Alanya, Turkey

Had enough of those well-known destinations everyone is talking about? Feel like discovering new places and finding yourself surrounded by beautiful landscapes with a touch of history? If so, then Alanya – a Mediterranean city on the Eastern coast of Antalya Bay, in the Anatolian Peninsula – should be on your travel list.

140 km east of Antalya, Alanya is one of the biggest and most popular holiday destinations of the Mediterranean. Taurus Mountains (over 2000 meters high) rise behind the city and the total coastline of Alanya to the Mediterranean is about 100 km. The natural well-kept beaches extend along the coast. Alanya has a typical Mediterranean climate, with wet humid winters and hot dry summers. The average winter temperature is 14ºC and the average summer temperature is 27ºC. In winter, the water averages 18º C, while in summer it reaches 25ºC. Though snow in the city centre is an extraordinary event, the peaks of Taurus Mountains are covered in white during winter. At the beginning of the spring, the 20 rivers of Alanya carry the melting snow on the Taurus to Mediterranean, creating wonderful picnic areas and rafting rivers. Moreover, plateaus on Taurus Mountains offer many routes for trekking and safari. Today, Alanya – with its rich history – is a nominee for UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities.