Alanya brings the magic of the Mediterranean Sea directly to you. This beach resort community is nestled right below the Taurus Mountains, creating the perfect opportunity to explore and relax in a way that suits you best.
On the peninsula where Alanya is located sits a castle which shares its name with the community. It is a Seljuk-era citadel that was constructed in the 13th century. This is where most of the city’s major landmarks and sights happen to be. On the grounds, you’ll find a Byzantine-era Church, dedicated to St. George, which has also been used as a mosque over the years.
More than 80 towers were part of the initial design for Alanya Castle. Red Tower, the last of the towers, has been turned into an ethnographic museum.
Festivals are held on a frequent basis in Alanya as well. One of the most popular is the Jazz Festival, which hosts a series of 5 free concerts every year. Since 2001, an annual documentary festival has been held in the city as well, while an anniversary celebration is held every February to honor the city.
If you enjoy a good museum tour, then the Alanya Museum has what you want. It has a large bronze statue of Hercules, limestone ossuaries, various ceramics, and historic copies of holy books.
Alanya may pride itself as a resort destination, but it is much more than that. From the local markets to its magnificent historic sites, this city is a dream destination for anyone who wishes to experience the best of what Turkey can offer.