Turkey has become one of Europe’s premier holiday destinations, and this can be attributed to many things. The country itself is amazing and the fact it covers two continents means it has a varied and diverse culture in both food and dress. My first ever visit, was to Istanbul and I spent many days looking in the Grand Bazaar and the local shops. Istanbul is endless and I think if you walk for days you would never reach the end.
Proximity: Alanya is about a two hour drive from the nearest international airport and is situated on the coast. This means Alanya can offer sandy beaches and beautiful fishing ports and villages along the coast line. There is a closer airport by the name of Gazipaşa, but this is for internal flights only.
Weather: The weather in the region is renowned for heat and dry spells lasting months. It really is a breath of fresh air, during your visit you will enjoy the sea breeze that is cooling and refreshing. It is fair to say that the midday sun is very strong and I would recommend you do some shopping or have an afternoon sleep, away from the sun during these hours.
Location: With the Mediterranean on its coast means you have a variety of water activities at your disposal. Scuba diving, sailing, fishing and so much more, it is a clean and warm sea that has many delights to offer.
Beaches: Being on the coast of the Mediterranean, Alanya can offer many sandy beaches both big and small. The locals have their own hide always and you are best to ask if it is a secluded beach you are searching for. Think outside the box and look on Google map prior to your visit to Alanya so you are well prepared.
Historical architecture: During my visit to Alanya, I particularly liked the Red Tower, part of the Alanya Castle. It is so well preserved and looked after. It gives you an insight in to how life in Alanya used to be, and I love history wherever my travels take me. There are so many places to visit during your stay and I always fined a guided tour is the best way to see the important and most historical landmarks.
Food: I particularly liked the food that was on offer in the all-inclusive restaurant and out in the cafes and bars. Turkey has a beautiful countryside that grows a variety of vegetables and spices that are used in local dishes that will change the way you eat forever. Do not be shy, try everything and you will be amazed at what can be done with such natural ingredients.
Culture: The culture of this amazing country is attributed by its very location, covering two continents. You will find a wide diverse culture that is very well preserved, their religion is followed along with some beautiful and respectful traditions.