Alanya’s L-o-n-g Beaches
Alanya, 115 km/72 miles east of Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, was the favorite seaside resort of the Seljuk Turkish emperors who ruled Anatolia from their capital at Konya during the 1100s and 1200s.
The Seljuks, who predate the Ottoman Turks by a century, built a grand fortress and a shipyard here which you can still visit. But since 1985 the building has all been hotels, restaurants and other tourism facilities—hundreds upon hundreds of them.
The beaches! The western beach stretches for several kilometers from the city center, and the eastern beach, shown above, goes on for 22 km/13.7 miles toward Anamur.
Alanya is particularly popular with self-catering visitors who sign up for one-week or two-week holidays in an apartment or villa so they can cook and care for themselves, and keep the cost low.