Alanya

Alanya

The  magical city of Alanya

Beaches

Historical Places

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Sapadere Canyon

Alanya is a beautiful holiday centre with its beautiful sandy beaches,

excellent for swimming.

 

The beauty of Alanya makes it a magnet for tourists and provides everything you could dream of in a holiday. The country`s unique geographical and cultural texture ,the attractive and comfortable hotels lining the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea, and the rich tastes of the world renowned Turkish cuisine make it an ideal destination. The possibilities are endless: swimming in the bay where Cleopatra once bathed, lying back and enjoying the sun, exploring the mysterious sea caves on a blue cruise, or soaking in the rich heritage of Mediterranean civilisations, the accumulation of millennia, are only some of them.

MUSEUMS

Kaleiçi (Citadel), the old city centre of Antalya, combines the aesthetics of old and new, its charms surrounded inside and out by fortified walls. These walls, some of which have survived to this day, were built by the  various civilizations that inhabited the city over a 2000-year period and there are 80 towers rising on them. Within the walls, the narros streets that lead to the port are lined with traditional dwellings. The two or three- storey houses that face the street on one side and gardens on the other, perfectly reflect the atmosphere of old Antalya.

The ancient port of Kaleiçi in now used as a modern yacht harbour. The yacht harbour and old city together make a splendid view which has inspired numerous painters, writers and poets. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism was awarded the Golden Apple Tourism Oscar by FIJET ( World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers) in 1984 for the restoration project undertaken in Kaleiçi which is protected area today. It is also the heart of Antalya and one of its most frequented areas with its historic buildings now converted into dining, accomodation and entertainment facilities, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and bars. A walking tour takes you to all the historic buildings. There are also shops that sell local products, souvenirs and gift items, ideal mementos and presents for friends back home.

  • Atatürk`s  House Museum

     

    The house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, stayed during his visit to Alanya on 18 February 1935 was donated by its owner Mr.Tevik Azakoğlu tot he Ministry of

    Culture and Tourism. The building, converted into a museum in 1987, is a three-storey mansion house set in garden, and displays the features of the 19th century Turkish architecture. On the ground floor of the museum is an exhibition including the personal belongings of Atatürk as well as photographs of his visit, a telegram sent by him to the people of Alanya and other historical documents. The upper floor is decorated with the ethnographic items of a traditional Alanya house.

     

  • Kızılkule Ethnography Museum

     

    In 1226, the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat commissioned the master builder, Ebu Ali REha al-Kattani, a native of Halep (Aleppo), who had previously rebuilt the Sinop Fortress,

    to construct what would come to be known as the Kızılkule (Red Tower). The tower`s name derives from the colour of its construction materials: Baked red bricks were used for the upper storeys. The tower has an octagonal plan, where the walls on each edge are 12.5 metres long, and the diameter of the base circle is 29 metres. The height of the building is 33 metres. It has five storeys. Access to the upper floors is through a high riser stone staircase with 85 steps. The tower has a central cistern and skylights allow sunlight to reach the first floor. The Kızılkule was built to protect the harbour and dockyard from sea-born attacks, a purpose it served for centuries.

    The Kızılkule now functions as the Ethnography Museum. The ground floor and first floor of the five-storey tower are refurbished and constitute the museum. The historical building is also used for cultural and artistic activities, such as painting exhibitions or classical music concerts. From the top floor of the tower, the vista of the county and the bay is enchanting.

  • Archaeology Museum

     

    The Archaeology Museum of Alanya exhibits bronze, marble, terra-cotta and glass artefacts; mosaics and coin collections belonging to the Archaic and

    Classical ages, Roman and Byzantine periods, and also Turkish-Islamic works of art from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.

    In the Archaeology section of the museum, a stone inscription in Phoenician language dating to 625 BC, the oldest artefact in the museum, catches the attention. The most famous work in the museum is the cast bronze statue of the mythological hero Heracles, dating to the 2nd century BC.

    The ethnography department exhibits items collected from the environs of Alanya, reflecting the folkloric aspects of the region, such as Yörük (nomadic people) kilims, sacks woven from goat`s hair, saddlebags, dresses and clothing items, samples of embroidery, arms, kitchenware and tableware for daily use, jewellery, manuscripts, and writing tools as well as a period room representing daily life in an Alanya house. The museum`s garden is an open air exhibit of stoneware from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. The museum is open daily except Mondays.

     

CAVES

  • Korsanlar (Corsairs`) Cave

     

    The first cave on the route from the harbour to the south shore of the peninsula is the Korsanlar Cave. It has a large mouth that allows boats to enter. Colourful stones under the water furnish an

    eye-catching display. It is believed that there was a tunnel inside the cave and the past connecting the cave with the Fortress.

  • Aşıklar (Lovers`) Cave

     

    Like most of the caves, there are stories about the Aşıklar Cave. According to one of them, in this

    75- metre-long cave, which has two entrances, the corsairs used to keep enslaved maidens as well as

    keep enslaved maidens as well as pillaged booty.

  • Fosforlu ( Phosphorus) Cave

     

    This cave is named after the luminescent light coming from the bottom of the sea. Small rowing boats can enter the cave, which has outstanding geological morphology.

    Its luminescence, becoming more marked at night, could also be observed in the daylight.

MUSEUMS

With its kilometres of fine sand beaches, clean sea and glorious sun Alanya provides its visitors a unique holiday. The beach cafes are ready to cater to all needs. Most of the beaches in Alanya are Blue Flag beaches thanks to the cleanliness of the sea and quality or service. Pools of fish are visible under the turquoise blue sea. Beaches and archaeological ruins run harmoniously together. The natural beaches of Alanya are truly excellent places to enjoy sea, sand and sun.

  • Incekum Beach

     

    Incekum is located approximately 20 kilometres west of Alanya. Its fine, golden sands contrast with the tall pine forest that runs along the shore.

    There are suitable camping sites in the vicinity and the shallow water is suitable for those who are learning to swim.

  • Ulaş Beach

     

    Six kilometres west of Alanya is Ulaş Beach. Following the shore road you reach a park used for recreation and picnicking. From this area the

    stairs on the cliff face take you down to the beach. The beach facilities are excellent. A regular bus service provides access to the beach from the county center.

  • Keykubat Beach

     

    Of all the beaches in Alanya province, this is one of the most notable. The beach stretches 3 kilometres east of the peninsula. The Taurus Mountains

    provide a splendid backdrop to the deep sandy beach. With its natural beauties around and high quality facilities, it is an excellent tourist attraction providing all kinds of entertainment and recreation activities.

  • Ulaş Beach

     

    Six kilometres west of Alanya is Ulaş Beach. Following the shore road you reach a park used for recreation and picnicking. From this area the

    stairs on the cliff face take you down to the beach. The beach facilities are excellent. A regular bus service provides access to the beach from the county center.

  • Damlataş Beach

     

    Right in front of the Damlataş cave lies Damlataş beach, a “must visit” while in Alanya.The magic of the beach lies in its closeness to the cave and in a small cove associated with the legendary Queen

    Cleopatra. As the story goes, Cleopatra, the powerful eastern Mediterranean, dropped anchor at the port. She stayed in the cove for a couple of restful days of pleasure, and enjoyed the sea and sands. Her legendary beauty is believed to be associates with the hot sun and fine gold sands of Alanya. Today the Cleopatra Cove is the most frequented beach in Alanya. The sunset is magnificent and you may enjoy water sports such as pedalos and jet skis in front of the section reserved for swimming.

     

DO NOT RETURN UNLESS YOU HAVE

 

-Visited the Alanya Fortress

 

-Seen the Dim Cave

 

-Made a tour in the Dim Stream Valley and eaten freshly caught trout

 

-Hiked at the nature trail of Sapadere Canyon

DID YOU KNOW?

 

-That Queen Cleopatra bathed in the sea and sun of the coves of Alanya

 

-That ALanya was the winter capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire

 

-That Alanya`s name was derived from the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat

 

-That Alanya has the best preserved dockyard of the whole Mediterranean basin, and the only one still standing along the Anatolian coast

 

-That the city walls of Alanya Fortress were 6km long and reinforced with 140 bastions, and that inside the city walls there were 400 cisterns...

 

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