya Harbor: Nautical Charm

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Alanya Harbor is the heart of the town’s maritime activities and a vibrant hub of nautical charm. Stroll along the picturesque promenade, lined with colorful fishing boats and waterfront restaurants. This bustling area offers a lively atmosphere, with a mix of locals and tourists enjoying the sights and sounds of the harbor.

  • Take a leisurely boat tour from the harbor, allowing you to explore the stunning coastline and discover hidden coves and caves.
  • Enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants, where you can savor fresh seafood dishes while admiring the panoramic views.
  • Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the harbor, with street performers, vendors, and shops offering a variety of souvenirs.

4. Alanya Lighthouse: Guiding the Way

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The Alanya Lighthouse stands tall at the tip of the peninsula, guiding ships safely into the harbor. This iconic landmark offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding coastline. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for a unique vantage point and capture breathtaking photographs of the panoramic vistas.

  • Enjoy a romantic sunset view from the lighthouse, as the golden hues illuminate the town and the sea.
  • Learn about the history of the lighthouse and its importance in maritime navigation.
  • Relax in the nearby park area and soak in the peaceful ambiance while taking in the stunning views.

5. Alanya Viewpoint: Scenic Beauty

For a bird’s-eye view of Alanya’s beauty, head to one of the many viewpoints scattered across the town. These elevated vantage points offer breathtaking panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea, the castle, and the town’s charming rooftops. Take a moment to appreciate the natural and architectural splendors that surround you. One of the best places to visit in Alanya.

  • Visit the Ehmedek Panorama Terrace, located near the castle, for a stunning view of the town and the sea.
  • Explore the famous Red Tower, a medieval watchtower that offers panoramic views from its rooftop terrace.
  • Capture unforgettable photographs of Alanya’s landscapes, both during the day and at sunset.

6. Alanya Archaeological Museum: Unveiling the Past

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of the region at the Alanya Archaeological Museum . This museum houses a collection of artifacts that tell the story of Alanya’s ancient civilizations, from the Hellenistic period to the Roman era. Wander through the museum’s galleries and discover the secrets of the past.

  • Admire the museum’s impressive collection of sculptures, pottery, and artifacts, showcasing the artistic and cultural achievements of ancient civilizations.
  • Learn about the region’s historical significance and the role it played in the trade routes of the Mediterranean.
  • Engage with knowledgeable guides who can provide insights into the exhibits and offer a deeper understanding of the artifacts on display.

7. Alanya Ataturk House & Museum: A Glimpse into the Past

Step into the former residence of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, at the Alanya Ataturk House & Museum. This historical site offers a glimpse into Ataturk’s life and the impact of his leadership on the nation. Explore the museum’s exhibits and artifacts, which provide insight into Ataturk’s achievements and his connection to Alanya.

  • Discover the personal belongings, photographs, and documents that belonged to Ataturk during his visits to Alanya.
  • Learn about Ataturk’s reforms and his role in shaping Turkey’s modern identity.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Ataturk’s influence on the nation and his enduring legacy.

8. Alanya Beaches: Sun, Sand, and Relaxation

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No visit to Alanya is complete without a day spent on its beautiful beaches. With crystal-clear waters and soft golden sand, the beaches of Alanya offer the perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxation.

  • Visit Cleopatra Beach , renowned for its pristine beauty and clear turquoise waters. Relax on the soft sand, take a dip in the sea, or engage in water sports activities.
  • Explore Keykubat Beach, located near the town center, which offers a lively atmosphere with beachside cafes, water sports rentals, and sun loungers.
  • Discover the more secluded beaches of Fugla, Portakal, and Ulas, where you can enjoy a peaceful and tranquil beach experience.

9. Dim River & Canyon: Natural Splendor

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Escape the bustling town and venture into the tranquil beauty of the Dim River and Canyon. Located just a short distance from Alanya, this natural wonder offers a refreshing retreat from the summer heat. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the river or relax in one of the riverside restaurants, where you can savor delicious local cuisine.

  • Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the river and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
  • Embark on a rafting adventure through the canyon’s rapids, suitable for adrenaline enthusiasts.
  • Indulge in a traditional Turkish breakfast or lunch at one of the riverside restaurants, where you can savor local delicacies while enjoying the peaceful ambiance.

10. Koprulu Canyon National Park: Outdoor Adventure

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For nature lovers and adventure seekers, a visit to Koprulu Canyon National Park is a must. Located inland from Alanya, this stunning natural park offers a range of outdoor activities amidst breathtaking landscapes.

  • Engage in white water rafting on the Köprüçay River, an exhilarating adventure through the park’s rugged canyons and rapids.
  • Explore the park’s hiking trails, which lead you through lush forests, scenic valleys, and ancient ruins.
  • Discover the ancient Roman Bridge, known as Oluk Bridge, and marvel at its architectural beauty and historical significance.

11. Sapadere Canyon: Nature’s Oasis

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Venture into the tranquil beauty of Sapadere Canyon, a hidden gem near Alanya. This natural wonderland boasts lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams. Embark on a guided tour of the canyon, following the wooden walkways that wind through its stunning landscapes.

  • Discover the enchanting waterfalls of Sapadere, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the natural pools.
  • Observe the diverse flora and fauna of the canyon, including rare plant species and birdlife.
  • Learn about the geological formations and the natural processes that shaped this captivating landscape.

12. Damlatas Cave: A Subterranean Wonderland

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Explore the underground marvels of Damlatas Cave , a natural limestone cave located in the heart of Alanya. Admire the stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations that have been slowly sculpted over thousands of years. The cave is known for its therapeutic air, which is believed to have health benefits for respiratory ailments.

  • Take a guided tour of the cave and learn about its geological significance and formation.
  • Marvel at the intricate formations that adorn the cave’s walls and ceilings, creating a mesmerizing visual spectacle.
  • Experience the unique microclimate of the cave, characterized by its cool temperature and high humidity.

13. Alanya Aquapark: Family Fun in the Sun

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For a day of family fun and excitement, head to Alanya Aquapark . This thrilling water park offers a variety of water slides, pools, and attractions that guarantee an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

  • Slide down the twisting and turning water slides, experiencing moments of adrenaline and laughter.
  • Relax in the lazy river or soak up the sun on the spacious sunbathing areas.
  • Enjoy the park’s family-friendly atmosphere, with designated areas for younger children to splash and play.

14. Sealanya Seapark Alanya: Discover the Marine World

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating marine world at Sealanya Seapark Alanya . This marine park combines entertainment with education, allowing visitors to learn about marine life and witness captivating performances by dolphins, seals, and other sea creatures.

  • Watch thrilling dolphin and seal shows, where these intelligent creatures showcase their skills and interact with their trainers.
  • Learn about marine conservation efforts and the importance of protecting our oceans.
  • Engage in interactive experiences, such as swimming with dolphins or feeding sea turtles.

With its captivating history, natural beauty, and array of attractions, Alanya offers a diverse range of experiences for every traveler. From exploring ancient ruins to relaxing on pristine beaches, from indulging in local cuisine to immersing in outdoor adventures, Alanya has something to offer everyone. Plan your visit to this coastal gem and unlock the treasures that await in the top best places to visit in Alanya. Let the charm of this enchanting town leave a lasting impression and create unforgettable memories of your Alanya holiday.


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23 Best Things to Do in Alanya (+ Day Trips!)

23 Best Things to Do in Alanya (+ Day Trips!)

Alanya was one of the stops of our long road trip on the south coast of Turkey – the so-called Turquoise Coast – when I was a teenager.

I still remember the dazzling Mediterranean Sea and all the salt left on our bodies when we came back to our hotel from the seaside. That’s how salty the sea was and still is! Having the best tan I have ever had… well, it simply summarizes that summer!

A spectacular mixture of tranquility, adventure, nightlife, and history, there are things to do in Alanya for every type of traveler.

Located between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean, Alanya is set on a peninsula made of rocks, and the city dates back to almost the 13th century. With sweeping beaches and stunning sights, this lovely seaside town has several gems to discover.

The Best Things to Do in Alanya

Visit alanya castle and the red tower.

Traveler in black dress exploring the city of Alanya and its castle in Turkey

On the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, legend says that the fortifications of Alanya Castle have been there since the 3rd century BC.

Giving 360-degree panoramic views of the city, this castle is a must-see in Alanya when you are in the city center.

After you have completed your visit to Alanya Castle, continue walking to the harbor. The Red Tower is a hexagonal structure that was once built to protect Alanya Castle as well as the Old Shipyard nearby against the cities’ enemies, and it’s well worth visiting this icon of Alanya when you travel to Turkey .

Check out the Alanya Archaeological Museum

The small but well-curated museum that was renovated in 2012 is worth a visit if you are into local history.

One of the exhibits includes a bronze statue of Hercules dating back to the 2nd century AD. There are also jewelry, coins, letters, jugs, and tools.

The museum is open everyday between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

Address:  Saray, İsmet Hilmi Balcı Cd. No:2, 07400, 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Try stand up paddleboarding

Man trying stand up paddleboarding in Turkey's sea

Even if you have never done stand up paddleboarding before, you should give it a try in the clear waters on Alanya — all the better with Red Tower views behind you!

It’s an amazingly relaxing activity once you find your balance on the board. It’s best to enjoy the sea when it is calm, before all the boats take off, so therefore I recommend to start paddling in the morning. It’s also good to get out there before it gets too hot! Stand up paddling is also a great and fun way to get a tan.

Take a jeep tour by day or night night

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With illuminated 4 x 4 Land Rover Safari Jeeps, you can enjoy the mountain wilderness and feed your adventurous soul on the 1200 meter peaks of the Taurus Mountains.

If you like group excursions, going on a jeep safari especially by night can be a great idea!

Of course, there are tours during the day, as well, so if you want to go during the day, take sunscreen and plenty of water with you as the vehicles are open top. It becomes a challenge to take pictures on the bumpy off roads, but it is where the fun is!

Relax on the göbektaşı

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Alanya has great hammams, a must-have traditional Turkish culture bathing experience.

Here’s some hammam 101. First, get into the sauna and then into the steam room to get your body ready to handle the hammam’s hot temperature. By doing so, the pores on your skin will open, and you will be able to clean your skin more easily.

When you get accustomed to the heating, lay down on the göbektaşı, the marble heated central platform in the hammam to relax.

If you have made an arrangement with one of the ladies who work there, she will come and scrub your body with fluffy soap and then give you a back massage. (Men, don’t feel left out – there are hammams for men as well, as they are separated by gender)

Once you are done, relax in the lounge and enjoy your herbal tea, feeling brand new.

Paraglide over Cleopatra Beach

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If you are into adrenaline-pumping sports, paragliding is another great thing to do in Alanya. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the photogenic scenery of the city and the sea!

After reaching the mountains, you can take off on a flight of 20 minutes. Be careful while choosing the company; some of them lack licenses!

Be sure to pack a proper, sturdy selfie stick if you want a good photo. Having the right photo equipment is also very important in order to take good pictures during your flight!

Take a pirate boat trip

Red pirate style boat on the sea at sunset

If you are traveling with your kids, and if your kids love Pirates of the Caribbean … this activity is perfect for you!

You will depart from the harbor by a ship almost identical to Jack Sparrow’s pirate ship and sail away. I am sure your kids also love the entertainment activities in the ship, which includes dancing and some games led by an actor who impersonates Johnny Depp’s Pirates character!

The boats generally stay close to Alanya, as there are no islands or bays to discover nearby. There are some caves, though, which I will mention below!

Make a wish at the Phosphorus and Lovers’ Cave

Turquoise water with cliff and cave in middle

If you sail away from Alanya harbor, you will probably pay a visit to Phosphorus Cave. The area near the cave is a favorite swimming pit stop for the boats carrying tourists out on excursions.

It is a tradition to make a wish in the caves in Turkey by throwing a coin into the water; this cave is not an exception!

Another popular cave near Alanya is the Lovers’ Cave. Supposedly, the legend says that Lovers’ Cave was the lair of old pirates. The entrance of the cave is 8 meters high and if you are brave enough, you can dive right into the water from up there! 

Take a bath like Cleopatra

Beautiful white sand beach with turquoise water and cliff

There are several beaches in Alanya with the European flag, meaning these beaches are in the standards of the international control administration, a very high rank to earn.

One of the most popular of these white sand paradises is obviously Cleopatra Beach, taking its name from the famous Egyptian Princess Cleopatra, who allegedly took a bath with the Roman Emperor Mark Anthony (Marcus Antonius) here!

Spanning two kilometers west of the city, the entrance to the beach is free. There are sunbeds and umbrellas to hire in case you cannot bring your own.

Cleopatra Beach is extremely popular, so do expect crowds especially in the high season!

Visit the wooden houses in Ehmedek

Wooden Ottoman houses on hill with vegetation and trees

Ehmedek was once a neighborhood where the Turkish lived during the rule of Seljuk and Ottoman empires. After a short walk from Alanya Castle, old wooden houses start to appear in the streets where you can also visit Ehmedek Castle and Süleymaniye Mosque.

There is also a bedesten, a market place, you can shop traditional souvenirs as well as 13th-century mausoleum called Akşebe Türbesi where you can pray or make a wish.

Visit the Alanya Shipyard (Tersane)

Landscape of ancient shipyard near of Kizil Kule tower in Alanya peninsula.

The tersane (shipyard) is another thing you should not miss, simply because it is the only shipyard to remain in Turkey that was built by Seljuk civilization.

Last time I checked, the tersane was under renovation, therefore it might still continue, as these things are taken seriously and take time in Turkey.

Bargain in Cuma Pazarı

Food market in Turkey selling peaches at the Alanya friday bazaar.

The local market takes place every Friday (hence the name Cuma Pazarı, which means Friday Market in Turkish!) where you can stroll among various fruits and vegetables that look and smell so fresh!

The area is especially famous for its citrus trees, so definitely buy a jar of orange jam. You can also have a pomegranate juice during your stroll.

These markets have also textiles sections you should check out. There are 100% organic white T-shirts and dresses made from şile bezi (gauze), a perfect clothing choice for the extremely hot summer months of Alanya.

Another tip, please do not forget to bargain. Locals love it and expect it from shoppers, whether foreign or local!

Day Trips from Alanya

Have lunch at dimçayı river.

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Located 22 kilometers from Alanya, Dimçayı River is a great escape from the sun with its cooling waters.

The river runs in a valley surrounded by cliffs where you can shelter under the shadows and breathe in the fresh air.

Lunching here is also a good idea, and there are restaurants located above the river which have traditional Turkish pergolas to relax.

Swim in the cold waters of Sapadere Canyon 

Canyon with waterfall emptying into blue pool

Cutting through the mountains, Sapadere is a true gem with its cascading waterfalls and green forests. There are walls made of limestone on each side of the canyon, as well as wooden roads through the canyon.

You will see some stairways that lead to some swimming spots. However, like I said in the title, the water is freezing cold regardless of the season! If you are courageous enough, though, take a dip!

I still remember the winding road that leads to Sapadere. I had gotten sick because of turning all the time (so bring your motion sickness pills!). It’s a 40-minute drive from Alanya, and you can reach the destination by jeep or motorbike. There are also tours available if you don’t want to drive.

Breathe easily in Damlataş Cave

Cave with stalactites coming from ceiling

One of the first caves to be opened for tourism in the country, Damlataş Cave was accidentally found in 1948 while construction workers were taking stones for Alanya harbor. Inside the cave, you can see stalagmites and stalactites dating back 15,000 years.

For years, thousands of visitors come to Damlataş Cave to find a cure for their asthma, thanks to the unique atmosphere of the cave. The percentage of carbon dioxide is quite high, 12 times more than the air we breathe outside, and the humidity is 95%: ideal conditions for breathing easily!

Whatever the season, the temperature of the air in the cave is 22–23 °C (72–73 °F). You can visit Damlataş Cave everyday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Alanya Restaurants to Try

Eat girit ezmesi at i̇skele sofrası.

Balls made of feta cheese, walnuts, and parsley

A short walk away from Alanya harbor, there is a restaurant run by three generations of the same family who are into slow food.

Book your table in advance to have a taste of meze menu, one of which is girit ezmesi – a mash made from feta-like cheese, olive oil, and walnuts.

Kuzu güveç , their delicious lamb hot pot, is also to die for. Do not forget to order your rakı , the local favorite alcohol. The restaurant is open until 1 A.M.

Address: Çarşı, Tophane Cd., 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Have fresh fish at Kaleiçi Meyhanesi

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The restaurant presents an impressive selection of shellfish and fish dishes as well as 30 types of meze plates just above the harbor.

The restaurant is on the waterfront and has a traditional Turkish meyhane (taverna) concept with a cozy decoration. It opens after 4 PM.

Address: Çarşı, İskele Cd. No:80, 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Have a rosé at Bistro Floyd

Once belonging to an Ottoman Empire-era family, the house has been renovated and turned into one of the hippest hangout spots in the city center.

The menu presents dishes from both Turkish and European cuisines. Order a glass of rosé to cool off after a day under the Alanya sun. 

Address: Çarşı, Damlataş Cd. No:19, 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Alanya Nightlife & Bars

Alanya at night with lights reflecting in harbor

Dance to live music at the Sky Lounge Bar

This is a multi-story venue both locals and foreigners prefer, where you can listen to soft chill-out music in the early hours of the night.

Sky Lounge Bar turns into a mix of house and club after midnight. On some nights, you can dance to live music on the 6 th floor after 10 PM.

Do not forget to check out the program before you hit the venue! Just a kind reminder, most clubs in Turkey do not accept single men without company.

Address: Çarşı, İskele Cd. no: 80, 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Club Summer Garden

If you want to dance until the first light of the sun, this is THE place.

The best open-air disco in the country, Club Summer Garden is extremely popular. There are spectacular music and stage performances to enjoy!

Address: Konaklı, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Blv. No:24, 07560 Alanya/Antalya

Havana Club

Young Turks come to party until morning in Havana Club, a venue capable of accommodating up to 1,000 partiers!

The DJ programs differ but mainly play a mixture of R&B, Turkish pop hits, techno, and club. Again, most clubs do not accept solo men, so keep this in mind if you’re a man traveling Turkey alone.

Address:   Çarşı, Müftüler Sk, 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Crazy Horse

If you feel like eating sushi, this is the place! The menu also has Latin cuisine options.

After dinner is served, the place turns into a real party venue full of young people. You can hit the bar until 3 AM!

Address: Şekerhane, Hükümet Cd., 07400 Alanya/Antalya

Queen’s Garden

If you would like to dance with your family, you can head to Queen’s Garden. Just follow the music from the city center, and you will reach there. 

Address: Müftüler Caddesi Demirciler Sk. No 99 07400, 07400 Alanya, Antalya

Where to Stay in Alanya

We’re in the process of creating comprehensive guides on where to stay in various Turkish cities, but for now, here are our recommendations for Alanya!

Budget | Miray Hotel Kleopatra

This budget-friendly hotel offers a stunning (almost) beachfront location at a low price, a brief walk from the stunning Cleopatra Beach.

The rooms are spacious for the price, with en-suite bathrooms and balconies with partial sea views.

Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, sun loungers, a children’s area, ping pong tables, and breakfast AND dinner included in your room rate! Now that’s budget-friendly!

>> Check prices, reviews, and availability here!

Boutique | Ozgur Bey Spa Hotel

In the hip Oba part of Alanya, at Ozgur Bey Spa Hotel , you’re just 100 meters away from the pristine ‘Orange Beach’ with its own private beach.

The rooms are decorated in modern colors, with white walls, warm wood accents, and turquoise pops of color. Rooms feature modern amenities – A/C, TVs, electronic safes, minibar, workdesk, wardrobe – that make you feel instantly at home.

There’s also an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a Turkish spa center that offers hammams, saunas, steam room, massages, and other wellness treatments.

>> Check prices, reviews, and availability here

Luxury | Alaaddin Beach Hotel (Adults Only)

This chic luxury hotel is perfect for couples and groups of friends looking for an upscale escape from the more family-friendly nature of the rest of the resort city of Alanya.

Right on Cleopatra Beach, rooms have balconies offer a sweeping view of the sea, with beautifully tended gardens, an outdoor swimming pool that’s lit up beautifully at night, and air conditioned rooms.

It’s a mere 15 minutes from the center of Alanya, so it’s easy to walk into town to enjoy meals and nightlife in the city center. But if you just want to relax at the hotel, the restaurant at the hotel offers Mediterranean and international cuisine as well as live music on certain nights!

What to Pack for Alanya

Greece - Crete - Heraklion - Old Venetian Harbor Luggage

We have a guide of  what to pack for Turkey , but here are five things you definitely want to bring with you!

The Lonely Planet Turkey :  a good guidebook can help you with the kinds of safety tips you need if you’re out in the city and feel a bit lost, especially if you don’t have internet or a cell signal. These also have specific neighborhood information that will help you in different parts of the city, and it’s a great supplement to blog posts like this one!

Unlocked Cell Phone:  Stephanie and I both have unlocked cell phones that we bought in Europe (Stephanie uses a  Samsung  and I use an  iPhone ). This allows up to get sim cards when we travel so that we always have the internet. This has gotten us out of so many jams! If you don’t have an unlocked cell phone that can use a Turkish sim card, you can buy a cheaper  unlocked phone online  and bring it with you!

Pacsafe Citysafe  or Other Anti-Theft Bag:  This is the bag both Stephanie and I use for all our travels. It has a pouch with RFID technology so our credit cards can’t get scanned from afar, interlocking zippers to make it harder to pickpocket, and it’s roomy enough to be a perfect sightseeing day bag, yet it’s still quite stylish for all of its security features. If you’d rather bring something smaller, you can pack a  money belt   instead. 

Grayl Water Filter :  While the water is *technically* safe to drink in much of Turkey, I would still avoid it. If you don’t want to be buying millions of plastic water bottles, you can get a reusable water bottle that comes with a water filter so that you can stick to the tap water and reduce your plastic waste. If you’ll be traveling outside of the major tourist centers, check if the water is potable locally.

Seabands:  If you get seasick easily, pack some Seabands or   seasickness pills  so you don’t miss out on the best parts of Turkey – being on the water! A trip to Turkey isn’t complete without a cruise or at least a quick boat trip, so make sure you’re prepared to enjoy it to the fullest!

More Turkey Travel Resources

Allison in Turkey drinking pomegranate juice

We have a ton of resources to help you plan your trip to Turkey!

If this will be your first time  traveling to Turkey , check out this guide to  planning a trip to Turkey (including visa information)  and this guide  beautiful places to visit in Turkey . You can also check out our  Balkan currency guide , which explains how the Turkish lira works and guidelines for tipping in Istanbul.

If you’re spending time on the coast , we have guides to Antalya and Fethiye , and Bodrum, Marmaris & more are on the way.

If you’re heading to Istanbul, we have you covered.  Start with our  essential Istanbul Travel Tips  and guide to  staying safe in Istanbul

We’re working on our massive  things to do in Istanbul  post, plus you can check out our  guide to the best Instagram spots around Istanbul,  tips for  shopping in Istanbul , the best  Turkish food  to eat, how to plan an  Istanbul honeymoon , and  what to do in Istanbul at night.

If you want to be in the city for just a few days (four or less), check out our  Istanbul city break guide , which breaks down the best of the city so you won’t miss anything!

Headed to Cappadocia?  If you’re curious about the most  Instagrammable places in Cappadocia , we’ve got you covered. We also have posts on the  best things to do in Cappadocia , and how to plan a perfect  3 day Cappadocia itinerary , plus  how to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul.

We have tons more Turkey and Balkans resources, and we publish new content nearly daily. Bookmark our  Turkey  and  Balkans  travel pages so you can find any new resources that come out before your trip!

Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!

If you’re planning a trip to Turkey, make sure to travel with a valid  travel insurance  policy. While we feel safe in Turkey, it’s a good idea to be covered in case of an emergency. Travel insurance covers you in case of theft or an accident, which can save your trip if there’s an incident.

For travel insurance, we both use  World Nomads .  I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for almost three years, and I’m happy to refer them to anyone I meet.

>>  Get your free quote from World Nomads here  <<

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After studying literature, Dize started to work as a freelance blog writer. She is the mother of a baby girl and 2 dogs. She lives in Istanbul with her family.

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The Elegant Wanderer

Alanya is one of the most loved Turkish resorts – from May to October it is a big city famous for Kleopatra beach and Alanya castle. But are those places the only must-see places in Alanya? Far away from this. Alanya has much more to offer than I was expecting.

Alanya’s name is coming from Alaiye which was given by the Seljuk Turks after the conquest. Alanya wasn’t always big city like it is today. Alanya used to be a fishing village but in the 80’s it started changing into a big city. I knew Alanya was popular destination among holidaymakers looking for sun and great beaches and that’s why it wasn’t on my travel radar before. I usually don’t prefer popular tourist destination, but I was in Turkey before, fell in love with this country and wanted to explore this part of the country too. It is easily reachable from Istanbul – there are frequent flights from the Istanbul Airport.

I’m presenting you a list of must-see places in Alanya to get you inspired.


Alanya kalesi & red tower.

Alanya Kalesi (Alanya Castle) is located on the top of the hill and it is certainly one of the must-see places in Alanya. There are three ways to get to the top – by car, cable car or walking. The castle is the most significant landmark of the city and it has great value for Alanya. Before it was used for strategic distribution and it’s also known to be the best protected castle in the history.

As mentioned above, there are different ways to get to the top, but the best way to get there is by cable car . There are two different fares – one for the locals and one for the tourists. The price in 2022 was 100 TRL for roundtrip. You will get some amazing views during the ride – you can see the Cleopatra beach, the Damlataş cave and the whole city.

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You can also drive up to the castle or walk from the bottom – from the nearby Red Tower. Red Tower (being the second most important landmark of the city) stands by the water nearby the Shipyard built in the 13th Century by the Seljuks. It served for the protection of the port and the shipyard. The tower is consisting of five floors and the last two were built out of red clay bricks which resulted in the well-deserved name Red Tower. 

The city walls from the Red Tower will take you to the shipyards. Built-in 1227 by the Seljuks, the shipyard is 56 meters wide and 44 meters long. Ships were built underneath the five arches of the shipyard, which is rather an unknown sight in Alanya. Although it is located directly under the castle, it is easy to miss, but I would put in on the list of the must-see places in Alanya.

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The castle wall is more than 6km long and it offers some great views of Alanya and its two main beaches – Kleopatra beach and Keykubat beach. Those impressive views will be the highlight of your visit. You can feel that the entire city and the Mediterranean Sea are under your feet.

Alanya Castle Gallery

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Alanya caves

Damlataş cave.

Located on the west of Alanya castle, very close to the cable car which takes you to the Alanya castle. It was discovered accidentally and now it’s known as Asthma cave thanks to its special nature. Combination of 22°C throughout the year and the air containing 70% more nitrogen than the outside & 10 to 12 times more carbon dioxide makes very good alternative treatment for patients with asthma.

Name of Cave “Damlataş” comes from the stalactite which exists by water droplets. It is the first cave which was opened to tourism in Turkey.

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Dim cave, second largest cave in Turkey, is located in the Dim Valley which is named after the Dim stream. It is located 14km away from Alanya city center. Thanks to the stalactites and stalagmites embellishing the whole cave it’s one of the prettiest caves in Turkey. At the end of the cave there is a 200 m2 wide lake. The temperature is 18°C and it is constant – it is the same in summer and in winter. It is estimated that the Dim cave is about 1 million years old.

Dim River – Dim Çayi

Dim cave, mentioned above, is part of the Dim valley and it is not the only visit-worthy place in the valley. One of the most popular and must-see places in Antalya is the Dim River . Lots of tourists, including Turkish people, love to visit this place to escape the bustling and loud Alanya city center.

The Dim River with picnic areas and restaurants is the place to be visited to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the coolness of the mountain water. The Dim River is a perfect place for having a Turkish breakfast, picnics, relaxing and nature walks. If you are an adrenaline lover, you can go rafting too. Along the river you will find lots of restaurants, some of them built on the river bed. During the summer, when the water level is low, the tables of the restaurants are placed in the water, so you can have your feet in the cool water of the river while eating out.

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Beaches of Alanya

When thinking of Alanya activities, visiting the beaches of Alanya may be the first thing to cross your mind. This city has some gorgeous beaches and astonishing sea.

Absolute winner of the list is Kleopatra Beach , with its gold-coloured sand and azure sea. Here’s the story behind the name of this beach – Roman politician and general Marcus Anthonius loved Queen Cleopatra and gifted her with a beach that would be named after her. The only negative side about this beach is that it is always crowded, so you can’t count on having a peaceful time on the beach. I believe that the beach is worth the visit regardless of the crowd. Or you can visit Alanya before summer months when there is less people. There isn’t an entrance fee, but you have to pay for lounge chairs and parasols. One of the best activities is watching the sunset – believe me, it is perfect.

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Another sandy beach with crystal clear water is Damlataş Beach , just in front of the Damlataş cave. You should definitely visit this place and spoil yourself with drinking a lemonade while looking at the green mountain with the Alanya castle on it. But you should be careful when entering the sea, because the sea has a rocky and slippery entrance, plus that it’s wavy and it can be challenging to get in/out the water.

There are also many beautiful beaches outside the Alanya – like Incekum beach or Mahmutlar beach. I bet that you’re going to love every single beach in Alanya area.

Seyir Terasi

This place should be on your must-see places in Alanya if you would love to enjoy in aerial view of Alanya.  It is developed as a green park by the Municipality of Alanya. It has some shops, cafés, and restaurants and it is also a perfect picnic place. The views from here spectacular, you can see the ocean, the harbor and the entire city below.

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There is one more thing not to be missed – you should know that Mediterranean Coastline of Turkey is a fruit factory. I highly recommend you to visit a local market to buy some fresh fruits or veggies. And you really have to try the fresh squeezed juice on the streets. It’s the best orange juice I’ve ever had.

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This dim river looks so so lovely. Such a pleasure to the eyes.

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It’s a beautiful place to spend some time to relax. I love being outdoors, in the nature.

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I’ve always wanted to visit Turkey, and now I have another place on my bucket list! Great article!

I keep going back to Turkey, it’s such a beautiful country to explore and there’s so much to see. Thanks!

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The fresh squeezed OJ to buy on the streets sounds so refreshing. And I bet the fruits are so ripe and delicious.

The juice was so refresing and delicious! Makes me want to go back and have more of it and more of their fruits.

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OMG, it’s been so long since I’ve been to Alanya (think I visited as a kid, with my parents?), I hardly recognised any of these (except for Incekum). Your post definitely filled me with a desire to go back and explore it anew – thanks for sharing!

I’m glad that I visited Alanya, it’s a nice place to explore. I have to explore more of Turkey for sure!

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I’ve always wanted to visit Turkey for the balloons, which is what most articles on Turkey are about. Your article was nice and refreshing, and these are all new to me!

The balloons in Turkey are definitely a great experience and Cappadocia is so worth visiting. But there are many places in Turkey worth visiting too – if you love sea, there are many great beaches in Mugla province or in Izmir province.

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Alanya Turkey Guide – Activities & Best Things To Do In Alanya

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Nicky, originally from the UK, is now a local in Turkey. She moved to Marmaris, Türkiye for love 12 years ago and is now your Turkey travel planner.

Discover the top things to do in Alanya, a gem on the Turkish Riviera, renowned for its natural beauty and rich history. This stunning coastal city offers a treasure trove of experiences, from exploring the most beautiful beaches to embarking on captivating Alanya tours.

Dive into the heart of its culture with a leisurely boat ride, marvel at the ancient city walls, and immerse yourself in the unique blend of historical sites and natural wonders. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Alanya’s array of attractions promises an unforgettable visit

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The popular seaside resort, Alanya, is nestled in front of the Taurus mountains and is definitely worth a visit.

With beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich culture, there is so much to do and see in Alanya – as a bonus, it is such a beautiful destination.

If you are ready for a great beachside holiday , here is everything you need to know for a perfect trip to Alanya, Turkey.

Skip Ahead To My Advice Here!

Things To Do In Alanya – Attractions In Alanya

Aerial view resort city Alanya in southern coast of Turkey

Rich in culture and history, there are so many things to do in Alanya. However, here are some of the key sights in Alanya, Turkey:

1. Take A Tour Of Alanya Castle

Castle of Alanya Turkey - Kizil Kule (Red Tower) in Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

This 14th-century castle is situated on top of a 250-meter hill and boasts stunning views of the city below.  Accessible by foot or you can take the cable car, the ancient ruins are one of the city’s most important monuments.

2. Marvel At The Archaeological Museum In Alanya

History buffs will love a visit to this top-rated museum, and it’s also a great way to get out of the sun for a few hours. Inside, you’ll find countless artifacts from the region’s history, with items dating back to the Bronze Age. The huge Hercules statue made of bronze is the museum’s central piece.

The museum is open all year around, although it does have shorter opening hours during the winter months.

3. Visit The Iconic Red Tower

The Red Tower in Alanya is the main site in the old city, and it is used in many depictions of the town, including the regional flag. Built in the 13th century, the tower was built as a lookout and defense mechanism to keep an eye out for any incoming attacks over the Mediterranean Sea. Today, it towers over Alanya and offers impressive views from the top of Alanya city below.

4. Ride Alanya Teleferik (Cable Car)

The very popular teleferik connects the main beach area with the castle and offers terrific views over the mountains and beyond. During the summer months, you might have to queue a little, but the service is very regular, so the wait shouldn’t be too long. The journey takes just over five minutes, and it’s well worth a ride.

5. Explore Maritime History At The Shipyard

Just next to the castle, you’ll find the shipyard, which has now been turned into an open-air museum to explore maritime history. The structure dates back to the 3rd century and used to be a base for the Seljuk Navy before turning into a vital trading point amongst the central Mediterranean countries.

6. Walk Through Dim Cave

Dim Cave is another cave system in the Alanya area. This cave is quite small, but it’s super atmospheric, which gives it an almost other-worldly feel.

Located in Dim Valley, you’ll walk to the cave through a forested area, which is wonderfully cool no matter the time of year. Around 360 meters of the cave are open to the public and fully lit so that you can see the stalagmites and stalactites inside. There are also four separate chambers to explore, along with a small pond.

7. Visit The Port & The Alanya Lighthouse

The port of Alanya is home to many important sites, including the Old Shipyard and its incredible archaeological treasures; the Red Tower with its Ethnological Museum; the historic Old Town district; and the lighthouse of Deniz Feneri.

Taking time to enjoy these sites and picturesque views out to sea is one of the best things to do in Alanya.

By night, the port also turns into the city’s party center.

8. Take A Jeep Safari Or Quad Safari

If you want to see the countryside around Alanya (highly recommended), then a quad or jeep safari day out is the best way to do it. You’ll find these trips sold by all excursion vendors around the town, and it’s a full day of off-road adventure, with several stops along the way and lunch in a traditional Turkish village.

This is a great day out for the family, but there is very little shade all day long, so remember hats, water, and sunscreen.

9. Enjoy An Alanya Boat Trip

Many boat trips leave Alanya harbor during the summer months, and you can book these from street vendors. Most trips take you to various stop-off points along the coastline, where you can get into the sea and swim before moving on to the next one. Lunch is served on the boat, and you can purchase refreshments all day. You can also book a pirate boat trip, which is ideal for families.

10. Visit The Ancient Damlataş Cave

Underground lake in the Dim cave next to Antalya

A short distance away from Alanya Castle, you’ll find an incredibly atmospheric cave – Damlatas Cave, where you can walk down to the bottom and admire the fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is also reputed to be useful for anyone who has asthma, and it’s wonderfully cool all year around.

Incidentally, this is the first cave that was ever opened to the public in the country.

11. Explore The Dim River – Dimçayı

This beautiful mountain river location is just a short distance away from Alanya and is the best place to get away from it all and enjoy nature.

Along the river, you’ll find restaurants that almost hang over the edge of the water, and they’re all covered in shady trees, which is ideal during the hottest months. You can also swim here, and the water is always a lot cooler than the air temperature!

12. Shop At The City’s Atmospheric Bazaars

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Each district in the city has its own bazaar, full of vendors selling local fresh delicacies, sweets, clothes, and souvenirs . The most famous Alanya bazaar is the Cuma Pazari, which takes place each Friday from early morning to 7 pm.

13. Enjoy The Nightlife Around Alanya

As a major tourist destination, Alanya has a vibrant nightlife with plenty on offer for all tastes. Bar Street is the main party hub in Alanya, a boulevard lined with bars and clubs where tourists and locals can enjoy the night.

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Lined by the beautiful Aegean Sea, Alanya boasts many stunning beaches, including some of the best beaches in Turkey.

14. Cleopatra Beach – Kleopatra Beach

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A long beach named after the Queen of the Nile herself, Cleopatra Beach, boasts golden sand and an incredible ocean. Often crowded, due to its popularity, you can pay to rent sun loungers and enjoy food from one of the many restaurants and cafes lining the beach.

Damlataş Beach

This beach is located near the popular Damlataş Cave. With views over green mountains, azure waters, and even Alanya Castle, it’s no wonder this is one of the busiest beaches on the coast . For those who enjoy more adrenaline-filled days , there are many activities available at the beach, such as boat tours and water sports.

16. Oba (Orange) Beach

Stretching one kilometer long, this beach offers plenty of sun loungers and parasols, giving you a sense of privacy from beach-going crowds. If you feel peckish throughout the day, you can enjoy delicious food at one of the restaurants and cafes nearby.

17. Incekum Beach

A shallow beach, Incekum offers plenty of water sports for an action-filled day out. Of course, if relaxation is more your style, you can sit back and relax on the lovely golden sand.

18. Keykubat (Begonvil) Beach

Close to Alanya Center, Keykubat Beach is the perfect place to cool down after a day exploring the city. With many facilities nearby, Keykubat Beach is ideal for those who enjoy staying by the beach until past sunset.

Where To Eat Turkish Food In Alanya

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Turkish cuisine is considered some of the best in the entire world  and for a good reason. The rich spices , succulent meats, and stunning salads are a culinary treat.

While mezze is a popular way to enjoy the cuisine, there are also plenty of Turkish snack foods to try on foot, including lahmacun, pide, borek, gozleme, and simit.

As Alanya is a tourist hub, there is an excellent array of restaurants offering traditional food, fast food, and international fine dining.

Here is a list of some of the best in the area, depending on your taste:

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  • 21. Best Takeout Food: Derya Lokantasi or Flash
  • 22. Great Kebab Restaurants: Kasikara or Kolcuoglu
  • Best Views: Panorama Restaurant and Soul of Kitchen
  • Local Eateries ‘Lokantas’: Mini Mutfak or Keskin Restaurant

How To Get To Alanya

Alanya is located on the southern coast of Turkey , in the country’s most touristic region. The region’s main airport is located in Antalya , around one hundred kilometers west of Alanya. However, there is also a smaller airport closer to the city, thirty kilometers away, at Gazipasa.

Both airports are served by international flights and serviced locally by public transport to the coast’s many resort destinations , including Alanya.

Where To Stay In Alanya

Depending on your taste, there are plenty of areas to choose from in Alanya.

Harbor District

Staying by the harbor district puts you in the thick of the action, close to bars, clubs, and restaurants while providing beautiful views over the Aegean.

Old Town District

For a traditional stay, the historic old town district offers charming homestays and boutique hotels.

Cleopatra Beach Or Keykubat Beach

If you prefer to stay by the beach, then Cleopatra Beach or Keykubat Beach are the best locations. Both beaches are close to the town and easily reachable by local transport or car.

Cleopatra Beach is also close to budget hotels and upscale beach resorts , many restaurants, and ample shopping opportunities.

Best Time To Visit Alanya

Alanya can be visited at any time of the year, but if you want to get the best out of it, it’s a good idea to go between the end of April and the middle of November. Outside of those times, most bars and restaurants close for the season, and it can be very quiet during the winter months.

Having said that, Alanya can be really peaceful and a great place in the winter if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the natural surroundings. The entire Antalya province enjoys mild winters, too, with some very warm days where you can walk around in just a T-shirt and jeans. However, the sea is very cold so swimming isn’t advisable!

Between the end of June and the end of August, Alanya is extremely busy and very hot. If you don’t enjoy crowds and heat, the shoulder months of May, the beginning of June, September, and October are great times to visit. The weather is still very warm, beach time is totally possible, and you’ll find accommodation slightly cheaper at this time, as the Turkish and European school holidays are over, meaning fewer crowds.

FAQ About Your Experience In Alanya

What is alanya known for.

Alanya is renowned for its beautiful beaches, historic castle, vibrant nightlife, and the stunning Taurus Mountains backdrop. It’s a favorite destination for sun-seekers and history enthusiasts alike.

How do you get to Alanya?

Alanya can be reached by air through two airports: Gazipaşa-Alanya Airport (GZP), which is about 45 km from the city, and the larger Antalya International Airport (AYT), which is approximately 125 km away. There are also bus services connecting Alanya with other Turkish cities, and it’s accessible by road.

What’s the best time of year to visit Alanya?

A: The best time to visit Alanya is between April and October when the weather is warm and sunny. July and August are the hottest months, while May and September offer more comfortable temperatures.

Are there any historical sites in Alanya?

Yes, Alanya boasts a number of historical sites, including the Alanya Castle, the Red Tower, and the ancient city of Syedra. There’s also the Alanya Archaeological Museum for history buffs.

Can you recommend any activities in Alanya for families with children?

Families can enjoy the Alanya Aquapark, visit the Alanya Gardens, take a pirate ship tour, or explore the Damlatas Caves. The beaches also offer many family-friendly activities, such as snorkeling, banana boat rides, and beach volleyball.

Is Alanya a good place for nightlife?

Yes, Alanya has a vibrant nightlife with a plethora of bars, clubs, and discos. The harbor area is particularly famous for its nightlife.

What language is spoken in Alanya?

The primary language spoken is Turkish. However, due to the tourism industry, English, Russian, and German are also commonly spoken.

Do I need a visa to visit Alanya, Turkey?

Visa requirements for Turkey depend on your nationality. Many travellers can get an e-Visa online before their visit, while others can get a visa on arrival. It’s best to check with the nearest Turkish consulate or embassy for the latest visa information.

Is Alanya safe for tourists?

Alanya is generally considered safe for tourists. However, as in any tourist destination, it’s wise to take standard precautions to safeguard your belongings and personal safety.

Are there any local foods I should try in Alanya?

Definitely! Don’t miss out on local specialties such as gözleme, a Turkish flatbread with various fillings, and fresh seafood dishes. Also, try the regional kebabs and baklava for dessert.

What type of accommodation is available in Alanya?

Alanya offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels to budget-friendly hostels and apartments for rent.

With all this information in hand, you are ready for a great trip to Alanya, Türkiye.

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Know Before You Go

If you’re from the U.S., you  do need a visa to visit Turkey . It’s easy to get online, and I recommend iVisa . It should only take about 15-minutes and cost around $40 for up to 90 days. I know the same goes for the U.K, as Ben needed one too. You can check out your country and rates here .

You’ll also want travel insurance . I always recommend getting some sort of travel insurance for any trip simply because you never know, whether it’s eating the wrong thing or having your whole suitcase go missing. Plus, some of these activities are pretty adventurous. Of course, my top choice is World Nomads . You can easily and quickly get a quote right on their website .

Getting to Alanya

Getting around in alanya.

There are a ton of different options for getting from the airport to your hotel. You can see all the different choices on Viator.

Taxis are plenty and from my experience, fair. They all used the meter without us asking them to. It seems pretty standard. There were local buses, but I have no idea how all that works; I never took one but imagine you just hop on and pay the driver.

Map of the Things to Do in Alanya

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1. alanya castle.

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You can’t miss the castle which towers over the whole town. Back in the Alexander the Great days, there were pirates all over this water, and they took refuge in the castle. The walls wrap around the edge of the city from the sea up to the top of the hill. At night, they light up and it’s a really beautiful scene. You can enter for just $4 and wander around. It’s worth it just for the views from the top of the castle looking down. PS: although it’s called the castle, it is ruins of a castle.

Check out tours with Alanya Castle here

2. Damlatas Cave

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The cave is quite small so you can see this in about 15 minutes if you want to or you can stay longer and just hang out on the benches inside. When building the harbor in Alanya in 1948, they found this cave by accident. During WWII, German soldiers hid here and it’s said that their respiratory problems were healed by the air inside the cave. It’s about $2 to enter.

Check out tours with the Damlatas Caves here

3. Dockyard

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The Alanya Dockyard is a ruin of, well, a dockyard! It is where they used to park the ships when they needed to have work done. How they got the ships into the dock is kind of crazy. There was a Roman crane that pulled the ships up, and it pulled by having men inside a wheel like hampsters walking to make it spin. If you buy this and the Red Tower together it’s just $1 for each.

See tours with the Alanya Dockyard here.

4. Red Tower

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The Red Tower , as mentioned, is just $1 if you buy the ticket with the dockyard. Attractions are so affordable here! These are right next to each other. You can see from the Red Tower the wall that connects to the castle. Inside you walk up to the top and there are some little boat figurines but it’s mostly just to see the view.

See tours with the Red Tower here .

5. Cleopatra Beach

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The water here is beautiful, so even if you’re not the time to sit around on a beach, try to take some time to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea while you’re here! It was chilly in May.

See tours with Kleopatra Beach here.

6. Luxury All-inclusive hotel for only $80!

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I think you’ll be shocked by how affordable hotels are here. We stayed at Sunprime C Lounge, the #2 hotel in Alanya on TripAdvisor, and possibly the most luxurious one in Alanya, for just $80/night – and it’s ALL-INCLUSIVE! Check here  for rates and availability.

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The buffet is breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a variety of Turkish and International food. It has options for those on a diet as well and a coffee machine. Drinks are included and there is a restaurant near the pool that everyone who books get one free meal at. The pool is wonderful and there was an underground tunnel to the sea with lots of lounge beds on the beach and out on a jetty.

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The rooms were huge and had the SOFTEST beds. Bottled water is included in the room rate and they even do towel animals every day on the beds. The views of the sea are perfect and we enjoyed sitting out on the huge balcony every chance we had.

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7. Pirate Ship Cave Tour

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Back in the day, pirates were a serious thing here. Now, there are pirate ships all over the sea that you can rent out and do tours out to the caves and rocks along the coast to go cliff jumping. They do meals on board or you can get a party boat. It’s about $20 per person, but ask around at a few places and if you have a group, you might get a good discount.

Check out the different tour options here

8. Lunch at Dimcayi Pinarbasi

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Coming down from the canyons in the mountains is an ice cold river that flows through just outside of town. There are restaurants all along the river, but this one is the most famous.

This is the best meal I had in Alanya. WOW, seriously guys this is a do not miss! They will show up on Google maps. All these restaurants that are on the river are called “Dimcayi” so make sure to go to the right one. You’ll get loads of food for around $8-9.

9. Quad Tour in the Taurus Mountains

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While the sea is enticing, do not forget about the mountains! The Taurus mountains are beautiful. You can do Jeep tours, but I am always going to choose quadding when given the choice. I used the company Alp Quad & Buggy. You can call them to book at 242 538 88 00 or you can email them at [email protected]. Viator also has a similar tour here .

While you do have to stay in a single file line they go fast and it does have a thrill factor. There are a couple jumps (we both got some air!) and some fun tight turns to go through. They take photos and videos and sell them to you after. If you want to save money bring your own glasses and bandana which truly are necessary because of the extreme amount of dirt and dust flying up from all the quads. The price is $38 per person or $50 if you put two people on one quad.

10. Paraglide

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Years ago, I did hang gliding in Interlaken and loved it. In Goa, I always see the paragliders but wondered if it would have that same rush or be mellow like parasailing is. Alanya has parasailers everywhere, so I decided to give it a go. It IS thrilling! After you run off the cliff, you are lifted up into the clouds. It’s so cold up there and you can hardly see through them.

I went paragliding with the company Ulu Sky. You can find out more on their website or email them at [email protected]. They will do corkscrew spins if you ask them to and if weather permits. You can buy videos and photos they take with a GoPro. It’s $55 for a ride.

11. Sapadere Canyon Jeep Tour

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The canyon is beautiful and a great way to go up and explore the mountains. You can rent a Jeep for the day for $35 or you can take a Jeep Tour for about $25 per person. The walk through the canyon takes about 20 minutes then you reach the end where there is a waterfall. If you were interested in cycling up the mountain to here you can connect with Vela , a top cycling company.

12. Friday Market

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I always like seeing local markets when I travel and in Alanya, the big market is on Fridays. If you have time go into the soap shop where they make the traditional soap you would find in a hammam. The shop is called Green Body and is just on the edge of the market (it’s on Google Maps).

13. Standup Paddleboard (SUP)

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Due to choppy water and a looming storm, we did not get to go SUP and had to cancel. The SUP is done around the castle with some beautiful views. I asked the team to give me a couple photos to share since I had to cancel. They use a dome with GoPro to get some really cool shots and also offer SUP yoga. You can do SUP with Alanya Surf Team . It’s about $15 per person.

14. Jetski & Flyboard

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Jet skiing is about $50 for an hour, but you can go for less time if you’d like. I was going to do this our last day before leaving for the airport but like the SUP we had to cancel due to weather. You can contact watersports-tr on their website.

15. Hamam and Spa

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While in Turkey, you must try a hammam. They are traditional baths and I wrote about this in this article . Since they scrub you down and I didn’t want to lose my tan, I skipped it this time and had a massage instead. I had my massage at my hotel and it was great. It’s only $15 for hammam and about $35 for a massage. You’ll find signs for hammams everywhere in town.

If you’d prefer, you can book a hammam experience ahead of time on Viator.

16. Turkish Coffee & Tea

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For just a buck you can have the strongest coffee ever. It’s very Turkish to stop and have a tea or coffee (with a cigarette) multiple times during the day from breakfast until bedtime. I had tried this years ago in Bosnia and unfortunately still find the coffee too strong for me. It’s a think bisque soupy texture with all the grounds in the tiny coffee cup. You have to at least try it! You’ll get a head rush for sure.

17. Sunset Over the Castle & Sea

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The sunset changes place throughout the year. In the winter it sets over the sea but shifts to the side a bit in the summer and sets over the castle. It’s a really beautiful site. If you wanted to have a fancy dinner at sunset and see the castle you could go to Rihtim. It was really tasty! The lamb chops and calamari are a must.

18. Fresh Orange Juice

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You cannot avoid oranges here. They are obsessed! You’ll see orange trees growing everywhere and next to the “ALANYA” sign a giant revolving orange. On the streets are orange shaped shacks selling fresh orange juice. It is so tasty you would think they added MSG to it. They definitely know how to grow oranges here! I got this cool glass of juice at Kleopatra 22.

19. Go-kart

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I went go karting with Alanya Park. It’s in town, but you will need a taxi to reach here. You can get in touch by emailing them at [email protected]. I don’t remember the price on this one but it must have been less than $5 if I had to guess. It was a small track but had so many turns inside that it was a blast and they do go really fast. I love go karting! Ben lapped me, though, so that sucked.

20. Eat a Truly Local Alanyan Meal

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The last thing that I highly suggest is to have a true Alanya lunch. There are restaurants that have food pre-cooked for lunch and ready to be served, family style by local women. You can just point out what you like. Meals are around $3-5 depending if you want a meat dish or not. I loved this meal and it was really nice to be in the local scene.

The restaurant is called Feride Lenli Ev Yemekleri . Address: Sekerhane Mah Yunusgucu Sok. No, 14/A and you can call them at 0242 512 67 66.

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Hey; I was in Istanbul a year ago too. But we had to venture back to the US; family stuff. Can’t wait to get back. For those awesome meals at little buffet places in quiet parts of the city. Thanks for sharing :)

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I went to Istanbul on the way to India too. I loved it, but I haven’t been back to Turkey since then. I was supposed to go last October, on the way to the Philippines, but a day after I booked, the airport was attacked, and sadly, I had to cancel!

Brilliant post nevertheless, Rachel! :D

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Thank you Rachel for the useful list. I really love Turkey. I have been living in Izmir (Turkey) for 1 year.

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We have been in alanya many times and we just love it! <3 So delicious food, places to visit and peoples. Some bazar workers are little pushy and its actually stressful. We always go to the local restaurants and normal clothing shops, where we can eat and shop in peace without pushing etc. We have always buy our trips from nasa tour company from them english websites. Last summer 2018 we went to the pirate boat trip, rafting and to the Pamukkale for one day. All trips were amazing, love it!! Last summer unfortunately my husband forget him backpack to the rafting place.. We called to the nasa tour’s owner Pasha, who delivered backpack to our hotel back in same evening, super big plus to them from them customer service!! We have became good friends with Pasha, he's so funny and honest guy! They really care about customer and want them to feel special! I really recommend this place!

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Great post. Sadly you have the information wrong on Cleopatra Beach. Cleopatra Beach is located on the west side of the castle, it does not include the beach on the east side, as you have pictured in your post. On the west side there is a statute of Cleopatra that tells the story of why the beach is named after her.

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First: What you say is Cleopatra Beach is not the Cleopatra Beach. The beach is on the other side of the city. At the pics you are in Oba.

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Hello , Its an amazing article for Alanya. I saw on your picture our dear friend Şevket who is a old member of TURSAB. I think you visited a something special day for tourist.

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What to see in alanya turkey: 12 best places to visit.

Besides its long sea season and blue flag bays, Alanya stands out with its historical and cultural sites as well. For this reason, the list of what to see in Alanya could be quite long. Well, if you are wondering what are the best places to visit in Alanya, let's take a quick look at the best 12. As long as you follow our Alanya travel guide , you can be sure that you will not miss any experience in Alanya.

Beaches to See in Alanya

There are options in Alanya for those who want an active holiday on crowded beaches & beach parties and for those who want to relax in untouched bays. Moreover, there are many blue flag beaches in Alanya and the sea season lasts from April to November.

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Cleopatra Beach

This beautiful beach, also the most famous beach in Alanya, takes its name from the Egyptian queen Cleopatra's love of this bay. Cleopatra beach, which is truly worthy of queens, is at the top of the list what to see in Alanya due to its approximately 2.5 km long gold sands and clear sea. At this blue flag beach, you can explore the underwater life and participate in many sports activities such as canoeing and surfing. Moreover, since it has a shallow and smooth sea, it is a very suitable choice for families with children, too.

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İncekum Beach

Another famous beach of Alanya is İncekum beach. It also shines out with its shallow and calm sea and is one of the blue flag beaches of Alanya. It is a very safe option, especially for novice swimmers and families with children. You can safely swim in Incekum beach, which is as calm and clear as a pool, watch small fish flocks or experience sailing and canoeing.

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Soğukkapı (Tersane) Beach

If you want to spend your Alanya holiday on a quieter and more peaceful beach, our best recommendation is Soğukkapı (Tersane) Beach. A unique option for anyone who wants to track sea turtles in pristine waters and relax on a quieter beach; not to mention the experience of swimming along the historical walls. However, you should take your needs as umbrellas, sunbeds etc. with you because there are no rental facilities there. If you are going to stay at Hotel Villa Turka, don’t worry! You can borrow everything you need from our hotel.

Caves to See in Alanya

Yes, that’s true! There are dozens of caves to visit in Alanya; moreover, the most famous and largest caves of the Mediterranean region are here, too. In addition, many of these caves, which are natural wonders with their stalactites, stalagmites and natural ponds, have been the subject of legends. We will briefly refer to the 3 most famous ones; however, if you have a passion for diving or if you are excited to explore a pirate cave by boat, we recommend you to take a look at our Alanya caves guide for more recommendations.

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Damlataş Cave

Damlataş cave, Turkey's first cave opened to tourism, was discovered in 1948. It is a true natural wonder with its passages of more than 50 meters, millions of years old stalactites, stalagmites and dripstone pools. We highly recommend you to witness this magical atmosphere that will transport you to different worlds from the first moment you enter. Afterwards, do not forget to rest at the famous Damlataş Beach, located just in front of the cave.

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Fosforlu (Phosphorus) Cave

You may not have heard of Alanya Phosphorus Cave, but you must have seen its photos without knowing the name. It is one of the most popular stops for romantic boat tours, divers and photographers. This natural wonder, which has a history of millions of years, shines as if it is phosphorescent (Not only itself, but also its’ waters!) due to the light leaking from the underwater corridors. If you want to swim or dive in the colorful waters, especially in the evening, you can reach Phosphorus Cave with tours departing from Alanya marina. Believe us, you should add Fosforlu Cave tour to your what-to-do in Alanya list and take a romantic evening there.

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Kadıini Cave

Kadıini Cave, which stands out with its historical features as well as being a natural wonder, is also the first settlement of the Alanya region as it dates back to Stone Age. Therefore, nowadays it is home to archaeology enthusiasts from all over the world. If you also want to follow the history of Alanya step by step, Kadıini Cave will be the right starting point.

Historical Sites to See in Alanya

Known for its rich historical heritage, Alanya has many ruins dating back from the Stone Age to Rome and the Seljuk Empires. Moreover, each of them fascinates those who see it not only with its historical heritage, but also with the breathtaking views of unique hills which they were built on. Below you can find 3 historical places that we think should add to the list of places to see in Alanya. However, if you are a history enthusiast, you can find the full list here .

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Ancient City of Iotape

Iotape Ancient City, which was built in the 40-50s, is a Cilician period settlement. Despite its thousands of years of history, its walls, interior parts, church and ancient port have managed to survive until today. It is also possible to see the influences of the Roman period in the ancient city of Iotape, which will beam you back thousands of years. We recommend that you also take a walk in the pine forests surrounding the ancient city and enjoy the sunset in the pristine bay. If you still didn’t add it to your what to do in Alanya list, you should.

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Alanya Castle

When it comes to places to visit in Alanya, Alanya Castle is undoubtedly the one that comes to mind first. With a total of 83 towers and approximately 1200 cisterns, Alanya Castle is a magnificent structure dating back to the Hellenistic period. We recommend that you spend one day of your Alanya tour to visit Alanya Castle and the local artisans selling traditional clothes and handmade rugs. Bonus: Alanya Castle is also one of the best sunset-watching spots in Alanya.

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Alara Han / Caravanserai

Alara Han is one of the best options for those who want to trace the Seljuk Empire’s history in Alanya. This caravanserai, which was built in the 13th century, is a very important historical structure due to its location on the trade routes of the period. Moreover, all internal structures such as baths, fountains and masjids have survived to the present day. Another detail that fascinates those who visit Alara Han is the rock-carved wall decorations.

Nature Attractions to See in Alanya

With its blue flag beaches and Turkey's most famous caves, the nature of Alanya is already rich enough. However, the natural attractions to see in Alanya do not end there; The canyons and streams of the region also host thousands of visitors every year. If you want to enjoy the cool waters and shades of green accompanied by bird sounds, you should definitely add these suggestions to your list of places to visit in Alanya.

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Sapadere Canyon

Sapadere Canyon , a paradise for nature lovers, is famous for its high waterfalls, endemic plants and ice-cold water. It is a very suitable area both for a day trip as well as for doing nature sports. You can experience many activities such as trekking, camping, rock climbing etc. there.

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Dim Stream National Park

Dim Stream National Park, which hosts many endemic plants and pine forests, is like a tree museum with full of untouched natural beauty. In addition, there are large and small lakes and waterfalls. If you are tired of the heat and the crowd and want to retreat to a cool corner accompanied by the sounds of birds, you can turn your route to Dim Stream National Park. Moreover, this peaceful place is only 7 km away from Alanya Centre.

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We should mention that Dim Stream could be so crowded in summer season. However, in Oba Çayı, which is a branch of Dim Stream, you can find the peace of nature you are looking for more easily and you can enjoy the cold waters of the waterfalls. In addition, Oba Çayı is host to many famous places for those who want to taste the local Alanya breakfast recipes.

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Alanya Turkey: 5 Things You MUST Do!

Like my solo trip around India , my decision to backpack Turkey was questioned by my parents since the beginning.

And to be honest, I can see why.

Online articles highlighted women’s safety issues, and news outlets stressed the need for female travelers to cover up. Be the people or the culture, my parents and friends all shared similar views Turkey’s conservative nature. Of course, I’m not saying that one should forgo all forms of safety measures while traveling.

But after two months teaching in and backpacking across the country, I can say that the Turkey I experienced was completely the opposite of these tales. In Alanya, many won’t even bat an eye to tourists wandering the streets in their two pieced bikinis!

As a beachside haven that sits in the province of Antalya, Alanya quickly became one of my favorites within the country. From its clear blue waters to caves and castles, below are some of my favorite things to do in this charming city!

The Best Things to do in Alanya Turkey

5. visit red tower (kızıl kule) lookout point.

The Alanya beach had it all–breezy sea breeze, bikini tops, bars, clubs, and happy, often  sometimes drunk, crowds. Although the city has a grand party reputation, I opted for night swims in the sea as opposed to nights out at clubs. Sounds of the city are muffled by the Mediterranean waves while a clear view of the golden Alayna castle is visible just above the cliffs.

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Clearly, Alanya is a city of contrast. Rows and rows of red-bricked houses sat along the crystal clear sea, forming a beautiful variation in colors and mood. Its harbor is full of nightclubs and bars, the loud and vivid atmosphere contrasts the serenity of adhan, the Islamic call for prayers by residing mosques.

One of the best viewpoints of this site is at the Red Tower. The Kızıl Kule is not only a historical site in Alanya, but also a symbol of the city. There are a number of public buses that stop at the Red Tower. It is best to ask your hotel for the most optimal route. Alternatively, private cars and Blablacars can be hired without much trouble.

The combined tickets for Red Tower and Shipyard cost TL 8 and can be purchased from a booth at the base of the tower. There are a few levels to explore inside the structure. As the tower was built for defense purposes, most of the interiors were decorated with weaponry and artifacts.

The views on top were gorgeous and can be best enjoyed during the day time.

4. Wander around Alanya Castle, Turkey

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Just a bit down the road from the actual castle gates, we found the most beautiful, secluded place by the walls. It overlooked the cliffs into the sunset.

Besides reaching the Alanya Castle with buses and taxis, the Alanya Teleferik is a new addition that’s added to the ease of accessing the top of the mountains. This cable car began operations in 2017 and is a great way to see the whole city. The ride begins at Damlatash beach and costs TL 18 for a round-trip adult ticket, and TL 10 for students.

Alanya Teleferik operates:  • Weekdays: 09:30 -18:00 in the winter and until 20:00 in the summer • Weekends: 09:30 – 18:00 in the winter and until 21:30 in the summer

3. Dine at Kale Panorama Restaurant in Alanya, Turkey

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After wandering around the castle for a few hours, we decided to have dinner at Kale Panorama Restaurant. The restaurant is definitely one of the best in Alanya. Halfway down the hill, it is a place most locals go for a night out. The price is very fair, with the chicken burger costing a mere TL 8. For US 2 we were feeding ourselves AND getting a view! I ended up going back three more times, for both the sunset and its night views.

nightview of the city

We spent the next few days hitchhiking around Alanya, visiting places such as the Damlatas Caves (which I loved) and the Dim Cave. Hitch-hiking in the area was really easy. People gladly picked us up, even in secluded regions up in the mountains. Not everyone spoke English, but my friend spoke some Turkish, so we didn’t have a hard time getting to places we needed to go 🙂

1. Sing-Along at Damlataş Cave & Dim Cave, Alanya, Turkey

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A walk around Dim cave lasted an hour, and the views outside are absolutely breathtaking!

While visiting the Damlataş cave, my friend began belting. His vocals, with all the echoes and whatnot, was absolutely mesmerizing. We did get the security’s attention, but he was kind enough to just warn us against it. (Apparently, the vibration is terrible for the walls).

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Alanya turkey weather: when to go.

Alanya sits along the coast of the Mediterranean. Along with beautiful views, it enjoys pleasant weather consisting of sizzling summers and mild winters. However, Alanya’s cooler climate comes with rain and humidity, meaning that the best time to visit this city is between June and September.

Alanya Turkey: How to Get There

Depending on which city you are leaving from, there are a few options to get to Alanya Turkey. The bus ride is between US 5-10 from Antalya and approximately US 30 from Istanbul. From Antalya, the journey is around 2.5 hours and operators such as Akdeniz will depart from Antalya Otogarı. Flights and private transfers are also available.

We stayed in Alanya for 3 days. The accommodation was free as we couchsurfed . However, hotels and hostels are generally pretty cheap in Turkey.

Since we hitchhiked almost everywhere, we spent little to nothing on transportation. I would assume around TL 20 (US 6) were spent on buses around town. We opted for groceries and home cooking as opposed to eating out every day. In addition to the nights spent at Kale Panorama Restaurant, I paid around TL 40 (US 11) on food and wine.

My host from Side, being the amazing person that he is, drove us to Antalya . In total, I spent no more than US 30 during my 3-day stay in Alanya. After this trip, my friend and I went separate ways. I began my solo trip around Turkey, with the first stop in Cappadocia to see the famous hot air balloons (for free).

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My favorite place in Alanya is Sealanya, the park where you can swim all day among the tropical fishes and ancient statues, amazing piece of paradise! And they have dolphin show as well

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I should check it out next time 🙂

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Alanya is such a beautiful holiday destination in Turkey, please be our guest next time when you come to Alanya and be our guests. There more places that we want to show you around Alanya.

It would be amazing to visit again 🙂

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Such an amazing content. and yes you are right. Alanya is very cheap for accomadation.

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We have been in alanya many times and we just love it! <3 So delicious food, places to visit and peoples. Some bazar workers are little pushy and its actually stressful. We always go to the local restaurants and normal clothing shops, where we can eat and shop in peace without pushing etc. Last summer 2018 we went to the pirate boat trip, rafting and to the Pamukkale for one day. All trips were amazing, love it!!

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Wow looks amazing. Glad you felt safe and are telling people it’s okay to travel to these places they usually wouldn’t go out of fear. Glad you had a good time. Can’t wait to read about the hot air ballon.

Yes! Wish more people would venture out of their comfort zones before placing judgements 🙂

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The Ultimate Alanya Travel Guide For First Timers

The Ultimate Alanya Travel Guide For First Timers

Alanya is a beach town in the Southern Coast of Turkey. It is often not considered while planning a Turkey Itinerary not just because of its more popular neighbor Antalya, but also because of a lack of sufficient information on the internet. We have created this Alanya Travel Guide to provide all the necessary information you need to plan a trip here including how to reach, where to stay, things to do and also comparison between Alanya and Antalya.

We spent 3 days in Alanya, that also included a morning in Antalya, during our Two Weeks in Turkey . Check out our Turkey Itinerary to know how to accommodate Alanya without missing Antalya during your visit to Turkey.

If you’re planning a trip to Turkey, the follow blog posts may prove to be the difference between a good trip and a GREAT trip!

  • Our comprehensive guide on visiting Turkey: 2 weeks in Turkey Itinerary
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Quick overview

Alanya Travel Guide: Alanya Vs. Antalya

Antalya is a major beach city and tourist hub in Turkey known for its beach town vibes, wild cruise parties, day trips to nearby attractions and low cost beach resorts.

Guess what? Alanya does all this and better!

Alanya Travel Guide - Sister Cities

Here is why we feel Alanya is a better beach destination than Antalya:

  • Attractions: If you google things to do in Antalya, 50% of those attractions are located in Alanya. People go for day trips to Alanya Castle, the Red Tower, Koprulu Canyon. All of these things, are in Alanya. Why waste 4 hours of your precious time, traveling between Antalya and Alanya?
  • Activities: All the activities and day trips that can be done from Antalya like the Dim Cave, private yacht parties, pirate cruise parties, etc. can be arranged from Alanya itself and for half the price!
  • Accommodation: Resorts in Alanya are cheaper and offer greater value than the ones in Antalya. We paid $50 per night for two people which included an amazing room in a 5-star resort, three meals a day, drinks, discounts on activities (which are already cheap) and also free food and drinks on the beach! No other town around the Mediterranean Sea offers a deal like this.
  •   Family Friendly: While there is no dearth of parties in Alanya, but there are parts of town that are perfect to visit with your children. Most resorts have a plethora of activities for your kids like a pool or a jungle gym while the parents can lounge by the beach and sip free cocktails.
  • Antalya: Alanya is not directly connected to rest of Turkey. So you will be arriving in Antalya first and then proceeding to Alanya. You can make the most of this arrangement and visit the unique Attractions of Antalya in a single morning.

Alanya Travel Guide: How To Reach Alanya

As explained above, you will have to reach Antalya first in order to reach Alanya.

There are mainly two ways to reach Antalya by public transportation:

The bus system in Turkey is one of the most advanced in the world. This was our preferred mode of transportation during our Two Week Trip to Turkey.

Alanya Travel Guide - Bus Infotainment system

If you travel by an overnight bus, you not only save time but also money on one night of accommodation. The buses are cheap, very comfortable because of reclining chairs, have an entertainment system for every seat and have frequent restroom stops for the convenience of the passengers.

Numerous overnight buses run regularly to Antalya from Istanbul, Goreme (Cappadocia), Denizli (Pamukkale).

Upon reaching Antalya, take a shuttle bus to Alanya that runs every half an hour from Antalya Bus Terminal.

Air travel in Turkey is quite cheap. Sometimes comparable to a bus ride!

Take a flight to Antalya and then a shuttle bus to Alanya as explained above.

We chose to travel by bus because of the convenience it offered to catch the shuttle to Alanya and to store our luggage as we explored Antalya.

Alanya Travel Guide: How To Include Antalya in your Trip to Alanya

Alanya Travel Guide - Antalya Hadiran's Gate

We chose to stay in Alanya to relax in the middle days of our Turkey Itinerary that was packed with activities. As explained above, we were in Antalya because it was the only way to reach Alanya.

However, it seemed criminal to be in Antalya and not visit its most famous and unique attractions: Old Town Kaleici and the Antalya Archaeological Museum . Here’s how you can include Antalya on your way to Alanya:

Select a bus that reaches Antalya at around 7 AM in the morning like we did.

You can freshen up in the squeaky clean public restrooms of the terminal and drop your luggage at the safe and reliable storage facilities available.

The storage charges were 6 TL (~$1) per bag for up to 24 hours when we visited.

Alanya Travel Guide - Luggage Storage in Antalya Bus station

The bus terminal is located 9 kms from Old Town Kaleici and it will take you about 20 minutes in a public bus.

This way, you can explore Antalya Old Town early in the morning before the crowds arrive and have breakfast at a beach side café.

Thereafter, proceed to Antalya Archaeological museum that opens at 9 in the morning and is only a 15-minute walk away from Old Town Kaleici.

It would take about 2 hours (more if you are a history buff) to explore the amazing museum that has nearly 5,000 exhibits from the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman eras.

After visiting the museum, head back to the bus terminal, collect your luggage from the cloak room and catch your bus to Alanya.

By following this route, you shall reach your Alanya Hotel exactly at the time of your check-in.

Alanya Travel Guide: Must Do Things in Alanya

Stay in a cheap, all-inclusive resorts.

Alanya Travel Guide - All inclusive hotels

Alanya is one of the cheapest places in the world when it comes to 5-star, all-inclusive accommodation.

There are plenty of resorts offering the best amenities like beach access, swimming pools, Turkish Bath and spas.

We recommend staying in a resort near the famous Kleopetra beach as that will make visiting all the other places in this list very convenient.

Our resort cost us approximately $50 per room per night and included accommodation, Wi-Fi, drinks, buffet spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner, bar snacks, a massage session at the spa and free drinks and food at a beach shack on Kleopetra Beach.

The above price is per room, meaning it’ll cost only $25 per person per night to stay in Alanya!

If you are a vegetarian in Turkey like us, you will be pleased to know that 70% of the menus in the buffet spreads of these hotels are vegetarian friendly.

Alanya Castle

Alanya Travel Guide - Alanya Castle

The Alanya Castle, also sometimes known as the Alanya fortress, is a 6 km stretch of walls that sit atop a plateau overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

The castle walls house the old city of Alanya away from the new, bustling city down below. You can take the gondola/cable car from Kleopetra Beach to reach the entrance of the castle. Explore the castle area on foot to discover the ruins of the ancient city, beautiful gardens and spectacular views of the coastline from the top.

Alanya Travel Guide - Red Tower

The Red tower is an extension of Alanya Castle. It is an octagonal, 30 metre high tower that used to be a defence tower during the Seljuk area.

You can climb up the tower for as little as a dollar to enjoy some gorgeous views of the harbour.

From the top of the tower, you can also see the walls that connect the harbour to the Alanya castle.

Damlatas Cave

Alanya Travel Guide - Damlatas Cave

The Damlatas caves are right at Kleopetra Beach near the cable car station for Alanya castle. These caves were discovered by accident while building the harbour in Alanya. 

During World War 2, the German soldiers hid here and it’s said that the air inside the cave healed their respiratory problems.

As the cave is pretty small, you can visit it in about 20 min. There are benches provided in the cave in case if you want stay around for a longer period of time.

If you have time, we recommend visiting the Dim cave instead. This cave is much larger compared to the Damlatas Cave and has a beautiful lagoon at the lower most level!

Kleopetra Beach

Alanya Travel Guide - Kleopetra Beach

Kleopetra beach is a very popular beach strip of Alanya. Most of the resorts are located near this beach.

The beach side is lined with very picturesque pathways making them an ideal place to walk or cycle around.

Numerous beach restaurants inhabit the beach offering cheap drinks, good food and clear views of the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.

The beach restaurants have tie-ups with several resorts, so if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort like we were during our 3-day trip to Alanya, you’ll get free food and drinks right at the beach!

Alanya Travel Guide: Must Have Experiences in Alanya

Sunset foam party cruise.

Alanya Travel Guide - Party Cruise

A very popular experience among solo backpackers as well as couples, Sunset Party Cruises from Alanya are a lot cheaper than those from Antalya.

We highly recommend this experience where you shall be picked up from your hotel and taken on a 4-hour dinner cruise. Unlimited soft drinks, wine and beer shall be included in the price.

You shall be able to admire Alanya’s coastline from afar and will also participate in some boat jumping and swimming in the sea.

You will also be able to participate in very lively foam party on the cruise before dinner or sunbathe on the deck. Check out the pictures of the foam party here . They’re wild!


Alanya Travel Guide - Paragliding

Paragliding has become a hugely popular thing to do in Alanya.

If you are not a certified paraglider, you will have to book a Tandem Paragliding Experience . You shall be safely secured to a certified instructor who shall control your jump and your flight.

All you will have to do is marvel at the beautiful coastline and the views of Alanya Castle from above.

River Rafting and Safari in Koprulu Canyon

Alanya Travel Guide - River Rafting

The Koprulu Canyon National Park located about 70 kms from Alanya is a very popular spot for outdoor activities.

We recommend going for a Jeep Safari and River rafting experience . Book this experience that includes lunch as there are not many restaurants around the canyon.

The tour includes transportation from your hotel to the canyon, a jeep safari, a river rafting experience, all safety gear, lunch and the services of a tour leader.

For additional thrill, you can opt for a Buggy Cross Safari instead of a Jeep Safari.

If Road Safari’s are not your thing, opt for a River Kayaking experience which is equally thrilling if not more.

So that brings us to the end of our article. We did these activities in the three days that we spent in Alanya before leaving for Istanbul to spend the remainder of our 5 Day Istanbul Trip .

These three days were a welcome change from our otherwise packed Turkey Trip.

Hence, our final advice to you for Alanya is to not pack it up with activities. It is the best place to just chill and do absolutely nothing.

Hope this article helps you capitalize on your trip to Alanya.

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7 of the best cities to visit in Turkey

Posted: December 15, 2023 | Last updated: December 15, 2023

Few countries so close to home can tick off as many travel essentials as Turkey .

The country has warm weather in both summer and winter, while being home to beautiful coastal areas , renowned historic sights, buoyant party resorts and an eclectic range of cities.

That Turkey is a good holiday destination is no secret, but less-known is the variety on show within its cities.

Istanbul is many visitors’ first taste of the country, with its high-octane way of life and excellent range of things to do, giving many people an unforgettable taste of Turkey.

On the Turquoise Coast, cities such as Bodrum and Antalya combine distinct heritage with striking coastal beauty, while in the capital, a vibrant energy means Ankara keeps attracting Turkish and foreign visitors alike.

But in a country so large, and so blessed with captivating cities, it can be difficult to know where to go. We’ve rounded up the best cities in the country to help you plan your next Turkish adventure .

With a population of around 16 million people, Istanbul is a city that seemingly never sleeps. Bisected by the emerald waters of the Bosphorous Strait, this is the place where two continents meet, and this fusion of distinct cultures has created a vibrant city whose energetic way of life often borders on chaotic.

A city steeped in the history of both Europe and Asia, Istanbul has been the home of three different empires over almost three millennia, and today still preserves some remnants of these vastly different cultures. Ottoman and Byzantine influences dominate, particularly in the Sultanahmet district, home to many of the city’s must-see sights.

Prime among these are the Blue Mosque, with its towering minarets, and the Hagia Sophia, a mosque that was originally constructed as a church, reflecting the changing influences that the city has been subject to. Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern are the district’s other main attractions, though it pays to explore further afield in areas like Balat and Fener.

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Most years, Antalya competes with Istanbul for the title of ‘most visited Turkish city’. Though just a fraction of the size, Antalya, the capital of the country’s Turquoise Coast, punches above its weight in the tourism stakes thanks to a characterful Old Town, a beautiful harbour and dozens of beautiful surrounding beaches.

Some of the best nearby beaches include Cirali, Konyaalti and Patara, and while many choose to stay in one of the various beachfront resorts that populate the surrounding coastline, exploring Antalya itself is certainly worth leaving your sun lounger for.

Its charming Old Town, known as Kaleici, consists of labyrinthine streets housing a series of mosques, ancient walls, russet-roofed stone buildings and parks that attest to the influence of Ottoman culture and architecture. These narrow alleys snake down to the equally idyllic harbour, where a slew of cafes and restaurants welcome revellers throughout the day and night.

Bodrum is most well-known as an ideal spot for a Turkish summer holiday. Set among rolling green hills, it has an enviable coastal location, pristine beaches like Yahsi and Aspat, a variety of tourist sites and lively nightlife for those who seek it.

A range of resorts, from the dazzling high-end to the more affordable and family-friendly, cater to all sorts of tourist, whether you’re looking for parties on the marina or want to explore the region’s history. There’s plenty of Bodrum’s past to explore; once known as Halicarnassus, it still contains a mausoleum, ancient ruins, a Roman theatre and the 700-year-old Bodrum Castle.

Like any coastal tourist city, there’s plenty more to see and do in Bodrum away from ruins and sun loungers. Scuba diving is a popular activity in nearby Gokova Bay, while boat trips around the peninsula or the Dalyan River are a good way to spend an afternoon, as is wine tasting at Karnas Vineyards. The town’s proximity to Kos means that tourists and locals alike will often spend the day in Greece too.

Turkey’s capital city may be overshadowed by world-renowned Istanbul, but Ankara offers visitors an experience of Turkey’s ‘other’ side, away from chaotic cities and party-centric coastal resorts. This is a youthful, exciting city that fuses the old and the new; it is fuelled by its relatively new status as a major city, and vibrant modern areas such as studenty Kizilay and more upmarket Kavaklidere.

But Ataturk has been careful not to forget its past. High above the city sits the Anit Kabir, the vast mausoleum of the father of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who led the War of Independence and bestowed the city’s status as capital. Down below in Hisar, Roman monuments like those at Ulus sit alongside Byzantine citadel walls that enclose Ottoman-era mini villages. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Museum of the War of Independence are two more historical highlights, while the parks of Kugulu and Genclik provide some much-needed green space.

Izmir is sometimes overlooked in favour of nearby Bodrum or Marmaris, but Turkey’s third largest city is home to plenty of arts, culture and a rich heritage to add to the idyllic coastlines of Cesme, Alacati and Urla.

While the city’s past was characterised by the activity around the Bay of Izmir, Konak Pier and the impressive city promenade (known as kordon), the modern-day symbol of the city is its 20th-century Clock Tower.

It is located in the middle of Konak Square, in the district of the same name, which is also the starting point of the mazy, 17 th -century Kemeralti Market. This Turkish bazaar stretches across the city into the Roman Agora, with the ancient Kadifekale castle being the other main historic site.

Located on the border with Greece and Bulgaria, Edirne is a city with a more European feel than other Turkish counterparts, but one whose architecture, mosques, bazaars and Palace provide a constant reminder that you are in a former Ottoman capital.

Edirne sits along the banks of both the Maritza and Tunca rivers, surrounded by verdant plains and with much of the same white-washed, russet-roofed building styles as Antalya and its European, Mediterranean counterparts. The city’s main landmark is the 16th-century Selimiye Mosque, an impressive Unesco-listed structure that has become a symbol of Edirne. Other mosques, such as Muradiye, Old Mosque and the Sultan Beyazit II Complex, adorn the city skyline, while a series of bridges over the Tunca also hark back to Ottoman times, and provide a base for summer relaxation and mild swims.

Marmaris is a popular coastal town, welcoming thousands of tourists every summer despite its modest size. Aesthetically, it benefits from a striking location, found on the shores of the Aegean Sea and surrounded by dense forest and towering hills, with coastline that is home to golden sand lapped by azure waters along beaches like Urban or Long Beach.

Like Antalya, the town begins in its yacht-filled marina, with a maze of narrow streets slowly snaking back into the Old Town, itself a sea of red roofs and white-washed buildings. Marmaris Castle, the museum, the bazaar and Jinan Gardens are worth exploring to take in history, a spot of shopping and a pleasant stroll, before ending the day on aptly named Bar Street, the centre of the city’s often raucous nightlife.

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We all love a holiday but 21st-century life does seem to have a knack of throwing obstacles in our way.

However, we are staying positive on the travel desk and looking forward to a great year of getaways in 2024. We reckon there’s something for everyone in the coming 12 months, so it’s time to start planning for a brilliant year of new and favourite destinations, staycations, fun days out and hopefully finding some great value too.

Safe travels wherever you go, here’s what we anticipate for heading away in 2024.

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One of South America’s most compelling countries is now easier to reach with LATAM Airlines’ new direct 13-hour Dreamliner service from Heathrow to Lima, typically saving three to four hours. For 2024, we expect more Brits to head to the vast city for its historic centre, excellent food scene and upscale clifftop Miraflores district overlooking the Pacific and with the 1,800-year-old Huaca Pucllana pyramid.

Then head off to discover the Andean magic of Machu Picchu, lofty Inca capital Cusco, the Sacred Valley and its scenic rail journey, along with Puerto Maldonado for exploring the Amazon rainforest and its wildlife. Trujillo’s sites from the Moche and Chimu civilisations, the mysterious Nazca Lines and Lake Titicaca with its unique reed boats are equally captivating.

  • Return fares to Lima in 2024 start at £533.
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Turkey's a top choice

Turkey’s appeal continues to soar. Brits are now the country’s third largest inbound tourism market, with 3.16 million visitors between January and September, a 12% increase year on year. Next year, Turkey is set to overtake France as the second most popular European destination after Spain, according to a report from this year’s World Travel Market.

Bookings data for Thomas Cook showed Turkey rocketed up the charts as one of the UK’s most popular short-break destinations. Alanya and Side, fourth and ninth in the listings, offer excellent value for money. Izmir, with its seaside location, lively bazaar quarter and blossoming wine region, scooped ninth in Lonely Planet’s best cities for 2024.

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Wonderful Wales

Wales has the wow factor thanks to its epic landscapes, outdoor adventures and creative communities – and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it in 2024.

Seven of the UK’s best walking routes are in Wales, according to new research from Which? Magazine. Rhossili Headland, Solva to St Davids, Beddgelert and Aberglaslyn, Mawddach Trail, Llangollen Canal Path, Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Llanberis Path offer some of the best coastal and countryside scenery.

Welsh whisky continues to gain recognition for its quality and Wales’s first Whisky Fest will take place at St George’s Hotel, Llandudno, from November 1-3.

With the growing trend of sporting events-inspired travel, Wales offers some of the most awe-inspiring backdrops including Slateman Triathlon & Duathlon, Llanberis, June 9; Sandman Triathlon & Duathlon at Newborough Forest, Anglesey, September 14 and 15; and Llandudno Triathlon & Duathlon, September 29.

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Bolder shoulder

Traditional July and August summer sunshine holidays abroad are being overtaken by beach and city breaks in May, June and October.

We expect this switch in dates to “shoulder season” spring, early summer and autumn to be driven in 2024 by budget-conscious Brits seeking better value away from the main school break season – and the fact that some people are also planning to take more holidays this year and simply need to fit them in.

A study for travel association ABTA found that May and June will be the most popular months for foreign breaks in the next 12 months, with more than one in five (21%) Brits planning to travel then. They are just ahead of October (19%) and the traditional high summer holiday months July and August (both 17%).

The shift – especially in October when tour operators are busy extending their seasons – makes an awful lot of sense with some great value deals in generally less-crowded destinations and not so much of the fierce summer heat.

Easier Maldives

With swathes of powder-white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters that are home to dazzling marine life, and coconut palms swaying in the tropical breeze, it’s no wonder the Maldives has taken the top spot as the most popular destination worldwide in a recent report from luxury brand Kuoni. And with only 200 out of the 1,000-plus isles that make up this idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago being inhabited, each resort is akin to a private island.

A popular dream escape for honeymooners, this destination is now seducing families and solo travellers, and Virgin Atlantic has made access easier after the October launch of its new seasonal route from Heathrow to Maldives Velana International Airport. Return fares from £785.

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Enticing Egypt

It’s been a 22-year journey from the first competition for the design, with numerous delays, but the magnificent Grand Egyptian Museum will finally fully open to the public in 2024. Near the Pyramids of Giza, the largest archaeological museum complex in the world is home to more than 100,000 artefacts including Tutankhamun’s entire treasure collection.

Low-cost flights to Cairo have started from Luton with easyJet (from £134 return). TUI is also going big on Egypt for 2024, with new holidays to Marsa Alam, the country’s most southerly sunshine resort, and in November, it will start five-star all-inclusive Nile river cruises from Luxor, taking in Aswan High Dam, Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Chartered flights will operate from Gatwick and Manchester.

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Hong Kong hospitality

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Luxe London

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Rail renaissance

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will take passengers on a coastal journey from Paris to Portofino for the very first time. Plus the luxurious Royal Scotsman train in Scotland will see the launch of two new Grand Suites.

Getting your beauty sleep between European cities is also now de rigueur. Austrian rail operator NightJet launched a new sleeper train service between Paris, Brussels and Berlin in December 2023 and Dutch-Belgian rail start-up European Sleeper has announced plans for a new night train between Amsterdam and Barcelona.

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Greener cruise

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Examples this year will include ever more ships using cleaner-burning LNG (liquified natural gas) for propulsion, leading to a 95-100% reduction in particulate emissions and up to 20% less greenhouse gas emissions. Shore power will be more extensively used where available with ships on electricity in ports, rather than their diesel engines.

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