Alanya-the busy little town
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I went to Turkey to chill out with mates, see the sights and taste the food. We chose Alanya because we thought it would be a central place but also not touristy.
It was nothing but touristy, there is nothing wrong with that, the tourists came from all over the world but mainly U.K, Germany and Spain.
Turkey, as a whole is an amazing country filled with culture, heritage, history and friendly people. Alanya was very busy, it is meant to have apopulation of 130,000 but during the summer season there is an additional 250,000 tourists. There are hundereds of 5 star to 1 star hotels.
Alanya was an interesting place to be, but realisticly there is not much to do in this one town. There is the castle and the caves which have a very high humidity inside. And of course as it is next to the sea, it has a long beach with other swimming and cruise facilities.
The best thing to do is use this as a resting post, and hire your own car or take the cheap buses. The next city is Side and it too has a strong history.
If shopping is your thing, catch the bus to Antalya (Turkey's third biggest city), it has a huge bazaar obviously not compared to the Istanbul bazaar. But it is manageable and haggling is easy.
There are plenty of incursions, one being a trip to Cleopatra Beach.
Eating places in Alanya are not that good but there are few very good Kurdish restaurants away from the beach and up the hill.
Alanya is a good place to rest or stay for one or two days before moving on to larger areas.