Alanya

Alanya
Alanya: Discovery of Historical and Touristic Paradise
Alanya is an important tourism district of Antalya province, located in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. Located 154 kilometres from the city centre, Alanya has an area of 1,598.51 km² and its population is 327,503 people as of 2018. Alanya is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in the Mediterranean with its rich history, cultural heritage and modern tourism opportunities.

History
It is not known exactly when Alanya was first settled. However, evidence from the Kadıni Cave, 12 kilometres from the centre, shows that it has been continuously inhabited since the Palaeolithic Age. In 1935, Atatürk visited the city and changed its name to "Alanya". Throughout history, Alanya has served as a strategic fortress for great empires such as Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman. Especially during the Seljuk period, under the rule of Alaeddin Keykubad I, the region had a great geopolitical importance. The Red Tower, which is one of the symbols of Alanya, the shipyard and Alanya Castle were built during this period.

Geographical and Climate Features
Alanya is located on a small peninsula on the Mediterranean coast and is surrounded by the Taurus Mountains to the north. The Mediterranean climate prevails in the region; winters are mild and summers are hot. This warm climate ensures that Alanya is preferred by tourists throughout the year and is favourable for various sporting activities and cultural events.

Modern Alanya
Today, Alanya has become a densely populated and developed tourism destination. The opening of Alanya Gazipaşa Airport in 2012 has facilitated access to the region and further boosted tourism. Equipped with modern facilities, luxury hotels, restaurants and shopping centres, Alanya offers its visitors both a comfortable holiday and an unforgettable experience.

Touristic Attractions
Alanya fascinates its visitors with both its historical and natural beauties. Seljuk-era buildings such as Alanya Castle, the Red Tower and the historical shipyard are unique places to visit for history buffs. In addition, natural beauties such as Cleopatra Beach and Damlatas Cave are among the other attractive places Alanya has to offer.

Sports and Cultural Activities
Alanya hosts various sportive activities and cultural events throughout the year thanks to its warm climate. Activities such as water sports, nature walks, paragliding are very popular among tourists. In addition, events such as the Alanya International Culture and Art Festival showcase the cultural diversity and richness of the region.

Alanya is one of the shining stars of the Mediterranean with its historical richness, natural beauties and modern tourism opportunities. An ideal destination for those who want to both relax and explore, Alanya welcomes thousands of local and foreign tourists every year. This unique holiday paradise offers its visitors the opportunity to accumulate unforgettable memories and stands out as one of Turkey's leading regions in tourism.