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Liberalsun Real Estate About Alanya

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To the east and west of Alanya lie inviting turquoise sea fringed by extensive golden beaches. The magnificent Taurus Mountains provide a pine-clad, breathtaking backdrop to this enchanting resort. Most of old Alanya lies on the great rocky promontory that juts out into the sea. Crowning the headland is a sprinkling of Citadel towers and just below is a delightful harbour guarded by the Red Tower, an unusual building that dates back to 1225. At the waterfront there are plenty of friendly bars, tea-houses, cafes and restaurants with an excellent range of international and traditional cuisine. Sea caves and grottoes indent the rocky shore below the Citadel. Some can only be reached by boat but you can walk up to the most famous, Damlatas or "Cape of Dripping Stones". The beautiful cave has a host of impressive stalactites and stalagmites with a moist warm atmosphere said to benefit asthma sufferers.

Visit the impressive 14th century fortress which sits high above Alanya. Within its walls are quaint houses, mosques and a Byzantine church decorated with frescoes. There are twisting narrow alleyways tempting shoppers with their colourful boutiques and stalls of cheese-cloth dresses, carpets, copper and jewellery. As well as its cultural and historical sights, Alanya has an unbeatable beach life too. Beautiful sandy Cleopatra beach lies to the west of the resort while the fine sands of Alanya beach stretch to the east. A good range of water-sports are available too.
The nightlife is easy-going and relaxed with a wide choice of night-spots located at the edge of town. Take your pick from lively bars to late-night discos for real night-owls. Alanya is truly a holiday makers paradise. With superb scenery, historical sights, a relaxed beach life and a lively nightlife - it's easy to see why Alanya is so idyllic.

The Historical Town Centre:
It would be most becoming to start the tour in the historical town centre of Alanya from the harbour.
Starting a tour from Kızıl Kule (the Red Tower), you can make your way towards the Shipyard, the middle part of the castle and the inner castle on the top.

Kızıl Kule (Red Tower)-The Shipyard:
Regarded as the most attractive architectural structure of Alanya and almost a symbol of the town , Kizil Kule was commissioned by Aladdin Keykubat , the Seljuk Sultan in 1226, and called Kızıl Kule for the red (Turkish : kızıl) bricks used in the construction. Kızıl Kule is 33 m. High having an octagonal plan with five storeys.
The bottom floor of the tower, where one pays an entrance fee, is used as an annex of Alanya Museum for exhibition of ethnographic works of art. You can see costumes of the Ottoman period, hand-woven textiles of the region and looms where these handicrafts were produced among the works of art exhibited. leaving the tower behind, follow the pathway by the walls for a further 200 m after going down the stairs; you will reach the shipyard, again built during Sultan Keykubat’s period. The shipyard was built two years after the tower and is the only remaining shipyard from the Seljuk's. It has five docks each of 7 m. Width and 43 m. Depth all opening to the sea.

Alanya Castle:
After Kızıl Kule and the Shipyard, Alanya Castle follows as part of the tour. It takes 45 minute walk to climb up the castle. Don’t miss to see Arab Evliyası which was built as a church in the 11th century and then converted into a mosque; the Suleymaniye Mosque, the Bedesten (market place) beside the mosque, resorted and now used as a restaurant, bar and hotel, Ehmendek where the commander of the castle resided, little houses of Alanya remaining from the Seljuk's and the Ottomans, Aksebe Sultan Masjid and Tomb. You can then go up the Inner Castle. Entrance to the Inner Castle is charged. The entrance gate opens to the large courtyard where on the left side you will see the big cistern vaulted with red bricks on the top. This cistern is the biggest of 400 cisterns existing on various parts of the castle and is still in use. One of the most important works of art present in the inner castle is the Byzantine Church (Aye Yorgi), once used as a Masjid during the Seljuk's period, standing in quite strong and good condition. The stairs right behind the church will lead you to a place which we can call exactly a viewing terrace. You should view the fascinating panorama of the town in three directions, especially at sunset. Adam Atacağı Tower is the last spot of the inner castle tour. It is related that the prisoners of the Roman times were made to play a similar gamble. They were given three stones and one who managed to throw the stone into the sea was released whereas those who could not were thrown into the sea through a catapult. The name Adam Atacağı (=Man Thrower) is given for that reason.

Damlatas Cave:
After the Castle tour , the second route climbing down leads you to the entrance door of Damlatas? Cave which lies to the west of the peninsula. The Damlatas beach is also named after this cave.
Adorned with alluring stalactites and stalagmites of various colours, the cave has a constant temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius. It is said that the atmosphere of the cave has a healing effect on asthma except the allergic type and rheumatism with a humidity of 90-100 % and very high rate of carbon containing some radioactivity.
The section where stalactites and stalagmites are seen is a cavity of 13-14 m. Width and 15 m. Height. Tours to the cave are scheduled in two different types: Sight seeing as well as health tours.

Join one of the excursions to cover the Alanya Peninsula from the sea, and to see Kızıl Kule and Alanya Castle. During this excursion, your vessel will call at three caves. The first stop is the Pirate’s Cave. The second is the Lovers Cave and the third one is Fosforlu Magara (cave). Vessels are able to enter the caves. Once inside, the water shines almost as if phosphorescently . Hence , the name : "Fosforlu Magara". Swimming here is an enjoying experience.

Alanya Museum:
Alanya is a rich historic site. The museums of the town gives a clear idea of the wealth. Alanya Museum comprises of three secions. The first is employed to display archaeological finds belonging to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. There are finds dated to prehistory, too. The bronze statue of Heracles in this section is remarkably impressive. There are ethnographic objects in the second section. Majority of the works are manuscripts, Korans and calligraphy. Also inside the museum a sample Alanya Home can be seen. The pieces displayed in the courtyard, comprise the third section. Sarchophagi and similar archaeological objects are displayed here.


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