What can you do in Alanya and surroundings?
We give you a few tips:
Damlataş Cave was found in 1948 when it was opened for stone pit during construction of port. Cave is on the west coast of the historical Alanya Castle.
The so-called drops of water in the cave were created in 15000 years. Even today, the drops of water are dripping, which is why the cave was called Damlatas. The cave is so well known today because the air in the cave is very healthy for the respiratory tract (especially for the asthma sufferer) and its beauty. The air in the cave does not change. In the weather of cave there are %71 nitrogen, % 20,5 oxygen, 2,5/10.000 (two and half to ten thousands) CO2 and some radioactive ion.
It is the first cave which was opened to tourism in Turkey. Admission is charged
The Alanya castle
The castle has a great importance to Alanya. It is the most important landmark of the city. In the early days it was used for strategic distribution and centuries existed in Alanya only on the mountain on which the castle stands.
The castle walls stretch from the top of the hill to the red tower. With the peak jutting into the sea, access to intruder was nearly impossible. So you could attack them only over land, because there were only a few warships in the area at the time.
You can commit the castle for a fee and also partly inside the castle. Preserved parts of the castle can be viewed by Middle. You can reach the castle by bus or cable car (explanation follows). It can also be fun to walk down the castle path.
Also emerged as the earlier time and was used for the ships. Today there are the so-called pirate ships with which you can make a tour around the castle, but there are many different offers. From time to time there also holds a large cruise ship, which used to be more regular. At the harbor promenade many small stalls for the small hunger find. About the small street restaurants, cafes and bars. A walk through the harbor is worthwhile!
The Red Tower is the 2nd important landmark of Alanya. It was also built in the heyday of Alanya. It served as protection of the port and the shipyard. If you are on the way to the castle, the tower is an ideal starting point. The tower is 33 meters high and you have a great view of the harbor and the castle hill. The entrance fee is paid. The shipyard is rather an unknown sight in Alanya. Although it is located directly under the castle, it is easy to miss. A narrow path leads from the Red Tower over the seawalls to the Seljuk shipyard. There is a museum telling the story of shipbuilding in Alanya.
The lighthouse is also located at the harbor. At the end, in the direction of the Red Tower, turn left (there are some restaurants). Then go up the stairs and left again on the long rock path. This leads directly to the lighthouse. The lighthouse can be entered up to the top. From there you can see both the daytime and the evening the charming harbor, the castle and part of the city. Admission is free
The cable car in Alanya is 900 meters long and provides access to the Ehmedek Citadel, which is located at a height of 300 meters at the castle. The cable car was put into operation in 2017 and can carry 1130 people per hour with 17 cabins. The use is subject to charges.
The view while driving will inspire you because you can see completely the Kleopatra beach, the Damlataş cave and the city itself. This is most worthwhile during the day, but in the evening it still looks beautiful. It will be worth it!
You will find them in the direction of the mountains. In 2017, it was expanded and you can see the inscription ‘I Love Alanya’ from the harbor. From there you can see the complete city of Alanya, the harbor, the castle and of course the sea. The view is beautiful day and night. You can enjoy the peace and quiet in a coffee there or sit on one of the many park benches and enjoy the view. On Sundays when the weather is nice you will find the locals at the picnic area and have a barbecue on the terrace. You can reach the terrace by bus or car. You will never forget this view!
Suleymaniye Camii (mosque)
At Alanya tower berg you will find the inconspicuous mosque, which has a lot to offer from the inside.
The path from the red tower leads you to the mosque, or a bus / taxi. Then you have to walk a short distance to get to the mosque entrance.
In our mosques it is obligatory to take off your shoes in front of the entrance. Also, eye-catching clothing like a mini-skirt should be avoided, because the shoulders should be covered as well. For women, as in all mosques, headscarves and loose pants are used to cover the body.
Bazar Alanya and shopping
The bazaar in the center of Alanya, takes place every Friday on a large parking lot (stop Cuma Pazar). There are all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is brought directly from the bazaar.
There is also a selection of clothes and small gifts. The visit is simply part of the trip to Alanya. The shops on Atatürk Boulevard, in the waterfront district, in the Alanyum shopping center and in Konakli make shopping lovers’ hearts beat faster.
The brand dealers offer their products cheaply throughout the year. Also, Alanya offers a wide range of jewelry stores.
(Please pay attention to the customs regulations when entering the EU)
In the shops bar can be paid in Turkish Lira, Euro or Dollar. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
The museum is located opposite Kleopatra Beach and Damlataş Cave. There you will find excavations from 7000 years, which were found in ruins and surroundings. The entrance fee is paid
In this house lived the Turkish state founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk while he was in Alanya. In the 19th century, the house was built in traditional Ottoman style. On three floors now a museum was created in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Private objects of Atatürk, furniture and much more from the 19th century are in the museum. Admission is free
Asiklar / Aşıklar – Cave of the Lovers
The Asiklar Cave is a cave near the southern tip of the Alanya Peninsula. The cave is located high above the sea level and leads like a hose from one side to the other side of the massive rock. Experienced climbers can reach the cave from either side of the peninsula.
At the port of Alanya, you can view the Cave of Nahu with one of the ships. During the boat trip around the peninsula, stop at this point for a moment.
The boat trip is chargeable
Legend has it that pirates once hid their prey there. Another tells that couples love to spend their time there undisturbed..
The beach in front of the Damlataş cave west of the historic peninsula and has a blue flag. The beach leans against the penis foot. The natural beach framed by rocks looks like a pool and is famous for the fact that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and the Roman Emperor Antonius swam here. The small beach cove resulting from large stones that extends to the peninsula is called Cleopatra. Cleopatra has clear water and swimming goggles allow you to see the fish and the natural beauty of the seabed.
Is a narrow river, in a narrow valley in the north of Alanya. Apart from the cool water, there is an excellent trout restaurant and a stalactite cave to see. The river has ettliche restaurants built on the water. They sit on the water and can eat and drink there very well. The river is not only a popular destination for tourists. Even locals find it especially in midsummer in the cafes and restaurants..
The cold water comes from a dam, which is located above the mountains and can be viewed. You can reach the Dim Çay by bus or in the form of a day trip which you can book in Alanya or at your tour operator.