Visit the Museum of Archaeology and see the bronze statue of Heracles from 200 A.D., or explore the Museum of Ethnography that displays the local Turkish culture of the Taurus Mountains. If museums are not your thing, Alanya Castle should satisfy your hunger for cultural attractions. The Seljuk castle was built in the 13th century and its walls stretch for 6.5 kilometres (4 miles). The jagged rocks next to the castle have an eerie tale; it was from here that people sentenced to death were hurled into the ocean below. Another Seljuk structure is the Red Tower, or Kızıl Kule, an octagonal tower located on the port that was used for military purposes as far back as the 13th century. The ruined dockyard is also well worth a visit. For natural sights, head to the numerous caves situated around the city, such as Damlatas Cave and Pirates Cave, or to the Dim Stream, an attractive area with picnic possibilities and cool clean water all year round.

Alanya is known for its beautiful Blue Flag beaches. The city is surrounded by white sandy shores that are mostly free of charge. Try Cleopatra Beach with its numerous water sports facilities, or Portakal (Oba) Beach on the east side of the city centre if you want to try wind surfing. Scuba diving provides fascinating glimpses into the underwater world. Other activities in the area include donkey riding, quad biking, go-karting, stand-up paddle boarding and jeep safaris. For some invigorating TLC followed by blissful relaxation, visit a traditional Turkish hammam for a scrub, steam bath and massage. Watching the sun set over the castle and ocean is especially romantic and there are several nightclubs and bars to keep the fun going for longer.

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