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About Alanya

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About Alanya

About Alanya – Alanya is located on the eastern shore of the Antalya Gulf. İt is on the provincial border of Antalya. İt is located at the mediteranean Coast along Antalya-Mersin. The city’s center is on a peninsula with a narrow crest. Alanya’s coastline, known for its natural beaches, is surrounded by orange, mandarin and banana gardens. from earliest times Alanya combines the natural beauties of an coastal city with its rich historical heritage. İt is one of the most developed tourism centers in the region. 

Alanya City in Turkey

By comming to Alanya City you have choosen a very exciting destination. We offer also all kind of Alanaya tours.  The scenery is stunning and Alanya is a beautiful city. it is also a place with a magnificent past. There really is something for everyone. You will see the most interesting places in Alanya. You can see the Alanya Castle with the old town, make a boat trip around the peninsula,  visit the traditional friday bazaar, have a lunch on the dim river, a delicious meal and see the impressiv dim cave in the taurus mountain.


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Alanya harbour bird view

Alanya History

Aya Yorgi Church: Aya Yorgi (Hagios Georgios) is located in the inner castle. It is a small church belonging to the Byzantine period which was thought to have been built in the 16th century. There are traces of frescoes inside the church which preserves its main feature. İt is Protected now as a whole with the castle

During the Seljuk period, when Alaettin Keykubat conquered the castle (1221), the name of the city Changed to Alaiye. The Seljuk sultans spent the winter months in Alaiye because of their temperate climate and sheltered castle. The city developed as an important commercial port during this period. The castle was rebuilt by Sultan Alaettin I Keykubat. During the turmoil in Anatolia during the 13th century, Alaiye changed hands several times between Karamanoğulları and llhans. Mehmet passed to the Ottomans at the time. In terms of ipmortace it is necessary to count Alanya castle in the first place. The castle is located in the nose of the island. İt consists of three parts; outer, middle and inner part.

Throughout history, Alanya has seen an important fortress on the Mediterranean for empires like Rome, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman. During the Seljuk period, the region was under the rule of Alaeddin Keykubad who had gained a geopolitical importance. The famous Red Tower, the shipyard and the Castle of Alanya were built during this period.

Alanya’s first known name was Korakesion

Korakesion is the first known name in the past age. Korakesion was sometimes counted to Pamphylia and sometimes to the Kilikia region. After the death of Alexander the Great, the Alanya castle became the shelter of the pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Korakesion Castle was used as a port BC In 65. The Roman commander Pompeius destroyed the Korakesion Castle and thus the piracy period ended. Although Early Christian and Byzantine periods is less, its name is known as Kalonoros (Beautiful Mountain). 

About Alanya – castle bird view


Alanya is a province of Antalya turkey. İt is a tourism district shaped by the famous Alanya peninsula on the Mediterranean coastal area. To the north lies the Taurus Mountains. Alanya, which has the longest southern coast of the region, has spread over an area of ​​1,598,51 km2. The population of our district is 291.643.

Kadıini Cave

A mass grave, estimated to be from 7,000 to 5,000 years ago, was found in the Kadıini Cave in Alanya. The Skeletons provide information about the Chalcolithic period.

kadiini cave
kadiini cave


The picture like city Alanya, with almost 300,000 inhabitants, is one of the largest and most beautiful cities on the Turkish Riviera. Emperor Antonius once gave Cleopatra – after her was named the famous beach – this beautiful spot for wedding. Even from far you can see the Castle which is the landmark of Alanya. İt is crowned by the fortress. Below the castle is the beautiful old town with hundreds of years old houses. In some, people still live as they did many years ago. The narrow streets are calm and timeless. From here, walkers can climb with time and breath the old winding path to the top of the castle. It is a bit exhausting, but the view of the city is worth it.

alanya castle
Alanya castle


Alanya Red Tower 

Alaettin I Keykubat built the red tower east of the castle to defend the shipyard. Kızılkule is the Turkish name which means red tower. The 33-meter-high Kızılkule is an octagonal building which is still standing today. This solid tower, which dominates the harbor part of the city, is named after the dark red stones. It was built in 1226 during the reign of Alaaddin Keykubat, replacing the remains of an old castle from the Klikian pirates. The Tower ; is a unique example of Anatolian building art with its location, plan, construction technique and inscriptions. The inscription on the door of the tower, which has three inscriptions, states that it is the work of Abu Ali Reha El Kettani of Aleppo, who also built the Sinop Castle. In the other two inscriptions there are eulogies to Alaaddin Keykubat. Each wall of the octagonal planned tower is 12.5 m. width and height of 33 m. The tower consists of two open and three closed total of five floors. The tower, which was the watchman of the shipyard, was opened to visitors as an ethnography museum by a radical restoration between 1951-1953. It is connected by a long wall surrounding three separate towers and the upper castle. The tower has become a symbol of Alanya with its similar and imposing appearance in the harbor.

About Alanya
About Alanya


Selçuklu Shipyard

After Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat took Alaiye, it was built in 1228 in order to form the Mediterranean Fleet which he considers to protect the tradesmen and coastal traders in the Mediterranean. It is the only Seljuk Shipyard built in the south of the Red Tower on the sea shore with five chambers. The shipyard is 56.5 meters long and 44 meters deep and is covered with vaults. There are windows on the ceilings of the shipyard whose walls are made of hewn stone and arches and domes are made of bricks. There is a masjid on the left side and a water source behind the 3rd chamber of the shipyard with a guard room on the right side. The shipyard, which has remained intact for eight centuries, is located next to the Red Tower.

Alanya Shipyard Building
Alanya Shipyard Building

Alanya city Climate

The Mediterranean climate in Alanya prevails in the region. The winters are warm and rainy, and the summers are hot and dry. Due to its climate of irresponsibility, it is suitable for many sports activities and cultural activities. Alanya holds a 9% share  in terms of tourism in Turkey. But 30% of foreign property owners are living in Alanya. Tourism has started to develop after 1958 and has become the most active business line in our county. Which caused a raising population in the region.

The economy of our city is largely based on agriculture and tourism. As a result, the service sector has developed. Consumption close to the services and goods that are produced takes place in the nearby tourist places.

Alanya city Tourism

Alanya city has an important share in the country tourism. Thanks to the tourism breakthrough that started in the 1980s, the city has become its present state. At first, there are many types of tourist facilities from hotels with a capacity of 1,000 people to huge facilities with 3,500 people capacity. A typical Mediterranean climate prevails in Alanya. The Mediterranean climate brings much rain in the winter and the summers are longer, hot and almost without rain. The Taurus Mountains are close to the sea. It is only snowing to the higher parts of the mountains, though not often. The annual average temperature of sea water in Alanya is 21.4 ° C (71 ° F) and in August it is 27.9 ° C (82 ° F). The high number of sunny days and the high number of sunny days are important for keeping the tourism alive.

Triathlon, the most important successful event in Alanya’s sporting world, starts every second week of October at the Keykubat Beach and ends at the Alanya harbour. Another international organization is the European Beach Volleyball Tournament. It is built on the world famous Cleopatra (Damlataş) Beach.

Alanya city Sport

Alanyaspor is the football club in Antalya’s Alanya province. Their team color is orange and green. The Team plays its matches at the Alanya Oba Stadium with a capacity of 10,842 people. Alanyaspor, who competed in the 1st League in the 2015-16 season, qualified to fight in the Super League in the 2016-17 season after the play-off matches.


Alanya has also a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. İf you visiting this great spot of earth we recommend you to take part in the Alanya city tour.

Alanya has sister city relationship with long-term partnership between the following countries.

Boras in Sweden
Fushun-People’s Republic of China
Gladbeck Germany
Keszthely Hungary
Mahdia in Tunisia
Nea Ionia-Greece
Rovaniemi Finland
Spindleruv Mlyn-Czech Republic
Talsi Latvia
Trakai in Lithuania
Wodzislaw Slaski-Poland
Nowy Sacz-Poland
One-Erkenschwick Germany
Zelenogorsk-Saint Petersburg Russia
Dergachi-Saratov Russia
South-Eastern Okrug in Russia

life is beautiful in alnaya. 16 000 european people are living here.

See also Alanya Dolphin show



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