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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Visit Alanya Castle—an iconic landmark of this region. Built in the 13th century, it boasts four miles of walls, 93 towers, 140 battlements and 400 cisterns. The fortress you see today is little changed since its construction and offers spectacular views over the town of Alanya from an elevation of 820 feet. Proceed to the Alanya Museum, which is divided into two sections—ethnographic and archeological. The museum displays the most important and best-preserved discoveries from the whole Alanya region and the collection expands each year as new objects from different excavations are recovered. The oldest work displayed in this museum is an inscription in the ancient Phoenician language, dating back to 625 BC. Numerous artifacts from the Classical, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman and Republican Periods are exhibited in the archeology section. The ethnography section includes Turkish Islamic works of art and traditional belongings, guns, handicrafts, jewels, and pots and pans collected from the environs of Alanya. Leaving the museum, you’ll continue on a brief panoramic tour of Alanya before reaching the impressive, octagonal Red Tower. The tower is one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture, built at the beginning of the Seljuk Period to protect the marina. Continue on foot to Alanya’s ancient dockyard, which was once the Seljuk’s Mediterranean naval base. From here, it is an easy walk back to the ship. You may choose to return directly or spend some free time exploring the town.
This is primarily a walking tour, involving some steps which have been worn smooth with time and can therefore be slippery. Wear comfortable, non-skid walking shoes.