Alanya is a city on the southern coast of Turkey - The Turkish Riviera -offering whatever your heart desires: miles of sandy beaches, ancient sites ofmany world cultures, pristine Mediterranean landscapes, clean water andcaves... And of course, its hotels, bazaars and the big party and disco area,also with many clubs and cafes. Alanya is a city district of Antalya and islocated 135 km east of Antalya. To the east lies the district Gazipasa and inthe West Manavgat / Side. Alanya is known as "Pearl of The TurkishRiviera"; and became world famous through the miles of sandy and cleanbeaches, crystal clear sea and the mild Mediterranean climate. The historicalpast, the many natural attractions and the multi-cultural lifestyle makesAlanya a very special experience.
Thanks to the many land and water sports, the colorful bazaars and thecheerful bustle nightlife Alanya has become one of the most popular seasideresorts both for domestic and European tourists on the Turkish Riviera.
One of the most famous symbols of the city is the powerful rock going far intothe sea with its Castle from year 1225.
In Alanya region, there are about 230.000 inhabitants. The city and regionoffers a very good and inexpensive bus connection.
A new marina is recently built just outside the city center, and the old porthas been completely renewed!
In the old town, there are hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes andrestaurants. And also 5 large nightclubs.
Of course you find many traditional Turkish restaurants, and in recent yearsalso added Italian, Mexican , Chinese and Iranian cuisine.
Alanya shopping offers many small grocery stores, big supermarkets (Migros,Metro, Alanyum, Kipa) as well as jewelers, leather shops, modern furniturestores, farmer's market (bazaar) with the freshest vegetables and fruits fromthe area, and a wholesale market with an Oriental flair. Enjoy to walk aroundin these areas!
Alanya also offer cultural inspiration with its museums, libraries and Internet cafes.
The present population structure has within the last 20 years made Alanya into a multicultural city. When tourism started to develop, the first businessmen came from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other cities and established the first hotels and shops. Then came the Turks living abroad to invest their savings into tourism. They also contributed to make Alanya known in Europe.
The Antalya International Airport is easy to reach from all cities in Europe. The driving time from Antalya Airport to Alanya (per route 125 km) is only 80 minutes on the newly built highway.
The first settlements in the Alanya region goes back to pre-Christian times. Before the discovery of tourism to the locals lived from agriculture, fishery and animal household. These nomad tribes spent the mild winter in Alanya and in the summer time they moved with their herds to the pastures of the Taurus Mountains. With the development of tourism, many of these people have become sedentary and takes part of the business life in many of hotels, shops and restaurants.
With the development of infrastructure, healthcare, modern hotels, villas, apartments and shops began the first purchase of apartments by the Europeans. For the most part they live here permanently as our new local friends.
The popularity of Alanya, both by locals and Europeans, is based on the high quality of the tourist facilities, hotels and beaches. The miles of beaches are open for free to everyone. Even the hotels are not like in other resorts, but with a capacity of 50-100 rooms, comfortable and very nice. They are located along the beaches or lying in the center and managed in a family and professional atmosphere. Discover the history, nature and culture of Alanya. Experience the Turkish hospitality in a family atmosphere.