Alanya, 115 km (72 miles) east of Antalya (map), was favored as a seaside resort by the Seljuk Turks 800 years ago, just as it is for the thousands of British and European visitors who pack its hundreds of hotels and villas today.
Alanya has grown incredibly during the past decade, and now boasts a population of more than 300,000, which must doubleduring the summer tourist season.
While you’re here, visit the vast Seljuk Turkish fortress which dominates the town from its promontory; the tall, octagonal Seljuk Kızılkule (Red Tower); and the Tersane (shipyard).
The dank atmosphere of Damlataş Cave, said to be beneficial to asthma sufferers, but with hordes of tourists exhaling hot carbon dioxide into the humid, already-stuffy atmosphere, I have my doubts….
But of course Alanya’s big attraction is its beaches, l-o-n-g swaths of sand to west (several kilometers) and east (many kilometers).
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—by Tom Brosnahan