Cruise Port Atlas | Alanya, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Alanya, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Alanya: Oceania, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Alanya Castle, Red Tower, Tersane - Seljuk Drydock, Ancient Alanya Fortress, Damlatas Cave, Alanya Archaeological Museum, Manavgat Waterfall, Green Canyon, Cleopatra Beach, Aquapark, Sealanya and Dolphin Park, Keykubat Beach, Konakli Beach, Ancient Side, Temple of Apollo and Athena, Ancient Perge (Pamphylia), Aspendos

Alanya Attractions

Port to Red Tower - 2 minute walk
Port to Alanya Castle - 5 KM, 14 minutes
Port to Alanya Archaeological Museum - 2.7 KM, 8 minutes
Port to Damlatas Cave - 2.5 KM, 8 minutes
Port to Tersane - 2.7 KM, 8 minutes
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The rocky tear-shaped peninsula dominating Alanya's skyline is the main focus of historic sites in the city, while the recreational activities are along the coast of the flat inner city. The ship docks at a jetty immediately adjacent to the Red Tower, a 13th century Seljuk Turk fortification built to protect the ship-building operations at Tersane. Both of these sites are at the base of the rocky peninsula. Getting to the Castle (Kale) at the top is a long drive (around 5 KM), though it is close as the crow flies. The hilltop has been the location of many fortifications over the centuries and a large park area offers a variety of ruins. The main castle area is of Seljuk origin, but it contains earlier Byzantine structures and modifications made by the Ottomans. The Alanya Archaeological Museum provides a variety of important artifacts from the area and is adjacent to Cleopatra Beach, very near the entrance to the Damlatas Cave which is open to the public.

                 

   

Photo of Red Tower by Robin & Bazylek, Photo Byzantine Chapel in Alanya Castle by Allie Caulfield

Alanya's Beaches and Waterparks

Port to Cleopatra Beach - 2.6 to 4.3 KM, 7 to 10 minutes
Port to Aquapark - 2.5 KM, 7 minutes
Port to Keykubat Beach - 2.5 KM or more, 5 minutes or more
Port to Konakli Beach - about 20 minutes (10 KM long beach area)
Port to Sealanya and Dolphin Park - 21 KM, 27 minutes
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The main reason that tourists flock to Alanya is the beaches which are long, wide, and very developed. Legend has it that Cleopatra and Marc Antony came to Alanya to enjoy the beach and water and their supposed location is now known as Cleopatra Beach, a southwest facing arc of sand that is central to the city and begins near the base of the rock of the peninsula. Just off the beach is the Aquapark water park. On the eastern side of the peninsula is Keykubat Beach, which is just beyond the port and marina area and extends 3 kilometers further east. And beyond Cleopatra Beach to the west is the highly developed, but somewhat less populated beach at Konakli. Near Konalki is the water park, Sealanya, which calls itself the Mediterranean's largest. Most of these beaches have blue flag status (for their clean water and sand and good facilities). You will find most water activities and sports offered at any of these beaches, along with the lounge chairs and umbrellas. Bars and restaurants dot the coast every few hundred meters.

        

   

Photo of Alanya including Cleopatra Beach (left) by Patrickneil

Natural Attractions

Port to Manavgat Waterfall - 64 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
Port to Green Canyon - 92 KM, 2 hours
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The two most popular natural attractions near Alanya are the Green Canyon and Manavgat Waterfall. The waterfall is an incredible sight, though if you are expecting Niagara, then you may be disappointed. The falls are not high, but the water of the Manavgat River flows rapidly over the wide cataract and creates a foamy expanse of water that is soothing in sound and sight. A nearby tea garden is one of the most popular vantage points. Some would argue that the Green Canyon is not a natural attraction since the dam and resulting reservoir are why people come, but there is certainly plenty of natural appeal in the green waters and Taurus mountains that surround it. The tour usually includes a coach ride to the massive dam and farther upstream to the reservoir where two canyons are filled with water. Most guests will spend time in a catamaran or pontoon boat exploring the scenic waters and perhaps jumping into the cool, clear waters for a dip. This is certainly a more relaxing way to spend a day than at the frenetic Cleopatra Beach.

        

   

Photo of Manavgat Waterfall by Tom Gensler

Ancient Side

Port to Side - 67 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
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Side (the name means pomegranate) is an ancient site where Greeks, Romans and other civilizations before and in-between built a port. The setting is dramatic with ruins and a few resorts and beaches located on a small peninsula about 1 kilometer long - north to south - and less than one half kilometer wide. The most famous of the attractions is the Temple of Apollo, situated at the water's edge and offering dramatic photo opportunities. The largest of the attractions is not surprisingly the amphitheater which is nearly as large as the one in nearby Aspendos. The city's main gate leads to colonnaded streets that are not in good condition, but gives you a sense of the wealth and layout of the Roman era city. Also of interest are the Agora and the Necropolis. There is an excellent archaeological museum housed in the remains of the Roman baths.

     

   

Photo of Temple of Apollo at Side by Saffron Blaze, Photo of Great Gate by Ozgurmulazimoglu

Perga and Aspendos

Port to Perge - 67 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
Port to Aspendos - 67 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
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The large site at Perga (sometimes spelled Perge) is an ancient Greek settlement that remained important through the Byzantine era. The important ruins that are on display today are primarily from the Roman era. Perga is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles twice as a place where St. Paul visited to preach. Perga offers a wide variety remains spread out over a large area. These include the Agora, an amphitheater, a stadium, Roman baths, a palaestra (wrestling school) and a nyphaeneum. There is also a temple dedicated to Apollo's sister Artemis and two Byzantine churches from a later era. Aspendos is a Roman city that is most famous as the location of the best preserved amphitheater from the ancient era. The incredible facility was maintained and upgraded by successive regional ruling cultures beginning with the Seljuks. Though it was used for concerts until recently, it is now just a historic site.

     

   

Photos of Perge Vista and Aspendos Amphitheater by Saffron Blaze

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