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Alanya Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do

Discover the best things to see and do in ALANYA! Find out what’s happening in the Town from exciting events and concerts to top restaurants and bars…

Are you looking for some top food and drink, eager to do some shopping or want to find out what’s on? Make the most of your holiday in ALANYA by finding all the information you need on fun things to do in ALANYA. Embark on an unusual ALANYA tour and find plenty of options for the best ALANYA weekend breaks. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry. You can find lots of cheap ALANYA breaks, and there are plenty of cheap and free things to do in ALANYA while you’re here. If you’re travelling as a family, you’ll love the many things to do in ALANYA with kids, and you may consider staying at one of the best ALANYA holiday apartments. Are you already here? If so, find the best things to do in ALANYA today or plan a good end to the week with our pick of things to do this weekend in ALANYA.

FOOD AND DRINK

Find out about the best ALANYA restaurants here, or enjoy a drink at one of ALANYA’s lively pubs and bars.

NIGHTLIFE

Alanya is rightly famed for its nightlife, from the world-class theatres, bars and clubs of the West End to the alternative Summer Garden, or a trendy night out in Robin Hood in the East. Alanya’s nightlife scene caters for all tastes, be it comedy, theatre or music, there will always be somewhere to party the night away.

SHOPPING

Your guide to Alanya shopping, from luxury shops such as Damat, quirky retail outlets like LC Waikiki, to bargain fashions at Alanya’s markets, big Alanya shopping centres such as Alanyum and more. It’s time to hit the shops in Alanya!

SIGHTSEEING

There are many different ways to enjoy all of Alanya’s top sights and activities: from our inspirational itineraries to specialist guide-led tours, or on your own with expert guidance from alanyaevents.com.

WHAT’S ON

Browse our What’s On in Alanya guide to discover what’s on today, what’s on this weekend, and more things to do in Alanya this month. From West End theatre to festivals, special events to art exhibitions, find out what to see and do during your Alanya city break.

Top things to do in Alanya

Top things to do in Alanya

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
Tersane
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…

ANATOLIAN IN ALANYA
Sofra
Sofra is a rare and refreshing thing in central Alanya: a traditional Turkish lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) with unfussy, home-cooked food made by people who make you feel genuinely welcome. Ottoman veal …

MEDITERRANEAN IN ALANYA
Lokanta Su
One of the most prominent and clearly upmarket places on touristy Damlataş Caddesi (the house was originally the governor’s but, although restored, only the facade is original), this is a lovely courtyard restaurant…

CAFE IN ALANYA
The Roof
The shaded garden of this restored Ottoman residence is a trendy hang-out for Alanya’s bright young things, and a great antidote to the more touristy bars and cafes around town. Enjoy a relaxing combo of tea, nargil…

EUROPEAN IN ALANYA
Bistro Floyd
This Turkish-Dutch operation occupies possibly the most handsome of Damlataş Caddesi’s few remaining Ottoman houses. It’s beautifully restored inside, while outside a spacious terrace allows tables of merrymakers to…

LIVE MUSIC IN ALANYA
Çello Türkü Bar
This rollicking, friendly Turkish bar features live ‘protest and folk music’ and is a top spot for an acoustic-fuelled night of rakı (aniseed brandy) and beers. Locals crowd in before the bands start (at 10pm), esca…

CLUB IN ALANYA
Club summer garden
One of Alanya’s most popular clubs gets packed with a fun, young and up-for-it crowd of both local and holidaying revellers. There’s usually a different DJ every night during the height of summer, plus go-go dancers…

RUINS IN ALANYA
İç Kale
Right at the top of what is essentially an entire fortified hill is the İç Kale, or inner fortress. Within are plentiful (though poorly preserved) ruins, including a half-dozen cisterns and the shell of an 11th-cent…

INTERNATIONAL IN ALANYA
Mahperi Restaurant
This classy waterfront fish and steak restaurant has been in operation since 1947 – quite a feat in fly-by-night Alanya – and offers a good selection of homestyle Turkish dishes, too. In this part of town, it stands…

AREA IN ALANYA
Ehmedek
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…

CLUB IN ALANYA
Havana Club
This 1st-floor venue is a summer-holiday favourite for partying young Turks, with DJs playing a mix of club classics, modern pop and R&B dance hits. Women, especially single ones, are often excused the entry fee…

BAR IN ALANYA
Tudors Pub
Live music and decent beer are the draws at this slick, multistorey venue by the harbour. There’s not too much about it that’s reminiscent of a certain 16th-century royal house from Wales, but it can provide a regal…

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.

MOSQUE IN ALANYA
Süleymaniye Camii
This fine 16th-century mosque, dating originally to the 13th century, is the oldest in Alanya.

GATE IN ALANYA
Ehmedek Gate
This old gate stands to attention at the beginning of the old district of Ehmedek.

HISTORIC BUILDING IN ALANYA
Bedesten
This bedesten (vaulted covered market) dates from the Ottoman era.

CAVE IN ALANYA
Dripstone Cave
Close to Cleopatra’s Beach, this stalactite-studded cave has humidity levels of 95% and is said to produce a certain kind of air that, if inhaled and exhaled long enough, has the ability to relieve asthma sufferers.

CAVE IN ALANYA
Lovers’ Cave
Reputed to be an old pirates’ lair, Lovers’ Cave is often visited by local boat excursions, with braver boat passengers opting to dive from its 8m-high entrance.

MOSQUE IN ALANYA
Kuyularönü Camii
The Kuyularönü Camii is a an island of spirituality amid the bland knock-off designer-T-shirt shops and plastic-fantastic souvenir stores of Alanya’s centre.

TOMB IN ALANYA
Akşebe Türbesi
The Akşebe Türbesi is a distinctive 13th-century mausoleum, built for a Seljuk commander of the castle.

MOSQUE IN ALANYA
Yeni Cami
The Yeni Cami (New Mosque) sits across the road from the shady park on Hükümet Caddesi.

MOSQUE IN ALANYA
Mosque
This stately mosque sits within the huddle of stalls in Alanya’s grand bazaar.

MONUMENT IN ALANYA
Atatürk Statue
Every city in Turkey has its Atatürk Statue, and Alanya’s presides over the main street on the eastern edge of the central city.

NOTABLE BUILDING IN ALANYA
Belediye
Alanya’s belediye (municipality) building.

BEACH IN ALANYA
Cleopatra’s Beach
Sandy and quite secluded in low season, and with fine views of the fortress, Cleopatra’s Beach is the city’s best. Alanya’s main beaches are also decent, although east of the centre they’re fronted by a busy main ro…

TURKISH IN ALANYA
Ottoman House
Inside a 100-year-old stone villa surrounded by lush gardens, Ottoman House is an atmospheric dining experience. The beğendili taş kebabı, a traditional Ottoman combination of sautéed lamb and aubergine purée, and

 

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