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How to Spend 1 Day in Alanya

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.

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Afternoon Alanya City Tour by Jeep

Afternoon Alanya City Tour by Jeep

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Don’t force yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn to catch your tour bus – instead, savor horizon-spanning views of Alanya and its historical highlights while the sun sets in the west on this late-afternoon tour. Explore Alanya Castle and the mosque nestled in the castle grounds, walk among the stalactites and stalagmites of Damlatas Cave, and finish the tour with stunning twilight views of the city.
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Traditional Turkish Bath Experience in Alanya

Traditional Turkish Bath Experience in Alanya

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Do as the locals do and indulge in a steam, soap and scrub at an authentic hammam. This 3-hour Turkish Bath experience in Alanya includes a sauna, steam bath and optional face mask, followed by a foam massage and a relaxing aromatherapy oil massage, leaving you feeling completely revitalized.
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Cable Car and Alanya city tour by jeep

Cable Car and Alanya city tour by jeep

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See the stunning beach city of Alanya from high above on this scenic evening tour. From the high terrace of the Alanya Mountains guests will have a twilight vantage to look down upon Cleopatra Beach and its surrounding peninsula below. Descending again by a cable car offering unrivaled views, guests then enjoy a jeep ride to nearby medieval castle ruins before returning again to central Alanya.
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1001 Nights traditional dance performance, from Alanya

1001 Nights traditional dance performance, from Alanya

Watch a show of traditional folk performances and belly dance in a 13th-century Kervansaray for a memorable night out from Alanya. Learn about Anatolian culture, and enjoy unlimited local drinks served with light refreshments.
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Alanya Sunset Boat Trip

Alanya Sunset Boat Trip

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Experience the magic of the Mediterranean at twilight on this 4-hour BBQ dinner cruise from Alanya, including hotel transfers. Board an atmospheric pirate ship and watch the sunset over landmarks like Alanya castle, Antique Shipyard and Red Tower, as you tuck into your barbecue dinner on deck or take a swim in the bay. Finally, join your fellow shipmates for a fun foam party disco before you head back to the harbor.
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Fire of Anatolia Show at Gloria Aspendos Arena from Alanya

Fire of Anatolia Show at Gloria Aspendos Arena from Alanya

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This is for the Google Drive storage upgrade for our VUC project files. Covers fees from November 2015 to February 2016.Book your tickets for the legendary Fire of Anatolia show at Gloria Aspendos Arena, including transfers from Alanya and dinner, and get ready for a night of unforgettable dance. The Guinness World Record-setting show includes over 120 world-class performers and a heady mix of music, dazzling costumes and pyrotechnics, ensuring that the audience is thoroughly entertained.
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