Wherever you go in Antalya, there’s a good chance you’ll feel like you’ve discovered paradise. Everyone has their favourite destination, however, and there are many who return to holiday in Alanya time and time again.
The temperate Mediterranean climate and numerous attractions draw visitors all year round; while primarily a tourist resort, there’s no shortage of things to do during the mild winters. Alanya is also popular with first-time buyers looking for a holiday home in Antalya. As always property prices will depend on your requirements, but as an example a four-bedroom sea view penthouse could be yours for as little as £95,000. Or perhaps you’d prefer a private villa with stunning panoramic views, a large private pool and stunning roof terrace?
There’s so much to do in the area that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning activities. To help, here are our top recommendations of things to do on holiday in Alanya.
Arguably Alanya’s biggest attraction is its beaches, many of which have the coveted Blue Flag status. They are picture perfect, with wide stretches of soft golden sand and crystal-clear turquoise water. One of the most famous is Kleopatra Beach, where it’s said the Egyptian queen herself bathed on a visit with Mark Anthony. The story goes that it was later included as part of her dowry.
Alanya town centre
As a working town, Alanya is a great place to experience real local life.
The weekly market takes place on Fridays, when you can marvel at the array and quality of delicious fresh produce. You’ll be amazed at how little it costs to fill a bag with fruits and vegetables – seasonal eating is one of the joys of life in Turkey. If the heat is too much, rest at one of the cafés and enjoy a glass of fresh orange or pomegranate juice.
Make sure to visit the bazaar too, which offers a colourful parade of clothing, jewellery, carpets and much more besides. There’s sure to be something that catches your eye; you’ll be expected to haggle over the price and will likely be offered a glass of çay (chai) to enjoy during negotiations.
Alanya Castle and Red Tower
Alanya’s most recognisable landmark, the original fortifications are believed to date back to around 3BC. The hexagonal red tower was built in the 13th century to protect the castle, part of work carried out by the Seljuks after the conquest of Alanya.
Rising 250m above sea level, it affords panoramic views of the coastline that will take your breath away. At night it is floodlit and makes a stunning addition to the night skies.
Stand-up paddle boarding
What better way to enjoy a different perspective of Alanya than from the water? If you haven’t tried stand-up paddle boarding before, don’t worry – you don’t need previous experience or any special abilities, though some sense of balance is useful! Go in the morning before the day boats set off on their trips and the sun gets too hot, and remember to slap on plenty of sunscreen. It’s fun, relaxing and you get plenty of time to appreciate the views.
Sapadere Canyon is also known as ‘Hidden Paradise’ and a trip to this breath-taking natural wonder should be on everyone’s to do list. It’s around 45 minutes out of Alanya and there are many organised excursions or, alternatively, you can reach it easily by car.
The gorge is around 800m long and 400m high, with cooler air that is especially welcome during summer’s high temperatures. Wander along the wooden pathways to the natural waterfall at the end; you can enjoy a swim if you’re so inclined but be warned – the water rarely gets above 10°C.
The canyon has been carved out over the centuries by wind, water and ice and it’s also a haven for local flora and fauna.
Buying your Antalya holiday home
If you’re thinking of buying a holiday home in Alanya or elsewhere in Antalya, we’re here to help. From selecting suitable properties to arranging viewings and ensuring the buying process goes smoothly right through to completion, our experienced team will be on hand.
You can view our full portfolio here, and we’d love to hear from you when you’re ready to take the next step.