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Alanya, Turkey, Europe Cruise

    Alanya is one of the most charming holiday resorts on the Turkish Riviera, boasting a magnificent historical heritage and excellent tourist attractions. Verdant mountains and fertile plains are covered with red pine, black pine, oak, cedar, banana, orange, lemon, tangerine and grenadine trees. The exquisite sandy beaches, idyllic coves, canyons, rivers, waterfalls, forests and caves create a fascinating landscape. The sunny and warm climate, with an average sea temperature of 22?C, provides for a nine month vacational season. The restaurants on the waterfront promenade, together with cafes, bars, clubs, tavernas and discos in the harbour district make up a very colourful and vibrant nightlife. The region is very rich in remains of ancient cultures and natural beauties. Alanya castle, Archaeological museum, Damlatas cave, Dim cave, Dim river, Manavgat waterfall, Ancient cities of Side, Aspendos and Perge, Jeep safari, Rafting tour, Diving tour and Aqua fun-park are just some of the excursion possibilities. Beach-Volleyball, Beach-Handball, Beach-Football, Streetball and Skyball Cup Tournaments, Mountain-Bike Competition, Triathlon Championship, Swimming Marathon, Carricature Contest & Exhibition, and Tourism & Arts Festival are the international organisations held in Alanya every year. Alanya is a touristic port of call, lying on routes connecting the ports of Greece, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus. The port is at the heart of the city, enclosed by a 209 m. high promontary, and well sheltered. The 3000 sqm. terminal area includes a fully air-conditioned passenger lounge, the offices of Harbour Master, Customs, Immigration and Port Health, duty-free shop, restaurant, cafeteria, telephone booths and bank-o-mat. The banks and post office are within 10 minutes walking distance.
    The city dates back to the fourth century B.C. and reached its most glorious historical peak under the Seljuks when, in 1220, Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat made this former pirate hideout his winter residence and a naval base for the empire. A thirteenth-century fortress still crowns the headland while the octagonal Red Tower and ancient shipyard dominate the harbour. The picturesque bazaar, which is closed to traffic and open until midnight, is a paradise of handicraft shops. Potential souvenir purchases include leather and suede goods, hand-woven wool and silk rugs and carpets, gold and silver jewellery, semiprecious stones, meerschaum and onyx artefacts, mother-of-pearl inlaid wooden furniture, brassware, copperware, glassware, pottery, ceramics, embroidery, lace and beads.

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