Living the dream with Alanya
Alanya is a seaside resort on the Turkish Riviera and is located 125 km east of Antalya. Alanya is the capital of the eponymous district in the east of Antalya province.
Because of its natural strategic position on a small peninsula into the Mediterranean Sea below the Taurus Mountains, Alanya has been a local stronghold for many Mediterranean-based empires, including the Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. Alanya’s greatest political importance came in the middle Ages, with the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum under the rule of Alaeddin Kayqubad I, from whom the city derives its name. His building campaign resulted in many of the city’s landmarks, such as the Kızıl Kule (Red Tower), Tersane (Shipyard), and Alanya Castle.
The shining star of the Mediterranean, Alanya, is the perfect tourist destination with its long, sandy beaches, historical artefacts, natural beauty, fish restaurants, contemporary hotels, cafés, bars and discos. Alanya welcomes you with its 13-centuries old Seljuk Castle, which is situated like a crown at top of Alanya’s peninsula.
An unprecedented shipyard and monumental Kizil Kule are located beside the impressive castle. The summit of the Alanya peninsula where the castle is located is the place to see the best view of Alanya scenery. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants for the people who want to enjoy this magical view. In in the gift shop you can buy handmade souvenirs and ornamentals to bring a little piece of Alanya home with you. The Alanya viewing terrace is another point to view all of Alanya. There are a selection of cafes and restaurants to enjoy while making the most of the amazing view. As well as watching the panoramic view from the terrace you also can have a picnic in green fragrant gardens.
Cafés are surround Alanya harbour and providing different atmospheres during the day and night. Along the harbour you will find boutiques selling clothing, leather, jewellery and local colour bedeck gourds. On the way to harbour you can find artists who can draw your portrait or any picture you want. If you enjoy cave exploring you must visit Dimcay cave and Damlatas cave. Next to the Damlatas cave you will find Alanya ethnography museum. Daily boat trips from the harbour will take you to 3 different caves the Fosforlu cave with phosphorescent rocks (phosphorous Cave), the Asiklar cave (Lovers Cave) and the Kizlar cave (Girls Cave) where the pirates kept women captive. Dimcay valley to north of Alanya is a unique relaxing area for people in the hot Mediterranean summers. In the valley away from the heat you can relax in shaded pergolas, swim in the cold water of Dimcay River and enjoy the delicious fish.
Alanya authorities have carried out comprehensive studies for their residents and visitors, Alanya is still developing with the aim of providing better services. Along the shore line in Alanya there are paved walking paths and public green parks by the beach, which has shaded sitting areas for people who wants to rest after walking, some of these green parks are equipped with exercise equipment and some of these parks have water features to enjoy.
Alanya, the city where the sun is always smiling has a typical Mediterranean climate with least 300 sunny days per year and the temperature rarely drops below10°.
Alanya is one of the most attractive tourist destination with its exceptional scenery and historical attractions. The harmony of the modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere in Alanya draws millions tourists to this region all year around. Reasonable prices, hot Mediterranean weather, long, sandy beaches, historical attractions and rich Turkish cuisine attracts the attention of tourists from all over the world. Surfing, para-sailing, jet skiing are some the sportive activities on Alanya beaches. Night clubs, bars, restaurants and live music clubs offer an exciting night life to the holiday makers in Alanya. The tourism industry earns 1.2 billion euro per year which accounts for 10% of the national income from Tourism.
Red Tower & Shipyard
On the peninsula stands Alanya Castle, a Seljuk era citadel dating from 1226, most major landmarks in the city are found inside and around this castle. The current castle was built over existing fortifications and served the double purpose of a palace of local government and as a defensive structure in case of an attack. In 2007, the city began renovating various sections of the castle area, including adapting a Byzantine church for use as a Christian community centre. Inside the castle is the Süleymaniye mosque and caravanserai, built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The old city walls surround much of the eastern peninsula, and can be walked. Inside the walls are numerous historic houses, well preserved examples of the classical period of Ottoman architecture, most built in the early 19th century.
The Kızıl Kule (Red Tower) is another well-known building in Alanya. The 108-foot (33 m) high brick building stands at the harbour below the castle, and contains the municipal ethnographic museum. Sultan Kayqubad I brought the accomplished architect Ebu Ali from Aleppo, Syria to Alanya to design the building. The last of Alanya Castle’s 83 towers, the octagonal structure specifically protected the Tersane (dockyard), it remains one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture. The Tersane, a medieval dry-dock built by the Seljuk Turks in 1221, and measures 187 by 131 feet (57 by 40 m) and is divided into five vaulted bays with equilateral pointed arches. The Alara Castle and caravanserai near Manavgat, were also built under Kayqubad’s authority and have been converted into a museum and heritage centre.
Atatürk’s House and Museum
Atatürk’s House and Museum, from his short stay in the city on February 18, 1935 is preserved in its historic state and is a good example of the interior of a traditional Ottoman house and contains artefacts from the 1930s. The house was built between 1880 and 1885 in the “karnıyarık” (stuffed eggplant) style. Bright colours and red roofs are often mandated by neighbourhood councils, and give the modern town a pastel glow. Housed in a 1967 Republican era building, The Alanya Museum is inland from Cleopatra Beach. With its rich architectural heritage, Alanya is a member of the Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions. In 2009, city officials filed to include Alanya Castle and Tersane as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and were named to the 2009 Tentative List.
Since the first modern motel was built in 1958, which is considered to be the first year of the tourist industry in Alanya, hotels have raced to accommodate the influx of tourists, and the city as of 2007 claims 157,000 hotel beds. Damlataş Cave, which originally sparked the arrival of outsiders because of the cave’s micro-climate, with an average temperature of 72 °F (22 °C) and 95% humidity, is accessible on the west side of the peninsula with trails from Cleopatra Beach. Many tourists, especially Scandinavians, Germans, Russians, and Dutch, regularly vacation in Alanya during the warmer months. They are drawn to the area because of property prices, warm weather, sandy beaches, access to Alanya’s historic sites, and fine cuisine.
Other outdoor tourist activities include wind surfing, para-sailing, and banana boating. Attractions include Europe’s largest water park, Sea Alanya, and Turkey’s largest go-kart track. Hunting season also attracts some tourists for wild goat, pig and partridge hunting in area nature reserves.
Ten reasons makes you invest in Alanya and Turkey:
-Turkey is located in the middle of three continents.
-Property prices in Turkey are still low.
-Property taxes are low in Turkey.
-Within 8-12 years you could enjoy a nice profit from your rental property.
-If you relocate there yourself you’ll get to live among the historical ruins while still having access to modern amenities.
-The scenic coast line.
-The climate cannot be beat.
-Turkey has a low cost of living.
-The residents of this country welcome new residents and tourists with open arms.
-The economy is strong in Turkey and just keeps getting better and better.
Foreign tourist arrivals increased substantially in Turkey between 2002 and 2005, from 12.8 million to 21.2 million, which made Turkey a top-10 destination in the world for foreign visitors. 2005 revenues were US$17.5 billion which also made Turkey one of the top-10 biggest revenue owners in the world. In 2011, Turkey ranked as the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world and 4th in Europe, according to UNWTO World Tourism barometer. Also Turkey has been chosen second in the world in 2015 with its 436 blue-flagged beaches.
|Top 10 countries whose residents provided the most visits to Turkey (2015 est.)|
|Germany||5 580 792|
|Russia||3 649 003|
|United Kingdom||2 512 139|
|Georgia||1 911 832|
|Bulgaria||1 821 480|
|Iran||1 700 385|
|Netherlands||1 232 487|
|Iraq||1 094 144|
|United States||798 787|
|2015||36 244 632|
Alanya has 10 local daily newspapers. One of these is Yeni Alanya, which includes the news and lifestyles magazine Orange and is available in English, German and Turkish. Two native German language newspapers are published in Alanya, the Aktuelle Türkei Rundschau and Alanya Bote for the community of German speaking residents and visitors. A monthly magazine Hello Alanya is published in Alanya for foreigners, in English and Dutch. The free regional newspaper, Riviera News, is printed in English and is widely available in Alanya.
Five radio stations broadcast from the city. Alanya FM Radyo broadcasts on 106.0 FM and is partnered with Radio Flash, on 94.0 FM, both broadcasting popular music. Other stations include Alanya RadyoTime on 92.3 FM, which broadcasts a variety of Turkish music, news, and talk programming. Two television stations are local to Alanya, Kanal Alanya, and Alanya Televizyonu, abbreviated ATV, which is partnered with Alanya RadyoTime.
Dozens of sailboats crowd a marina under a cloudy sky along a mountain-lined coast.
Alanya Marina was opened in 2010 at a cost of $10 million with space for 437 ships.
The D 400 Highway, the Alanya–Mersin Route, connects Alanya from the east and west, encircling it, and linking through the city centre via Atatürk Bulvarı. The D695, the Ankara–Akşehir Route, runs north–south and reaches the sea 41 kilometres (25 mi) west of the city near Side, connecting with the D400. Antalya Airport is 121 kilometres (75 mi) away and connects internationally. The new Antalya Gazipaşa Airport, first begun in 1992, is only 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) from the city, and was expected to have its first regular domestic flights on May 22, 2010, although international flights were not expected before the start of the 2011 tourist season.
There are bus and dolmuş routes out of Alanya’s two bus depots, but buses are usually limited to the major roads, and inside the city transportation is by car, taxi, or foot, as many roads in the old town are closed to vehicle traffic. The harbour includes cruise ship piers, and also seasonal ferries and hydrofoils depart for Kyrenia in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Cruise ships docking at Alanya have increased 50% in 2013, with 53 estimated to have brought 56,000 passengers by the end of the year. Further west of the city is the Alanya Marina, which started services in 2008. The 85-km2 (33-sq-mi) marina allowed Alanya to participate in the 2008 Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally. The city also invested in a community bicycle program with 150 bicycles and twenty terminals spotted though out the city.
Alanya is home to a woman’s basketball team, Alanya Belediye, which started in the first division but was relegated after the 2002 season. The city hosts a Süper Lig soccer team, Alanyaspor. The club was founded in 1948, and played home games at Milli Egemenlik Stadium. It played in the Second League between 1988-1997 and 2014-2016. The club finally promoted to the top level in 2015-16 season. In 2007, the city began constructing a new soccer facility with the intention of hosting winter competitions between major teams. The public Alanya Municipality Sports Facility is located adjacent to Milli Egemenlik Stadium, which is one of thirteen facilities.
Dozens of professional bicyclists’ race on a street lined with palm trees and pastel apartments.
The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey features a stage in Alanya every year.
Alanya’s waterfront location makes it suitable for certain events, and is perhaps most famous for its annual triathlon, part of the International Triathlon Union series, which has been held every October since 1990. Marathon swimming competitions have also been connected to the triathlon since 1992. Building on the triathlon’s success, Alanya hosted a modern pentathlon in 2009. Alanya is also the regular host of The Turkish Open, part of the Nestea European Beach Volleyball championship tour, which takes place in May. In 2007, the Turkish Volleyball Federation persuaded the European Volleyball Confederation to build a beach volleyball training facility in Alanya, and make it the exclusive “centre of beach volleyball in Europe”.
The city is also a frequent host to national events, such as the annual beach handball tournament. Alanya is the traditional finish site of the seven-day Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, though organizers reversed the route in 2012, and started the event in Alanya instead. Other cycling events include the Alanya International Mountain Bike Race. Additionally, the European Cycling Union had its 2010 European road cycling championship and 2010 ordinary congress meeting in Alanya.
And everyday there is more and more in ALANYA