Alanya is a popular tourist city in southern Turkey, by the Mediterranean Sea. The city is mainly famous as a warm and sunny beach holiday destination, but there are also historic castles and temples. Alanya is also close to the famous stalactite cave of Damlatas, which is open to tourists since the 1950s. Other attractions are Europe's largest water park and go-kart track.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Alanya is famed for is its enviable weather, which is amazing all year round. The city is a popular coastal resort city and most rainy days are during the winter months.
Alanya has around 310 days of sunshine annually, but the peak season is July and August. Spring and Autumn are also beautiful times to visit, letting you avoid the throngs of tourists that are found here in summer.
More information: Alanya forecast and weather conditions monthly
Alanya 8 most important sights:
- Kleopatra Beach: Kleopatra Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Alanya.
- Dimcay: Cold-watered river and popular tourist destination.
- Alanya Kalesi (Castle): Most of the castle was built in the 13th century under the Seljuq Sultanate of Rûm following the city's conquest in 1220 by Alaeddin Keykubad I as part of a building campaign that included the K?z?l Kule.
- Dim Cave: Fantastic cave
- Alanya Shipyard: At the north side of the shipyard is an epigraph, and at the left side of the epigraph is a small mosque; at the right side is a dormitory for the soldiers.
- Alanya Gardens: Alanya gardens are beautifully laid out just off the beachfront.
- The harbor: Harbor
- Alara Kalesi: Historic castle built during the 11th century.
Recommendation for one day:
- Have a great morning at Kleopatra Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Alanya. You can swim, take in great views, or just take a walk around.
- Nearby you can find Alanya Castle, most of the castle was built in the 13th century under the Seljuq Sultanate of Rûm following the city's conquest in 1220.
- Visit Dim Cave. Opened to visitors in 1998, it is the second largest cave that is open to visitors. Estimated to be 1 million years old, there are two paths inside the cave: one of 50 m, the other of 360 metres, and there is a small lake towards the end of the cave.
- Nearby is Alanya Aqua Park, a large water park with plenty of wet and wild fun to be had, with pools and slides appropriate for kids of all ages.
- Close off the evening at Tersane, a wooden walkway running south along the old harbour walls from the Red Tower to the Tersane, the only Seljuk-built shipyard remaining in Turkey. With the waves sloshing through its restored stone arches, it's highly atmospheric.
The recommended accommodation areas for Alanya are:
Cheap area: Ahmet Tokus
Central location: 911.SK
Compared to prices worldwide, Alanya is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $36.27, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $129.16, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $32.78
- Hotel (3 stars): $49.23
- Hotel (4 stars): $120.82
- Hotel (5 stars): $152.11
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.47
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $6.08
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.55
- Meal, McDonalds: $3.40
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $4.25
Alanya has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 75.1 (better than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 86.1 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 69.4 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Alanya safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.