Alanya is a beach resort city and a component district of Antalya Province on the southern coast of Turkey, in the country’s Mediterranean region, 138 kilometres east of the city of Antalya. At Turkey’s 2010 census, the city had a population of 98,627, while the district that includes the city and its built-up region had an area of 1,596 square kilometres and 248,286 inhabitants.
The Mediterranean climate, natural attractions, and historic heritage makes Alanya a popular destination for tourism.
Alanya’s two main tourist beaches are Kleopatra Beach and Porakal Beach, which have both been awarded Blue Flag (blueflag.org) status for cleanliness and safety. Alanya’s 13th century fortress is one of the main tourist attractions, with an impressive citadel and a three-mile stretch of fortified walls. Another striking landmark is the Red Tower, near the harbour.
A tall, octagonal brick structure, the tower offers spectacular views from the top. The town’s caves include Damlatas Cave, renowned for its peculiar rock formations, and Korsanlar Cave, a sea cave below the castle that you can swim into, or view from a boat trip. The 600-year-old dockyard is free to enter and can be reached on foot, but the best view of its imposing arches is from the sea.
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