"ALANYA- Turkey" Alanya by RoyJava

Alanya Travel Guide: 438 reviews and 992 photos

Wrong Time, Bad Weather

It's said Alanya got visited by its first tourists in same time Deauville, France, got well-known in the roaring 20's. Not so true knowing the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra already visited this region and we choose Alanya, tourist city of Turkey, to spend a just 10 days decamp at the end of October. Well,... that was wrong; bad time at the right place ... with bad weather!

The high season is from May till October. More than one million tourists had their holiday in Alanya in 2003, which gave the town a lot of money! So it was tourism that effected Alanya and put on the World-map. It is Alanya, too, that has developed so much rapidly, compared to many other Turkish, same size towns, in order to become popular for tourists. Sometimes discrepantly to some locals ... we heard.

Interesting Alanyas History

Study and research have shown the Alanya land was inhabited as early as prehistoric times. Its antique name is "Corasiceum", also known in the 2nd century BC as "Korakesion", notorious for its pirates and for that surrounded by a lot of legends.

Like Tryphon, a fearful adversary even for the Roman Empire. Later Alanya was allocated for the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra by Marcus Antonius and history claimed that Cleopatra used the cedar and pine trees of Alanya for building the well-known fleet she used in the Mediterranean.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Some good history - some good places - some good people - some good beaches
  • Cons:Touristy - Monotony - Concentric - Discrepancy
  • In a nutshell:As tourism flourished agriculture decreased, with tourism song of songs started
  • Intro Updated Jun 28, 2008
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  • colbro's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    hi ,Try Mahmutlar on your next visit as it gets less rain than Alanya as it is sheltered by the Tauras mountains . The village Beach has recently been upgraded and the new prominade is beautiful.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Great tips on Alanya. A bit of everything... Cheers, SL :)

  • May 19, 2005 at 1:00 AM

    Very nice to read about Orient Apart... :) Because I have worked there myself, last summer! :D

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2005 at 10:10 AM

    Great page Roy, we went there over 15 years ago and will be returning in sep to see how much the place has changed.

  • kate1234's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2005 at 11:53 PM

    Thank you for the imformation it is wonderful

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2005 at 9:49 AM

    Nice page Roy as always lots of great information. A very interesting jorney. I also visited Alanya some years ago and I still like to remember it.

  • babar_1's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2004 at 11:36 PM

    Very interesting tips on historic town.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2004 at 11:23 AM

    You have made a page full of usefull information! I have only passed Alanya by bus on the way from Anamur to Antalya. But it seems to be a nice place for a holiday.

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