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 and gaiety.
Major Sights, Places To See
Seeing Alanya Castle, the Red Tower and Damlatas Cave, Visiting the museums
Alanya is 135 km from Antalya. The highway connecting the two cities passes through a number of residential areas and tourist spots. Public buses provide transportation on the route of Alantur, Bus Station Ulas every ten minutes.
There is regular bus and minibus service.
Bus Station Phone: + 90 242 513 26 50
The nearest airport is in Antalya 130 km away.
Antalya Airport Phone: + 90 242 330 32 33
The nearest train station is in Burdur.
The port in Alanya is suitable for large size ships with heavy cargo, which is still being used both for touristic as well as commercial purposes. During the tourist season, there are passenger and cargo services between Alanya and Girne (Northern Cyprus). This is the most important customs port in the Turkish Republic for Northern Cyprus.