How to Spend 3 Days in Alanya
Three days in Alanya means you can explore the city’s signature sights, relax on the beach, and head out of town for the day to cruise Turkey’s Turquoise Coast or visit nearby ancient Roman ruins. From medieval castles to luxury cruises, here’s how to get the most out of three days in Alanya.
Day 1: City Sights and Ocean Views
Mountaintop Alanya Castle is the obvious starting point for a city tour. Ride the Alanya Teleferik cable car up to the top first thing to enjoy magnificent views along the coast—book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. A popular choice is to hike back down, following one of two routes, either to the Red Tower and Alanya harbor or to the Damlatas Caves and Kleopatra Beach. Continue to the local bazaar where you can browse the stalls for souvenirs and sample typical Turkish foods such as borek (stuffed pastries) or sweet baklava. At night, take in the Turkish cultural performance Fire of Anatolia, nicknamed the “Turkish Riverdance.” Featuring live music and dance, the show is popular, and advance bookings are essential—choose a tour that includes hotel pickup and transfers for the ultimate in convenience.
Day 2: Experience the Mediterranean
Set sail today on one of the myriad daily cruises from Alanya, from a pirate ship cruise or a fishing and snorkeling trip to a private yacht charter. A typical cruise visits natural landmarks along the coast such as the Pirates, Lovers, and Phosphorus caves. Along the way, stop to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy lunch onboard. Back in Alanya, head to Kleopatra Beach to enjoy the last of the sunshine. The beach is a popular spot for water sports such as Jet Skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and paragliding. In the evening, head to the harbor, where bars, restaurants, and nightclubs host live music and entertainment into the early hours.
Day 3: Take a Day Trip
Spend your last day exploring the Turquoise Coast. Thrill seekers can venture off-road in the Taurus Mountains on a Jeep safari, ride quad bikes along mountain trails, or enjoy adrenaline-fueled activities such as white-water rafting and buggy excursions. History buffs have lots of options. Visit the seaside resort of Side, built around the remains of a Roman city, including the dramatic clifftop Temple of Apollo. Nearby, the magnificently preserved Roman amphitheater of Aspendos is one of the region’s must-sees, while the highlight of a trip to the ancient Lycian cities of Myra and Kekova is a glass-bottom boat cruise over the latter’s sunken ruins.