Top Attractions in Alanya
A grand historical attraction in the town, Alanya Castle has lasted through the centuries since it was constructed after the city’s conquest in 1220. Standing 820 feet high on a rocky peninsula, this building provides spectacular views of the town, and has an amazing 93 towers and 140 battlements.
Alanya Dockyard and Red Tower
The powerful Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat I also built the Alanya Dockyard to be his Mediterranean naval base along with an arsenal that was used to defend against seaborne attacks from the south west. The grand Red Tower was built for a similar purpose, and its 115-foot height and octagonal shape make it a prime example of medieval military architecture. Today it houses the Alanya Ethnographic Museum.
Moving away from man-made historical sites of interest, the Damlataş Cave is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and columns of semi-crystallised limestone that were shaped by thousands of years of erosion. Discovered accidentally in 1948 by miners, the cave is reached via a short passageway, and it is believed that the high concentrations of carbon dioxide, humidity and low temperatures in the cave are beneficial for sufferers of asthma.
East and west are divided by a rocky peninsula in Alanya, which is a feature of the city. The harbour and CBD are on the eastern side, while to the west, Damlataş and Cleopatra Beach are two popular locations. Cleopatra Beach in particular, with its hot white sand, clear water and smooth pebbles that dot its shoreline, is an attraction for visitors and locals alike. Whether or not it was a gift from the Roman General Mark Antony to his new wife, Cleopatra of Egypt, is mostly hearsay…