THANK YOU!

This blogpost is the last one I will write about Alanya. So I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has clicked to loveinternational.blogg.se and read my blog. I really hope that you have enjoyed it, learned something about Alanya and got some inspiration to travel to Turkey! It has been so much fun for me to wright a blog about Alanya, especially when I got a lot of readers. Thank You for all your emails and comments, it means a lot to me! If you want to, please give me some feedback with a email or a comment. Of course you can still contact me if you have any more questions about Alanya, Turkey or traveling. 
 
As I said, this is my last blogpost about Alanya, but who knows - maybe this blog will developed into an travelblog where you can read about more destinations than Alanya?
 
Thank You and I hope you will come back to my blog soon! 
 
I will finish my blog with a "picture-bomb" with some of my best memories from Alanya. 
Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alanya - I hope we will see each other again soon! 
 

MY FINAL POST - CONCLUSION ABOUT ALANYAS POPULARITY

Alanya has the ability that if you have visit the city once, you are not satisfied, you have to go back. I, my family and my friends who have visited Alanya say that they would rather go back to Alanya than a greek city they previously visited. And then you can ask the question: how is that? Is it because of the feeling in the city? Experiences? Or because the Turks are so nice and lovely? Why is Alanya such a popular and well-liked destination for tourists of all ages? 
 
It is very common for destinations, mainly in Europe, to get a stamp over it that symbolizes what the city has to offer. A known example is Paris and Romanticism. If you were to describe Alanya with one word, I can guarantee that the majority would say party. Obviously, the symbolstamps are based on a cause, which agrees that Paris is a romantic city and Alanya is a city full of party. However, it is seldom the outside that defines one's content, but the entire contents.
 
Alanya is a combination of a fast-paced, familly-friendly and relaxing destination. The turkish city has something to offer for all ages no matter what gender you are or what interests you have. Whether you are looking for peace & tranquility, adventure, fitness, party, forest adventures, history, cooking, adrenaline, relaxation or a good beer, you can find it in Alanya. Although there are many different choices of activities, so does one not disturb the other. For example if you do not want party, will it not disturb you. Alanya is "constructed" as a sound society for everyone's interest.
 
The unique in Alanya that make the city stand out is the turkish culture. The turkish kitchen is a mix of influences from around the Mediterranean, fascinating is also the turkish traditions and history behind the cliff and the castle. Sure, Greece has Acropolis and Souvlaki, even small Karlskrona has a rope-bridge, but no other city has a pointed cliff with a castle wall that overlooks the ocean. No other country can serve Dönerkebab or the small Alanyabananas. 
 
Turkish traditions like picking eyebrows with string, shaving with a knife and fire, hamam and folkdance is an important part of the turkish society and also the tourism in the country. Turks are not shy or afraid to show off their traditions, their country or its people. which means that during your vacation, you will definitely get to know the turkish climate.
 
I have traveled in Europe and experienced many wonderful destinations in both Greece, Italy, Spain and Croatia. But it was only in Alanya that I discovered several activities and experiences beyond the traditional field of tourism as banana boating, cheap shopping, ice cream bars or cozy beachwalks. Alanya offers unique experiences that you can not find the equivalent in other European countries. A clear favorite for me was MyPet, while my dad appreciated the locally brewed beer and my sister enjoyed a walk through the mountains with caves and beautiful waterfalls. Together we most enjoyed the excursions to Manavgat and Dimcay which are both experiences on some amazing rivers. 
 
The typical turkish in combination with all the fun and unique things I've written about to see, do, taste and experience is what makes Alanya becoming a popular destination. Besides, Turkey is the most sun safe option around the Mediterranean. There is a reason why Turkey and Alanya is placed on topthree-destinations on both Ving and Apollo. The most important factor is that Alanya is a prime destination for both young and old, singles and couples, friends or families with children, young people or seniors. An ultimate destination offering something for everyone - something Alanya live up to.
 
Alanya is the European equivalent to The Big Apple and The City That Never Sleeps, but the city may instead call itself The Big Banana (Alanya bananas). The turkish city is a city that you never get tired of, and that there is always something to do in. Why not go there and experience Alanya you too?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do you agree with me about my conclusion? 
 
 

MY TOP 5

In this post I will show you my top-5-list about Alanya and I am gonna let the pictures speak for themselves!
 
1. MyPet
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Restaurant Panorama
 
 
 
 
3. The Cliff
 
 
 
 
 
4. Palm Beach Club
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. (Restaurant &) Bar Panderosa
 
 
 
 
 
What is your favoritethings about Alanya?
 
 
 

TYPICAL TURKISH

There are a lof ot things that is typical turkish, meaning things that you only could find or do in Turkey. It is one of the reason why the city is so attractive to tourist, especially for tourists to come back to the country. Here is a list of things that is typical turkish and that you should try when you are in Alanya:
 
Hamam:
The best massage I ever tried. It incudes sauna, facemask, massage, foammassage, cold bubblepool, shower and appletea. You also get free pick-up from and to your hotel.
 
Ayran:
The most famous turkish drink. It reminds of yoghurt.
 
The Cliff:
Alanyas most famous attraction. It is unique, beautiful and amazing.
 
 
Dönerkebab:
Turkeys most delicious course. A real turkish kebab is the best.
 
Efes:
Turkeys local beer, a must if you like beer.
 
Atatürk:
The founder of the Turkish Republican. A great former leader and president of the country.
 
If you visit Alanya, you must try something that is typical turkish!
 
 
 

MY FAVORITES

When you are leaving a destination, you always take with you memories about your favoritemoments during the vaccation. I would like to share my favorites within the most common categories. 

Restaurant - Panorama:
 
Fantastic food, amazing view and great service.


Activity - MyPet:
Fun, fast and you explore a lof of the city.


To-do-after-dinner - Sunset on the beach:
A walk on the beach, watch the sunset and enjoy the view.


Dinner - Pesto Ravioli:
Amazing taste, creamy and so delicious.

 
Hotel - Gardenia:
Fresh rooms, good service an wonderful view from room and restaurant.
 
 
Familyday - Aqua Park:
Full of wateractivities, pool and sunchairs.

 
Salon - Cut By Celal:
Manicure, pedicure, fix of eyebrow, fishspa, hairexstension for good price and nice service.
 
 
Must-do - Visit the cliff and the castle:
It is unique for the city, has a beautiful view on the top and it is very cozy with markets and restaurants along the way up.
 
 
Bar - Panderosa, Queens Garden and Hollywood:
So much energi, dancing, such a mood, very tasty drinks and a lot of people.

 
A-day-in-the-sun-but-not-the-beach - Palm Beach Club:
Both pool and beach, the best smoothies I ever tasted and good music. 

 
Excursion - Apollos Pearl:
A day out on the ocean, stop to see caves, turquoise water, turkish lunch, relax in the sun on a boatdeck.
 
 
My-favorite-thing-to-do - The beach:
Lay in the sun with a cold drink and the ocean in front of you. I love it.
 
 
What is your favoritething to do in Alanya? 

MANAVGAT

If you want to spend a day on a river with a cozy feeling and enjoy the sun, you should spend a day with Manavgat River Boat. Manavgat is a small and beautiful village which is located 6 kilometers from Side, Alanyas sister-city. Manavgat River Boat is a boattour who takes you to the village over a day. You can spend the day at the beach, you can walk around and experience the unique markets or by a picknick and eat by the turquoise-green river. The boattour will also show you Manavgats wonderful and amazing waterfall.
 
The pickup from the guests hotel starts at 9.30 in the morning and the bussdrive takes around 20 minutes to the river. The boat leaves 11 o´clock and your are home again at 16. Lunch will be served at the boat. On Board the boat you also have the opportunity to to by something to drink or eat, chips and icecream (not a part of the price).
 
The Manavgat-river is 3-4 meters deep and 70 kilometers long. You will sail 8 of this 70 kilometers. It is possible to swim in the refreshing river that not stay more than 16 degrees during all summer. You can also swim in the sea which is just across the embankment.
 
During the boattour there will be a man who takes photos of all the guests and if you want to you can by one or two photos of him afterwards. The price is 3 euro per photo.
 
If you are lucky, you might be able to see a turtle or a pelican.
 
For this day in Manavgat with pickup, transport, lunch and boattour you will pay 75 turkish lira, which represent 30 euro or 300 swedish crowns.
 
Manavgat-river
 
The waterfall
 
The boat (in nature)
 
The boat (In city)
 
The river
 
Wonderful waterfall
 
Would you like to spend a relaxing day in the sun on a boat in Manavgat-river?

TURKISH FOOD

Something that is very famous about Turkey is their national food. When you are going to Alanya you have to try some of their specialties. You can find all types of food from kebab to pancakes to fruit. The turkish food is very popular with tourists and and often become that dish you want to eat again before you go home from your vacation.
 
Döner Kebab:
Propably the most famous turkish dish - it is a real kebab in a bread filled with paper-thin slices of meat, lettuce, onion and tomato. Perfect for you who loves kebab.
 
 
Ayran:
Ayran give the best coolness on a hot summerday. The drink is made of yoghurt, water and a pinch of salt which is mixed until it becomes fluffy.
 
 
Lavash:
When you are at the restaurant and have order your course, the waiter comes with a turkish bread together with some dips. It is like a starter before your dinner.
 
 
Chee Köfte:
Chee Köfte is a turkish specialty consisting of raw beef imixed with spices, herbs, onions and bulgur. It is different, but very good. Advised to eat along with water because of the spices.
 
 
Apple tea:
You can find apple tea anywhere in Alanya. When you are shopping, getting hamam or doing pedicure - the turks will offer you apple tea. If you like tea, apple tea is very tasty and good.
 
 
Gözleme:
Gözleme is crispy, delicious pancakes cooked over an open fire on a large round plate. The pancakes are often filled with potatoes, spinach and cream cheese, but you can also choose to take it as a dessert and fill it with chocolate, jam or sugar instead.
 
 
Alanya-banana:
The special Alanya banana is smaller, sweeter and more curved than regular bananas. Because of the bananas rapid maturation, it can not be transported long distances, meaning it can only be eaten in Turkey.
 
 
 
Enjoy your meal!

DIMCAY

The cosiest and most comfortable thing to do on a hot summer day in Alanya is to go up to the river Dimcay which is about 30 min away from Alanya. There you can enjoy the cooler climate and fresh mountain water.
 
In the river there is a restaurant who is serving lunch and dinner, icecream and cool drinks. You are eating on a float with table and sofas. Over the float there is a small roof, so you get some shadow. The food was excellent and the staff was very pleasant.
 
After the lunch you can take the opportunity to take a swin in the river. You can jump from a trampoline or swing from a vine.
 
View over Dimcay
 
Boel and Gustav
 
My dad
 
The trampoline
 
Dimcay
 
The food
 
Gustav is swinging in the vine
 
Dimcay is the perfect combination of fun, relaxing, swimming, eating and excursion!

SAPADERE

Sapadere is a beautiful and breathtaking waterfall. The waterfall is located 50 kilometers from Alanya up in the mountain, which means it is a fullday-excursion. Best and easiest way to get there is to rent a car or join a company who make tours up in the mountain (a tour mostely make more stops on the way).
 
A walk through Sapadere is very relaxing and lovely. You hear the water rushing, the wind whizzing and the nature is wonderful.
 
As you get to Sapadere, it costs 10 turkish lira for entrance, meaning 5 euro or 40 swedish crowns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is a long way to get to Sapadere, but the visit will not let you down!
 

COOKING COURSE

Do you like to cook?
 
 Alanya has a novelty among the experinces  - a cooking course. At the top of the mountain with an unbeatable view, you can learn to cook a tradional turkish dish and taste some of the most delicious turkish wines. When you are finished with your courses you will all sit down together and eat, drink some wine and enjoy the view. The course is between 9-14 and the price is 65 euro per person. The price include:
 
Turkish Cooking Classes
Wine Tasting Course
Taste local specialties
Pickup  and dropoff (from and to your hotel)
 
This is an amazing day which is educational, fun and you meet a lot of wonderful teammates.
 
The cookingarea
 
One of the cookingstations
 
The view from the cookingstation
 
The turkish leaders
 
The cookingstations
 
Turkish wines
 
In action
 
This experience is perfect for you who likes cooking, meeting new people and learn more about turkish food!

RENT A CAR

A good tips is to rent a car if you want to see more in Alanya and maybe outside the city as well. For 24 hours you can rent a car for 60 turkish lira, which represent 30 euro or 240 swedish crowns. The price do not include gasoline, but the gas is very cheap in Turkey (you may have to return the car with a full tank, depending on how much it was in the tank when you got the car). We rent our car at the company "Force Rental", but you can find rentals for cars and mopeds almost everywhere. You have to be 18 years old and have a drivinglicens to be able to rent a car.
 
 
 
Drive safely!

DIM CAVE

Dim Cave is an old, big and unique stalactite cave who is located 10 kilometres east of Alanya. It is the second largest stalactite cave in Turkey. Inside the cave you walk on footbridges and staircases while you are surrounded by fanciful rockformations. At the far end of the cave and 17 meters below the entrance lies a lake.
 
The cave is open every day between 9.00-17.30 and the price is 9.50 turkish lira per person, which represent 5 euro or 40 swedish crowns.
 
View from outside the cave
 
Speleothems
 
Emelie and Gustav
 
Waterfall made of speleothems
 
Beautiful
 
My dad and Boel
 
The view from the mountain
 
I recommend Dim Cave to you who want to see an incredible view and amazing attractions!

FRIDAY BAZAAR

Every friday there is a big market on the bazaar called Friday Bazaar. Turks are selling fruit, vegetables and spices that they have grown themselves for a very low price. My sister bought 1 kilo of strawberries for 1 turkish lira, which is 50 cent or 4 swedish crowns. It is perfect to pass the market on the way to the beach and buy with you some fruit.
 
Friday Bazaar is located at the busstation, ask anyone you meet and they can tell you the way. It is really nice to have been to a bazaar market because it is such a mood with the local people and the tourists. You also experience a part of the turks reality.
 
 
 
It is a cozy feeling over markets!

RIVER RAFTING

If you like water, swimming and excitement, River Rafting is something for you. You go in a big rubberboat and you paddles together. During the ride it will be speed, waves and splashes.
 
River Rafting is a fullday-excursion who starts at 8 o´clock in the morning. The company will pick up all the guests at thier hotels and then drive you up to the mountains (the drive takes around 2 hours). The first moment to do is a safetyintroduction followed by fitting of helmet and lifejacket. You choose by your self if you want to wear swinsuits or clothes (shorts and a top) under your lifejacket, but the water is quite cold up in the mountains.
 
In the river you paddle a loop of 2-3 hours. In the rubberboat there is also a instructor during the whole time who gives you help and instructions. Sometimes when it high speed and a sharp turn, the boat could tip and you will fall into the water. It is not dangerous in any way, but you should not be afriad of water or anything like that.
 
You are 10 persons in one rubberboat. If you are more than 10 persons, it is 2, maybe 3 rubberboats and then it is more like a competition between the boatteams. This is really fun!
 
The price for a River Rafting - day is 48 turkish lira, which represent 24 and 192 swedish crowns. Lunch, the transer from and to the hotel and the rafting equipment is included in the price.
 
Here we go!
 
Emelie
 
In action
 
The whole group
 
River Rafting is such an adventure - you have fun, you get the excitement, you will see the wonderful nature, you will get some exercise and you will have an amazing day in the sun!  

QUAD SAFARI

Quad Safari is an adventuare on a four-wheeler in the beautiful forest of Alanya. So if you like excitement, speed and nature, Quad Safari is something for you.
 
Quad Safari is divided into two tours a day, one in the morning (9-13) and one in the evening (14-18). You choose which one you want to go with by yourself. When you first arrive, there is a safety-introduction, followed by a short test-drive with the four-wheeler.You will have eyeglasses, a helmet and a scarf from the crew. Do not wear clothes that you are afraid of, because you can be quite dirty during the drive.
 
The safari is a tour on 20 kilometres with hills, jaws, water and bumbs. There is always a leader in the front and one in the back. You must be over 16 years old to drive your own Quad, otherwise you must drive together with an grown-up. If you are over 16 years old, you can choose if you want to drive a four-wheeler alone or drive together with your company.
 
The price for Quad Safari is 85 turkish lira, which represent 340 swedish crowns and 42,5 euro.
 
During the Quad Safari there is a photographer who takes a lot of photos of you and the whole group. After the drive, you can by some of the photos if you want to (I recommend you to not take your own camera with you!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quad Safari is a great adventure with a lot of fun lovely!

TURKISH DICTIONARY

When you are going to a destination with a new language, it is good to have some basic knowledge about how to speak in the country you are visiting. The turkish language is very different from english and it is hard to understand, but a few words is easy to remember.
 
So why is it a benefit to know the language? 
1. It is easier to communicate with the local people.
2. If you can talk the turkish language you will avoid the tourist-stamp, so the turks, for example, will not try to fool you on expensive prices when your shopping.
3. It is fun and good to know and learn a new language.
 
Here is some of the most common words and phrases you use during a vaccation:
 
Hello - Merhaba
 
Good morning - Günaydin
 
Good bye - Güle güle
 
How are you? - Nasilsin?
 
Good - Iyi
 
All right, okey - Tamam
 
Yes - Evet
 
No - Hayir
 
Thank you - Tesekürler
 
Can you help me? - Bana yardum edermisiniz?
 
Right - Saga
 
Left - Sol Taraf
 
How much? - Ne kadar?
 
I want a taxi - I bir taksi istiyorum
 
I´m staying at... - Ben kalıyorum...
 
Darling, honey - Askim
 
I love you - Seni Seviyorum
 
Merhaba!
 
Seni Seviyorum
 
Try to remember some of this words, it will help you during your visit in Turkey!
 
 

THE HARBOUR

If you want to have a relaxing and cozy night, you should go to the harbour. Along the quay you will find a long restaurant-chain and each restaurant has their own speciality. It is really wonderful to enjoy a dinner in the harbour because of the view and the feeling with the ocean. Our favorite was "Restaurant Marina" with seafood and fish as their speciality (but I ate delicious Pasta Alfredo). The restaurants has very tasty and yummie desserts, but if you want to eat ice cream I really recommend you to take your dessert at "Bamyacy Dondurma". It is an icecream bar with homemade flavours. The bar is located near the Red Tower, so why do you not sit down there and enjoy your icecream together with the view?
 
 Except the view of the Red Tower, there is also an amazing view over the castle. It is really nice to take a evening walk along the harbour with all the lights and boats. For you who want to have some fun with activities there is for example minigolf to play and some bars for you who want to take a drink. In the middle of the harbour it is a small square with a little market of homemade turkish things and souveniers. The "Alanya 2012" frame is standing on the same square for you who want to take a typical tourist-picture in it (of course the year has changed to 2013 now).
 
The view from "Restaurant Marina"
 
Memories
 
At the end of the harbour - under Red Tower
 
A visit to the beautiful harbour is a must when you are in Alanya!
 

TURKISH PEOPLE

What do you think of turkish people? What have you heard? How do you think they are? Maybe that they are dangerous, they will take on you when you are dancing or that you will be afraid if you are walking in the night? (By the way, never walk alone, especially not in the night, no matter where you are)
 
Well, actually theese kind of thought it is not special for turkish people. It could happend in Greece as well as in Spain. The reason I am wrighting this is because I know that there excist reputation and prejudice about the turks being creepy and unpleasant. I also was a bit skeptical against turks before my first visit in Alanya, but after I thought that are the opposite to the reputations, meaning really amazing and wonderful.
 
Turks are very honest, protective and sweet (so are the greeks and the spaniards). Of course you will meet some gooey type or two, but where can you not find them? The people on the destination you are traveling to is a big part of your vaccation. You will meet them every day on the beach, markets and on restaurants. I thought that the turkish people were very nice, friendly and fun.
 
The crew from Panderosa Bar and Restaurant
 
Me and Sinan
 
I met a lot of new friends during my visits in Alanya - both tourists and turks.
 
 
 
 
 

ICE CREAM

During a vaccation, it is a must to have a cool and refreshing ice cream. Alanya has a amazing ice cream bar in the harbour called "Bamyacy Dondurma" (located near Red Tower). The bar has actuallt been named one of the ten best ice cream bars in Turkey. "Bamyacy Dondurma" has served homemade ice cream since 1941 och today they offers 20 temping flavors in the menu.
 
Strawberrydream
 
 The ice cream bar
 
 Chocolatedream
 
If you love ice cream, you should go and try one at "Bamyacy Dondurma"!
 

RED TOWER

Red Tower is a octagonal tower who is located in the harbour below the cassle. Kiz Kule, its turkish name, was build in the year of 1226. It was then as a guardtower that protected the city from pirates who ravaged the sea.
 
Today you can explore the tower in three different ways. Red tower is in present Alanya's Ethnographic Museum, which is a good alternative for you who are interested in the worlds different cultures and communities. You could also visit the 33 meters high tower because of the amazing and wonderful view. The entry costs 3 turkish lira, which represent 12 swedish crowns or 1,5 euro.
 
The third option is a restaurant who is connected with the tower. The restaurant is called "Red Tower Brewery Restaurant" and as you can hear on the name the tower is also a brewery for Alanyas local beer. If you like beer, you should visit the restaurant and try this unique, homemade beer.
 
 
 
 
 
It is worth a visit if you like museum, view or beer!
 

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