Top Choice Fortress in Alanya

Alanya Castle

Surmounting Alanya's rocky peninsula is its awesome Seljuk-era castle, wrapped in 6.5km of walls and tentatively awaiting Unesco World Heritage listing. Climb to it through the steep streets of the Tophane district …
Historic Building in Alanya


A wooden walkway runs south along the old harbour walls from the Red Tower to the Tersane, the only Seljuk-built shipyard remaining in Turkey. Antique ceramic shards litter the stones, indicating the succession of c…
Area in Alanya


As you walk up towards Alanya Castle, the road passes a turn-off for the village of Ehmedek, which was the Turkish quarter during Ottoman and Seljuk times. Today a number of old wooden houses still cluster around th…
Historic Building in Alanya

Red Tower

This five-storey octagonal defence tower, measuring nearly 30m in diameter, more than 30m in height and with a central cistern within for water storage, looms over the harbour at the lower end of İskele Caddesi. Con…
Historic Building in Alanya

Guard House

This small guard house would have served as a coastal watchtower during the Seljuk era. If you're game you can follow the walls from here towards the East Bastion, then climb them as they scale the seaward cliff tow…
Cave in Alanya

Fosforlu Cave

The area near this cave is often used for a swimming stop by many of the excursion boats setting out from Alanya harbour. Despite its name (fosforlu is Turkish for phosphorous) the glittering effect on the water sur…
Museum in Alanya

Alanya Museum

Refurbished in 2012, Alanya's small museum is worth a visit to see artefacts, including tools, jugs, jewellery, letters and coins, from the succession of cultures that has called the surrounding area home. Its prize…
Amusement Park in Alanya

Alanya Aqua Park

Kids had enough of castles and ruins? This large water park, near Alanya's centre, has plenty of wet and wild fun with pools and 15 slides appropriate for both little ones and their minders. There's a nice area with…
Cave in Alanya

Pirates' Cave

According to local legend a secret tunnel once connected this cave with Alanya Castle, allowing pirates to secretly transport their treasure. Many excursion boats stop nearby so that passengers can swim inside the c…
House in Alanya

Ömürlü Kemal Atli Kültür Evi

This carefully prepared ethnographic museum displays life as it would have been for Ottoman Turks in Alanya in the 19th century. Sometimes volunteer silk spinners work the loom, which is fascinating to watch.