Alanya Kalesi
Alanya Kalesi
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Dinka M
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The fort is something you can see from any part of Alanya. It's very magical at night. You have three options. One is to get to the fortress by cable car, which my husband and I chose, per person costs 33tl return ticket, I wholeheartedly recommend it. When you climb the cable car, the whole of Cleopatra's beach is in the palm of your hand, the view is enchanting and you quickly climb up. When you get out of the gondola you came to that "first" part of the fortress which is not paid and which is not decorated, but to me it was very nice and there are a lot of parts for photography with a beautiful view.
Another option is to go to the other entrance, from the direction of the port and to come by bus dolmus (which because of Kovid 19 went only 2x a day) or taxi (be sure to bargain and do not give up, the taxi driver first asked us 50tl which is a little more than 6e to finally land at 25tl which is about 3e). So you come in front of the main gate where the entrance fee is 30tl per person, because that part is decorated and has lookouts from which the view is unforgettable. The main gate can be reached from the other side of the fortress and vice versa, in that part that is not paid you can enter near the main gate. The third way is on foot and I do not recommend it at all, especially do not try if it is not early in the morning or late in the evening because during the day the heat is unbearable and the sun is too strong. We did not know about the changed line of dolmus, so on the advice of some friends we decided to go down on foot and repented. It took us 1 hour to get down and the sun was strong and that was exactly what exhausted us, especially considering that it was a strong slope and I was in slippery sandals. Those who have more adventurous spirit than us, freely, along the way there are restaurants with fine terraces overlooking where you can dine and cool off. Inside the fortress there are a couple of restaurants and stalls where you can buy water or drinks, ice cream.
Written September 28, 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Alanya Castle dominates the entire area, standing high on a huge cape (better say peninsula) dividing the city into two parts.
It dates back to 13 c when it was built by the conquering Seljuks on the existing Roman and Byzantine fortification remnants. During the Ottomans the Castle declined in military importance and throughout the 19c many private villas and homes were built on the site which are still there.
The top fortification is a museum with remaining buildings of Romans, Byzantines and Turks. To visit it there's an entrance fee, but there's also a free part by the Mosque and cable car. The Castle offers magnificent views of the city beneath.
We went there by our rented car (big parking lot in front, symbolic fee), but you can also reach it via cable car. Count on around 2 hours for a proper visit.
Written October 19, 2021
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Pardubitzer
Pardubice, Czech Republic78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beautiful ancient place with a lot of old buildings, mosque, places for rest under the trees or exhibitions, all situated on the hill upon Alanya. There´s an absolutely fantastic view of the city below the castle. The entrance fee is low and you can spend there some hours. You can also attend a market during your descent back to the city. We used (cheap) taxi to get to the castle as there was a long queue at the cableway and I have to recommend it to everybody who doesn´t want to take a long walk from the top station of cableway to the entrance of the castle :))
Written October 6, 2022
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Been jee uk
United Kingdom36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Cable cars were great. Excellent views.
We were taken to the top of Castle by taxi, which was a waste of time and money. We bought tickets to enter the castle, which was disappointing..taking a round trip via cable cars and not entering the castle ruins would have been ideal..
Written October 30, 2021
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Jane2003rugby
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK275 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The views are the highlight of the visit to the castle. Overgrown, scaffolding stopping you getting into a lot of the places inside the castle. For the 24 TL entrance fee, they need to be putting the money back into the site. Not much info on what you are looking at. A man with a parrot, taking photos of you & the parrot, & charging you money.
It is a shame this site isn't loved & looked after.
A lot of people have said this is good to visit, but I think they are talking about the area surrounding the castle, where the shops, museum & mosque, coffee shops are. Yes this area is a nice place to visit, but inside the castle, not so nice, so I wouldn't visit again sorry !!
Written March 5, 2020
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland7,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
As all tourists evidently visit the hill with ancient ruins it is full of souvenir stalls. Walking a bit further I found a nice workshop where the owner, formerly a lawyer makes traditional pumpkin lamps. They are manufactured delicately from real dried vegetables, the drilled holes are filled with beads which shine in pattern with the light inside. He had also made a stand for the lightbulb, often they are used hanging from the ceiling.
Written April 15, 2022
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miloskrcmar
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Alanya fortress offers great city view. We took cable car which costs 100 lira per person (round trip). After it climbs to the fortress, you have maybe 10 minutes walking upwards. There is a great restaurant, Gardenia, with amazing view and service. We recommend it 👌
Written July 4, 2022
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hibbfam
Macclesfield, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The castle is really well maintained. We went up on the cable car which took about ten minutes (they run till 11pm so you could also go up at night and see the sunset and all the lights along the coast). There's great views and wooden walkways right around the castle walls with lots of little cafes and bizarres to look around along the way. It can get extremely so aim to get up first thing to avoid the crowds.
Written August 12, 2022
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papillon2020
Brisbane, Australia704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The old part of the city, surrounded by walls, is a fascinating area to walk around. Filled with shops, cafes, and much history, it makes a great day out. Don't forget to head down to the harbour area to see the "pirate" ships!
Written December 12, 2023
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agrice_3
Tamworth, UK67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Amazing views of Alanya once you get there but there really isn’t much ‘castle’ to see at the very top. At least in terms of the inner courtyard ruins which you need to pay 30 lira to enter. The best bits are the battlements on the way up.

Make sure you get the cable car or shuttle bus up to the top. It’s a much longer journey than it looks from the town and is quite torturous in the Turkish sun.
Written October 7, 2020
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