Alanya, a bustling coastal resort of the Turkey, has a hard-core army of fans who flock there every year for relaxing and happy holidays. Reasons why include delicious food, a lively nightlife scene and plenty of things to do but a sunny climate and gorgeous beaches are the biggest lures. Anyone who insists on staying seaside while on holiday can enjoy immaculate cleanliness, sandy stretches, cool seas and a host of amenities that allow you to lay back and enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle.
7 OF THE MOST POPULAR BEACHES IN ALANYA
1: Kleopatra Beach
Labelled by many as the best beach in Turkey, urban legends as to how it received its name are intriguing as they are mystical. Mark Anthony, the famous Roman general bestowed the whole area to his beautiful lover, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. Others say she spent many times walking along these sands and swimming in the sea. Either way, its present day appearance as the perfect picture postcard scene makes it the most famous beach in Alanya.
Sitting near the famous Alanya castle, the Blue Flag beach is renowned for its cleanliness and host of eating and drinking establishments. Loungers and umbrellas are available to rent, so all you need is your towel, swimming costume, and sun cream. Such is the iconic status of Kleopatra’s beach, as well as being a swimming and sunbathing haven, locals say it is a great place to hang out, eat, and drink, especially at sunset.
2: Damlatas Beach
The eastern part of Kleopatra beach blends into the smaller but still wide, Damlatas beach, which is most notably one of the few beaches in Turkey that is wheelchair friendly. Continuing the broad availability of facilities and amenities as offered by Kleopatra’s beach, many also swear that it is the best place for snorkelling because the water is so clean. If hanging around in beach bars is your idea of fun, Damlatas is the place to be.
3: Mahmutlar Beach
One beach that has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the last ten years is the 5-kilometre long Mahmutlar on the other side of town, roughly a 20-minute drive from Alanya centre. Many foreigners and Turks looking for property for sale in Alanya are attracted to the area because a building spree has laid birth to an extensive portfolio of modern properties combined with affordable seaside living. Prices of apartments start from roughly £40,000 and as well as an attractive choice of restaurants and shops, buyers have access to an efficient transport network and to a 5-kilometre beach that is part/sandy, part rocky but more importantly, extremely spacious.
2: Keykubat Beach
Starting at Alanya town hall and stretching for 3 kilometres on the eastern side of the city, Keykubat beach is mostly sandy although some parts of the rocky seabed are an irritation. Locals have nicknamed it, the Bougainville beach because of the pleasant bloom of the widespread flower during spring and summer.
3: Portakal Beach
Enjoying the beautiful background scenery of the Taurus mountain range, the 1-kilometre Portakal beach continues from the Keykubat shoreline. It has the standard amenities of cafes and restaurant, but the bonus is the water sports for rent including Jet skis appealing to the adrenaline seekers.
4: Ulas Beach
Five kilometres west of Alanya, Ulas beach has always been popular with Turkish families because of the camping, parking, and picnic facilities. Many visitors from daily boat trips dropping anchor enjoy swimming in the waters. Unlike other beaches, there is a small entrance fee to pay.
5: Incekum Beach
Situated roughly 25 kilometres away from the city centre, the 1-kilometre fine sandy shoreline of Incekum beach has likewise attracted a small gathering of hard-core fans, with its gradual deepening but shallow sea making it an ideal place for children to swim.
More Beaches in Alanya to Visit
While the above beaches are usually more than enough to satisfy even the most critical of seaside fans, repeat visitors to Alanya might want to venture further afield to visit other places including Fugla, 20 kilometres west of Alanya that is another popular swimming point for the daily boat trips. Konakli and Demirtas beaches are also out of the way, quiet havens for the sand, sea and sun fans. Alternatively, if you are looking at other things to do, our area guide talks about shopping, nightlife, attractions and much more.