Lounging on the Cleopatra Beach

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Once upon a time, the queen of Egypt along with her Roman lover reveled in the beauty of a Turkish beach and blissful sound of the water. Today, Cleopatra Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Turkish Riviera. During the season it’s besieged by crowds of tourists from all over the world.

Turkish beaches have been very popular among Europeans seeking for sun since many years. One of the most famous surround the famous resort of the Turkish Riviera, Alanya, luring tourists with golden sand and the sound of waves.

The capital of the Turkish Riviera

Today, Alanya is one of the most famous Turkish seaside resorts. It offers wide beaches as well as nice and warm Mediterranean Sea, allowing for practicing all kinds of water sports. Areas around the town are also attractive for those, wishing to spend their holidays actively. Among the opportunities available for travelers, we can mention loud parties in the harbor, boat trips along the coast or river rafting.

Tourists have countless possibilities to get acquainted with the rich Turkish culture and even richer cuisine. It’s worth trying, among others, a fish soup and pilaf, which is a dish consisting of rice and vegetables.

Cleopatra Beach

Uncontested star and the main local attraction is the famous Cleopatra Beach, named after the queen, who supposedly used it as a love corner for herself and her lover, Mark Antony. The sand is clean and soft and the tourist infrastructure very complex - not only due to the stories about lovers meetings. Along the coast are located dozens of restaurants, pubs and cafes where you can sit down over a cup of steaming beverage. Already on the first day of your stay in Alanya, you’ll realize that the most popular drink in Turkey is tea, served in little glasses.

Cleopatra Beach extends in the western part of the peninsula, and offers guests ideal conditions for diving. It’s a public beach - you pay only for renting a sunbed or parasol and, of course, for water sports. Amateurs of windsurfing can catch the wind in the sails (or rather sail) and get crazy on the board, but fans of parasailing, jet-ski, water ski or banana would be equally satisfied. In turn, on the land, you can take part in football, beach volleyball and triathlon competitions.

If someone still feels a hunger for sensations should visit a large Waterpark, located in a close proximity. On the beach, there’s a famous cave Damlataş (Dripping Stone). The name comes from the water flowing from the stalactites, and the interior of the cave resembles the surface of the candle with congealed wax drops. According to the researchers infiltrates emerged about 15 000 years ago. Microclimate of the cave is very beneficial for people suffering from asthma diseases, thus it’s frequently visited by the people struggling with respiratory problems.

Monuments of Alanya

A necessary point of the visit in the city is to climb up on top of 250-foot-high promontory, Seljuq fortress Kalesi. It’s a medieval castle, which offers a beautiful view of the Turkish Riviera and the sea. Equally notable is the symbol of the city, the Red Tower, housing an ethnographic museum. The entrance to it is paid, as well as to the citadel, but the rest of monuments located on the castle grounds are open to the public for free.

Those, who would like to spend more time in Alanya and are looking for accommodation, can stay in one of the oldest and best-equipped campsites in the resort, Perle Camping. It’s located right by the sea. Within its area there’s a restaurant with an extensive menu, highly recommended by tourists. Here you can buy fresh bread as well as benefit from the access to the network. The accommodation costs € 8.5-€ 12

One of the most popular Turkish resorts invites all, who dream of relaxing on the beach. Delicious food, beautiful views, clean beaches and warm water – what more can you ask for?

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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