If you are from northern Europe, in specific places like the Nordic countries or the Netherlands, you already know Alanya. This is where your 18 year old went after graduation for a week of activities you don't even want to picture or understand. This is also where the loud, somewhat boorish family from across the street went on their summer holiday. OK, that's a bit harsh but there's definitely a core of truth in it.
So, package tourism, beaches, nightclubs and lasers beaming into the sky once the sun sets. That is all spurred on by nearby Gazipasa Airport, which started receiving international flights in 2011.
Actually if you can overlook all of that, the town itself is not bad: it is nicely set with mountains in the background and the citadel of Alanya Castle and other Ottoman-era structures in front of it. We are just saying that if you don't come here to party, you will be in the minority. And we can guarantee that your son or daughter will come home having seen nothing of the citadel. [Review by travelindicator]
- Alanya is a city in Turkey's region of Antalya. It has a population of 104,573, is situated at an altitude of 59ft and the best airport to fly into is GZP (Gazipasa Airport, Alanya)
- The main spoken language here is Turkish, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note Alanya is not a good point of entry for trips to Turkey as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Antalya
- The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY)
Other cities in the region (Antalya, Turkey)
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