Alanya has a rich cultural life that many tourists do not know about. Here we listed some of the most renowned:
ALANYA’S TURISME AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Alanya Tourism and Art festival marks the opening of the tourist season, and is held in late May or early June
THE PORTAKAL FESTIVAL IN OBA
Portakal (orange) festival is held in June every year in Oba, near Alanya town center. Lots of good food and drinks, many opportunities to buy handicrafts and other things. Entertainment. The evening concludes with spectacular fireworks!
ASPENDOS INTERNATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET FESTIVAL
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival (in Turkish: Uluslararası Aspendos Opera ve Bale Festivali) has been organized by the Turkish state since 1994, and has international participation from opera and ballet performers from several different countries. The festival takes place in June / July every year, in the two thousand year old ancient Roman Theatre Aspendos. The theater is famous of being one of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world, with many original architectural details intact.
This popular jazz festival is held at the Red Tower in early September each year. The Jazz Festival is organized by Alanya Municipality, tourist organizations and private companies. The concerts are free and open to the public.
ALANYA INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND ART FESTIVAL
Alanya International Culture and Art Festival is held in the first week of October, and is a famous Turkish festival
INTERNATIONAL ALANYA MOUNTAINBIKE COMPETITION
International Alanya Mountain bike Competition is usually held the 2nd Sunday in October. The race starts at the castle in Alanya, the city's trademark. The trail is 7 km.
INTERNATIONAL ALANYA SWIMMING MARATHON
Held in October each year, a few days before the Triathlon. There are various categories for men and women of all ages. The distance is 5 km, starting at Cleopatra beach, and goes around the peninsula where the famous castle stands on the top, before arriving at the goal in the port on the other side. Registration is done at Alanya Triathlon and Tennis Club.
Held in October / November each year by the Alanya Triathlon and Tennis Club. Triathlon consists of 1.5 km swimming, 40km cycling and concluded with a 10 km marathon. Registration in Alanya Triathlon and Tennis Club.
THE INTERNATIONAL STONE SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM
International Alanya Stone Sculpture Symposium, was first held in 2004, and is held in November.
ALANYA BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS
There are tournaments in beach volleyball in Alanya every year.
STREET HANDBALL (ON THE BEACH)
About 20 km east of Alanya, in the district of Mamuthlar, the beach is rough and grainy, and the area is frequently used for handball. Informal games and tournaments are also held regularly. It’s free to watch and to participate, and there are beach cafes, chairs and sun beds for rent there. It buses run several times an hour between Alanya and Mamuthlar.
Another thing you should be experiencing, is when the Caretta Caretta, sea turtles will lay eggs! Having swum thousands of miles, they return to their birth place to lay eggs in late May. To see these large, magnificent turtles come up on the beach and dig nests at night is really an experience. The eggs hatch in late July and it is truly a sight to see when hundreds of small Caretta carettas creeps into the water not to return in 30 years. Then they lay eggs with eggs at 2-3 year intervals until they are 60-70 years old.
Alanya's agriculture directorate and Alanya’s Blue Flag Association (ALÇED) protects the beaches and the eggs, and in the period June to September it is at some remote beaches, forbidden to light fires, and with dogs and cats at night.