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Part-historic seaport, part-modern-day beach resort, Alanya remains one of the most atmospheric cities along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. While sunseekers head to the sandy beaches and turquoise waters, adventurers also will find plenty of things to do in Alanya. Hike up to the medieval castle, take in the views from the seafront Red Tower, or set sail on a traditional pirate ship from the marina before joining locals to shop and dine at the bustling bazaar.
Alanya’s Mediterranean climate is sunniest from June through September, but the summer season means big crowds and higher prices on flights and accommodation. Temperatures often soar over 85°F (30°C), so plan outdoor activities around sunrise and sunset, and cool off at the beach when it gets too hot. It’s often still warm enough to swim in spring and fall, and a shoulder-season trip might mean you’ll get a bargain, too.
Alanya’s main beaches and tourist areas are largely flat and can be easily explored on foot. However, if you’re staying at one of the hillside hotels or heading up to the castle, you might prefer to take a taxi or ride the cable car. Local buses also link most of Alanya’s beaches and attractions: You’ll need to purchase a “smart card” (available at shops and supermarkets around the city) to use the buses, as cash isn’t accepted onboard.
Most tourists stick to bars and restaurants along the seafront, but you’ll find local dining options and more reasonable prices away from the beach. Also, remember that haggling is commonplace in Turkey, so whether you’re shopping at the bazaar or snagging a last-minute tour, don’t feel too shy to haggle!
Yes. Alanya is one of the most atmospheric resorts along the Turkish Riviera, famous for its medieval castle and Red Tower, as well as its beautiful beaches. The city is also a popular basecamp for Mediterranean cruises, day trips to Side, and outdoor activities, such as hiking, rafting, and paragliding....More
Alanya is known for beautiful white-sand beaches, warm Mediterranean waters, and buzzing nightlife. Located at the south end of the Turkish Riviera, the resort town also is renowned for its medieval castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the town; the beachside Red Tower; and the natural wonder of Damlatas Cave....More
It depends! Alanya and Antalya are both popular coastal resort cities with ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and similar options for day trips and activities. Alanya is smaller and often less crowded than Antalya, and typically has cheaper accommodation options. However, most international flights land in Antalya, a 2-hour drive away....More
Alanya’s mix of pristine sandy beaches, sunny Mediterranean climate, and picturesque coastline make it a hit with sunseekers visiting the Turkish Riviera. The coastal city has diverse attractions for visitors: medieval ruins, boat cruises, a wide variety of outdoor activities and water sports, and dozens of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs....More
Alanya’s main market, Juma Pazary, takes place on Fridays by the Atatürk statue at the city’s heart. Other markets and bazaars take place around the city every day of the week, with the most popular held on Tuesdays (by the fish market) and Sundays (along Yayla Yolu and Alaiye streets)....More
Yes. In general, there is a lower cost of living in Alanya compared to Antalya. While tourist prices may not always reflect those paid by locals, most visitors find that accommodation, tours, and meals are slightly cheaper in Alanya, making the city a better choice for travelers on a budget....More
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