Alanya is a "beach resort" city, which is located in Antalya, on the southern coast of Turkey. With its amazing Mediterranean climate, gorgeous natural attractions, and historic heritage, Alanya is one of the most visited cities in Turkey. Due to its beauty, this place hosted many civilizations too. But most importantly, Alanya's coastline is what makes it breathtaking. Also, if you want to swim in the one of the clearest waters on earth and spend a day at the private beach of Cleopatra, then keep reading!
Alanya Citadel was rebuilt by Alaaddin Keykubat, the Sultan of Seljuk. The first construction of the castle dates back to the Hellenistic Period, but it took its monumental form during the Seljuk Empire. "The Citadel and the tower of Alanya" is an open-air museum with 140 gorgeous towers, and about 400 cisterns and doors with inscriptions! Two Seljuk period cisterns made of bricks, can be found in the middle part of the inner castle and stand still even today with a grace. Sultan Keykubat has also built his palace here! Inside the garden of the citadel, you can enjoy the authentic food and shop for silk and cotton ornaments!
The tower of Kızıl Kale was built in the 13th Century for military and dockyard control purposes. This amazing tower with its octagonal figure, aka "Red Tower", is the symbol of Alanya. The top of the tower was made of red bricks and because of that, this gorgeous tower was named Red Tower. The first floor of the building functions as an ethnography museum, so don't forget to check that out as well!
After a cultural tour, it is time for some nature! Damlataş Cave is located at the western side of the Alanya Castle. The cave was discovered accidentally during mining operations in 1948 and today it is open to the public! The cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites that were formed fifteen thousand years ago and it is a very popular due to its healing powers! The cave is popularly known as the "asthma-cure cave", due to its capability of curing respiratory complaints and asthma. So, if you are suffering from asthma, it's definitely worth a visit!
With its exceptional beauty, Kurşunlu Waterfall and the Nature Park are two of the most visited places in Alanya. They're both located in one of the most attractive landscapes of lush greenery and picnic areas. The Kurşunlu Waterfall is on a terrain rich in flora, and amongst the pine trees, where 7 small lakes connect with each other through small falls. In here, you can check out the freshwater tortoises, crabs, many fish and picnic while gazing the breathtaking fountains. The great atmosphere of the Nature Park makes it the prime location for ecotourism activities, such as nature walks, as well as plant and animal life observation. So, don't leave without checking out this otherworldly place.
And the last but not least; the Kleopatra Beach! If you want to visit the sea, in which Cleopatra and her lover Marc Antonius swam, you have to definitely check out the "Kleopatra Beach"! This is such a romantic place to hang out with your "twin flame", so no wonder why Cleopatra and Antonius chose it for their relaxation. The water is so clear that you can see every fish from the outside, while there. And I have to tell you, the sunset in here is otherworldly magic.
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