Surrounded by huge stones, the crystal clear waters of Cleopatra Beach in Alanya glisten in the sun.  According to Greek mythology, this is where the Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra and Mark Anthony were rumored to have taken romantic baths.  Historic ruins of one of her mansions were also found along a trail leading to the beach.  Here, you can splash in the waters or build castles in the white, silky sand.  The sunset is the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic while listening to the giant waves crash onto the shore.  There is also a mysterious cave that traps and releases the cool, clear ocean water.  Cleopatra Beach is one of the many exotic attractions of Alanya, Turkey.  So relaxing and stunning, even the beautiful pharaoh thought it was the perfect getaway.

 Alanya is a city in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.   With the Taurus Mountains and the Türktas plateau overlooking the large city, Alanya has a striking scenic background.  The city is filled with chic boutiques, sandy beaches, exotic restaurants, ancient caves and archeological attractions.  Standing 250 meters high and with scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of the medieval Alanya Castle is a historical monument and open air museum that consists of Seljuk cisterns, a Byzantine church, a Seljuk bath, tombs, and the Keykubat Sultan Palace.  Decorated with Seljuk art, the Kizilkule Ethnography Museum was built in 1226 with a purpose to defend the pier. It now displays resources such as carpets, clothing, pot and pans, and guns, which give insight about ancient Turkish civilization.

Alanya is a shopper’s paradise.  There are many boutiques and lively markets located within the city.   The plethora of products found is infinite.  Everything from clothing and artifacts to textiles and souvenirs are readily available for your consumption.  Bargaining is also a great way to get the best deals on the stylish Turkish products.  To find the latest trends, the shopping mall is accessible and convenient for tourists who are in desperate need of retail therapy.  By night, the large city becomes a disco.  Nightclubs and bars encourage visitors to party until the sun comes out, while dancing to different genres of music.  For a relaxing and smooth atmosphere, smaller bars are great for enjoying welcoming conversations and a cool beverage with both locals and tourists.

Experiencing a mouthwatering dish at one of Alanya’s many restaurants is a must.  For tourists who are brave enough to quench their pallets Mediterranean style, there is an endless supply of Mediterranean dishes.  Alanya Restaurant offers authentic Turkish delicacies such as lamb in yogurt sauce, köfte with potato, and hünkar begendi.  In addition to international cuisine, Bar Celona Tapas Bar and Brasserie also offers Spanish, Turkish, and Mexican.  Eateries in Alanya are known to provide a variety of delicious foods with the good intentions of fulfilling your gastronomical needs.  With such a vast selection, the regular food connoisseur will truly be satisfied.

Alanya has a Mediterranean climate which makes it possible for plants such as papaya and guava to grow here easily.  During the summer the weather is typically hot and dry while the winter climate is generally wet and humid.  During the summer months the temperature averages between 26°C (78.8°F) and 38°C (100.4°F).  In the winter temperatures average around a high of 24°C (75°F) to a low of 16°C (60.8°F).  However, within the course of a year the climate of Alanya is approximately 19°C (66.2°F).

Antalya Airport provides flights to and from Alanya.  Walking is a relaxing and enjoyable way to soak in the weather and bask in the beauty of the town.  The bus service offers rides to Antalya, Adana, and other neighboring cities.  From Alanya Harbour, boats travel to Girne in Cyprus.  A less expensive mode of transportation is the Dolmus which is convenient for commuting throughout the town.   Taxis are also available to take you to your desired destination.  Many tourists also choose to rent an electric scooter or bicycle and take a leisurely ride around the city.