How to Spend 1 Day in Alanya
Whether you’re a cruise visitor with just one day in port or stopping over as part of a tour of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Alanya has plenty to keep you occupied for 24 hours. Ride the cable car up to the castle, swim in the Mediterranean, and watch the sunset from the water—here’s how to see the best of Alanya in one day.
Morning: Visit Alanya Castle
Alanya’s 13th-century castle presides over the city from its mountaintop perch. Ride the Alanya Teleferik cable car to the top for a spectacular view over the beaches and ocean below—prebook your tickets to avoid waiting in line. Enjoy impressive views from the castle, then hike back down the hill, if you’re adventurous—it’s about a 45-minute walk with views over the harbor and the Red Tower. At the foot of the mountain, stop to take a peek in Damlatas Cave, famous for its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites.
Afternoon: Beaches and Bazaars
On the west side of the castle, Kleopatra Beach is Alanya’s most popular, a Blue Flag beach with wide sandy shores. Grab lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants, then head down for a swim in the Mediterranean or take part in water sports: Jet-Skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and banana-boat rides are all available. Later on, head over to the east side of the castle, where you can browse the stalls at the lively bazaar—a great spot to pick up traditional Turkish souvenirs—before strolling down to the harbor.
Night: Party on the Mediterranean
No visit to Alanya is complete without taking a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea. You can choose from a variety of options, including a romantic sunset cruise with a barbecue dinner served onboard or a party cruise with an open bar. Cruises sail past landmarks such as the Red Tower and Alanya Castle, but some also visit nearby caves such as Pirates Cave and Lovers Cave. Another popular evening option—if your visit coincides with one of the twice weekly performances—is attending a Fire of Anatolia show, a dramatic performance of traditional Turkish music and dance at Gloria Aspendos Arena.