If you stay in Alanya over a longer period, it may be fun to take an overnight trip to areas around Alanya. Here we have tried to collect some places worth visiting, outside the usual tourist traps.
Travel east, either by bus or rental car, to Anamur or to Alanya’s nearby village; Gazipasa.
The road there is amazing, up and down hills and very twisty. Everywhere you can see the idyllic beaches and stunning scenery. Anamur is not a typical tourist place, although some Turks vacationing there. The beaches are long and fine grained, and it is possible to rent hotel rooms cheap. Due to its location it is a lot of good inexpensive seafood restaurants there. Anemur has an old fortress called Mamure.
Gazipasa is a quiet rural area with beautiful natural surroundings. Gazipasa has about 50 km of coastline of which half is sandy beaches. Behind you have the Taurus Mountains, which provide great opportunities for mountain walking. This is a opportunity for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors.
If you want to go westwards, we recommend the Olympus and Kas. Olympus is about 30 minutes drive from Kemer, ie about 3-4 hours drive from Alanya) where you can stay in tree houses. Olympus is known for its "eternal flame" The scenery around the area is fantastic ...
Kas has amazing cliffs and an ocean that is as clear as bottled water. Mix it all with 2000 year old Greek ruins and whitewashed houses, Kas is simply a Turkish secret we would rather keep for ourselves. Kas is situated about midway between Antalya and Fethiye on the Turkish south coast. It takes about three and a half hours by car or bus along the narrow and winding roads from Antalya. Because Kas is such a small place, and it is not quite easy to get there, this little Turkish gem is relatively undiscovered by the tourists. Here the Turks themselves travel to vacation and relax.
In Kas you don’t find tourist hordes shopping, noisy sellers or loud vehicles. In Kas you come to swim in crystal clear waters, jump from the rocks and walk around a downtown that are pretty as a postcard with whitewashed houses and cozy restaurants around the city square.
Two places a little closer to Alanya that is worth a visit is Akseki area (inland) and Oymapinar. In Akseki area is one of the largest caves in the world (Cave Altınbeşik). This is also a place few tourists are visiting, and in surrounding area you will see the "authentic Anatolian Turkey”.
While you are in Akseki site visit Oyma Pinar. This is a large, artificially created lake, just north of Manavgat. This truly is a peaceful area, with small "home made" restaurants, "cableway" out into the water etc...