According to Herodotus, Alanya residents originally came from the line of the Trojans scattered after the war. The region, which later became the capital of the Anatolian Seljuks, has thousands of years of history and unique natural beauty. For this reason, thinking Alanya just as a holiday destination would be a fallacy.
Highlights of Alanya unveil fairytale moments with both its mythological past and unmatched nature. Below we have compiled things to see in Alanya where blue and green are blended.
The Castle has become a symbol of the city in Alanya, where the settlement has gone as far as the Hellenistic turn. It was built by Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad in 1221. 83 towers and 6.5 km long walls reveal the magnificence of the castle.
When you get to the top of the castle, a unique view will be waiting for you.
Dim Stream is another place to visit in Alanya for those looking for a different alternative to the overwhelming heat of the weather. Cooling down on Dim Stream can be an unforgettable experience. You can also eat trout in the tile while refreshing. Moreover, taking a short nap in the wooden partitions can be a bonus.
Hurry up to enjoy this natural beauty coming from the Taurus Mountains because the dam construction work that continues in the region poses a great threat to the stream.
Damlatas Cave is another natural formation in our list of highlights of Alanya. In fact, the cave coincidentally came into the picture in 1948 after a dynamite blast in the stone quarry. It features as one of the places you can go to relax at lunchtime because it’s very close to Damlatas Beach.
Native and foreign tourists show great interest to its mysterious structure. According to some rumors, breathing the air inside is good for asthmatics.
Dim Cave is bigger and more magnificent than Damlatas Cave. It is one of the points that should definitely be visited by those who come to Dim Stream. The cave with a length of 410 meters has very ornate stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. Used to be a shelter in ancient times, this cave make you feel like you are heading towards an unknown.
Cleopatra Beach (also known as Damlatas Beach) is a coastline in front of Damlatas Cave. It’s definitely a must-see for the holidaymakers. You can enjoy the pleasure of swimming in this blue-flagged spot that has measureless sand both in the sea basin and the beach. Beyond the beach that lies on the skirts of the peninsula is Cleopatra Bay, made up of large stones. According to the legend, the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, rested for a while on this beach while she was on an excursion in the Mediterranean Sea. The beach and the bay are also famous for its crystal clear sea water.
Kizil Kule (Red Tower)
Red Tower stands at the end of the harbor. Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat built the tower in 1226. The name “Red Tower” is given because of the red bricks used in its construction. Usually, souvenir photos are taken in the immediate area below.
Other Places to Visit in Alanya
- Alara Castle
- Hidirellez Church
- Phosphorous Cave
- Incekum Beach
- Hamaksia Antique City