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Eco-friendly travel guide to Alanya advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Alanya, Turkey.

Panoramic View of Kizilkule (Red Tower) and Alanya Harbor

  • Air quality: 4 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 4.5 / 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 4 / 5
  • Public transportation: 2.5/ 5
  • Parks: 3.5 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 4.5 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 2 / 5
  • Safety: 3.5 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$ 10 - $200
  • Budget per day: US$ 40- $ 500

Responsible Travel

Alanya is a beach resort city and a district of Antalya Province on the southern coast of Turkey, in the country's Mediterranean Region, also known as the Turkish Riviera. The city is a stunning beach resort as it has wide gorgeous beaches that are lined with hotels. The most well-reputed beach includes Cleopatra Beach, where the Egyptian queen reputedly swam. There are many other things to enjoy in the city. Some of the ways to ensure responsible travel in Alanya include:

  • Try to avoid packaged things, ideally eat your snacks on the spot.
  • Support local businesses by buying local goods.
  • Eat local food. Numerous restaurants serve local dishes that you can try.
  • Avoid littering and try to recycle whenever possible.

Air Quality and Pollution

The air quality in Alanya is good; there are very few pollutants in it. There are no industries in the city, so the major causes of air pollution come from vehicle emissions.

Water pollution and environmental pollution in the city are relatively high and a cause of concern. The city has noted that rapid mass tourism development has overloaded local sewage treatment and disposal infrastructure. Environmental pollution has become an important problem in the city. It is a popular tourist destination, as there are limited measures to cope with the generation of new or increased waste residues. Disposal systems, both for sewage and solid waste, were installed solely to serve local restaurants.

Respect the Culture

Alanya is a city with a rich and multi-sided culture. The locals are, in most cases, very sensitive when it comes to following old traditions. Every citizen can tell many interesting customs, traditions, and beliefs to curious tourists. The population of Alanya is distinguished by courtesy and honesty. Once you appear in a difficult situation, the people will happily help you out. Turkish people tend to be a bit conservative when it comes to dressing, but they are more accepting of tourists wearing what they want, although to be respectful, beachwear should be kept to the beach.

Top 10 Places to Visit

Alanya is a beach resort city on the southern coast of Turkey in the Turkish Riviera. There are several places to experience the city's beauty and culture as an international traveler. The city is known for its majestic tourist sites and the general tourist vibe. The city is also brimming with a variety of activities for every type of tourist. Below is a list of the top ten places to visit:

  • Damlatas Caves: It is a small cave at the foot of the mountain at the end of Cleopatra's and Damlatas beach. The cave is not very big, but the view inside gorgeous and unreal. The cave is nice, and you can feel the water droplets. Also, the cave is very well maintained with seating inside and superb stalactites that are thousands of years old. Talking with a loud voice is forbidden in order not to alter the natural formation. Since the cave is right next to the beach, it is a surreal place for a quick retreat from the sun. There are some restaurants and a public park just outside the cave. Entry is cheap, so if you are in the area, the cave is a must-visit.
  • Alanya Castle: It is a medieval castle with a long fortress wall along the mountain and has an exquisite design. The Castle is situated at the top of a hill on a peninsula and has a panoramic view of both the Mediterranean Sea and the ancient city. At the top of the Castle, there is The Citadel and observation deck, which has gorgeous views. To get to the Castle, you can use road or cable cars that climb from the sea level up to the lower levels of the CastleCastle. The view includes the sea, marina, ships, and the city. There are many spots to take stunning photos of Alanya, especially at night. There are some less tourist accessible areas, which a local guide can show you, but those areas' path is a bit rough. There are also several little stands with hand-made jewelry, hats, and other souvenirs.
  • The Kızıl Kule (red tower): It is a historical tower in Alanya that is considered the city's symbol and is even used on the city's flag. The tower is gorgeous, and the views from the top are beyond stunning. These views include the harbor and the city. The area has many photographic places. The original tower was dilapidated, and the restoration was well done, and the tower still looks authentic. There is also a museum of miniature boats and fortress inside the tower. You can go for a swim on the other side of the tower, which is pretty cool.
  • Ataturk House Museum: It is the former residence of Turkey's founder. It is a rare historic building among Alanya's mostly monolithic architecture. Entry is free, and visitors can see how the elite's home life looked in that region back in the days. The museum also gives a nice insight into his time, traditions, and Turkish culture. There are personal belongings belonging to Atatürk inside the building. The museum is a great place for those who want to see Alanya's traditional clothes, culture, and living space. The house is well maintained, still has the feel of the past.
  • Alara Grand Bazaar: It is a busy market with a huge range of clothing, food, and souvenirs. The shop owners tend to drag you into their shops to make their commission, but besides that, the place itself is very nice and calm. There is a great courtyard to eat in, with attentive staff and various foods at a good price. When going to the markets, you should avoid dressing up elegantly as this will lead to you paying a higher price. The place is quite large, and you can quite comfortably take a break and sit on the bench. Also, you should be good at haggling to get the best possible value.
  • Süleymaniye Camii: It is a historic Mosque rich in history and is in the middle of a natural cemetery. The Mosque location gives an interesting image that shows where history mingles with the living and the dead. The building is glorious and is made of stone, brick, and wood. There are also gorgeous grounds where people can stroll around and enjoy spectacular hiking. The Mosque is a temple where you can worship in awe of airy craft. Also, there is a humble teacher who always has a smiling face.
  • Cleopatra Bath: It is the number one Turkish bath in Alanya. The whole place is super clean, with an amazing staff that speaks great English, and they will go the extra mile to make your experience better. They offer an excellent service level at a reasonable price; you get one and a half hours of pure wellness to your body. Their services include a sauna, body scrubbing, bubble massage, nice chill with a tea, and proper massage. They also do pedicures, manicures, and hair.
  • Alanya Shipyard: It is a shipyard where you can enjoy picturesque coastal views and a rich historical atmosphere. This ancient site was built in 1226 and is Turkey's only remaining Seljuk shipyard. It has been remarkably preserved, boasts five docks, a small guardhouse, and restored stone arches. You can go for a relaxing walk along the walkway to enjoy many archaeological findings that have been put on display. There is a narrow path that leads over the sea walls to the Alanya shipyard. There is also a steep beach right under the walls of the fortress. There is not much to see on the inside, but it is a historic building.
  • Dim Cave: It is a cave that is outside the city with stunning views. The cave has beautiful views and natural wonders. There are very big chambers with amazing dripstone formations and a small lake at the end. There is a large parking area with a very cheap parking fee. It is wise to wear sensible shoes when going to the cave. There is a small beautiful pond with a rock statue called the mother and her child at the end of the cave. The cave is remarkable with limestone deposits and the gorgeous colors of the stones. Those who have breathing problems or cannot tolerate high humidity should avoid entering the cave as it has high humidity levels. The cave is relatively high from the sea, and so there are amazing views from the mountain.
  • Alanya Castle-içkale: It is a majestic and romantic place where visitors can take long walks on the wall outside to hidden places with breath-taking views. Not much of the original buildings are left, and all the wooden paths ruin the historical atmosphere. The walk from the cable car stop via the CastleCastle and the Mosque is scenic and enjoyable. The route is not in good condition, so older people and children might struggle to walk on it.


Alanya is a unique and fabulous tourist destination that offers an amazing and unique mix of relaxation, history, and adventure. The city is a popular destination, and most tourists go there mainly for the sunshine and sea. The beaches are gorgeous; wide, sandy, and clean, and the water is also exceptionally clear. Besides the glorious beaches, several historic sites show the history of the city and that of the country. Keep reading to be able to find out more about this fantastic tourist destination.

City Parks

  • Alanya Belediyesi 100. Yıl Atatürk Parkı: It is a park just by the beach and has several places to sit, trees that provide a shadow to cool down, and many great views. There is also a gondola that is very fast and easy to access for people with no impairments. The gondola does not stop, so you have to hop in and out while it moves very slowly at your destination. At the top, there is an old castle with an astounding view, especially at night. Going there at night could be better as there will be less heat than during the day. There is a small craft market here where you can buy orange juice and souvenirs as well. The park has many trees where visitors can always find tolerable temperatures in the shades.
  • Kedi Evi Park: It is a park and garden that is a unique place to listen to your head to breathe in nature. The park is calm, and guests can relax and take many photographs. There is also a pond with Koi fish. The park is cozy and an awesome place for a family day out or romantic walks. There is also a lot of greenery and shady trees. The park is also home to many friendly seals, and when you sit down on the bench, they climb on your feet and flatter. Right next to the park, there is an amusement park and Alanya port, where you can rent boats of different sizes.

National Parks

There are no National Parks in the city.


  • Cleopatra beach: It is a beach where the Ptolemaic princess bathed on her visit with Mark Anthony. The beach spans 2 kilometers west of the Alanya castle and features all the Alanya beaches' best sand. The entrance is free, but the sunbeds and lounge chairs are for hire. It is the most popular beach in Alanya, and so it tends to get overcrowded, especially on weekends. There are many cafes in the area. The beach also has a beautiful view of the peninsula and ancient ramparts, which are beautifully lit at night.
  • Tersane Beach: It is a narrow beach that is a bit tricky to enter, but it is beautiful. The water is very clean, and there are no waves. The water is clean and has a pleasant sea that does not deepen immediately, making it safe to swim. The beach is perfect for families with children. Great place for a morning (before breakfast) swimming, if you are lucky and the sea is clean and calm. There are many gorgeous cafes under the trees directly behind the entrance gate.
Cleopatra beach


  • Alanya Tersanesi (Tarihi Alanya Tersanesi) is a historic landmark focused mainly on the Seljuk period. The landmark was an important and strategic place during this time as it was the first shipyard in the Seljuks' Mediterranean. The landmark gives visual richness by adding items that are the same copies of that era, informative. There is also a beach on the lower beach.
  • The Kızıl Kule (red tower) is a historical tower in Alanya that is considered the city's symbol and is even used on the city's flag. The tower is gorgeous, and the views from the top are beyond stunning. These views include the harbor and the city. The area has many photographic places. The original tower was dilapidated, and the restoration was well done, and the tower still looks authentic. There is also a museum of miniature boats and fortress inside the tower. You can go for a swim on the other side of the tower, which is pretty cool.
Alanya Tersanesi


Ataturk House Museum is the former residence of Turkey's founder. It is a rare historic building among Alanya's mostly monolithic architecture. Entry is free, and visitors can see how the elite's home life looked in that region back in the days. The museum also gives a nice insight into his time, traditions, and Turkish culture. There are personal belongings belonging to Atatürk inside the building. The museum is a great place for those who want to see Alanya's traditional clothes, culture, and living space. The house is well maintained, still has the feel of the past.

Ataturk House Museum


Turkish people love to eat, and because of their passion for food, they have become a country with an abundant number of recipes. Volumes could be written about the richness of Turkish cuisine. The cuisine is influenced mainly by European, Asian, and Arab countries. Food lovers should visit Alanya to experience and delight in the specialties of different regions one after another. Several restaurants and street vendors sell different dishes that you could try, whether it is out of curiosity or so that you can have a story to tell later.

A variety of Turkish dishes on a "sini", or large tray, that was formerly used in the rural areas as a traditional alternative to a table

Traditional Local Restaurants

One of the best things about traveling worldwide is trying the various local cuisines available in that area. In most cases, traditional restaurants are the best place to experience local foods' taste, and maybe even a bit of the culture behind said dishes. Numerous conventional restaurants around the city serve excellent varieties of Turkish dishes. Below is a list of the most famous traditional restaurants in the city.

  • Eski Ev: It is a family-friendly restaurant that has been serving only traditional Turkish dishes since it opened. They have excellent service and high-quality food, mainly their vegetables, fruit, meat, and wine. The food prices are reasonable as they go along with the area.
  • Ravza Restaurant: It is a classy local restaurant that is a great place to eat. Their food is served in big portions at a normal price for a tourist area. One of the most popular dishes is the chicken steak and pot with meatballs. Also, there is a live music bar next to the restaurant that provides great entertainment after your meal. There are many post-it notes with reviews in all languages under the table, which are a great touch.
  • Kasif restaurant: It is a lovely local restaurant with a cozy environment that serves some amazing dishes. The perfectly cooked folar, steaks, and brood are the most sought after on the menu. The restaurant is famous for its great service and friendly staff that is always ready to help.

Vegetarian and Vegan

  • Komagene : It is part of cig kofte fast-food chain. Cig kofte is a vegan made of bulghur, nuts, tomato paste, and spices. This is usually served with a sandwich/wrap and topped with various greens and pickles. They also serve a variety of vegan dishes, which include biber dolmasi (pepper), patlican dolmasi (aubergine), yaprak sarma (stuffed vine leaves), and saksuka (grilled veggies). Also, their pomegranate and red sauces are vegan. The cuisine is a combination of Middle Eastern and Turkish.
  • Citirim : It is a famous Turkish food restaurant with top quality food. Some of their most sought-after dishes include perfectly cooked zeama, vegetarian burgers, and pasta. The unique characteristic of this restaurant is serving tasty baklava. Citirim is famous for its great service and friendly staff. The prices are also quite affordable.
  • A Different Taste restaurant: It is a vegan restaurant that offers international cuisine. The restaurant has a warm atmosphere, which makes customers feel relaxed and have a nice time. The food is well prepared and served in generous portions. There is a professional staff that offers fabulous service. The prices are affordable.

Street Food

As you walk through Alanya's streets, there are small stands on the pavements, all of which have their specialty. There are some stands which are shaped like an orange. These stands are rented and always inspected by the government, so the food is clean and healthy. They serve a variety of food as well as fresh fruit juices and small snacks. Below is a list of some of the street food to try:

  • Almonds on ice
  • Kokorec, which is a traditional snack prepared with seasoned tomatoes and green pepper
  • Baklava, a type of Turkish sweet.


The weather in Alanya is usually hot, and as such, there is a high need to stay hydrated during summer due to the high temperatures. The high temperatures dictate the beverage of choice as people prefer to drink something that would cool them down. There are numerous cold non-alcoholic drinks to choose from in the city, excluding water. Beverages of choice on a hot day include but are not limited to soft drinks, lemonade, milkshake, vegan shakes, and even iced tea or coffee. Tea is relatively widespread, regardless of the temperatures outside; however, tea consumption increases significantly when it's cold. Other choice beverages on cold days include coffee and warm milk.

The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the Islamic faith, and the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are age limited to persons 18 and over. Despite these restrictions, alcohol is widely consumed in the city, and there are many bars and nightclubs where people meet up after a long day at work or on weekends for a relaxed evening of drinks with friends. It is important to note that the prices of drinks in the night clubs may be insanely high. Other people enjoy the occasional drink at home, mostly whiskey or wine. There are both local and international brews available for purchase in both bars and supermarkets. The various types of alcoholic beverages include wine, gin, vodka, and cocktails, to name a few.


Tap water in Alanya is safe for drinking. If you are unsure, you can always take extra precautions, such as boiling the water or asking locals or hotel staff about the water quality.

Organic Cafés

Organic foods are foods that are grown without artificial nutrients, pesticides, or other chemicals. Eating organic has become a widespread trend where people are very selective about what they put in their bodies. Several organic cafes attract patrons of all ages who are careful about nutrition. There are many cafes in the city that cater specifically to this group of people. Below is a list of some of the organic cafes that one could try in the city

  • Cafe and Bistro
  • Olivia Gourmet Restaurant and Cafe Bar
  • Caffe Della Via
  • Salad Society


Beer is a significant part of the Alanya society, and local brands hold a strong sense of national pride among the population. The local beer brewing industry is strong, as they make various types of local beer to meet the demand, which is relatively high as the locals are very proud and fond of their local beer. There are several breweries around the city, such as:

  • Red Tower Brewery
  • Coca-cola-alanya Özçelik Aş


As a popular tourist destination, Alanya has several activities to keep the tourists entertained and coming back. There are safe swimming beaches surrounded by all-inclusive hotels, bars, and restaurants. There are also several caves along the beaches that can be explored. Some of the more action-filled activities include Jet-Skiing, parasailing, and snorkeling at Keykubat Beach and Portakal Beach. For the more relaxed crowd, there are museums and historical sites that retrace the city’s history. Lastly, there are several nightclubs where people can enjoy an exciting night out. Some of the activities are in the city center while others are just on the outskirts. It is essential to carefully plan your itinerary to ensure that you get the best out of what the city offers.

Yoga and Retreats

Yoga is traditionally a Hindu discipline that focuses on physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines. It has become quite famous globally, including Alanya, and some of the most visited yoga studios include:

  • Retrofit Pilates Studio
  • Referans Kulüp
  • B-Fit Fitness


There are many different accommodation types across Alanya. As an individual, you get to decide which one you prefer based on your needs, tastes, and budget. This section will look into some of the accommodation options that are available for tourists to select from

Green Hotels

There are several eco-friendly hotels in the city which aim for the sustainability of the environment. These hotels tend to offer safe, non-toxic, and energy-efficient accommodation. Other characteristics include using renewable energy, organic soaps, energy-efficient light fixtures, and recycling programs. A few of the most popular ones are:

  • TUI Blue Pascha Bay
  • Panorama Hotel
  • Saphir Hotel

Hostels and Guest Houses

  • Villa Sonata: It is a relatively large lodge with eight Standard Rooms, fourteen suites, and eight panoramic Deluxe Suites. All the rooms have air-conditioning, central heating, an in-room safe, and satellite TV. There are also gorgeous balconies with sea, city, or pool views. The lodge is in the center of the city. It has a mountain and sea view and silence like plants. It is conveniently located as many attractions like Alanya Castle are very close. The lodge is also just a short walk from the beach, restaurants, bars, and Alanya’s town center.
  • Bravo Marina Aparthotel: It offers genuine Turkish hospitality and unrivaled comfort in the city. There are several apartments, and each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and a shower with 24 hours of hot water. Most apartments have a large balcony (except the family aparts) and provide uninterrupted sea or mountain views. They also have air-conditioning and heating units to ensure the comfort of the guests.


Those who intend to stay in Alanya will be very expensive as they charge per day for a long time. Some several flats and apartments are available for rent for at least a month. These are more affordable as they charge a flat rate and buy your food, which lowers costs. Those traveling as a group will find these most convenient as it is possible to share the flat rate cost instead of paying per head or room in hotels and motels.


Some families rent out a part of their home to tourists, known as couch surfing. This trend is not that common in Alanya. It offers the host family an opportunity to make extra money and the tourist a chance to experience Turkish culture through family life. Several websites connect tourists with people who are willing to open up their homes. It is important to note that couch surfing was not designed to provide long term housing, and most people tend to stay between three and four days; a week maximum. Also, when couch surfing, you need to take responsibility for your safety.


There are numerous campsites for those tourists who want to rough it, which offers a sense of adventure by giving people the full outdoor experience, including the fresh night air and the magnificent night skies. Below are some of the more popular campsites:

  • Perle Camping
  • İncekum Orman Kampı
  • Şehit Jandarma Er Mehmet Şen Parkı

How to Get There

Several modes of transport can be used to travel to Alanya, with the most convenient for you being dictated by where you are coming from, be it a local or international area. People from surrounding cities usually travel to the city by bus or train. While those coming from further away commonly use airplanes.


Alanya is about a two hours’ drive from the nearest major international airport in Antalya and half an hour from Gazipaşa Airport. Gazipasa Airport serves a limited number of European destinations, so most tourists land in Antalya and are then taken to their hotel in Alanya by bus or Antalya airport transfers, which take them to Alanya hassle-free. Flights arrive daily from major European destinations.

Gazipasa Airport


There are many buses, operated by hundreds of modern and comfortable companies, with air conditioning, entertainment (movies, audiobooks, TV, computer games), a steward to bring you snacks and drinks, and even free Wi-Fi Internet connections on some buses. These buses are not usually equipped with onboard toilets. Buses depart from many cities to Alanya frequently, and the fares are low to moderate. Some of the international buses are those that go to Greece, Bulgaria and other Balkan countries, and Europe. The tickets are available at any of the bus companies' offices at the station.

Isuzu Novo midibus in Alanya, Turkey


There is no train service to Alanya.


Hitchhiking to Alanya can be relatively difficult depending on where you are coming from. If you are hitchhiking from Alanya then you should expect to wait two hours for a lift, as local people here are not friendly enough to carry people in their cars. Don’t refuse lift offers for Avsallar, a town about 20-25 km west, where you can get quicker lifts.


Ferries and cruise ships are other modes of transport used to get into the city.

Moving Around

Alanya is a relatively big town with many things to do and places to explore. Moving around the city can be complicated as the city's public transport system is not efficient. In most cases, walking or hiring a taxi is the best way to move around. Below are several other ways you can move around the city.


Walking is the best way to get around the city, except during the extremely hot months of July and August. Most tourist attractions are close to each other, so walking gives you the full experience, making sure you do not miss anything. Avoid walking around after dark, especially if you are walking alone.


Bicycles are available for hire from many of the hostels and hotels. Bicycles are a standard mode of transport as they make it easy to navigate the city and are also affordable.

Electronic Vehicles

The most common electronic vehicle available in the city is the electric scooter.

Public Bus

There are several local buses in the city, and most busses are available from 6.00 to 23.45. To board the bus, you need to have an "Alanya Kentkart," which is just a simple bus pass is found in most kiosks and bus stops. The small busses have fixed routes and fares, and there are a bus every 5 to 10 minutes and is the most common means of transportation. These buses are found in the city center and travel to other parts of Alanya.

Tram, Train and Subway

There are no trains that move around the city.

Sustainable Shopping

There are many shopping centers in the city whereby tourists and locals alike can go shopping. It is more sustainable to shop in local shops and ensure that you stick to one shop and spread the wealth by visiting different shops.

Food Markets

There are several markets across the city that are dedicated to selling fresh food. They sell both local and international food, processed or unprocessed. Some of these markets include

  • Bilen Market
  • Alanya Deniz Market
  • Unal Market and Deli

Flea Markets

Several flea markets across the city offer both an exciting shopping experience and a chance to mingle with the locals. Most of them sell various things, mostly souvenirs at reasonable prices. However, they tend to double the price when selling to tourists.

  • Alara Grand Bazaar
  • Çekiçoğulları Manav
  • Konakli Market Wednesday

Second Hand Stores

The trend of second-hand stores has caught the world by storm; numerous stores have opened where people can buy things they wouldn't usually afford for less than half the price. There are several second-hand stores in the city; including:

  • Alanya ikinciel Firsati
  • Fidan İkinci El
  • Güven Alanya Spot


The world is taking large directed steps towards sustaining the environment. Fashion designers have also taken it upon themselves to jump on board with this initiative, and there are several eco-friendly fashion labels in Alanya. These labels deal mostly with producing clothes using 'green' materials, while a few offer care and recycling services to old clothes. Some of the most prominent brands include:

  • Machka
  • Roman
  • Sarar


Alanya's city has an effective recycling plant that takes the separated household waste collected in the center of Alanya. For now, waste this project has only been active in the center of the city. Large quantities of cardboard, glass, metal, and plastic packaging materials are collected by special units and taken to the recycling facility at apartments, hotels, schools, shops.


The waste management sector of the city is a bit overwhelmed, especially along the coastal zone. Transport and final disposal of solid waste are becoming a serious problem, especially in the summer months. The majority of the municipalities along the coastal zone are small towns and villages with a high summer population. The pressure that comes from these large summer populations puts too much pressure on the waste management system.

Work and Study Abroad

Foreigners are eligible to work in many business sectors, but there are a few exceptions. Security and customs jobs are forbidden, as is the maritime industry. Also, foreigners cannot work in medical or legal sectors, including nursing, dentistry, veterinarian, and pharmaceutical. When it comes to other jobs, then it is possible for foreigners can get jobs. The easiest job to get is probably an English teacher, especially for those who speak native English. There are two universities in the city. The languages of instruction at both these universities are Turkish and English. Some programs are fully in English.

Exchange Student

Alanya's main foreign exchange program is run by the International Relations Office of Alanya Aladdin Keykubat University (ALKU) and is called Free Mover. Free Mover international Exchange program is for students who are willing to study at Alanya and highly contribute to the internationalization aims of ALKU. Thanks to this program, students have a chance to study for one term or for an academic year at any university in the world they want by paying the required tuition fees.

Au Pair

An au pair is a young foreign person who helps with housework or childcare in exchange for food, a room, and pocket money. The concept of Au pairs is growing in popularity in Alanya. To be hired as an au pair, there are several requirements you need to meet, with the most important being age and the amount of time you intend to stay as most families want someone who will remain for at least a year.


Alanya does not have as many volunteer opportunities as the more popular destinations on the African continent. The most famous volunteer associations are:

  • Marine Mammals Research Association: It is a non-profit and non-government organization targeting the top marine predators, cetaceans. We run dedicated to land and boat surveys on marine mammals where the knowledge is scarce, as in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
  • Carian Trail: It is Turkey's longest footpath passing through the villages, beaches, ruins, and rugged coastline around Turkey's southwest corner. A group of international volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route, mainly along the coastline, for three.

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