Alanya is a nice place, and especially the Kleopatra beach is nice.
But the noise level in Alanya is a problem.
many resturants play so lout music that it is impossible to have a conversation when you eat.
But the worst noise I have ever experienced comes from the Hotel
HEDEF KLEOPATRA SUN HOTEL
This hotel play so high and noisy music at the pool area that most people can not stand to be there:
Even in the rooms the noise from the music at the pool area is so lout that it can be impossible to alk together.
Besides that the rooms are also dirty like the rest of the hotel
I can NOT recomend this hotel.
But back to the positive. You can get a nice massage, pedicure, or Turkish bath (Hamam) in Turkey.
The people are in general very friendly and helpfull and the sales people has become much less agressive than before or compared to other turist plases.
Excellent! Excellent!! From the moment we arrived to moment we left this holiday was the best holiday I have had throughout my Worldly travels...Panorama Apartments recently built are of an excellent standard (sorry to keep using this word but I really mean it) the Property Manager John was there 24/7 for you, he was amazing nothing was too much trouble and he took my wife and I to all the local sites and great night outs. Panorama is set on a hill overlooking the harbour and town, we rented the apartment from Holiday Rentals365 who also gave us outstanding service arranging our transfers and personal touch of flowers, chocolates and wine for my wife as well as a picnic waiting for us in the apartment...John Paul, Mick and Kev go out of their way to make you feel special. The rooms were spacious and very clean with an 'En Suite' in the main bedroom and showers/toilets aplenty! The swimming pools and gardens are maintained daily by a local Turkish man who is very concientious. Alanya itself has everything to offer families, couples and singles geared up from quiet meals in the quaint restaurants by the many beaches to the disco bars on the strip and party boats that offer full day trips with endless partying.The many restaurants offer a wide selection of Turkish, English and Scandinavian meals at very reasonable prices as they still have their own currency and you get a good deal for your pound. The Red Tower and the Castle are a must and 'Dim Cey' where you can have a meal while sitting directly in the river while a waterfall cascades down from the mountain. So if you want a luxury apartment for very reasonable price I would recommend Panorama Apartment in Alanya.
In 2007, my boyfriend and I decided to book our first holiday. We were young and naive, I had been on a couple of holidays abroad with my parents, and my boyfriend had never left England. We went in to our local Thomas Cook store with no idea where we wanted to go. Somehow we decided on Alanya in Turkey. We had done no research before booking, in to either the resort or the hotel, which I cannot believe looking back, but we were so lucky. Alanya is a brilliant place and I hope to encourage you to try it out.
We stayed for two weeks in July 2007, staying at the Ergun Hotel (reviewed separately). The trip cost was under £300 each booking with Thomas Cook.
Alanya is on the south coast of Turkey, and takes around 2 hours to get to from Antalya airport. The flight from the UK to Antalya is around 4 hours, and the currency once you get there is the Turkish Lira. Antalya is a very accessible airport, I mean, if Humberside airport fly there it must be good. (Humberside airport seems to fly to about 5 destinations, rubbish!)
Alanya is very much an up and coming resort. There is something for everybody there, with historic buildings, as well as night clubs and bars for the younger generation.
There are two beaches, the most famous been Cleopatra beach. We are not really beachy people (nothing worse than sand in your flip flops, it's impossible to get out!) so I won't be commenting on these, but they are very popular.
Alanya is quite a small resort, although it packs a lot in as I will describe. Everything is in walking distance, though public transport is available and very reasonably priced, we did not find it necessary.
There are many trips available in Alanya. We booked through Kandemir Tour travel agency. I highly recommend using this company. The man who works there (believe he is the manager but cannot be certain of that) speaks excellent English, and the prices are excellent. Been skint teenagers, we only did a couple of trips. The ones we chose were the Turkish Bath, a boat trip and a trip to the Aqua Park.
I highly recommend the Turkish bath, and I honestly do not think you can go to Alanya and miss out on this opportunity. I recommend you have visit the hamam at the beginning of your holiday, and the Turkish bath can really help with the tanning process. Here you will have use of swimming pools and jacuzzi's. When you have had enough, you then enter the Hamam itself, which is a huge marble room. Here you will be scrubbed until your skin and as smooth as a babies bottom. Following this you have the option of receiving further treatments, such as massages and face masks.
My boyfriend, wanting to act the big man, wasn't so keen on the idea of a Turkish bath before our visit, but he was totally won over. It is such a relaxing few hours, and the trip is really reasonably priced for what you get.
We enjoyed the boat trip very much. Transfers from our hotel were included, however the coach to pick us up never arrived. We went to the shop we had booked with and found out the boat had already left. The man from the shop (I cannot remember his name, sorry!) made the boat come back, and took us himself to the harbour. He could not apologise enough for the mistake. Also included in the cost of the trip was lunch and insurance. We visited many caves, including Lovers Cave. Legend has it that couples who enter and jump from the cave together will stay together forever. Unfortunately, I am a big baby and scared of heights, so chose to stay and watch everybody else jumped. Lunch was unexpectedly lovely, with pasta, burgers and fresh salad. Normally I find food on these types of trips to be pretty disappointing, so this was a nice change. The boat trip lasted the full day, with entertainment provided by boat staff. They were all really nice guys, who get paid very little. Entertainment wasn't to everybodies taste, but they all tried and spoke great English. The boat trip is also a great way of topping up your tan, but make sure you take plenty of sun cream, my boyfriend learnt this lesson the hard way.
The final trip we went on was to Water Planet, apparently Turkey's biggest and craziest aquapark...or so the leaflet says. Again, transfer was included from our hotel. This was a great day, with loads to do. There are loads of slides, a lazy river (my favourite, have you realised I am a HUGE baby yet?!), swimming pools and a wave pool, as well as rafting and bungee jumping at an extra cost. Food was pricey here, and they did not like you taking in your own snacks or drinks so you have to just bite the bullet and pay the stupid prices unfortunately. It is a full day out though, and is one of the better water parks around. Having also visited the aqua park in Marmaris, Turkey, I have to say this one is a hundred times better.
Other trips include a visit to Pamukkale, the jeep safari, diving, a trip to Side, rafting and Turkish nights.
Eating Out and Bars
We stuck to the same places in Alanya as my boyfriend is a bit of a picky eater, however I can honestly say this is the only resort we have ever visited where we have not had one bad meal.
Our favourite place to eat was Crusoe's and Big Ben, which are both owned by the same people. They sell both English and Turkish food, meaning my boyfriend could stick to his fish and chips and I could be a bit more adventurous. Prices were great, as was the service. Crusoe's is a restaurant, were Big Ben is more of a pub, and you will often find the travel reps here letting their hair down. I really recommend trying this place.
Giving information on other places to eat is a little more difficult as the names of them totally escape me. We did mainly stick to the above restaurants, but we did find a lovely little Tex-Mex. The food was great, and reasonably priced. There was also live entertainment and a really nice atmosphere. Unfortunately I am useless and cannot for the life of me remember the name of this place.
We also ate at Panderosa Restaurant one night. This was just opposite our hotel, and is more of a bar than a restaurant although the food is lovely and well priced. I would recommend eating here earlier on, as later it does get lively and you end up having to shout to be heard by the person next to here.
There are a couple of nightclubs, but we did not spend a huge amount of time in them so I cannot really comment on them. However, I did hear from others that drinks are very pricey in these places, and there is also a bit of a problem with drugs. If this isn't your thing it may be worth avoiding.
After eating, we tended to drink in the Bazaar area of Alanya. There are a few bar/restaurants to choose from, and they all tend to do offers on drinks such as buy one get one free.
I recommend just following your nose with regards to eating. If somewhere is busy, you would think it's because the food is nice. As I previously said, I never had a bad meal during my time in Alanya, but places selling rubbish food will exist as they do in all towns.
We did not have a lot of money to spend when we was Alanya, and as always most of our money went of food but we did manage to do a little bit of shopping at the end of our trip.
I am sure you will have heard that Turkey is pretty bad for hassling from shop keepers. They DO try and get you to look in their shops and it is a bit of a pain, but really, a simple "No thank you" is all it takes and they will stop. They often have a laugh and a joke with you, and I never felt intimidated. I have also visited Marmaris and found hassling much worse there, were they did sometimes get aggressive which I did not like at all.
The bazaar is where we spent our last few lira. This is a great place to walk around, especially at night when it is all lit up, it looks lovely. The shops are set out like market stalls, and this is the place to be if you want to get fakes. You can buy everything, but it is important to know that everything is fakes. Most popular items are handbags, clothing and sunglasses.
Haggling is vital in all tourist areas of Turkey. Never except the first price offered to you, I tend to half it and work from there. Don't be embarrassed to haggle, they expect it of tourists. If you are getting nowhere with haggling simply walk away, nine times out of ten they will come after you accepting the price you have offered.
A few warnings...
Stay away from the perfume. It really is common sense, and looking back we were stupid to fall for it. We ended up buying 'perfume' from one of the mini-supermarkets dotted all over the place. When you first spray the perfume it smells just as you expect it to. However the smell lasts just a few minutes. Complete waste of money so avoid!!!
My boyfriend bought a couple of football shirts, he paid something like £30 for two, and thought he had a great deal. They fell apart immediately after been washed. Personally I wouldn't buy them again, you can get football shirts cheap enough in the UK if you shop around.
Just be careful, make sure you know exactly what you are buying and do not get drawn in by the shop keepers.
Many people enjoy a visit to the local market when visiting Turkey. We were told by our rep Alanya does not really have a big market, just a fruit market on a Friday. However, Side, the next resort down from Alanya has a huge market. We never visited but did hear good things about it. Be prepared for hassle though, and keep an eye on your belongings as these places are known for pickpocketers.
I absolutely loved Alanya. Since 2007 I have visited other places, including the Dominican Republic, but nothing can beat our £300 pp holiday in Alanya. It was my first holiday without parents, and my first holiday with my boyfriend so I was always going to look back on it fondly, but the place really is just brilliant. It is a perfect mix of old and new, with plenty to do for all ages.
I went to Marmaris in 2008, and did not enjoy that at all. The two places are so completely different. Marmaris is tacky, and it could be anywhere in the world, there is nothing Turkish about the resort, it is completely built for tourists. Alanya is the opposite, there are touristy things (you cannot get more touristy than a restaurant called Big Ben) but you also get to experience the Turkish culture.
Please consider Alanya when booking your next holiday. Hotel prices are great, and you get to avoid the euro. Every year when booking my Summer holiday I am tempted to go back there, but I have to remind myself there are so many other places in the world to visit. One day, without a doubt I will be back there, my favourite place in the world...
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Kandermir Tour Travel Agency
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Water Planet Aquapark
It was a great holiday in Alanya at Utopia hotel. I would like to go again this summer. thanks to http://alanyahotel.googlepages.com for review.The pool is great , under big trees you can swim , it is like a forrest lake.Sandy Beach is also wonderful. water is clean. Meals are incredible. You can get fat there but thanks God there is a fully equipped sport center and spa center. Rooms are comfortable and very clean. The only bad thing is elevators are little and few than needed.
~ WHERE? ~ Alanya is situated on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey and is around an hour and a halfs drive from Antalya (which is the main city of the area) and has the areas International Airport. The airport itself is served mainly by Package Holiday flights but Turkish Airlines fly there direct from the UK daily. The road to Alanya runs along the coast and is of excellent quality, being duel carriageway for around half the distance. ~ BRIEF HISTORY ~ The first real documentation about the town dates from 197BC when Antiochus III of Syria besieged the settlement, then known as Coracesium. The following century, Diodotus Tryphon, a pirate chief overthrew the Syrians and built the (still standing) fortress as his defensive base. The antics of Diodotus eventually provoked Rome into action and Coracesium joined the Roman Empire. From around the forth century AD the town changed its name to Kalonoros (meaning beautiful mountain) but changed again in 1221 when it was taken over by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I. He renamed the settlement Alaiye (city of Ala), after himself! The city flourished around his extraordinary IC KALE (inner citadel), but faded slightly after capture by the Ottomans in 1471. ~ BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ALANYA TODAY ~ With the Mediterranean to the South and mountains to the North, Alanya has had to grow in an East-West direction as the strip of land is situated on is fairly narrow. I soon discovered that the city is best thought of as having two distinct halves; two separate personalities if you prefer. ESKI Alanya (Old Alanya) covers the high peninsula topped by its fortress and defensive walls and YENI Alanya (New Alanya) which covers the area to the East and West of the dominating Old Town, along the sandy beaches. Yeni Alanya consists mainly of newly built hotels and apartment complexes but the inland city area is entirely Turkish in its outlook. As is (Im told) co
mmon with a lot of Muslim cities, Alanya has its fair share of fountains, in some areas it seems like there is one on every street corner! These come in all shapes and sizes but dont expect them to offer too much relief from the heat. They are all filled with salt water from the sea and besides, in the Turkish summer ? the water gets pretty warm and the marble surrounds almost reach boiling point?SO DONT SIT DOWN?you WILL regret it! Alanya has good transport links with its surrounding areas and a small bus station in the centre of the city. We regularly used the local buses (the Dolmus) to travel in and out of the city. These run very frequently to all hotel areas (amongst others) but are primarily a LOCAL transport network so the majority of the passengers will be locals and not tourists. One thing we noticed was that various companies travel the routes and vie for custom; we quickly learnt which one was the cheapest! ~ ATTRACTIONS ~ On the harbour front and noticeable from quite a distance is KIZIL KULE; probably the most attractive building in the town and is certainly on the majority of postcards! Kizil Kule translates literally as The Red Tower (kizil is Turkish for red) and was built by the aforementioned Seljukid Sultan, Alaeddin Keykubat I in 1226. It is octagonal in shape, 5 storeys tall and constructed entirely in red brick. The lower floor is used as an annex to the Alanya Muzesi (Alanya Museum). To be fair, I didnt check that out, I was far too interested in the views across the water and back up at the tower and beyond? A few metres from the path that runs upward beside the Kizil Kule is a lookout point with good views of the TERSANE (the dockyard). Now youre probably thinking of a dockyard in British, or certainly European terms. So was I when I stood there trying to work out where the heck they could have hidden it. After all, a dockyard/shipyard is hardly small and there I was looking at spectacular s
cenery without a trace of anything even vaguely industrial! But I think hidden is the right way of describing the dockyard in Alanya. In the sea wall are 5 large openings which I am told are seven metres wide and go back for a distance of around 40 metres (I have no idea, I neglected to take my tape measure. Sorry). See? Hidden shipyard! Each one opens directly into the sea and with their arched openings they looked good if nothing else. Built in 1227 by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I to service his navy, this is the last remaining example of a Selcuk dockyard in Turkey. Now back to that path running beside and upward from the Kizil Kule. This follows the old town walls to the castle at the top. Be very aware though that these walls run for around 6 and a half kilometres before reaching the top and although the climb is relatively gentle (the path snakes backwards and forwards on its ascent) in summer temperatures of around 40 degrees plus; its not for the faint hearted. An alternative route is by road and plenty of taxis wait at the bottom around the Kizil Kule and are only too willing to ferry you to the fort at the top. Fares are around 5,000,000 TL (£2 approximately). Once at the top, the more energetic amongst you may want to attempt the walk in reverse; from the fort back down to the Kizil Kule, but even still, you have to be fully fit to even want to..! The fortress as it is commonly known, or the IC KALE (inner citadel) to give it its official title is THE reason to head to the top of the 250-metre high peninsula. Dating back to beyond Roman times it was Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I who made the fortress the formidable construction is it today. Few structures within the walls at the top actually remain today, but the real draw to coming all the way up is the VIEW. That aside, theres also a small fenced off platform which marks the HURLING ROCK ? the local execution point. Legend says that the condemned man was given a pebble to throw
; if it hit the water he was freed, but if it hit the rock/cliff he was heaved over the edge. I have to say the chances of hitting the water with anything were pretty remote? The PENINSULA and its hidden CAVES are a MUST SEE whilst in Alanya. The ONLY way too see them properly is to take a YAT trip, whether it be for a couple of hours or an all day affair. A Yat? A Turkish sailing vessel of course! Impressive all wooden structures with very shallow keels, they can get extremely close to the rugged shoreline of the peninsula. All you really have to do to get yourself a boat trip is take yourself for a walk along the harbour front, where Captains will offer you countless trips along the coast. For the best deal though you should book something in advance ? we booked an all day tour with a local travel agent at a cost of 85,000,000 TL (approximately £34) for the four of us. This included all drinks, a huge buffet style lunch and a trip further out to sea to go dolphin watching. But what did we see? Well after leaving Alanya Harbour, which afforded us some very impressive views back over the city, including the Kizil Kule and the Tersane; the first stop along the peninsula was KORSANLAR MAGARASI (Pirates Cave). Swimming and snorkelling was possible here, with the crew throwing chunks of bread into the water to encourage the fish to come around the boat. Next stop was ASIKLAR MAGARASI (Lovers Cave) and the cave entrance here is slightly above sea level. This cave system is so named because a couple supposedly survived here for three months. Swimmers who get off the boat here are abandoned; the boat moves on around the peninsula to the exit point of the cave, which is around 7 metres above sea level. The brave can jump from that height or the more restrained can climb down the cliff and enter the water from a minimal drop. We did see a local climb further UP the cliff and execute a perfect dive from around 15 metres. Wanted to tell him that th
e world hates a smarta*se... From here there is one final cave to explore, FOSFORLU (the Phosphorous Cave). At this point in the cliff, the walls are all naturally coated in phosphorus, which makes the cave walls almost glow in the dark. Further along the coastline and around halfway between Alanya and Konakli (the next town heading west) is CLEOPATRAS BEACH where legend says the queen used to bathe. That matters very little really; the boat chugs along the shoreline, rounds a bend and suddenly youre confronted by a large Roman fortification type structure built into the narrow and steep cliff between the water and the road above. This is the road we travelled most days to reach Alanya and I have to say that no sign of this is even signposted from the highway above. Id seen a picture of this in the travel brochure before we left the UK and it was on my list of must-sees. It looked far more impressive in real life and is actually blooming difficult to describe! ~ EATING OUT ~ Cafes, restaurants and bars abound in Alanya and its surrounding area. On some streets it can seem like every other building is a drinking/eating establishment. This isnt a complaint of course, in the heat of the day its just what is required! Theres nothing like sitting outside a small café, drinking an iced coffee and watching the Turkish world go by? I do, of course, have three personal recommendations, two of which are in Alanya and one in Konakli. The OZEN OTEL is a café/bar roughly half way between the harbour and the bus station in Alanya. Plenty of outside seating (complete with parasols), very friendly staff, spotless facilities and ice cold drinks made this our top spot during the ferocious heat of the early afternoon whilst in the city. My second choice is more to do with home town pride than anything else; a Nottingham lass cannot help but be impressed when she walks along the main street behind the harbour and comes across the ROB
IN HOOD pub! Fully decked out like a Medieval-drinking establishment it was, amazingly, better than one pub I remember from my early twenties in Nottingham that attempted the same thing! Unfortunately the manager wasnt there when we called in so we never did get to learn WHY there is a pub named after an East Midlands folklore hero 2,000 miles from the UK but with its impressive views over the harbour the staff could be more than forgiven? Last but by no means least comes the AKSOY, a restaurant in Konakli, across the road from the Pascha Bay Hotel. Open from nine in the morning until the last patron leaves in the wee small hours, they serve everything from traditional Turkish meals to fast food for the less adventurous child! The staff dress casually during the day, bright Hawaiian style shirts and cropped trousers abound, but come 6pm the traditional black trousers, white shirts and black ties are in evidence. Dont let this put you off though, this particular establishment doesnt echo many other Turkish restaurants that insist on diners smart dress at all times. Dress up by all means, but in the sultry heat of a Turkish evening, trust me you wont want to! Here you can dine inside (the front of the restaurant is completely open) or out, they are surrounded by gardens and have a small play area for children. Happy hour begins at 10.30pm and finishes when the last patron wends his/her merry way home. This is a place where ordering an Irish Coffee includes a free show and children are welcomed with open arms and a high-five ? please bring toys too, the waiters are partial to a quick playtime themselves! ~ SHOPPING ~ Turkey is the land of FAKES especially where clothing is concerned. There appear to be NO copyright laws, so if EXCELLENT quality but unlabelled brand names appeal ? this is THE place to come. Turkey has a huge and thriving textile industry so clothing in general is a good buy, especially leather goods. I bought a (fake) N
ike branded leather cap for 10,000,000 TL (£4) for example and its top-quality if a little suspect in the copyright department. Other garments that tempted me included leather coats and Im going to have to try and make room in my suitcase next time I go over there as the prices were ridiculously cheap. Dont worry if clothes shopping isnt your scene. Other bargains to be had include ONYX ornaments and tableware, brassware, jewellery (both costume and the real McCoy), the obligatory Turkish rugs and beware if you have kids; toys are very low priced and good quality?You may come home looking like a mobile branch of Toys Are Us if youre not careful! The BAZAAR in Alanya was, to me, a little daunting at first. Whilst the close proximity of the stores/stalls offered respite from the sun, the stallholders are NOT backwards at coming forwards and will try to lure you into conversation at EVERY given opportunity as they try to part you from your hard earned holiday money. A firm ?no thanks? is generally all that is needed to have them moving onto the next passer-by if youre not interested in looking at what they have for sale in the most part. A few are a little more persistent and try to get you to look via your child; that gets a little wearing after a while. There are of course exceptions to the rule and I commend the NACI BAG SHOP and the RED SOUVENIR SHOP for allowing me to practice my haggling skills without any pressure. Haggling is THE thing to try in Turkey. Youll soon get used to not excepting the first price youre quoted if it seems steep. However, try not to take the "p" with the sellers, they have to make a living too you know? ~ FURTHER AFIELD ~ The city of SIDE (pronounced See-day) is around an hours drive west from Alanya and roughly halfway between there and Antalya. From the guidebooks, this should be a perfect holiday destination; it has a lovely little harbour, sandy beaches and enough Roman Ruins to kee
p the average Time Team dig happy for years. Unfortunately the promise, for me, didnt quite live up to reality. The ruins are slap-bang in the middle of the city and havent been looked after that well so were a huge disappointment. Roman artefacts seem to almost strew the streets at some points in the old town and whilst the photo opportunities are great, surely this too easy accessibility is what will eventually leave the area with no discernible trace of the Roman period? The shopping area situated between the old town and the Mediterranean in my opinion over touristified the harbour front, making it almost like Skegness. Yes the majority of towns/cities in the area have fallen prey to the tourist Lira but Alanya had shown me how this could be done in a very subtle fashion and with minimum impact on what a real Turkish town should be like. Side is already over-built and much work continues; cranes are in evidence everywhere and the whole place, to me anyway had a very negative cloud hanging over it. I dont want to sound overly negative; it did have the occasional high point! The little park area near the harbour is beautiful as is the harbour itself, but overall I dont recommend it as a place to stay or even visit for more than a few hours. See the Roman Ruins and the harbour and you truly have seen the very best that Side has to offer. For Roman history quite literally at your fingertips and in a far better condition than anything Side has to offer visit ASPENDOS, which is midway between Side and Antalya. Aspendos boasts that it has the worlds finest surviving Roman Amphitheatre and I have to say they have that boast just about right. Designed by the architect Xeno and built around 170AD it has seating for 15,000 people. There are 40 rows of marble seats in the lower section, 21 in the one above and at the top is a vaulted gallery. Entry to the theatre itself costs 10,000,000 TL and is well worth it. Ok, so some restoration work has
obviously taken place but it is in perfect keeping with the rest of the building. The theatre is still in use today, with regular opera performances taking place. We climbed up to the platform that runs between the first and second tier and that was far enough in the heat. There is very little shade in the theatre arena, you have been warned! However standing up there it was very easy to envisage all the centuries of history that the arena has seen and that was without the help of various employees who were dressed as Roman soldiers and wandered around the area! The KURSUNLU SELALESI (Kursunlu Falls) were one of our weeks highlights. Situated roughly 10 kilometres to the north of Antalya and an hour and a halfs drive from Alanya they are a cool oasis in the middle of a brown and dusty landscape. Not high by the worlds standards but one of Turkey?s largest drop waterfalls, the falls are surrounded by a small but very well maintained National Park. The falls themselves are nothing short of breath taking; the cliff edge the water cascades over is covered in greenery and the water bubbles into a small pool surrounded by woodland. Its possible to walk behind the falls themselves, a great blessing and a chance to cool off. Unfortunately, the falls are reached by descending many steps and therefore they are not accessible by the disabled or less able bodied. Outside the park are camels for extortionatly priced rides and even pretty expensive pictures, or you can do what I did ? take a picture and run! There are also souvenir stalls, drinks stands (over priced again) but plus points include a shady picnic area and a childrens playground. We booked a day trip through a travel agency in Alanya to Side, Aspendos and Kursunlu Selalesi. It cost 55,000,000 TL (£22) and included a buffet lunch at a small restaurant just outside Aspendos by the KOPRUCAY (an ancient river) ~ FINAL THOUGHTS ~ Alanya, for us, offered THE perfect hol
iday destination. The whole area was scrupulously clean, as is the Mediterranean at this point, the people were extremely friendly and welcoming and the city, whilst having tourists in mind hasnt lost the essence of what it really is ? Turkish. Im not one of those people who like to travel thousands of miles only to bask in a little England; I want to experience new cultures and a new way of life. Alanya gave us all that and a lot more besides. Alanya is the perfect place for families to holiday, the beaches slope gently into the sea and the water is crystal clear. Apart from the trek up to the Ic Kale the majority of the streets are flat or only gently sloped which also makes it good for those who are less able bodied. The whole city is, I found, kept scrupulously clean. Litter is a rarity and quickly removed and the streets around the shops seem to be constantly being hosed down. Now quite where all the rubbish goes I have no idea as in some areas finding a litterbin was a task in itself! In short, I thoroughly recommend Alanya to anyone who wants a good holiday that mixes the availability of all things familiar with a good dollop of real Turkish life. We certainly made many new friends and I can see that this will be somewhere we will want to return to again and again? We stayed at the Pascha Bay Hotel in Konakli (around a 10-minute Dolmus ride away), booked with Thompsons Holidays. £1 = roughly 2,5000,000 TL (Turkish Lira)