The coast of Alanya extending about 100 km. is famous with its natural beaches. These beaches are wide and they have Blue Flag. These beaches extending towards the east, is about 24 km and 36 km to the west. In Alanya, the colour of the sea turns to turquoise from blue. In still weather, it is possible to see the fish deep in the sea. In the west, are Damlatas and Cleopatra beaches and in the east are Keykubat and Portakal beaches. Entrance to the beaches and the showers are free. Sunbeds and beach umbrellas are provided for a small payment; however, it is not obligatory to seek this service. At the buffets on the beaches, the prices are fixed. On the beaches, no boats and water sports vehicles are allowed within a certain distance. From the coast, swimming areas are determined with barriers. In the west of Alanya the famous beaches are Alara, İncekum, Avsallar, Türkler, Payallar, Konaklı and in the east; Oba, Tosmur, Kestel, Mahmutlar, Kargıcak, Demirtaş beaches.
When we talk about sports in Alanya, the first thing that comes to mind is the Triathlon Race which has a very important place in the world of sports. However, Alanya hosts a great number of international sports such as swimming marathons, mountain bike competitions, beach volleyball and beach football. In a way, Alanya is like a capital of alternative sports in the Mediterranean. From Spring to Autumn, there is an international sports activity in Alanya.
Due to the perfect climate and good training facilities found here in Alanya, many of the world famous sport teams have chosen to have their training camps here. Especially the top national football, beach volley, triathlon and bicycle teams come from all over Europe to Alanya yearly for training.
Due to the excellent climatic conditions in the winter Alanya is a perfect destination for triathlon teams.
With an altitude of up to 1500 meters above sea level, good quality asphalt mountain roads and wide straight quality asphalt streets. There are also mountain biking and downhill trails. The local people of Alanya pay attention to, appreciate and respect the athletes.
Due to the proximity of Alanya Gazipasa airport and the superb accommodation possibilities with appropriate facilities for the teams, Alanya is an attractive center for training teams.
Paragliding is the simplest , easiest and the most respectful discipline of air sports, to the nature. You may become one of the privileged individuals who actually with the unique contraction of the green tones of the Mother Nature with the blue shades of the ocean, from above the ground, while performing a floating landing on the beaches of the Mediterranean coasts, from the summit of the Taurus Mountains, resembling a bird’s flight in the sky that lasts for hours.
What would you like to eat in Alanya? Let us remind you: it is not possible to find such a variety of choices from all favourite kitchens of the world. We recommend you to taste Turkish food – exotic types of “Şiş kebab” prepared by chief cooks and traditional Alanya food. The fish, brought from the deep blue seas of the Mediterranean, are in the freezers for you. You should have a look. You may also start with a slice of white cheese and melon and “Raki”.
Keep in mind that Rakı is very strong and drunk slowly. It should not be consumed quickly. Because of the anise it contains, raki changes colour and becomes a milky white when water is added. Additional glass of pure water to go with it gives a refreshing taste. Some people drink Rakı straight .One sip rakı, one sip water – it softens this strong drink. Rakı goes well with good conversation. It is customary to eat meze (various foods served in small plates) while drinking rakı. Raki is usually drunk with cold dishes and seafood.
For the best Turkish coffee, roasted coffee beans have to be grinded just before making it. Turkish coffee, depending on the ones taste can be bitter (no sugar), with a little sugar, with medium sugar or with lots of sugar.
Although Alanya is on the coast of the Mediterranean, its back rests on Western Taurus. The Taurus Mountains are of essential importance in the life of Alanya people. Going to pasture in the mountains and spending the summer there is a thousand-year’s Turcoman tradition. Up until the last century, the villagers used to leave their villages with the coming of spring and go to pasture. On the plains of the Taurus exceeding thousand meters, the tents made of goat hair were pitched and while on one side flocks were put out the pasture on the other side people makes cheese and butter and weave carpets and rugs. The pasturage culture today exists in the luxurious cottages instead of the tents for people to go there and have a cool weekend holiday. The Taurus holds the unique beauty of the nature with its pine and cedar trees covered by forests, deep valleys, peaks in clouds and rivers coming from peaks. Nowadays both local and foreign tourists commonly visit the pastures; old Turkmen traditions do still exist in these daily picnic areas.
Alanya was located on the land of a little peninsula, on the north of whose there lied Toros Mt. and on the south there was Mediterranean Sea. Due to its location between Pamphylia and Cilicia the city was called both Pamphylia and Cilicia in the ancient age. Some skeletal and fossil remains found in two villages, Bademaðacý and Oba, located on the northeast of county seat, prove the fact that Alanya’s history can be traced back to the Upper Paleolithic Era(BC 20.000 – 17.000), called “the dark ages” as well.
There is no sufficient information about the area’s ancient times and Byzantium era. According to famous historian Heredot’s scripts, people migrated here after the Trojan War on about the year 1820 BC and the city hosted various tribes. In the 16th century’s first half (BC), Hittites reached the land of Alanya and killed approximately 600 people. Then they ruled over the cities, Pamphylia and Cilicia. Between 224 and 118 BC, even though the whole Cilicia was invaded by Great Antiocus, the city maintained its independency as conquering of the city was too hard
Climate and Vegetation Cover
There is a typical Meditarrenean climate over Alanya. It is hot and arid in summer, rainy and humid in winter. As the town is surrounded by high mountains on the west, north and east, winds that come from these directions can not reach Alanya and this makes the town a perfect place to grow a variety of plants that are also grow all around the world.
Other than the fruit growing that is done by the townsfolk, there is a fruit production station. The town is capable of producing 500.000 saplings a year thanks to a 1000 decare land since 1938 which is located among the borders of Aþaðý Oba Village on the towns east. Fruits are distributed all around the country starting from Alanya. Though it is not too much, the station is able to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables producted as well worldwide. Some of these are Japanese plum, pomegranate, coffee, walnut, pineapple, guava, avocado, jujube and decoration plants for gardens. Greenhouse cultivation is a common occupation in and around Alanya. Farmers in Alanya can grow and distribute such fruits and vegetables that they can not survive the harsh cold of winter. Banana is also an important source of income other than early grown fruits and vegetables. Alanya’s bananas are very popular and delicious. Citrus fruits, orange, lemon and grapefruit are well known around the country.
Within the scope of Alanya Nature Sports there are 19 walking / trekking, biking and off-road/driving courses plus 12 exclusive walking/trekking courses which have been identified, giving a total of 31 routes. On these specified routes which are within the scope of the project and plotted accordingly on the Alanya Nature Sports Map, you may comfortably perform your trekking and biking activities. By following the directional signs placed on both sides of your travelling route, you will be able to follow the length of travel information in kilometres. Our hope is that both our local and international guests, who have not previously explored Alanya would like to get familiar with nature sports in our region.
Within the framework of the Project, informational signboards with a map of the course and project-specific directional signs displaying length of travel in kilometres were placed along the trekking, biking and off-road routes on the existing interconnecting roads. This covers an area of 2,240 square kilometres with a width of 56 km and depth of 40 km which encompasses the Ancient Cities of Syedra and Leartes in the East, Akdag Skiing Centre, Oba – Alacami, Kizilalan, Aksaray, Basirli, Mahmutseydi, Turktas, Suleymanlar and Gedevet districts in the northeast, Alara Han and Hamaxia in the west, Little Ayasofya historical site in the north and Alanya central Roads district in the south of Alanya downtown, in addition to (2 each) crossing bridges at Kizilalan county, where mountain biking events are organised, and two panoramic landscape viewing / observation/ meeting towers, one located at the paragliding take-off point at the piedmont of Cebelireis Mountain and the other, in the Yasir Ali county falling right above the Hidirellez Church.
Providing the entrance to the Ehmedik region located in the Castle of Alanya, The Alanya Cable Car is 300m high with a 900m line length. The Alanya Cable Car which opened in 2017 has 17 cabins and can carry 1,130 people per hour.
Passing over the world famous Damlataş and Cleopatra Beaches, reaching up to the historical Alanya Castle, the cable car gives you the chance to see the magnificent Alanya with a bird eye view.
Sunset in Alanya gives a piece of good news that the nightlife begins and it lasts until next morning. Bars, discos wait for those who are young in spirit. There is no limit with the dance and the music. Pop-music, Turkish pop-music, live music. Different kinds of music come from everywhere in town. Even the stars in the sky dance.
Health and beauty tourism is rapidly growing in Alanya and every year more and more people travel across the world to receive
the healthcare and beauty facilities available in Turkey.
In Alanya, there are many high quality and well equipped hospitals, policlinics, plastic surgery , beauty and dental health centers.
If you are interested in any medical tourism services, while enjoying the sun all year round and with the cleanest beaches of the Mediterranean Coast you should definitely choose to visit Alanya.
The climate in the winter months is ideal, especially for the elderly and handicapped people spreading the health tourism over 12 months of the year.
There is no doubt that Alanya is a heaven for shopaholics. The variety of many stores, especially where you can see within walking distance, attracts visitors to town center. Jewelry stores, boutiques, shoe and bag shops, leather shops that are offering unlimited color and model options, gift stores and carpet shops are likely to appear before you anytime in the town center.
You can find quality goods at reasonable prices, in downtown at the shopping street.
Cuma Bazaars, the area around the port and Atatürk Main Road which lays all along Alanya are the most busy shopping centers.
You should absolutely buy local gift goods and products made of lagenaria in Alanya, where you have unlimited options of jewelry and textile products.