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Holidays In Alanya

Alanya Holidays at a Glance

Alanya formerly know as a seaside resort city and district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, 120 kilometres from the city of Antalya. Alanya is one of the most beautiful coasts of the Mediterranean sea. The kilometres long beach is generally sandy. The moderate Mediterranean climate, natural attractions, and historic heritage makes Alanya a popular destination for tourist to visit.

Who holidays in Alanya?
Holidays in Alanya are perfect for families and couples looking to relax on picturesque, sandy beaches.



Key Facts - Alanya

  • LanguageTurkish
  • CurrencyNew Turkish Lira (TRY)
  • Dialing Code00 90
  • Time Difference+2 hours GMT
  • Flight Duration4.5 hours (Approx)

The Antalya region of the south west corner of Turkey is a 400-mile sweep of white-sand beaches and secluded coves backed by the majestic pine-clad Taurus Mountain range and over time the natural beauty of the region has been enhanced by the development of some of Turkey's most upmarket resorts.

The charming resort of Side is where old and new meet with stunning results. Walking the narrow alleyways of this fascinating resort , steeped in history where there seems to be an archaeological sight around every corner is a delight. With a great beach and wide choice of bar and restaurants, Side also has a vibrant and sophisticated nightlife.
Situated between Side and Antalya City the resort of Belek is home to some of the best hotels in the region and its long ribbon of sandy beach make it the perfect place to spend sun filled days. Belek is also home to a number of world class golf courses.

Located just 12 kms east of the cosmopolitan capital of the region, Antalya City is Lara Beach which has a sandy beach and some of the region's most stylish hotels.

  • Antalya Museum
    Founded in 1922 by Süleyman Fikri Erten and housed first in the Alaaddin Mosque in the old city and then in the Yivli Minaret, the museum was later moved to its current location. The museum consists of 12 exhibit rooms and its gardens and open galleries. In these halls the history of Antalya is given in a chronological and instructive fashion starting with the first humans and continuing without interruption to the modern era.
  • Side
    The ancient city, 48 kms east of Antalya, is most famous for its theatre, probably the best preserved in Asia Minor. It is still in use today, and stages the annual Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival every summer. It was the scene of a huge bloody battle between the Persians and the Greeks in 469 BC, and then ruled by the Spartans 120 years later. The city became part of the Seleucid kingdom after the death of Alexander the Great, and then became part of the Roman province of Asia in 133 BC.
  • The City Walls
    What remains today are a few bastions inside the city as well as Hadrian's Gate and its towers, the large tower facing the harbour and a few pieces of the harbour walls. One of the walls surrounds the yacht harbour and the other the city, almost like horseshoe. One of the remaining towers in the Castle Gate Square is now used as a clock tower. There are four gates in the city walls, which form entrances to the city.
  • Antalya Museum
    Founded in 1922 by Süleyman Fikri Erten and housed first in the Alaaddin Mosque in the old city and then in the Yivli Minaret, the museum was later moved to its current location. The museum consists of 12 exhibit rooms and its gardens and open galleries. In these halls the history of Antalya is given in a chronological and instructive fashion starting with the first humans and continuing without interruption to the modern era.
  • Side
    The ancient city, 48 kms east of Antalya, is most famous for its theatre, probably the best preserved in Asia Minor. It is still in use today, and stages the annual Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival every summer. It was the scene of a huge bloody battle between the Persians and the Greeks in 469 BC, and then ruled by the Spartans 120 years later. The city became part of the Seleucid kingdom after the death of Alexander the Great, and then became part of the Roman province of Asia in 133 BC.
  • The City Walls
    What remains today are a few bastions inside the city as well as Hadrian's Gate and its towers, the large tower facing the harbour and a few pieces of the harbour walls. One of the walls surrounds the yacht harbour and the other the city, almost like horseshoe. One of the remaining towers in the Castle Gate Square is now used as a clock tower. There are four gates in the city walls, which form entrances to the city.
  • The Olympos - Bay Mountains National Park in the province of Antalya in the Mediterranean region, for example, contains a wealth of flora and fauna, which are either endemic or relic distributions, in addition to important archaeological ruins.
  • Golf in Belek - In recent years, since the golf facilities with international quality enter into service respectively, Turkey has become an elite golf center where golf players all around the world meet in an environment of delicacy, quality and prestige.
  • Waterfalls - An excursion to Kursunlu waterfalls makes a refreshing change from the heat of the beach, and the Manavgat waterfalls and river are close by and well worth a visit.
  • Diving - Various points of Antalya's coastline provide opportunities for diving.

Eating/Drinking During Alanya Holidays

From street-side snack stalls to the finest food in a characterful restaurant, you will find something to your taste in Turkey. There is a wide range of dishes, with each region having its own specialities, and there are an equally wide range of places in which to enjoy them. Meat dishes are the norm, but vegetarians will be find a good number of lentil and rice dishes, and stuffed vegetables. The turks love vegetables almost as much as they do meat, and the aubergine is the favourite. Freshly caught fish is available, but can be expensive. Of course, the doner kebab is a popular along with the pied (Turkish pizza). In the morning stuffed pastries or borek can be bought street stalls. For the British traveller, there will be plenty of new culinary experiences.

An authentic Turkish experience can be combined with a raucous nights drinking at one of Turkey's meyhanes. These tavernas serve raki, beer and wine, along with an awe-inspiring selection of mezes (starters), succulent kebabs and fruits of the season. A favourite location for raki drinking, the atmosphere gets louder and merrier as the night progresses.

Turkey's recent economic growth and increasing prosperity had an enormous effect on the vitality, energy and variety of its nightlife. The range of night entertainment is huge, from traditional male-dominated birahanes to techno and rave nightclubs, with new venues opening by the week. As a result, Turkey's nightlife is quickly gaining recognition as one of the liveliest in Europe.

Getting Around on Alanya Holidays

Boat: There are many types of cruises that link all the resorts and villages in the area. Take a Gullet cruise or a Blue Voyage cruise to explore Antalya and the surrounding areas.

Bus: The local bus (known as Dolmus) is normally a white mini bus that travels around the resorts. There are no specified bus stops, so to stop the Dolmus just flag one down.

Taxi: There are numerous taxis in all towns and resorts which are recognisable by their chequered black and yellow bands.

Car: Car hire and Jeep hire is available from our representatives.

Alanya Holidays Shopping

Shopping: Shopping in Antalya can be an exhausting, but exhilarating, experience, with everything up for grabs from the famous local jams and jellies made from a variety of fruits and vegetables, to antique jewellery, kelims, prayer rugs, leather ware, cotton clothing, traditional pottery and wood carvings. Haggling is expected and bargains can be had. The best shopping is in the Kaleici district near the city walls, along winding side streets in the old quarter.

  • The city of Antalya is famous for its jams and jellies
  • Rugs and carpets
  • Leather Goods
  • Souvenir and gift items.

Holidays in Alanya - Beaches

Alara Beach - It extends almost two km. from Alara creek to Karaburun Bay. It has a sandy beach. It is well organised and there is a small island in the bay.

Incekum Beach - It is approximately 1 km length and famous with very fine sand. It gets deeper after 5 metres. You can hire umbrella and sun beds in this beach.

Konakl� Beach - It is nearly 10 kms long. It is totally sand but some small rocks give a natural look to the beach. Along the beach are buffets and water sport are available

Kleopatra Beach - To the west of the historical peninsula, in front of Damlata Cave. It has a Blue Flag. The sea and the beach is sandy. The beach leans backwards the skirts of peninsula. The small bay of this beach extending to the peninsula and made of stones is called Cleopatra. According to the mythology Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, in a voyage in Mediterranean, stopped by in Alanya and had a swim in this bay. The special feature of Cleopatra Bay is that the clearness of its water. People who are looking for a long swimming coarse can swim along the coast to Fosforlu Cave under the peninsula.

Kumluca and the many coves between Antalya and Finike are home to some of the most famous holiday resorts in Turkey, like Kemer, Camyuva, Belek, Cirali and Adrasan. Closer to the city, Konyaalti is 3 kms west of the city, and Lara beach is 10 kms east and well connected by dolmus.

  • Side
    The beach is, of course, one of Side' main attractions, and it is hard to rival the quality of the sand or the length of the beach, with plenty of space to sunbathe even in high season.
  • Belek
    Most of the forests, thick with pine and eucalyptus, stretch down to a marvellous and almost limitless beach of golden sand.
    Belek beaches are one of the outstanding laying eggs beaches for the aquatic turtles (Caretta caretta).

Weather and climate information

Antalya enjoys a four seasons climate. The average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius. Approximately 300 days of the year is sunny.

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Turkey 21 24 29 32 32 28 26
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Turkey 8 9 9 11 12 9 8
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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