Alanya is a seaside holiday resort which is a district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. Being situated in a delightful Mediterranean climate amidst spectacular natural surroundings with a wealth of historic heritage makes Alanya a popular destination for holiday travelers - responsible for nine percent of Turkey's tourism sector and thirty percent of foreign purchases of real estate in Turkey. Tourism has grown since 1958 to become the dominant industry of the city, resulting in a corresponding increase in population. Alanya is located on the Gulf of Antalya on the Anatolian coastal plain of Pamphylia between the Taurus Mountains to the north and the Mediterranean Sea. This location on the Turkish Riviera is bordered by the Manavgat district along the coast, the mountainous Gündoğmuş inland, Hadim and Taşkent in the Province of Konya, Sarıveliler in the Province of Karaman, and the coastal Gazipaşa district. Alanya is located by the nearby ancient cities of Side and Selge.
Holiday travelers come to Alanya for the numerous long stretches of white sand beaches, the warm waters of the Mediterranean coast, and the rich history and culture of the city. Cleopatra Beach is situated on the western side of the peninsula which splits Alanya into two and this beach is said to be Alanya’s best. When Queen Cleopatra of Egypt was given the area around Alanya as a present from the Roman general Anthony, she bathed at the foot of the cliff every day. Originally there was a tunnel, leading from the castle directly to her private beach, through which she was carried whenever she wanted to swim.