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Alanya is a popular vibrant seaside town on the Turkish Riviera. The coastline extends to about 8 miles of rocky bays and coves and long sandy beaches which is back dropped by the Taurus Mountains. Great for lively holidays so not for those seeking tranquility. We have over 180 great all inclusive resorts in this area from under £200 for seven nights inc flights. See them all HERE
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On holiday to Alanya
Alanya is a busy seaside town on the eastern side of the Turkish Riviera. At approximately 130 km from the airport, the well-known seaside resort is an ideal holiday resort. In addition to the pleasant centre, historic old town and the long coastal road, Alanya has two long sandy beaches. Fantastic discos, bars and terraces make Alanya a vibrant city. Along the coastal road you will find many shops and attractive restaurants. The pirates caves off the coast can still be visited today. It's not hard to imagine how they roamed the beautiful rocky coast! Alanya is visited by a mixed crowd, but this busy place is less suitable for people seeking tranquility.

Location
The hinterland of Alanya is mountainous with foothills of the Taurus Mountains. To the east the area is flatter with a vast fertile valley where mainly cotton is grown. Alanya is situated around a large hilly headland with miles of beaches on both sides.
Alanya is located in the far east of the Turkish Riviera on a flat coastal strip with rocky bays and coves. The place extends over approximately 10 km of coastline. The town has two very long beaches that extend beyond the town. The beaches consist mainly of sand and fine gravel. The seabed slopes down quite quickly and is covered with boulders and rocky plateaus.

Alanya Beaches
In Alanya you can sunbathe on beautiful beaches: The very long Kleopatra beach (about 2.7 km) consists mainly of fine gravel and has a fairly quickly sloping seabed, covered with rocky plateaus. You can rent sun beds, mattresses and umbrellas on the beach. There are also showers, changing cubicles, toilets and some catering facilities. The lively coastal road runs behind the very long beach, where you can also find various catering facilities. Kleopatra Beach has been awarded a blue environmental flag. This means that the water and beach are clean! In the bay of Alanya you will also find the East beach. This very long beach (about 6 km) consists mainly of sand. The seabed slopes quite gradually and is covered with boulders and rocky plateaus.

In and around Alanya
Alanya has a rich history. In the Archaeological Museum you will find many objects and utensils that describe the long history of the region. The citadel (fortified structure) towers high above the town of Alanya, on a hilly peninsula. Built by the Seljuk Turks, the fortress once had more than 140 towers and a wall of more than 6 km. A number of towers, gates and historic buildings can be seen within the citadel. From this higher point of Alanya you have a beautiful view over the city. The amazing stalactite caves of Damlatas are not to be missed! These caves, a short distance from Alanya, have stalactites and stalagmites that are millions of years old. The moist caves prove to be beneficial for asthmatics. Many patients come to visit in the morning on the advice of a doctor.

Surprising Highlights in Alanya
In Alanya you can visit the house where Atatürk (Father of the Turks) stayed in 1935. It is now a museum where some of Atatürk's properties can be found. In addition, the house clearly shows how a prosperous Turkish family lived at that time. Various boat trips are possible along the coast. Varying from wooden sailing yachts to larger tourist boats. During the tour, regular stops are made in beautiful bays for sightseeing or for swimming and snorkeling. It is also possible to visit the Pirate Cave and the Love Cave during a boat trip. With a bit of luck you can also see a dolphin swimming!

Alanya Beaches
The lively town of Alanya offers a vibrant nightlife. In addition to the atmospheric bars and terraces, Alanya has many restaurants, including some Dutch ones. In addition to Turkish specialties, the restaurants often also have an international menu. The venues are mainly located in and around the centre, the boulevard and partly along the coastal road. In Alanya you can go for a walk. There are a large number of discos, disco bars and a cinema. Most of the larger discos are slightly outside the town, so they can stay open until the morning. The most lively and lively nightlife can be found in the old harbours in the centre of Alanya. Here are cozy restaurants, fun clubs and spectacular discotheques!

The Turkish specialty restaurant Eski Ev (meaning 'old house') in Alanya is a must. The restaurant is located in one of the oldest houses in the place and serves delicious dishes. Every week a different region of Turkey is central to the menu, which changes continuously.
The airport is approximately 130 km from Alanya and the transfer time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Near Alanya, about 40 km, is the new airport Gazipasa. The transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

What is the public transport like in Alanya?
Alanya has a number of bus stations, for both local and long-distance buses. In addition, there are also buses that only run on the headland. There is a regular bus service to the surrounding coastal towns, Ankara and Istanbul. In addition, there is a fairly regular bus connection to Side, Manavgat and Antalya. Furthermore, minibuses (dolmus buses) run everywhere along the coast. These vans are often privately owned and go to many destinations for little money. In the summer months, a passenger boat departs from Alanya to the island of Cyprus several times a week. You can also take a taxi from Alanya to the citadel, the castle, places such as Side and Manavgat and to the airport. Tip: If you go by taxi, make sure that the meter is on in a taxi or agree on a rate for the departure.

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