A panoramic view of Alanya harbour at night

Things to do in  Alanya

Your new summer playground

Part-historic seaport, part-modern-day beach resort, Alanya remains one of the most atmospheric cities along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. While sunseekers head to the sandy beaches and turquoise waters, adventurers also will find plenty of things to do in Alanya. Hike up to the medieval castle, take in the views from the seafront Red Tower, or set sail on a traditional pirate ship from the marina before joining locals to shop and dine at the bustling bazaar.

Top 8 attractions in Alanya

Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi)

Standing proud on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the city, medieval Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi) is Alanya’s defining landmark. Encircled by 4 miles (6 kilometers) of walls, the Inner Fortress (Iç Kale) houses the remains of an 11th-century church, while the Ehmedek Castle area hosts ruins dating back to ancient Greek times.More

Damlatas Cave (Damlatas Magarasi)

Adorned with 15,000 years worth of stalactites, the small-yet-perfectly-formed Damlatas Cave is one of Alanya’s signature sights. Discovered in 1948 while the new harbor was being built, the humidity and constant temperature of the cave are said to have therapeutic properties.More

Cleopatra Beach (Kleopatra Plaji)

Beloved by sun-worshippers the world over, Cleopatra Beach (Kleopatra Plajı is a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer expanse of golden sand framed by the blue Mediterranean. With dramatic views of hilltop Alanya Castle, indulgent beach clubs, plus a range of water sports, most travelers consider it Alanya’s best beach.More

Sapadere Canyon (Sapadere Kanyonu)

Rocky mountain gorges, turquoise waters, and cascading waterfalls await adventurers at Sapadere Canyon. Formed by thousands of years of water and ice erosion, the natural wonder provides an idyllic spot for hiking and swimming with its 1,300-foot-high (400-meter) cliffs, lush foliage, and scenic backdrop of the Taurus Mountains.More

Red Tower (Kizil Kule)

Standing guard over the marina at the western edge of Portakal Beach, the Red Tower (Kızıl Kule) is one of Alanya’s most memorable landmarks, with its distinctive red brick and medieval ramparts. Dating back to the 13th century, the tower was part of the mighty sea defense walls of Alanya Castle and affords magnificent views across the harbor.More

Alanya Shipyard (Alanya Tersanesi)

Stretching more than 180 feet (55 meters) along the rocky coast of Alanya’s historic seaport, Alanya Shipyard (Alanya Tersanesi) dates back to the 3rd century BC. Today, it’s a popular attraction for visitors to Alanya and remains one of the best-preserved ancient docklands along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.More

Alanya Ataturk House Museum (Alanya Atatürk Evi Müzesi)

The 2-story residence where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk—the first President of Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye)—stayed during official visits between 1930 and 1935 is now a museum dedicated to the legendary revolutionary. Filled with personal effects and historic items, the Alanya Ataturk House Museum (Alanya Atatürk Evi Müzesi) is a fascinating tribute to Atatürk’s visits to Antalya.More
Water Planet Aquapark

Water Planet Aquapark

The largest water park along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Water Planet Aqua Park packs in 24 family-friendly slides, rides, and activities—all within a short drive of Alanya or Side. Add ocean views, a forested backdrop, an adrenaline-fuelled bungee jump, and seven different swimming pools, and you’ll have everything you need for a fun-filled day out.More
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All about Alanya

When to visit

Alanya’s Mediterranean climate is sunniest from June through September, but the summer season means big crowds and higher prices on flights and accommodation. Temperatures often soar over 85°F (30°C), so plan outdoor activities around sunrise and sunset, and cool off at the beach when it gets too hot. It’s often still warm enough to swim in spring and fall, and a shoulder-season trip might mean you’ll get a bargain, too.

Getting around

Alanya’s main beaches and tourist areas are largely flat and can be easily explored on foot. However, if you’re staying at one of the hillside hotels or heading up to the castle, you might prefer to take a taxi or ride the cable car. Local buses also link most of Alanya’s beaches and attractions: You’ll need to purchase a “smart card” (available at shops and supermarkets around the city) to use the buses, as cash isn’t accepted onboard.

Traveler tips

Most tourists stick to bars and restaurants along the seafront, but you’ll find local dining options and more reasonable prices away from the beach. Also, remember that haggling is commonplace in Turkey, so whether you’re shopping at the bazaar or snagging a last-minute tour, don’t feel too shy to haggle!


People Also Ask

Is Alanya, Turkey, worth visiting?

Yes. Alanya is one of the most atmospheric resorts along the Turkish Riviera, famous for its medieval castle and Red Tower, as well as its beautiful beaches. The city is also a popular basecamp for Mediterranean cruises, day trips to Side, and outdoor activities, such as hiking, rafting, and paragliding.

What is Alanya, Turkey, known for?

Alanya is known for beautiful white-sand beaches, warm Mediterranean waters, and buzzing nightlife. Located at the south end of the Turkish Riviera, the resort town also is renowned for its medieval castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the town; the beachside Red Tower; and the natural wonder of Damlatas Cave.

Is Alanya better than Antalya?

It depends! Alanya and Antalya are both popular coastal resort cities with ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and similar options for day trips and activities. Alanya is smaller and often less crowded than Antalya, and typically has cheaper accommodation options. However, most international flights land in Antalya, a 2-hour drive away.

Why is Alanya so popular?

Alanya’s mix of pristine sandy beaches, sunny Mediterranean climate, and picturesque coastline make it a hit with sunseekers visiting the Turkish Riviera. The coastal city has diverse attractions for visitors: medieval ruins, boat cruises, a wide variety of outdoor activities and water sports, and dozens of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

What day is market day in Alanya?

Alanya’s main market, Juma Pazary, takes place on Fridays by the Atatürk statue at the city’s heart. Other markets and bazaars take place around the city every day of the week, with the most popular held on Tuesdays (by the fish market) and Sundays (along Yayla Yolu and Alaiye streets).

Is Alanya cheaper than Antalya?

Yes. In general, there is a lower cost of living in Alanya compared to Antalya. While tourist prices may not always reflect those paid by locals, most visitors find that accommodation, tours, and meals are slightly cheaper in Alanya, making the city a better choice for travelers on a budget.

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