Alanya is located on the south coast of the Mediterranean Sea, 150 km east of Antalya and has a population of 197,455 which increases by four times in the summer months.
Alanya is a very popular summer holiday resort for families and young people. Its mostly frequented by German tourists. The town stretches along the Cleopatra beach where most of the hotels are located. The two beaches on the left and right hand sight of Alanya's historical castle are not the only highlights in this spectacular scenery. Behind the beach is a promenade with many restaurants, cafes and shops.
The landmark of Alanya – the unusual octagonal Red tower – leads into the old harbour, where local restaurants, cafes and shops are located. In the shops you can find traditional silver jewellery as well as Camel- or donkey bags weaven in the fine tradition Kilim style, modern fashion and leather goods. Explore the castle which was built in the 13th century and enjoy the breathtaking views from there. The harbour turns at night into the regions longest party zone – Nightclubs, Bars, Life music and Disco’s cater for every taste.
History of Alanya
Legend says that Cleopatra was so fascinated by the wonderful sandy beaches of Alanya that she often swam in the cystal clear waters. The city was once given as a present to Cleopatra by Marc Anthony.
The town of Alanya was named by Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad who gave the town his name.