Why choose a cruise to Alanya?
An Alanya cruise is a holiday of contrasts. On the one hand, Alanya is a thriving resort, popular with sun-seeking tourists and renowned for its lively party scene. But on the other hand it has retained its traditional charm, with local spice markets and an ancient castle to explore.
The countryside around Alanya is stunning too. Inland you’ll discover mountains, pine forests and hidden caves, while along the coast are some stunning beaches and secluded inlets.
A guide to Alanya’s hotspots
Alanya’s medieval castle towers above the harbour on a 250m-high, red-rock peninsula. This impressive fortification was built in the 13th century, over ancient Roman ruins. Within its walls you’ll find a forested landscape with walking paths, souvenir shops and restaurants. Explore inside the ancient buildings or admire the view from the ramparts.
There are two fascinating caves to explore in Alanya. The first, Damlatas Cave, is located close to the castle, and the air in this subterranean, stalactite-filled chamber is warm and humid, and is said to be good for asthma sufferers. The second, Dim Cave, nine miles from Alanya, is a larger cave system with impressive rock formations and an underground pool. It can be reached by a boat journey along the Dim River.
Alanya boasts two Blue Flag beaches, the most popular of which is Cleopatra Beach, a long stretch of golden sand with a great view of the castle. But if you want to find a quieter spot for swimming, we recommend taking a boat trip down the coast. Drift across the azure waters of the Aegean, stopping to swim in secluded bays.
Visit Manavgat waterfall, where foaming water plummets over the rocks into the river below. Just over a mile away is the ancient city of Side, where you can explore some atmospheric ruins, including the Temple of Apollo.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Alanya
The best time to visit Alanya
The sun-soaked shores of Alanya are the perfect spot for a summer beach holiday. In July and August the temperature ranges from 28°C-30°C, so you’ll definitely be able to top up your tan.
If you visit in May or June, when the temperature ranges from 20°C-27°C, you’ll be able to enjoy the beaches free from any tourist crowds. What’s more, an annual Tourism and Art festival is held during May or June, with stalls, exhibitions and free concerts.
Did you know?
- Local doctors have prescribed a special treatment programme for asthma sufferers – visiting Damlatas cave for four hours daily over 21 days
- Manavgat waterfall is the most photographed spot in Turkey
- If you want to eat like the locals, look out for a lokanta, which is a small restaurant selling simple mezze platters
- Alanya has one of the best nightlife scenes in Turkey