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Alanya

Explore natural wonders and even swim in waters Cleopatra allegedly visited in this Turkish coastal town.

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Alanya: Quad Bike Safari

1. Alanya: Quad Bike Safari

Pickup is available for all guests from their hotel security gate. From there you will arrive to the activity facility where you will watch a short movie about driving whilst learning information about how quad bikes work. You will then take a test drive around the facility twice. When you are ready to drive, everyone will follow the tour leader, marking the beginning of the tour program. It will take about 2 hours including stops, and you are guaranteed to feel adrenaline as you drive through the rivers and mud. A paparazzi team will be on hand to to take your photos while you are riding and swimming. Following your driving experience, you will watch a short movie and will have photos and a DVD available to purchase. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your hotel by an air-conditioned minibus.

Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

2. Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Sapadere Canyon. Located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon offers visitors the chance to walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. With departures from hotels in Alanya province, drive to the cooling Canyon for the start of your 7-hour guided tour which includes a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at nature’s pure beauty. During the relaxed 750-meter walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice cold water! During this trip you will also visit the natural cave called Guceler (Smurffs cave). It will be an interesting experience to see the stalagmites and stalactites formations.

Antalya: Two Guided Dives for all Skill Levels

3. Antalya: Two Guided Dives for all Skill Levels

Join a scuba diving tour and discover what beauty lies beneath the waves on a diving tour with pickup and drop-off in Antalya. Explore the world beneath the waves on 2 dives that are approximately 30 minutes in length. Antalya, with its clear Mediterranean blue waters and great underwater visibility offers sensational diving opportunities for divers of any level. Benefit from a multi-lingual crew of ten (including two dive masters and four dive instructors) who are eager to introduce the underwater world to you. First-time divers and beginners are first given an onboarding on theoretical instruction about the equipment, safety, and underwater sign-language. Following the practical training and the breathing exercises on the surface, beginners are taken underwater by a guide. Take a gradual descent with long enough pauses at each meter to allow you to feel confident and comfortable. At the third meter, reach the bottom and feed the fish while the second instructor takes pictures and videos of you that you have the option to purchase. Feel relaxed, confident, and ready to swim around part of the island at a deeper level that goes no lower than 6 meters. Your instructor adjusts the air in your suit precisely so that you stay suspended at the required depth. No gravity, no worries, just admire the beautiful world embracing you. The six meter dive (you can stay shallower if you like) is repeated in the afternoon session at another spot. The second dive involves more exploration and different experiences. Your friends or family, who do not wish to dive can join the tour as ‘visitors’ and enjoy all the facilities aboard except scuba diving. Return to your accommodation in Antalya at the end of your diving adventure. 

Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience

4. Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Alanya in the morning or afternoon, and then travel to Kleopatra Beach in just 20 minutes. Go to the top of a hill 800 meters above sea level for the start of your tandem paraglide adventure. Get a short briefing from a professional pilot at the start of your 20 to 25-minute flight. Relax as your pilot controls the speed and takes great pictures and videos that you can purchase as a unique keepsake. Enjoy stunning views of Alanya and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Land back at Kleopatra Beach, and then journey back to Alanya to get dropped off at your hotel.

Alanya: 2-Hour Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

5. Alanya: 2-Hour Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

On your visit to Alanya, set aside 2 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.

Alanya: Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

6. Alanya: Scuba Diving Tour With Lunch

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Alanya between 8:30 and 9:30 AM, you will travel by minibus to the harbor and head to the first dive site. Transfers are also available from hotels in Manavgat. On the way to the first dive site, beginner divers will get full instruction about their introductory dive. Experienced divers can choose their equipment and get ready for their dive. Once at the dive site, experienced divers will enter the water first. This will be in the company of 1 or 2 instructors. Beginner divers will make their first dive with an instructor in groups of 2 people, entering the water after the experienced divers. After your first dive is complete, enjoy a warm lunch as you sail to the second dive site. The order of the program will be the same as at the first dive site. If you have booked as a non-diver, you can swim in the crystal-clear water. Snorkels and masks are available to rent on the boat. You are free to bring your own if you wish. Once all of the divers have finished the second dive, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Then, sail back to the harbor at Alanya. The minibus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

7. From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. Begin you day with pickup from your hotel and a bus ride to the Green Canyon. Continue your journey by boat along the 14-kilometer-long Grand Canyon and 3-kilometer-long Little Canyon. Make use of stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along this emerald-green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl as you cruise.  After exploring the Green Canyon, enjoy a longer swimming break in sparkling waters. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with breathtaking views over the lake. Well-rested and well-fed, continue onwards to explore the canyon further. Admire spectacular views of the mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop for one last refreshing dip before the return trip to your hotel.

Alanya: 4-Hour City Tour with Sunset Panorama

8. Alanya: 4-Hour City Tour with Sunset Panorama

Travel around Alanya in a jeep and take in the city’s top sights. The 4-hour activity begins with a drive to a panoramic spot in the Taurus Mountains. The entire city will appear before you at a glance. Enjoy the views before driving down to Cleopatra’s Beach and the Damlatas Cave. For an additional fee you can enter the cave and marvel at the amazing stalactites and stalagmites that are 15,000 years old. Discover Alanya’s harbor, the iconic Red Tower and the old shipyard, and drive up to the castle to enjoy the magnificent sunset. From the top of the castle, built in the 13th century, you’ll have views of the city, the coastline and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

Alanya: Pirates Boat Tour with Lunch and Drinks

9. Alanya: Pirates Boat Tour with Lunch and Drinks

You will be picked up from your hotel at around 9am and the shuttle will take you to Alanya Harbor, where your sailing adventure begins. From there, you will see the historical shipyard and the famous sight of Alanya: the Red Tower. The next stop is at Pirate's Cave and Lover's Cave, where you will have the opportunity to take a swim, explore the cliffs or watch the spectacular jumping show of the boat staff. You will continue to Phosphorous Cave, watching the countless colorful fish in the Mediterranean Sea. Close to Cleopatra Beach, you will have some time to go for a swim in the turquoise waters. Have lunch in the New Alanya Harbor then see Devil's Cave, Mud Cave and Ulaş Beach - maybe you will find some treasure. You will have the chance to get off the boat here and enjoy the cold water and the beautiful sand beach. On your way back to the harbor, you can look around for dolphins, and the boat staff will provide some entertainment.

Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

10. Alanya: Cable Car, Boat Trip and Dimcay

Start your day with a convenient pick up service at your accommodation. Meet your friendly expert guide and head to the stunning Alanya City on this guided tour. First you will take a cable car up to the Alanya Castle, and visit an iconic attraction of the district. Later, experience the Damlatas Cave and admire the stalagmites, stalactites and columns. Whilst here you can also visit one of the most famous beaches in the Riviera called Cleopatra. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to relax during a one-hour boat trip that departs from Alanya harbor and sails around the peninsula. You will get to marvel at landmarks such as the Red Tower, the ruins of 13th century´s Seljuk castle and numerous caves (pirates, phosphorus and lovers cave). Next, drive to the Dimcay River - one of the must-see attractions in Alanya and enjoy lunch there. It's a great place with delicious food, cool pockets of shade from the sun, and refreshing water. You will have some free time in Alanya to explore the city by yourself.

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
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • 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 1,897 reviews

Really recommend this kayaking activity. Perfect for 2 people. The kayaking itself took approx 2 hours, but it was really fun, since you really felt all the waves with the inflatable kayak. Everything was well organized. The pickup was convenient and on time. Hüseyin, our guide and his team were very helpful and friendly. We would definitely do this again!

Súper buen recorrido, el guía dio buena información. Para hacer este tour toma en cuenta llevar bloqueador solar y agua para hidratarte. Las vistas son hermosas, muy cómodo el autobús. La comida incluida es muy pobre y el restaurante no se veía muy limpio. Por lo demás es una buena experiencia. ( si puedes llevar tus snacks estría genial )

Good fun having water fights between the jeep’s. The drivers were very friendly and helpful. Lunch was good and the scenery was amazing overall the trip was very good

Fab day out not much time to swim or snorkel but the foam party was a hoot would recommend for all ages. My 11 year old grandaughter had a blast.

Wifi was good and we used it with 6 people while traveling around. They brought it to hotel and no problem with getting it.