Alanya is in Antalya Province, Turkey, situated on the south coast. It is a popular tourist destination.
Alanya is about 2 hours drive from the nearest airport Antalya. Most holiday makers land in Antalya and are then taken to their hotel in Alanya by bus.
If your hotel is a bit far from Alanya, you can stand outside the hotel on the road and wait for a Dolmuş to come by and pick you up. You can stop at dolmuş stops anywhere on the road, mostly there are bus stops, rarely at someplaces there are not bus stops, they come in each 10 and 15 minutes and are sometimes quite crowded. Expect to pay around 2 Lira per person for the ride.
In the city center there is cheap Dolmuş to reach all around the town.
Walking around the town is the best option. You can take taxis or a Dolmuş to the castle if you don't want to walk all the way up the hill.
The Citadel (Kale) occupies a hilly peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides, and by the modern parts of the city on the other. Although the signs showing way to ‘Castle’ (Kale) points to the highest parts of the walls, the walls can be followed starting right at the sea level. Particularly interesting in (or next to) the citadel is the tip of the peninsula formed by a high and narrow extension of rocks, jutting long into the sea. This formation is named Adam Atacağı in Turkish (pronounced aa-daam aa-taa-jaa-a), literally “man thrower”, as here was where people condemned to death were pushed into the sea.
The Red Tower (Kızıl Kule) – The hexagonal tower of the citadel which is nearest to sea.
Old shipyard (Tersane) – dating back to Seljuqs, with an interesting architecture. Located very near the Red Tower.
Caves around the town, accessible by boat trips.
There is a lot to do in Alanya and there are plenty of tour companies whole heartedly willing to help you.
Boat trip (try to haggle down to €5 for one hour), should include visits to caves and lunch
Scuba Diving (more fish during the high season)
Jeep safari tours
Quad bike tours
Trip to historic Amphitheatre in Aspendos
Turkish food in general is really tasty. Try:
Lahmacun: These will cost you around 2 Lira and are more like a snack than a meal
Baklava: Turkish sweet. The cost depends on the weight (e.g. 12 Lira for a kilogram)
If you are in an "All Inclusive" hotel (which is usually the case), all your meals are provided by the hotel.
Be warned that the prices of drinks in the night clubs may be insanely high. Expect a beer to cost from €1.00 to €4.50.
A great deal of cheap holiday packages, usually originating in Germany or Scandinavia, include "All Inclusive" hotels situated on the beach as part of the deal. For example, an "All Inclusive" 4 Star hotel in Alanya including a flight to Antalya from Germany costs around €400.
Catering for all the European tourists, almost everyone in Alanya accepts Euros. You may not even have to exchange your Euros at all. When taking money out of the automatic teller machines, make sure they can give you Euros as well as Lira. It's also very easy to exchange all Scandinavian crowns (krona, krone, possibly except Icelandic króna) in many exchange offices of the town—something not very usual in the rest of Turkey—as many holiday-makers in Alanya are Scandinavians.
Alanya is full to the brim of shops, which become very repetitive since they all sell pretty much exactly the same wares. The shops shamelessly sell fake brands. A list of the most common items:
Clothing: Shoes and t-shirts from Puma, etc (fake of course!)
Watches: Everything from Seiko to DKNY (fake of course!)
Bags and Wallets
Turkish Tea sets
Be prepared to haggle, the shop owners expect it. It's not possible to haggle for groceries or alcohol.
To the west, rest of Antalya Province offers many interesting destinations.
To the east, Anamur, Silifke, and the rest of eastern Mediterranean coast (the Cilician coast: Mersin Province, Adana, Hatay Province) awaits with its somewhat thinly populated and thinly touristed hilly landscape.
Cyprus, lying to the southeast, is also another option. During the high season (May to September), you can go to Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus by boat through the company Fergün Shipping . It takes about 3 and a half hours and costs 78 TL/person one-way or 130 TL/person return. Outside the high season, the international port is closed.
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