The city of Alanya has changed hands over the centuries many more times than your average Turkish holiday destination. Its position in the country has made it prime pickings for Mediterranean civilizations throughout history. From the Romans to the Ottomans, empires have helped shaped this historic city into what it is today. Its mismatch of architecture, culture and attractions each reflect the turbulent and rich history Alanya has had. It’s not just history buffs who will love this holiday destination, Alanya is also located amongst some beautiful beaches and has a Mediterranean climate that will leave you glowing. If it was good enough for centuries of empires – it’s good enough for you!
While a lot of visitors head on holiday to Alanya to enjoy the soft sands, warm, clear waters and the beaming sunshine, others make the trip to get a culture fix. The most impressive architecture and landmarks in Alanya can be found in and around the castle. The Alanya Castle dates back as far as 1226 and watched over the city for hundreds of years. Dotted around the castle you can find a Byzantine church, the Suleymaniye mosque and historic villas that are some of the best remaining examples of Ottoman architecture. Below the castle, at the harbour, you can find the Kizil Kule. This red tower stands 33 metres high and contains the city’s ethnographic museum. Alanya’s status within the Culture of Turkey and its harbour location make it a popular destination for festivals and celebrations. The summer begins with the Tourism and Art Festival and ends with the International Culture and Art Festival. If your holiday to Alanya falls in September you can dance away at the Jazz Festival or in November you can make the most of the Alayna Stone Sculpture Symposium.
A holiday in Alanya is perfect for those who want to combine a seaside location with some historic and cultural sites. For those looking for a bit more activity, Izmir is sure to tick all of the boxes. Alternatively, if you’re looking for glamour, head to Gumbet. Wherever you decide to go for a Turkey holiday, with lastminute.com you can escape to the Mediterranean for less. The sun is always shining in Turkey and there are hundreds of fantastic and affordable deals to choose from. You’ll have plenty of money left over for souvenir shopping so find the right deal with lastminute.com today. Book all your holidays to Turkey with lastminute.com
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