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Top attractions in Alanya

7 sights and activities in Alanya

With plenty of delights both in nature and culture, no wonder Alanya is such a popular destination in Turkey. Located on the beautiful Turkish Riveria, there's many reasons this is a great place to take a vacation!

  • Citadel

    1. Citadel

    Overlooking the Mediterranean, the walls of Alanya's citadel were built by the Selcuks in the 13th century. At four miles long it completely surrounds Alanya Castle, which is pending membership as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Pamukkale

    2. Pamukkale

    Meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, these gorgeous mounds of salt are a natural wonder. Used as an ancient holy site in the past, today the hot springs attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Damlatas Cave

    3. Damlatas Cave

    This cave is a great place to cool off from the heat! Its stalactites and stalagmites are 15,000 years old. It is said that the air inside the cave is good for sufferers of asthma.

  • Green Canyon Boat Trip

    4. Green Canyon Boat Trip

    The Taurus Mountains are considered holy land. Nestled within them is the Green Canyon, where you can take in the scenery by boat and dip into the silky, clear waters yourself.

  • Hammam

    5. Hammam

    If you want to relax but need to get away from the beach or poolside, why not treat yourself to a spa treatment at a traditional Turkish hammam?

  • Water Planet Aqua Park

    6. Water Planet Aqua Park

    Fun for all the family awaits at Water Planet, which offers giant slides, inflatable canoes, and even bungee jumping!

  • Red Tower

    7. Red Tower

    Known as the Kizil Kule in Turkish, the Red Tower sits on the harbor and is the symbol of Alanya. It houses the Ethnographic Museum of Alanya and there's even a brewery named after it!

Frequently asked questions about Alanya

What top attractions are a must-see in Alanya?

Planning Your Visit

  • Damlatas Cave opening hours

    Between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, Damlatas Cave is open only for those seeking to soothe their asthma.

  • Cover up

    If you are entering any places of worship, remember to dress modestly - women should bring a scarf to cover their head, just in case it is required.

  • Market scams

    Although there are a lot of markets with seemingly low prices, think carefully about how you spend your money - most vendors will be good-intentioned, but there are also those looking to scam tourists.

  • Turkish treats

    Try some tasty local food, such as baklava (a sweet pastry) and lahmacun (Turkish pizza).

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    As a resort town sitting on the Mediterranean, it lives up to its reputation as the city "where the sun smiles". While the summer months (June - August) usually provide long hot days, the spring is mostly mild but still sunny and most of the rainfall occurs in the fall and winter months.

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What people are saying about Alanya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,650 reviews

All I can say is, if you come to Alanya and you skip this attraction then your life is very boring. We had an amazing whole day, there wasn't a second that we were bored, really nice tour and those people think about everything, they really care about their guests and will make feel everything comfortable and accepted, doesn't matter where you're from. I specially want to say that drivers and organizations are really really nice people, full of life, funny, attent, and they will give you best excursion you can imagine. This one is number 1 what you should do in Alanya!!!

Well organized, with a fun, attentive, experienced team. They carried our 6 years old through the water and the roughs of the terrain on their backs … Great water course both for rafting and for swimming .

Die Tour mit dem Jeep hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht und war wirklich schön. Der Fahrer fuhr sicher, die Schlucht und Natur war wunderschön und das Mittagessen gut. Können die Tour nur weiterempfehlen.

Super nice day, the instructors were great, the food was very good, the descent lasts only 2 hours, a little short. But really great activity with friends or family.

It was very interesting plus an english speaking guide was very cool and funny. I recommend it!!