Alanya - an introduction
Turkey’s land mass covers some 780,000 km2 with numerous resort towns along its Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea coastlines. One of the most stunning and vibrant of these resorts – and a timeless draw to millions of people annually – is Alanya, affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of the Turkish Riviera’.
Alanya’s beaches are some of the best to be found in all of Turkey, lapped by the clear and warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, with the magnificent Taurus mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.
By today’s standards it is a modern and contemporary resort town with amenities and facilities that are at least the equal of other popular overseas resorts: supermarkets, shopping centres, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, restaurants, bars, night clubs and much more. As the number one resort in Turkey, Alanya boasts the highest bed capacity in all of the Mediterranean region and hosted around 3.5 million tourist visitors last year. There are numerous options for accommodation, such as sprawling, all-inclusive hotels, small and cosy guest houses and private apartments that are available for rent.
The resort of Alanya seems to have it all: it is affordable and easily accessible, it is open all year round, it has a stunning location, a fabulous natural landscape, 300 days of sunshine a year and is rich in sites of cultural and historical significance. All of this, combined with ‘blue flag’ beaches, fine dining and a friendly welcome from the locals, means that Alanya ticks all the boxes for so many people – it is no wonder that many thousands have chosen to buy a second home here.
Wherever you are in Alanya, the beach and the sea will always be close by and there is an abundance of sporting activities on offer, including scuba diving, beach football and volleyball, parasailing, jet-skiing and waterskiing. Alanya plays host to a number of annual sporting competitions, including triathlons and cycle races, providing a spectacle for both the participants and those watching.
Alanya has a typical hot summer Mediterranean climate. Located on the south-east of the Mediterranean Basin, the high air pressure zones means that most of the rainfall occurs during the short winter season, with the summers being long, hot, and dry; this has prompted the Alanya Board of Tourism to adopt the slogan “Alanya – Where the Sun Smiles”.
The height of the Taurus mountains significantly impact upon the climate. Rising to an average height of some 1.300 metres (and a maximum of 3.000 metres), this impact is two-fold. Firstly, they protect the city from the cool, northerly winds, resulting in a unique, almost sub-tropical climate. Secondly, the ambient air temperature is maintained, meaning that bathing in the sea is possible almost all year round – the average sea temperature is around 21.4C (72F) annually, with a high of 29C (84F) during the hottest months.
Given the pervading weather conditions and the extremely fertile land, Alanya is an important agricultural region and a large and diverse range of vegetables and fruits are cultivated here.
Cleopatra beach stretches for 2 km out to the west of the city centre. According to legend, the name originates from 37 BC when the Roman emperor Marc Anthony gifted parts of the city to his Egyptian queen. The equally beautiful Keykubat beach stretches out to the east and the shallow waters make it a perfect for bathing. Both beaches are ideal for sun-worshippers and sun loungers and parasols are available for hire for a small fee. Numerous cafe-bars are dotted along both beaches and a wide range of water sports are available.
The wider world is finally realising that Alanya has so much stacked in its favour as a most desirable place either for holidays or as a second home destination – with its fabulous climate, stunning natural beauty, low cost of living, a superb choice of residential property and friendly, welcoming locals, it is no surprise to find that around 45.000 foreigners now own a home here.
Why choose Alanya?
A large, modern resort, Alanya has an excellent social infrastructure. As the single, most important resort in Turkey for tourism, there has been large scale investment in this infrastructure – much of this investment is focused on public areas, meaning lots of tastefully landscaped public parks, relaxation areas and tree lined promenades.
- Comparatively low property prices and running costs.
- Superb, healthy climate with more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
- Beautiful natural landscape, friendly welcome, superb cuisine.
- A multi-cultural and multi-national society.
- Modern, developed infrastructure.
- Wide range of social activities.
- Modern healthcare facilities.
- Easy access from most international destinations.
- Alanya is the No. 1 resort in Turkey for foreign property ownership.
- Good rental yields and capital appreciation.
- Wide choice of property types to suit all budgets.
- High quality construction standards.
Cleopatra and Keykubat are the two most popular beaches in Alanya, with these being separated by a 300 metre high promontory thats juts out into the sea. The old city wall – almost 800 years old – runs for around 6.5 km from the top to the bottom of this. It is from the top that the best far-reaching views of Alanya can be enjoyed and if you walk down, this will allow you to take in some of the local shops selling handicrafts or maybe stop off for a cold beer in one of a number of restaurants (each of them continuing the theme of stunning views).
The rental market in Alanya
Rental yields in Alanya are amongst the highest in all of Turkey – because it is a year round resort, rental demand is evident throughout the year. During the long summer season, the resort is packed with overseas visitors, many of whom are looking for private high end accommodation for short term holiday lets, preferably centrally located and with excellent 5 star facilities.
In addition, there is constant demand during the cooler, winter months, primarily from those looking for medium term lets (of up to 4 months duration) in order to escape the cold, dreary winters of their native countries!
Then, of course, there is the corporate market to consider; if, as expected, tourism numbers continue to increase, then it follows that the number of tour operator representatives will increase, all of whom will require quality rental accommodation for the duration of the season (many of these representatives spend up to 9 months a year in the resort).
Elite Group have a dedicated rental management department with a large portfolio of property available for rent – these properties are let to both private and corporate clients; our corporate clients are some of the largest tour companies operating in the Alanya region, including TUI, Neckermann, Detur and Tez Tour.