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How to Spend 3 Days in Alanya

How to Spend 3 Days in Alanya

Three days in Alanya means you can explore the city’s signature sights, relax on the beach, and head out of town for the day to cruise Turkey’s Turquoise Coast or visit nearby ancient Roman ruins. From medieval castles to luxury cruises, here’s how to get the most out of three days in Alanya.

Day 1: City Sights and Ocean Views

Mountaintop Alanya Castle is the obvious starting point for a city tour. Ride the Alanya Teleferik cable car up to the top first thing to enjoy magnificent views along the coast—book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. A popular choice is to hike back down, following one of two routes, either to the Red Tower and Alanya harbor or to the Damlatas Caves and Kleopatra Beach. Continue to the local bazaar where you can browse the stalls for souvenirs and sample typical Turkish foods such as borek (stuffed pastries) or sweet baklava. At night, take in the Turkish cultural performance Fire of Anatolia, nicknamed the “Turkish Riverdance.” Featuring live music and dance, the show is popular, and advance bookings are essential—choose a tour that includes hotel pickup and transfers for the ultimate in convenience.

Day 2: Experience the Mediterranean

Set sail today on one of the myriad daily cruises from Alanya, from a pirate ship cruise or a fishing and snorkeling trip to a private yacht charter. A typical cruise visits natural landmarks along the coast such as the Pirates, Lovers, and Phosphorus caves. Along the way, stop to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy lunch onboard. Back in Alanya, head to Kleopatra Beach to enjoy the last of the sunshine. The beach is a popular spot for water sports such as Jet Skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and paragliding. In the evening, head to the harbor, where bars, restaurants, and nightclubs host live music and entertainment into the early hours.

Day 3: Take a Day Trip

Spend your last day exploring the Turquoise Coast. Thrill seekers can venture off-road in the Taurus Mountains on a Jeep safari, ride quad bikes along mountain trails, or enjoy adrenaline-fueled activities such as white-water rafting and buggy excursions. History buffs have lots of options. Visit the seaside resort of Side, built around the remains of a Roman city, including the dramatic clifftop Temple of Apollo. Nearby, the magnificently preserved Roman amphitheater of Aspendos is one of the region’s must-sees, while the highlight of a trip to the ancient Lycian cities of Myra and Kekova is a glass-bottom boat cruise over the latter’s sunken ruins.

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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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  • 4 hours
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Jeep Safari to Taurus Mountains with Lunch at Dimcay River

Jeep Safari to Taurus Mountains with Lunch at Dimcay River

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Tear yourself away from the beach for an exhilarating off-road excursion to the Taurus Mountains on this full-day Jeep safari from Alanya. Pass through orange groves and banana plantations, stop to explore traditional villages, see the Dim Dam and tuck into a barbecue lunch on the banks of the Dimcay River.
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  • 7 hours
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Alanya Pirate Boat with Lunch and Drinks

Alanya Pirate Boat with Lunch and Drinks

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Step aboard an atmospheric pirate boat and join a motley crew of pirates, buccaneers and landlubbers on a memorable seafaring adventure! This 6-hour cruise from Alanya includes a buffet lunch and non-stop entertainment like music, treasure hunts and a foam party, plus plenty of stops for swimming. Keep a watch from deck as you pass landmarks like Alanya Castle, Lover's Cave and Cleopatra Beach, and you might even spot dolphins or sea turtles.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Luxury Yacht Tour From Alanya

Private Luxury Yacht Tour From Alanya

Venture into Turkey’s tranquil nature on this 5-hour boat trip in Alanya. Meet your professional crew and then settle into your comfortable vessel. This tour is a great way to both relax and enjoy some of the region’s most scenic sites. Make use of the complimentary snorkel gear at a particularly captivating stop along the journey. Plus, enjoy a buffet lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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Quad Safari from Alanya at the Taurus Mountains

Quad Safari from Alanya at the Taurus Mountains

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Get your pulse racing on an exhilarating quad biking tour from Alanya and swap the beach for the rugged terrain of the Taurus Mountains. Learn how to operate your ATV, then set off on a fun 1.5-hour circuit, weaving through forest trails, juddering down dirt tracks and squelching through muddy streams.
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  • 2 hours
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2 in 1: Buggy Safari & Rafting Adventure (from Alanya, Side, Antalya, Kemer)

2 in 1: Buggy Safari & Rafting Adventure (from Alanya, Side, Antalya, Kemer)

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Get into the pine forests of the Taurus Mountains and drive a buggy past villages, through trees, and by medieval ruins. Enjoy a lunch by the water, then hop in a raft to ride through some exhilarating rapids. Transport and equipment is all provided, so focus instead on the mosques, mountains, and moving water.
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Sunken City Kekova Demre and Myra Day Tour from Alanya

Sunken City Kekova Demre and Myra Day Tour from Alanya

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Set out on a full-day adventure both on and offshore and tour three of Turkey’s most unique historic sites from Alanya. Visit the church of Saint Nicholas in Demre, explore the fascinating ruins of ancient Myra, and sail out from Kekova on a glass-bottomed boat to view the sunken remains of an ancient Lycian city.
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  • 14 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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Paragliding experience in Alanya

Paragliding experience in Alanya

Enjoy unbeatable aerial views of Alanya’s sandy beaches, turquoise waters and hilltop castle as you float overhead on a 25-minute tandem paragliding flight. There’s no experience necessary, as you’ll fly with a professional pilot, so you can concentrate on admiring the views and making sure you capture the perfect up-in-the-air photo.
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Green Canyon Boat Tour from Alanya

Green Canyon Boat Tour from Alanya

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Embark on a memorable boat tour through Turkey’s Green Canyon on this full-day tour, departing from Alanya. Meet your friendly local guide in Alanya, then venture to to the Green Canyon, where you’ll kick back in a comfortable boat and set off on a scenic cruise across the Green Lake. Admire the views of woodlands and dramatic mountains as your guide tells you about the history of this region.
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  • 10 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Kursunlu Waterfalls, Aspendos, and Ancient Ruins of Side From Alanya

Full-Day Tour of Kursunlu Waterfalls, Aspendos, and Ancient Ruins of Side From Alanya

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Visit ancient ruins and a scenic waterfall on a full-day tour from Alanya to the Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, Kursunlu Waterfalls, and Side. You’ll see a beautifully-preserved Roman amphitheater, temples, and a nymphaeum, a fountain dedicated to the Greek nymphs. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Antalya, as well as a Turkish lunch and entrance fees at all locations.
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  • 8 hours
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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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  • 7 hours
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