Alanya – the pearl of Turkish Riviera
Alanya is a fast growing town about 135 km east of Antalya. Quite often called the pearl of the Turkish Riviera, Alanya has become well known world wide because of its sandy, clean beaches, the crystal clear, deep blue waters and the excellent climate of the Mediterranean area.
Its historical development, numerous sights of natural beauty and its multicultural life style have made Alanya into something really special. Lots of different types of water sports are on offer, and its picturesque bazaar and never-ending night life have made Alanya into a famous holiday resort on the Turkish Riviera for Turkish as well as for European people. There is a joke about the town which says Alanya has been conquered by Europeans and then set free as a Turkish holiday resort.
On either side of the Castle Mountain you will find long, wide beaches which are some of the best places for sunbathing and swimming in Turkey. Towards the west, the road leads to ancient places such as Hamaxia, Augae and Ptolemäis (by the mountains of Figla Burun) and after about 16 kilometres reaches the caravanserai of Sarapsahan, built in the form of a fortress. Following the road to the north, after about 12 kilometres you will reach the old Seljuk Caravanserai of Alarahan, built in 1231.
Following the road to the south east of Alanya, after about 50 kilometres you will reach the small city of Gazipasa, which is situated approximately three kilometres inland close by some of the rivers flowing into the Mediterranean Sea.