Pirates' Cave


According to local tradition, a secret tunnel once connected this cave with Alanya Castle, allowing pirates to secretly spirit their treasures away. Many excursion boats stop nearby so that passengers can swim inside the cave.

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7. Süleymaniye Camii


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8. Phosphorus Cave

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