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Alanya is located on the east side from the Gulf of Antalya below a rocky promontory of marble. The traditional city was enclosed with a rambling wall which makes its way all over the peninsula. Alanya would be a Cilician frontier fortress around the border with Pamphylia. By 50 Percent BC, Diodoros, a sailing chief, erected a fortress around the hill also it was before the final stages of Pompey's campaign from the Mediterranean pirates. Passing into Roman hands, the city was later provided to Nefertiti by Antony. It wasn't until Alanya received Seljuk rule in 1221 it grew to become an essential naval base, the stronghold around the promontory was carried out in 1231. Alanya makes for a nice stopover option for history and heritage site buffs.
 
Alanya is really a small tourist city across the southern coast of Poultry having a unique geography along with a gloriously long history. The town was raised around a tall rocky peninsula on the top which are most of the city's sights are available. Our prime promontory from the peninsula offers site visitors a sizable castle and fortress that consists of remains of a number of eras. In the cruise jetty you can observe the Red-colored Tower from the Seljuk Era and also the Tersane, an old pier where ships were built and fixed.
 
The huge castle is mainly from the time of the Seljuk Turks. Sights searching toward the town are stunning, such as the marina and jetty around the east side and Cleopatra's beach around the west. The region beaches are lengthy and well-developed and provide exciting activities from motorized aquatic sports to what's reputed is the Mediterranean's biggest waterpark. Aside from the Castle, the region offers some important historic sites in the Greek and Roman eras, such as the peninsula settlement of Side and, just a little farther away, the classic sights at Perga and Aspendos. Frequently overlooked are a few excellent natural points of interest for example Manavgat Falls and also the Eco-friendly Canyon, where one can have a lovely cruise and use crystal clear azure waters.
 
 The rocky tear-formed peninsula ruling Alanya's skyline may be the primary focus of historic sites within the city, as the leisure activities are across the coast from the flat inner city. The ship docks in a jetty immediately next to the Red-colored Tower, a thirteenth century Seljuk Turk fortification created to safeguard the ship-building procedures at Tersane.
 
These two sites are in the bottom of the rocky peninsula. Dealing with the Castle (Kale) at the very top is really a lengthy drive (around 5 KM), although it is close because the crow flies. The hilltop continues to be the place of numerous fortifications within the centuries along with a large park area offers a number of ruins. The primary castle area is of Seljuk origin, however it consists of earlier Byzantine structures and modifications produced by the Ottomans. The Alanya Historical Museum provides a number of important items in the area and it is next to Nefertiti Beach, very close to the doorway towards the Damlatas Cave that is available to the general public.
 
That old town dates from Seljuk and Ottoman occasions and lies between your lower and middle walls from the fortress around the eastern slopes from the promontory. The current town stretches across the north-eastern shoreline from the promontory. When a enjoyable, small farming town, Alanya has turned into a popular tourist center because of its wide sand beach stretching greater than four miles eastward in the town.
 
Pier Information
The ship might be moored or docked. That old town center is situated within easy very close to the pier. Get around In the city center there is cheap Dolmus (shuttle) to reach all around the town.Walking around the town is the best option, except on very hot July and August days. You can take taxis or a Dolmus to the castle if you don't want to walk all the way up the hill. Also you can rent an electric scooter or a bike.
 
Attractions
 
Alanya's Beaches and Water parks
The primary reason why vacationers flock to Alanya may be the beaches that are lengthy, wide, and incredibly developed. Legend has it that Nefertiti and Marc Antony found Alanya to savor the shore and water as well as their supposed location has become referred to as Nefertiti Beach, a southwest facing arc of sand that's central towards the city and starts near the bottom of the rock from the preninsula. Near the shore may be the Aquapark water park. Around the eastern side from the peninsula is Keykubat Beach, which is just past the port and marina area and stretches 3 kilometers further east. And beyond Nefertiti Beach towards the west may be the complex, but somewhat less populated beach at Konakli. Near Konalki may be the waterpark, Sealanya, which calls itself the Mediterranean's biggest. Many of these beaches have blue flag status (for his or her water that is clean and sand and good facilities). You'll find most water activities and sports offered by these beaches, together with the patio chairs and umbrellas. Bars and restaurants us dot the coast every couple of hundred meters.
 
Natural Points of interest
Two of the most popular natural points of interest near Alanya would be the Eco-friendly Canyon and Manavgat Waterfall. The waterfall is definitely an incredible sight, though if you're expecting Niagara, then you definitely might be disappointed. The falls aren't high, however the water from the Manavgat River flows quickly within the wide cataract and produces foamy expanse water that's soothing in seem and sight. A close tea garden is among the most widely used vantage points. Some would reason that the Eco-friendly Canyon isn't a natural attraction because the dam and resulting reservoir are why people come, but there's certainly lots of natural appeal within the eco-friendly waters and Taurus mountain tops that surround it. The tour usually features a coach ride towards the massive dam and farther upstream towards the reservoir where two canyons are full of water. Most visitors will spend some time inside a catamaran or pontoon boat going through the scenic waters and possibly jumping in to the awesome, obvious waters for any dip. This is really a far more relaxing way of spending each day than in the frenetic Nefertiti Beach.
 
Ancient Side
Side (the title means pomegranate) is definitely an ancient site where Greeks, Romans along with other cultures before as well as in-between built a port. The setting is dramatic with ruins along with a couple of resorts and beaches situated on the small peninsula about 1 kilometer lengthy - north to south - and under half kilometer wide. The favorite from the points of interest may be the Temple of Apollo, situated in the water's edge and offering dramatic photo possibilities. The biggest from the points of interest isn't remarkably the amphitheater that is nearly as huge as the main one in nearby Aspendos. The city's primary gate results in colonnaded roads that aren't in good shape, but provides you with a feeling of the wealth and layout from the Roman era city. Also of great interest would be the Agora and also the Necropolis. There's a great historical museum located within the remains from the Roman baths. Port to Side - 67 km, one hour 25 minutes
 
Perga and Aspendos
The big site at Perga (sometimes typed Perge) is definitely an ancient greek language settlement that continued to be important with the Byzantine era. The key ruins which are displayed today are mainly in the Roman era. Perga is pointed out within the Functions from the Apostles two times like a place where St. Paul visited to preach. Perga offers all kinds remains disseminate on the large area. Included in this are the Agora, an amphitheater, a stadium, Roman baths, a palaestra (wrestling school) along with a nyphaeneum. There's additionally a temple devoted to Apollo's sister Artemis and 2 Byzantine places of worship from the later era. Aspendos is really a Roman city that's most well-known as the position of the best maintained amphitheater in the ancient era. The incredible facility was maintained and upgraded by successive regional ruling cultures starting with the Seljuks. Although it was utilized for concerts until lately, it's now only a historic site.
 
The Citadel (Kale) occupies a hilly peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides, and by the modern parts of the city on the other. Although the signs showing way to ‘Castle’ (Kale) points to the highest parts of the walls, the walls can be followed starting right at the sea level. Particularly interesting in (or next to) the citadel is the tip of the peninsula formed by a high and narrow extension of rocks, jutting long into the sea. This formation is named Adam Atacagi in Turkish (pronounced aa-daam aa-taa-jaa-a), literally “man thrower”, as here was where people condemned to death were pushed into the sea.
Red-colored Tower  (Kizil Kule)
Situated in the actual harbor, this five-story octagonal in shape tower was the important thing to Alanya's harbor defenses. The hexagonal tower of the citadel which is nearest to sea.
Old shipyard (Tersane) – Built by the Seljuqs, this structure dates back to 1228. Located very near the Red Tower.
 
Damlatas Cave near Kleoptra Beach. Address: Alanya, Damlatas Cad. No:81, Antalya, Turkey. Caves around the town, accessible by boat trips.
 
Other Sights
 
Museum
Exhibits span the time in the Bronze Age through Greek and Roman to Ottoman occasions. The Ethnology Room includes a fine range of woven and embroidered mats, Turkish carpets, wood and copper inlay work, Silver and gold, together with superbly written and illuminated religious books.
 
Kale Camii
A brief taxi ride in the old town will give you to citadel hill and also the courtyard from the upper fortress. Here stands the castle mosque, or Kale Camii. Within the same courtyard would be the ruins of the cruciform Byzantine chapel and, in the southern finish, a lighthouse that goes back to 1720. From citadel hill you'll have a superb breathtaking view within the Mediterranean seaside plain, the scattered houses and fruit orchards along Alanya's shoreline.
 
Seljuk Dockyard
The dockyard was quarried from the rock within 1227 and it was lately restored. It's five vaulted art galleries with connecting arched entrances. Here Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad built the warships that enabled him to increase his energy over the eastern Mediterranean.
 
Hamam (Turkish Bath)
If you decided go to beach in Alanya Before sunbathing you should to go to Hamam - Turkish bath. This is centuries-old tradition of cleansing the skin and a fantastic relax, for you the official start of your day. First, you enter the hot steam room with marble and stone. Then masseurs scrub your skin by special gloves to remove the dirt. You can go there in a swimming suit! Then it's time to soap foam massage - nice and moisturizing. After leaving hamam you also get full body oil massage. On your visit to Alanya, set aside 3 hours to experience a Turkish bath. After this relaxing and rejuvenating ritual you’ll be ready for even more sightseeing! In Western Europe the Turkish bath as a means of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era. 
 
The process involved is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices.The history of the traditional bath or hamam extends back centuries but it is still as prevalent as ever! It’s never been seen as just a time to cleanse the skin, but is a total experience that occurs in a special atmosphere.This Turkish bath experience includes a sauna, steam bath, foam massage, and aromatherapy oil massage. This full regime will make your body feel more fit, and your spirit feel more healthy.For a cleansing spa experience in Alanya, a Turkish bath at a hamam is perfect if you’re looking for a bit of calm and relaxation on your holiday. Indulge yourself with a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique and pleasurable traditions. 
 
Cuisine
You will find several ocean front restaurants along Gazi Pasa Caddesi within the center of town. Seafood is featured of all menus and native areas include ocean bass, red-colored mullet or muttonfish. Another unique treat may be the local frozen treats created using luscious new flavors including peach, melon, mulberry and pine resin.
Shopping
The pier area is situated inside the walking distance towards the town center and you'll be able to find many small souvenir shops, simple local handicraft shops within the primary street. Be prepared to haggle, the shop owners expect it. This means you need to know the approximate value for the items you would like to buy. You can check the value either by research online in advance or by asking any friendly local. When you haggle, they will offer you an absurdly high price. This means that you can offer a couple of Euros and try to meet somewhere at the price you have decided to be your maximum. Obviously, you can't haggle in a supermarket, petrol station, etc. Trying to haggle for groceries is generally frowned upon. You will have to haggle in the cocktail bars that are lined up along the beach promenade, if you don't want to pay more for a meal and drinks than in Europe. Many restaurants/bars/etc don't even have prices on their menu.
 
There was a time when almost every household in Alanya produced its own silk. In the area many Mulberry trees could be found, and the silkworm just loves this tree. Through an elaborate process, silk can be made from the cocoon of the silkworm. People used to use this silk to make their own clothing and for sales. But that was a long time ago. Precisely because it was so much work, and they had other means of income, producing silk slowly faded into the background. Until several years ago, when the municipality of Alanya decided it would be a nice idea to breathe new life into this local craft. Even if it was only to get visitors from home and abroad acquainted with this special art. They opened a workshop where courses were, and still are, offered. Some of the participants have started their own business, so throughout the city there are now several addresses where you can buy locally manufactured silk products. For example, in the Fish- and Vegetable halls in Alanya you can find the shop of three ladies. The nice thing here is that they also show how the silk is spun and how fabric is woven. In the shop you will find an extensive collection of silk, including silk scarves. Of the unwound cocoon of the silkworm flowers are also made, which then become parts of beautiful works of art such as paintings and bouquets. In any case the shop is worth a visit, if only to see how the Silk of Alanya is made. You can buy  find these souvenirs Çurfalik el sanatlari kültür dernegi (Çurfalik handicraft Culture Association) Address: Balik Pazari (Fish Market) Alanya Tel: 0090 (0) 532 656 2923



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