Port of refuge for sweethearts and pirates
As far back as history goes, there has been a sense of romance in the air here. The Egyptian beauty Cleopatra is said to have dipped her royal feet in the sea here, an example that continues to be followed. But less distinguished characters have also felt themselves right at home in Alanya through the centuries…
Alanya is a popular seaside resort on the Turkish Riviera, east of Side. This medium-sized city’s most dominant landmark is a 250 metre-high rock. At the top of the rock is an old fortress that dates back to the 13th century and offers a visual treat, with impressive views of the sea, port, East Beach and Cleopatra Beach. Cleopatra Beach is obviously named after the seductive Egyptian queen, who bathed her feet here daily during her honeymoon. Her Roman lover Mark Antony decided afterwards to give her the beach as a gift.
The beach continues to attract sweethearts of all kinds, as does the famous ‘Grotto of the beloved’. The grotto extends nearly 400 metres into the mountain, has an intimate ambience and ends nearly 10 metres above sea level. Those who dare can dive into the cool waters from here…
The Pirate Cave is also worth a visit. Due to the narrow passageways in the cave, large ships were unable to enter, making the cave a popular hideout for pirates. It is relatively warm in the winter and cool in the summer here. Also make sure to check out the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites that have formed inside the cave.
Diversity of tastes
Alanya has a typical Mediterranean climate. The weather is almost always agreeable, also because the surrounding Taurus Mountains block the wind. This creates pleasant conditions for both people and the environment, and has resulted in a wide variety of crops, from lemons, bananas, oranges and pineapples to guavas, papayas, dates and coffee beans. This diversity is reflected in the local cuisine, with something for every taste. So surprise your sweetheart with a trip to Alanya and follow in the footsteps of Cleopatra.