Alanya (pronounced [aˈɫanja]), formerly Alaiye, is a beach resort city and a component district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, 166 kilometres (103 mi) from the city of Antalya. On the southern coast of Turkey, the district (which includes the city and its built-up area) has an area of 1,598.51 km2 and (2010 Census) 248,286 inhabitants (city 98,627).
The population is almost entirely of Turkish origin, but is
home to around 10,000 European residents.
Alanya, like neighbouring Side, has become a holiday hotspot for sun-seekers and beach-bound holidaymakers. A beautiful peninsula in the south of Turkey that is sheltered by the Taurus Mountains, it is an oasis of long, sandy beaches and warm, turquoise waters.
Alanya is a beautiful holiday centre with its beautiful sandy beaches, modern hotels and motels, as well as numerous fish restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars. The cafes that ring the harbour are popular gathering places for tourists and locals. From the towns lovely park, the road runs along the coast.
Where to go in Alanya ; Castle of Alanya, Red Tower, Dim Cave, Dim Water Dam, Alarahan, Damlatas Cave,
Things to do ; Scuba diving, paragliding, go karting, 4x4 jeep safari, trekking, horse riding, beach volley, golfing, fishing, water skiing, water sports, parasailing, white water river rafting, paintballing, horse riding, yachting and blue cruise, atv quad biking, abseling, rope parcour, hunting and shooting
How can I get there : Air , Bus, Road, Ship, Local Transportation
GENERAL INFORMATIONS ABOUT ALANYA - TURKEY
Population in Alanya : The town has a resident population of
around 100,000 about 15,000 of which are European.
Approximately 2,500,000 tourists visited Alanya in 2011.
Spoken Languages in Alanya : The official language is Turkish. English, at least to beginner level, is spoken by all personnel in touristic establishments. German, Russian and the Scandinavian languages are also widely spoken.
Commerce in Alanya ; The official currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Euros, GBP are accepted almost everywhere. American dollars are in common use, and some places accept Scandinavian currencies. The commercial centre of Alanya - with the post office, banks and many change offices - is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Alanya Cruise Port.
Entertainment in Alanya ; The vibrant area around the harbour has many bars, cafes, night clubs and Turkish folk bars, and many free cultural events are held there every year. Annual cultural festivals include jazz, sculpture, caricature, documentaries and tourism & arts. Annual sporting events in Alanya include cycle races, a mountain bike competition, a swimming marathon, a triathlon and beach games competitions.
Cuisine in Alanya ; Turkish cuisine, regarded as one of the finest in the world, has Mediterranean, Balkan and Eastern influences. There is a huge choice of places to eat in Alanya, including luxury restaurants, pavement cafes, beach places, and simple traditional Turkish restaurants.
Shopping in Alanya ; There are all kinds of shops in Alanya,
from small specialist retailers to luxury malls. The Bazaar,
near the local bus stations, is less than 15 minutes’ walk
from Alanya Cruise Port and is open every day. The Bazaar is
pedestrianised and partly covered, offering a safe and
fascinating environment for browsing. The vast range of
goods in the Bazaar includes spices, leather goods, carpets,
all kinds of clothing, ceramics, glassware, towels, linen
and all types of souvenirs. Street Markets held in the
Alanya district every day offer the same type of goods as
the Bazaar, along with a huge variety of fruit and
Turkish Baths in Alanya ; The Turkish baths (Hamam) of today result from a merging of the Turkish, Roman and Byzantine bathing traditions. The bath culture was an important part of Turkish life. For example, the bride and groom traditionally visited the local bath with their friends, to enjoy its special cleansing ritual. There is a huge choice of baths in and around Alanya, including old traditional baths and luxurious modern bathing centres. In addition to the traditional hamam experience, many baths offer additional facilities such as saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, swimming pools and even bars. When you are prepared and ready for your treat: the masseur soaps you up and scrubs you down; you just relax on the heated marble slab, and enjoy it. The experience is invigorating, and the exfoliation can help your sun tan.
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