We are in Alanya, a resort town on Turkey’s central Mediterranean coast. Alanya offers a variety of beaches, including the historically notable Cleopatra Beach. It is said that Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, once swam here.
On this tour we see much of the center of Alanya. Overlooking the town is Alanya Castle, a fortification from the Seljuk era. Now functioning as an open-air museum, it’s situated on a rocky bluff above the city. This strategic location provides comprehensive views of the surrounding area.
A prominent feature of the city’s skyline is the Red Tower. Dating back to 1226, this octagonal structure symbolizes Alanya’s historical involvement in Mediterranean trade networks.
Throughout the city, we’ll encounter red tile-roofed Ottoman villas. These structures serve as physical reminders of the Ottoman Empire’s influence on this region. Most of the city is modern now with hotels and residential buildings.
In summary, Alanya is a blend of natural features, historical sites, and architectural landmarks, offering an exploration of the region’s past and its ongoing connection to the present.
For a night walk in Alanya, you may want to check out https://youtu.be/2EE0fk9N8Ek
Filmed in September 2022
Camera: Osmo Pocket in 4K60
Mic: Zoom H1n