Alanya -sunny paradise all year round
The beautiful town of Alanya nestles at the foot of a rocky promontory which juts out between two sandy beaches and is crowned by a Seljuk fortress which is one of the most impressive sights on the Mediterranean coast. In the town are numerous modern hotels, motels and camping sites, while next to the sea are numerous fish restaurants and cafes.
From the lovely flowering park the road runs along the sea front to the harbour and is lined with innumerable boutiques selling every type of Turkish handicrafts: carpets, dresses and blouses made from şile bezi (cheesecloth), jewellery, copper and onyx objects. Alanya by night has got a lot to offer; amazing handicrafts, leather, clothing, jewellery, handbags and little shops that sell local products such as, for example, colorful pumpkins or Turkish sweets etc. There is also famous harbor with plenty of bars and cafes.
The city, known in antiquity as Korakesion, was founded in the 4th century B.C. and during Roman times was a notorious pirate stronghold. The town was later annexed by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat, who made Alanya his winter residence and naval base, Near the harbour are the unique arched boatyards which were built by the Seljuks and the Kızıl kule (Red Tower) of the same period.
At the foot of the promontory on the eastern side is the Damlataş Cave; it is small and extremely old (between 6.000 and 15.000 years), with wonderful multi-hued stalagmites and stalactites. The humidity in the cave is very high and it is said by doctors to benefit sufferers from asthma and respiratory diseases. Opposite the cave is a beach and nearby is the local archaeological and ethnographical museum.