Top attractions in Alanya
With plenty of delights both in nature and culture, no wonder Alanya is such a popular destination in Turkey. Located on the beautiful Turkish Riveria, there's many reasons this is a great place to take a vacation!
Overlooking the Mediterranean, the walls of Alanya's citadel were built by the Selcuks in the 13th century. At four miles long it completely surrounds Alanya Castle, which is pending membership as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, these gorgeous mounds of salt are a natural wonder. Used as an ancient holy site in the past, today the hot springs attract visitors from all over the world.
This cave is a great place to cool off from the heat! Its stalactites and stalagmites are 15,000 years old. It is said that the air inside the cave is good for sufferers of asthma.
The Taurus Mountains are considered holy land. Nestled within them is the Green Canyon, where you can take in the scenery by boat and dip into the silky, clear waters yourself.
If you want to relax but need to get away from the beach or poolside, why not treat yourself to a spa treatment at a traditional Turkish hammam?
Fun for all the family awaits at Water Planet, which offers giant slides, inflatable canoes, and even bungee jumping!
Known as the Kizil Kule in Turkish, the Red Tower sits on the harbor and is the symbol of Alanya. It houses the Ethnographic Museum of Alanya and there's even a brewery named after it!
Between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, Damlatas Cave is open only for those seeking to soothe their asthma.
If you are entering any places of worship, remember to dress modestly - women should bring a scarf to cover their head, just in case it is required.
Although there are a lot of markets with seemingly low prices, think carefully about how you spend your money - most vendors will be good-intentioned, but there are also those looking to scam tourists.
Try some tasty local food, such as baklava (a sweet pastry) and lahmacun (Turkish pizza).
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- As a resort town sitting on the Mediterranean, it lives up to its reputation as the city "where the sun smiles". While the summer months (June - August) usually provide long hot days, the spring is mostly mild but still sunny and most of the rainfall occurs in the fall and winter months.
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Had a great guide named Ibrahim who was welcoming and spoke 4 different languages. Although he's been doing this for nearly 20yrs he made it feel like the first time and didn't look bored. He knew how many were in the group and everything was well organised from the time we arrived until we returned to the camp. Ibrahim knew the river so well and navigated us expertly. The food back at camp was good and considering the price for the day it was well worth it. We were allowed to jump off a platform near the end which was great fun, even little kids were allowed to do it, something impossible in the UK! The scenes down the river were just amazing and we even swam in the calmer areas too. Water so fresh and clear. You can also do ziplining halfway down but we chose to have a break and dry off. Be sure to bring suitable footwear (rubber shoes) not flip flops but you can buy it all at the camp site too. We had to buy some footwear but ended up using it for quad biking too. Well recommend
This was a great experience. Really enjoyed it. Went with my wife and 2 children aged 9 and 10 who are not great swimmers. Felt safe throughout. Fantastic views rafting down the canyon. Decent lunch included. Didn't give 5 stars for 2 reasons - 1) took about 2 hours to get to simply because we stopped off at about 5 different hotels in different locations on route for pick ups. Had we gone straight, would have taken about an hour. lot of time wasted in the transportation. 2) It was a bit chaotic at the base camp. Lots of rafters, guide shouting instructions which many couldn't hear. very few photo stations and long queues to view photos with pressure to get back on the buses. Too many people rafting, which had an effect on the experience which would be more enjoyable if more personal. Generally a great experience and worth doing.
Was contacted prior to confirm hotel pickup/time. 1.5hr drive from Lara Beach but don’t let this put you off!! The location was beautiful, we took fantastic photographs. The hosts themselves (spoke great English) were sooo fun and it really made a difference! Good photographs were taken, with the possibility of a video to be bought also, you can also buy/rent shoes as your feet will get wet and closed shoes are a must! I am not a strong swimmer but felt safe and comfortable and never in danger. We came back to where we began our journey for food after 3ish hours of rafting ( with 2 mini breaks ) , the food was delicious and plentiful! ( pasta, salads etc) Overall one of the best thing myself and my partner have done! Hotel drop off also. We left around 9:20am and got back at 5:20ish
The rafting adventure in the Koprulu Canyon is worth taking part in for various reasons. First of all, it stimulates team spirit and your sense of humour, it teaches cooperation and sharpens your reflexes. The instructors are great fun and enjoy making jokes, they make everyone feel they belong to a team. Although the water is quite cold, it is refreshing to take a dip on a hot summer day. Be prepared to get splashed big time, take your swimshoes and you will have a thrilling adventure! Suitable for young and old alike - the river is incredibly clear and the atmosphere is unique. One of the highligjts of our stay in southern Turkey!
Great day out. The rafts are actually inflatables so very safe and unlikely to capsize, however you will get wet! There were four rafts in our group and the guides encouraged each raft to splash any other raft that came close, which all added to the fun. There were also a couple of opportunities to drop over the side for a safe swim which was lovely. The river rapids themselves were great fun - it's not all rapids obviously as there are calm stretches between them. Lunch was good (included in the price). Definitely recommend this, regardless of whether you've done it before