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Villas in Alanya, Turkey – in a Nutshell

Alanya, Turkey – hidden gem on the Turkish Riviera, historical beach resort with majestic sea and mountain views.

At last, you have found a beach resort with a 13th century castle, great culture and delicious cuisine. Imagine renting a 5 Star Villa with majestic views of Alanya castle, harbour and sea, whilst spending quality time with your friends and family.

Alanya, located on the eastern Mediterranean side of Turkey, directly facing Cyprus. This beach resort enjoys amazing all year round weather. With its fascinating culture and delicious cuisine, I am sure you and your family will love this piece of paradise. Unlike most holiday resorts, Alanya is vibrant all year round with a bustling town centre.

Time to explore the magnificent city of Alanya, Turkey.
Top 5 Things to do in Alanya

Alanya Castle – Historical with Majestic Views You will Love

Alanya is famous for its 13th Century Castle jutting into the Mediterranean Sea. Take the Gondola to the top (250 metres high or 820 Feet) and experience breathtaking views.

The castle wall is 6.5 km in circumference with architecture dating back to Seljuk era. Stroll around the castle and appreciate Cleopatra beach, East beach and Alanya harbour.

Alanya castle was built in the 13th century by the Seljuk Sultanate of Rome, when the city was overthrown by Alaeddin Keykubad I. Alaeddin built Alanya Castle ( Kizil Kule) on the remnants of previous Byzantine era and Roman era fortifications. Years following this, Ottoman empire took control and used it as a defence against pirates. A number of villas were built within the castle walls during the 19th Century.

Alanya Harbour – Immerse Yourself in the Turkish Culture

Relax in a Turkish cafe and watch the local fishing boats coming and going with their daily catch. Tourists go on an adventure around the castle on pirate ships. Stroll along the harbour and immerse yourself in the Turkish culture. The backdrop of the red tower and the Taurus mountains is spectacular.

Alanya Caves, steep and long, but worth the walk – Enjoy the stunning Damlatas caves and Dim Cayi caves. They are fascinating, the walk is steep and long but worth it. After this great experience I highly recommend lunch at Dim Cayi or the cafe at the caves which has amazing views overlooking Dim Cayi valley.

Turkish Baths- go as soon as you arrive in Alanya – No visit to Alanya is complete without a Turkish bath. Go straight away as it will remove dead skin and help you get a great tan. The best Turkish bath experience is in Oba. In addition to the bath, you are taken to the salt room, mud baths, steam room, plunge pool, sauna, and eventually a massage.

Turkish Barber / Kofer – Probably the best barber experience in the world – Highly recommended. Probably the best barber experience in the world. Enjoy a professional wet shave, a hair cut, followed by a massage. Then enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or cayi. Great experience you will love and feel amazing after.

The famous Alanya Boat Tour – Another must do in Alanya. Enjoy a private boat tour around Alanya castle. The backdrop of the Alanya castle and Taurus mountain is beautiful from sea. Explore the old ship yards, the old mint and cruise in style. The boat tour stops at Alanya's Marina, here you will enjoy some complimentary lunch onboard.

How to get to Alanya, Turkey You can fly direct from most UK and European airports. The two main airports are Antalya and Gazipasa airport. Antalya airport is approximately 120km from Alanya which will take 1 hour and 30 minutes. Gazipasa airport is only 30km from Alanya and will take 25 minutes to Alanya.

Alanya,Turkey – 5 Best Restaurants

Crusoes Bar and Grill, Alanya, Turkey – Delicious food, amazing staff and great atmosphere. The best place in Alanya to watch any sporting event. Waiters, John, Mehmet and Chian are very professional, friendly and attentive.

Probably the best service you will get in Alanya. The food is delicious and always freshly prepared. The owner Mehmet sources all the fresh produce daily from only the best local markets. Mehmet's attention to detail is second to none.

The restaurant will arrange a free pick up service from your Alanya villa. A must dining experience.

Dining Tip – Plank steak is the dish to go for.

Harbour Restaurant, Alanya, Turkey – "Picture this…. Enjoying a Beautiful Meal with Family Beside the Mediterranean Sea with the backdrop of the 13th Century Alanya Castle". Located beside Alanya ferry terminal. Idyllic location. Enjoy a lovely meal whilst listening to the sound of water hitting against the rocks. In the back drop you can see the glitzing lights of the 13th Century Alanya Castle and the old ship yard tunnels. The restaurant will arrange a free pick up service from your Alanya villa, valet parking is available if required.

Dining Tip – Go for the steaks and local Turkish dishes.

Red Tower Brewery, Alanya Turkey – "Enjoy Craft Beers in a Great Location Overlooking Alanya Harbour with a Choice of 5 Different Restaurants". Huseyin the owner is very welcoming, ensuring you have a great dining experience. You can choose from 2 craft beers which are brewed on-site. A light coloured beer. Smooth in taste, similar to an English real Ale. Also a dark beer. The restaurant will arrange a free pick up service from your Alanya villa, valet parking is available if required.

Dining tip – Hot Chocolate cake with ice cream.

Maren Hill Restaurant, Alanya, Turkey – "Perched on Alanya Castle Hill Top, Overlooking the Harbour with Stunning Views" You will love the view. Relax and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Alanya below. Time your dining experience with a full moon, and experience a lovely atmosphere as the moonlight shimmers on the Mediterranean sea below. The restaurant will arrange a free pick up service from your Alanya villa, valet parking is available if required. The Cuisine is Mexican.

Dining Tip – Fajitas are amazing.

Dim Cayi, Alanya Turkey – Located 15 minutes from Alanya. Enjoy lunch on a rustic floating raft in the river. Popular spot for locals.The river is ice cold, great to cool off during the hot Turkish summers. Take your shoes off before entering the floating rafts, if you don't want to loose them to the river. After lunch relax and enjoy an afternoon cat nap. Peaceful, relaxing and Tranquil.

Dining Tip – Try fresh fish from the trout farm or prawn or lamb casserole.

Alanya, Turkey – The Best Entertainment

Harem
"Live Traditional Turkish Music" Mecca for live Turkish music. Mainly Turkish people enjoying the local tipple "Raki" served with complimentary feta cheese, tomatoes and cucumber.

Watch out for the locals sending requests for their favourite love song accompanied with a red rose for the female lead singer.

Summer Garden Night Club

"Probably the Best night club in Alanya. Open Air Club"

Located 10 mins from Alanya, in Konakli. Most of the tables are waiter service. There is a free bus service available from Alanya.

Nightclub open's from 11pm – 5am.

Alanya, Turkey – Best Beach Locations to Visit

Cleopatra Beach – Legend has it, Cleopatra enjoyed early morning swims. Numerous beach bars serving food and drink. Great amenities including tennis courts, volleyball, football pitches and water sport activities. Beachfront lined with fountains and manicured gardens .Very popular with runners and cyclists.

Alanya Marina – Located west of Alanya. Small quiet beach with beautiful views of Alanya.

Havana Beach Club – Located on Cleopatra Beach with every 1st class amenity. Large swimming pool in the middle of the club is the key feature. Regular beach parties with famous DJs headlining.

White Beach Club – Located on Cleopatra Beach, beside Havana beach club. As the name suggests everything is white.

Beach Club East Beach – The general theme and vibe in this club is white and relaxing with great views of Alanya harbour and castle. Guests get complimentary use of the volleyball net.

 

 

 

Alanya, Turkey – 7 Useful Turkish Phrases

Merhaba – pronounced Mer- habah = Hello

Gunaydin – pronounced Gewn-eye –dern. = Good Morning

Iyi Gunler – pronounced Eeyee Gewn-lair. = Good Afternoon

Iyi Geceler – pronounced Eeyee Geh-jeh-lair. =Good Night

Hoscakal or Gule Gule – pronounced hosh-cha-Kal or Gew-leh Gew-leh. = Goodbye.

Iyi Aksamlar – pronounced Eeyee ak-sham-lar. = Good evening.

Afedersiniz – pronounced aff-edair-seeniz. = Excuse me!

Alanya, Turkey – 3 Best shopping experiences

Fish Market Cleopatra – Large bizzare located on the Cleopatra side of Alanya. Local restaurant owners go to buy their fresh fish, meat and salads. Use your Turkish words to get local prices.

You can buy fresh fish, lots of fruit and vegetables at great prices. After shopping go for lunch at Capri Balik Evi. Balik Evi means Fish House. For about 15 YTL you can get delicious fresh fish, loads of fresh salads, as much bread as you want and a bottle of water.

Alanyum Shopping Centre, Located on D400 road. A modern trendy shopping centre with all your high street brands. Great place to go for some retail therapy.

Dune Designer Bags – Located on the main Ataturk boulevard next to Crusoes Bar and Grill. Stocked with beautiful designer bags and shoes. Remember to barter on the price!

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