|The large popular
resort center of Alanya lies at one end of a rocky
promontory which juts out into the Mediterranean between two long sandy
beaches. A 13th century Seljuk fortress - one of the most magnificent sights
on the coast - crowns the headland. About 150 towers punctuate the walls
of the well-preserved, double-walled citadel. Within the outer walls are
ruins of mosques, a caravanserai and a covered bazaar; in the inner walls
are a ruined cistern and a Byzantine church. Although Alanya's history dates
back to Roman times, it rose to prominence under the Seljuks, when in 1220,
Alaeddin Keykubat made it his winter residence and naval base. The surviving
buildings reflect the importance of the city in Seljuk times. Besides the
impressive citadel tourists should explore the unique dockyards and the
octagonal Kizil Kule (Red Tower).
Alanya is a beautiful holiday center of modern
hotels and motels, numerous fish restaurants and cafes and bars. The cafes
that ring the harbour have become popular gathering places for tourists.
From the town's lovely park, the road runs along the coast to the harbour,
lined with countless boutiques that tempt tourists with handicrafts, leather,
clothes, jewellery, handbags and the amusing painted gourds, a symbol
of the area. In August, when Alanya hosts a colorful International
Folklore Festival the atmosphere is charged with vitality
If you enjoy exploring you should visit the
Damlatas Cave to see the eerie misshapen rock
formations. Nearby is the Archaeology and Ethnography Museum,
(Open weekdays except Monday). A boat can take you to the three sea grottoes:
Fosforlu Mağara with its phosphorescent rocks,
the Kizlar Mağarası, where pirates imprisoned
their female captives, and the Asiklar Magarasi.
When the intense sun overpowers you, take
a day trip to the Dim Çayi Valley, 15 km east
of Alanya, where you can relax in the shade of this scenic valley and
listen to the stream rushing by.
about 25 km from Alanya to the west, is a holiday resort center with fine
sandy beaches. If you travel east from Alanya towards Gazipasa
you will discover and no doubt linger on the exceptional beaches.
30 km east of Alanya, Aytas,
the historical harbour city lotape, is a great excursion site, with Roman
ruins, secluded beaches and bays.