You will likely have heard a lot about Alanya property in the last couple of years. This is because of the new airport opening at Gazipasa, I should say newly opened airport as it was actually built 10 years ago but has only just been able to open and serve flights. Currently the airport has a growing range of European flights, and is expecting the number of routes to continue increasing, including hopes for some new British routes once the airport is more established.
But to say that the Gazipasa airport has made Alanya into a tourist destination, or a hot property market is completely over-stretching the mark. Alanya has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with millions of people descending on the town week-in-week out throughout (its 300 days of sunshine) season.
Turkey is a country rich in history. Now we love the coastline for a holiday, but towns like Alanya with their harbours were once sites of great strategic importance, or important trading hubs. This is why so many places that are great to own a holiday home in Turkey, have great historical sites to enjoy, and Alanya is no different. You have the magnificent Red Tower, 35m high and built of red stones, which used to protect the harbour. Of course you have the Alanya fortress built in 1229 and home to the Palace, churches, huge lanterns, as well as the Seljuk baths and cisterns. There is also the museum, and the Seljuk ruins.
For the more adventurous there are some great trips from the harbour, including trips and tours to see some great caves, including the famous Fosforlu Magarasi (Phosphorescent Cave), Apiklar Madarasi (Lovers` cave) and Korsanlar Madarasi (Pirates` Cave), with the latter being great for kids, especially those who love Jack Sparrow. For those looking for entertainment more from the modern era you have the fantastic Water Planet Aqua Park.
This is all of course, on top of Alanya's core offering of sun, sea, sand, a long season and shops/restaurants open all year round. The latter is the benefit so many Turkish tourist towns have; they have not been put on the map by tourism or overseas property sales, so neither are they solely sustained by these things. Many people have bought property to rent out during the season and use themselves out of season, only to find themselves in a ghost town with not even a shop to get necessities like milk and bread. This won't happen to owners of property in Alanya.
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