Alanya (pronounced [aˈɫanja]), formerly Alaiye, is a beach resort city and a component district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, 138 kilometres (86 mi) from the city of Antalya. On the southern coast of Turkey, the district (which includes the city and its built-up area) has an area of 1,598.51 km2 and (2010 Census) 248,286 inhabitants (city 98,627).
Because of its natural strategic position on a small peninsula into the Mediterranean Sea below the Taurus Mountains, Alanya has been a local stronghold for many Mediterranean-based empires, including the Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Alanya's greatest political importance came in the Middle Ages, with the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm under the rule of Alaeddin Kayqubad I, from whom the city derives its name. His building campaign resulted in many of the city's landmarks, such as the Kızıl Kule (Red Tower), Tersane (Shipyard), and Alanya Castle.
The Mediterranean climate, natural attractions, and historic heritage makes Alanya a popular destination for tourism, and responsible for nine percent of Turkey's tourism sector and thirty percent of foreign purchases of real estate in Turkey. Tourism has risen since 1958 to become the dominant industry in the city, resulting in a corresponding increase in city population.
Antalya International Airport has chartered flights from major cities in Europe, Middle East and Russia. Alanya is located 124 km. east of Antalya Airport. We can arrange to come and pick you up from the airport.
Facts about Alanya:
- Alanya has around 22,000 foreign residents from over 90 different countries.
- It has an established public transport system that makes travelling within and in the surroundings of the city convenient.
- Alanya has increasingly higher numbers of high quality gold fields. With its perfect weather, these golf fields attract players in summer and winter times.
- You can find you familiar brand of restaurants and eateries throughout the city: Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King etc.
- You can also find eclectic, unique restaurants that feature cuisines from all over the world.
- There are local neighborhood grocery markets in addition to bigger chain supermarkets where you can conveniently shop.
- Alanya has a famous night life from live shows to clubs and performances by renowned artists.
- Alanya has many, long, sandy beaches. A few examples are: Cleopatra beach, Damlatas beach, Keykubat Beach, Incekum Beach.
- Most international health plans are valid in Alanya. It also has high quality, affordable private hospitals and dental clinics.