Alanya is a premier tourism resort - with its special natural environment, cultural heritage, charming welcome, fine examples of world famous turkish cuisine and an abundance of luxury hotels lining the shores of the blue Mediterranean, Alanya provides something for everybody.
Throughout history, Alanya has been considered as being part of both ancient Cilicia and Pamphylia. In its time, is has been dominated by a number of ancient civilisations, primarily the Hittites, Romans and later, the Ottomans. After being ruined by several invasions and wars, the city was totally reconstructed by the Roman settlers. In the Byzantine era Alanya was renamed Kolonoros, meaning ''beautiful mountain”. In the 13th century, Alaeddin Keyqubat The First, a prominent Seljuk ruler of the time, conquered the city and named it Alaiye. Alaiye was captured by Karamanlides in the middle of 13th century and was latterly subject to Ottoman rule in 1471.
In Alanya swimming, diving, tennis, table tennis, football, beach soccer, beach volleyball, trekking, basketball, hunting, rafting, parasailing, paragliding, jet skiing and waterskiing are all available, both for amateur and professional sportsmen. Alanya also plays host to a number of annual sporting competitions, including triathlon and cycle races, providing a enthralling experience for both the participants and the spectators.
Private boat tours - either for visiting the shore caves, fishing tours or to drift lazily along the coast - are available from Alanya harbour every day at regular times. Most of these have several stop points, enabling you to swimming in the sea, sharing the same magical environment of the Mediterranean with the numerous examples of marine life that can be spotted in the waters surrounding Alanya.
With its wide sandy beaches, sites of historical importance, countless first class restauarants offering freshly caught seafood and international cuisine, numerous cafes and bars, Alanya is a perfect combination of sun, sea and sand.
Surrounding the harbour area, there are many cafes and bars and numerous boutiques selling local handcrafts, leather goods, clothing, jewellery, handbags and locally cultivated gourds painted in different motifs and symbols pertinent to the region. If you like discovering hidden caves, there are many waiting to welcome you in Alanya, the most famous of which is the Damlataş cave.
International operations at Alanya-Gazipasa airport (just 45 km from Alanya centre) commenced in 2011. In 2015, it welcomed around 950.000 passengers - by end 2017, once all appropriate expansion works have been completed, it will have a handling capacity of 2.000.000 passengers per annum.
With the announcement (in 2012) of 5 international standard golf courses, Alanya will now provide a very welcome alternative to Belek as the foremost golf destination in Turkey.
The area for the Akdag Ski Centre, located 25 km from Alanya on the northern face of the Taurus mountains, was designated in 2012 and the countdown to project commencement has already begun.