Alanya Kalesi (Castle), Alanya

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A medieval castle built high atop a hill, Alanya Kalesi (Castle) now serves as an open-air museum. The castle was constructed mostly in the 13th century on the remains of former fortifications from the Byzantine and Roman eras. Built on a rocky peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea, the castle stands 250 m (820 ft) high and offers an unmatched view of the bay and the surrounding area. Make the long trek up, or jump in a taxi to reach the ruins of the massive castle, whose protective wall extends 6.5 km (4 mi), and which includes 140 towers. The site itself lacks a lot of historical information, so hire a local guide if you wish to learn more. To visit Alanya Kalesi (Castle) on your trip to Alanya, use our Alanya travel itinerary planner.
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  • It's a good place for countryside lovers. It's nice when you go up on the evening of the day it's nice separate assembly separate cafe style places tea or beer can be enjoyed against the landscape
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  • was up to then at the Castle at night. water witty nice view on. is quite steep and run upwards. but when you are up you have forgotten it. are different booths up where they sell everything from drinks to homemade things. proper nice ride
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  • The Outlook on both sides of the Bay of Alanya from the top is unique. In clear weather only - otherwise, the prospect is rather hazy. Autumn and spring are particularly suitable. Impressive the story of the prisoners who were allowed to try from the top of a stone so far to hurl that he reached the sea water below. You can ask any more, whether he did it. You have been executed all because nobody met the Olympic standard. But don't worry: Today these cruel tests no longer take place.
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  • really nice place. we were there on bike - it is not for everyone, really hardcore hill! but worth it ;) view is nice and since it is open till 19:00 you can make it till sunset and have nice photos.
  • This is a rip-off - except for a nice view you will be severly disappointed. There were barealy no explanations on the historic inheritage on site and what was there has been severaly damaged - so you are being completely left in the dark about. Save your money and go elsewhere.
  • Nice view and sunset is pretty The Taxidrivers that wait by the station beside the Castle are what they are, be aware. 10 liras for 800m 😂 downhill to a restaurant..... Remember always ask "how much?".
  • Alanya Castle (Alanya Kalesi) The castle was built on the remnants of earlier Byzantine era and Roman era fortifications. After the area was pacified under the Ottoman Empire, the castle ceased to be purely defensive, and numerous villas were built inside the walls during the 19th century. Today the building is an open-air museum. Access to the seaward castle is ticketed, but much of the area inside the wall, including the landward castle is open to the general public. The castle is located 250 meters (820 ft.) high on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, which protects it from three sides. The wall which surrounds the castle is 6.5 kilometers (4.0 mi) long and includes 140 towers. 400 different cisterns were built to serve the castle. In 2009, city officials filed to include Alanya Castle and Tersane as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and were named to the 2009 Tentative List.
  • Maybe the world's most interesting historical castle area.. have stories and have historical shipyard from Selçuklu Empire as well..